Moonsighting for Jumada-at-Thania 1440
1440 AH

Al urjoonul qadeem of Jumada al-Oola: February 4 & February 3, 2019

On right is the waning (old) Crescent Moon Al Urjoonal Qadeem like phase (End of Jumada-al-Oola 1440 AH). Waning moon was seen at 06:36 AM on Sunday, 28th of Jamaathul Awwal 1440 (3rd Feb 2019) from Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India. Photo was, taken by Br. Mohamed Hussain of Tirunelveli. Lat: 10.2381° N, Long: 77.4892° E Time: 06:36 am IST. The illumination was 2%; Altitude was about 15° & horns were at 4 & 9 positions.
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On right is the waning (old) crescent moon of Jumada al-Oola 1440 Photo taken by MCW member Dr. Ayyub Patel from Abha, Saudi Arabia on February 3, 2019 at 6:08 am.Click on the photo to see full size.

New Crescent Moon of Jumada-al-Thania 1440:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on February 4, 2019 (Monday) at 21:03 UT. On February 4, there is no chance of sighting the moon anwhere in the world. On February 5, there is a small chance of sighting in Americas. On February 6, the moon can be seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

February 5, 2019 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Tuesday) 5th of February 2019, the Hilal of Jamadiyul Ukhraa 1440 has NOT been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of Jamadiyul Ukhraa 1440 will begin from Thursday, 7th of February 2019.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Crescent of the month of Jamadiul Thani 1440 AH has not been sighted in Sydney, Melboune and not anywhere in the Australia.inshallah Wednesday 6th February 2019 will be the 30th Jamadiul Awwal 1440 AH. In’Sha’Allah Thursday 7th February will be the 1st Jamadiul Aakhar.

  • Egypt:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Maadi(29.97°N, 31.25°E) South Cairo, after sunset of Tues. Feb 5th, 2019, the Hilal of Last Jumada did not appear. It could not appear, with the crescent width less than 9 arcseconds. Sunset was at 17:36. The Sun had been obscured by clouds all day. The setting Sun was not visible. It even rained at sunset. Best time was at 17:51, and Moonset was at 18:10. Neither Lunar nor atmospheric conditions were favorable for the Hilal of Last Jumada to The SW horizon from my location in Casablanca Morocco was almost obscured to allow Hilal sighting , the thin red clouds was too bright against a crescent low & close to SS position. I checked the Habous page before writing my report.showing no positive sighting ,

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Moon wasn't sighted today, Tuesdat, Feb 5, 2019. So, Wednesday, 6th February, will be 30th Jumadá al-Ulá. Thursday, 7th February, will be 1st Jumadá al-Akhirah, 1440 Hijri.

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: The SW horizon from my location in Casablanca Morocco was almost obscured to allow Hilal sighting , the thin red clouds was too bright against a crescent low & close to SS position. Ministry of Habous here published negative sighting of JMT crescent today Tuesday Feb. 5 therefore completing JMO thirty day .The new month of JMT will commence Thursday Feb 7.

  • Nepal:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Aamir, Vice Secretary Nepali Jame Masjid Committee, Kathmandu reported: Crescent was not sighted anywhere in Nepal. We didn't get any form of sighting report from around the country. So, on this basis, Darul Ifta wal qazaa, Nepali Jame Masjid announced that this month will complete 30 days and Jumadal Aakhirah will begin from 7th February 2019.

  • New Zealand:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: There was no moon sighted due to very small age of moon on Tue 29 Jamadiul Awal (Feb 5, 2019). So, tomorrow 6th Feb 2019 is 30th Jamadiul Awal.

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr HabibuRahman Yunus from Yola, Nigeria reported: Here in my location; Aliyu Musdafa College, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. I tried sighting the new crescent moon for the month of (Jumad al-Thani, 1440) today Tuesday (Feb 5th) from sunset time 18:19 until 18:29, I couldn't find it. Sky was clear.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Wasiu Akewusola from Agege, Lagos reported: The crescent of jummadal II 1440 could not be sighted in Alausa Ikeja Lagos Nigeria on Tuesday 5th February 2019. The sky was clear at the sunset.

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: Negative from here at magrib time till 30min after. Sunset local time 6.05pm. hilal not seet by naked eye or binoculars and it was partially cloudy.

    2. Not Seen even with Refractor Telescope: MCW member Mr Faisal Parekh from Sadus, state Arriyadh reported: On Feb 5, Tusday, moon was not sighted from the city Sadus, state Arriyadh, Saudi Arabia. Horizon was partly cloudy Sighting was tried with Refractor Telescope.

  • South Africa:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim,Secretary, Crescent Observer’s Society of South Africa from Cape Town reported: On the evening of Tuesday 5th February 2019, Moon not sighted in Southern Africa. 1st Jamadith Thani 1440 H = 7 February 2019

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Tuesday 5th February 2019, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Jumad-as-Thaani 1440 will commence on Thursday 7th February 2019 in South Africa.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Jumaadal Aakhirah 1440 AH was looked for after the sunset of Tuesday 5th February 2019. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was NOT SIGHTED. We have accepted these reports and declared that the month of Jumaadal Uulaa 1440 AH will complete 30 days. Therefore the 1st day of Jumaadal Aakhirah 1440 AH will be 7th February 2019.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: The Hilaal for Jumadá al-Akhirah 1440 was not sighted in the UK or anywhere else including Morocco and South Africa. Wifaqul Ulama Shura have therefore decided that the month of Jumadá al-Ulá 1440 will complete 30 days. 1st day of Jumadá al-Akhirah1440 will be on Thursday, the 07th of February 2019. Keep in mind that in Islam, the new day starts at sunset so technically Jumadá al-Akhirah 1440 will begin after sunset on Wednesday.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, Feb 5), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (the Blacksburg High School) at 6:03 pm EST (sunset: 5:51 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. The first binocular sighting was at 6:06 pm. At 6:27 pm, I might have seen the crescent by naked eye. Although in the right spot since it was not as distinct, I would not declare that as a definite naked eye sighting. I believe that a pair of younger eyes could have seen it. The crescent was very thin but not very difficult to spot. The horns were at 3:00 and 6:00 O'clock (3:00;4:30;6:00). Around 6:32 pm the moon was no longer clearly seen in a very dense haze about one degree above the horizon. I left the sighting location around 6:35 pm (moonset: 6:40 pm). At 6:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 56.0 F, 49.0 F, 79%, and 27.9 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America announces that Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Thania, 1440 A.H. for the United States and southern parts of Canada.
      This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 from many locations.

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent for the month of Jamadi-ul-Aakher was sighted in various cities on Tuesday, February 05, 2019. Therefore, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2019 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Jamadi-ul-Aakher, 1440 AH.

    4. Seen: Mr Norm Vargas from San Gabriel, CA reported: On right is the Crescent Moon (for Jumada-al-Aakhir 1440 AH). The crescent moon was sighted in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, CA, USA on February 5 at 5:46 pm. The moon was first sighted with 10x42 binoculars, then seen immediately after with the naked eye. The horns measured approx. 2:30 to 6:30 position on a clock face. In a spotting scope, the arc of the crescent was approx. 110-120º To the naked eye, the arc was much shorter, approx. 80º. I watched until it set into the roof a home down the street. A cell phone picture was taken through the spotting scope at 5:51 pm. The western horizon was clear after a rain storm earlier in the day.
      Click on the photo on right to see full size.

    5. Seen: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Anaheim CA reported: Abid Mirza, president of Jafaria Islamic Society and I Mirza Shahid Basravi, sighted the new crescent at 5:44 pm, in Anaheim, California. The new crescent was seen quite early with first and then it became easily visible with bare eyes. We continued to see the crescent for as much as 25 minutes after sighting it. The tips of the crescent were pointing to 2 O'clock and 8 O'clock position. see attached picture
      Click on the photo on right to see full size.

February 6, 2019 (Wednesday):

  • Nigeria:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Wasiu Akewusola from Agege, Lagos reported: Today 6th February 2019, the Crescent of the Jummadal II was now sighted in Alausa Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria. The latitude of 6.62 degree latitude and 3.36 degree longitude, at around 19.15Hrs with the orientation of clock from 4 to 7 O'clock. The cloud is very clear and stable.

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