Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1440
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Shawwal 1440: July 2 & July 1, 2019

Below is the waning (old) crescent moon Shawwal 1440 Photo taken by MCW member Mr Ahmad Junaidi at Tangerang Selatan July 2, 2019 Urjun Al Qadim for Syawwal 1440 from Ponorogo, East Java, Indonesia at 05:30 LT this morning. The crescent is not seen by naked eye, the crescent is seen by telescope and CCD imaging. Click on the photo below to see full size.


New Crescent Moon of Dhul-Qi'dah 1440:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on July 2, 2019 (Tuesday) at 19:16 UT. On July 2, there is no possibility of moonsighting anywhere. On July 3, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Middle East and most of Africa, and will not be visible in Europe; it can be easily seen in Western Africa and Americas. On July 4, the moon can be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on July 3 from Beirut, Lebanon.

July 3, 2019 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Wednesday) 3rd of July 2019, the Hilal of Dhul Qa‘dah 1440 has not been sighted

  • Canada:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Toronto Ontario reported: I searched for the new crescent this evening from the overpass of Highway 410 at Highway 7 in Bramalea ( Metropolitan Toronto ), Ontario. Due to haze and clouds on the horizon, I was about to give up almost immediately. But as I took one photograph with my camera's zoom on maximum, I thought I saw it. And yes, looking again, Alhumdulillah, I did indeed see a very thin new crescent moon. I was only able to view it for less than one minute before it disappeared behind the clouds.

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On July 3, I have seen the new moon of ziqaud at 18:40 after maghrib prayer in coquimbo chile.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Ma'adi (29.98°N, 31.23°E), South Cairo, on Wed. July 3rd, 2019, I started my observation attempt at best time 19:21, right after Maghrib prayers. Apparent sunset was at 19:00. I had spent a couple of days searching for a suitable observation point, since the solar azimuth was ~297° at sunset.
      The moon was at ~292° azimuth, at best time. My analysis indicated that the crescent was some 2 magnitudes/ squared arcsecond below the the threshold of visibility.
      Sure enough, and despite excellent visibility it did not appear. The temperature, pressure and Rh were 33°C, 1003, 34% respectively. I concluded my attempt at 19:30.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: Seen by CCD Camera: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya The new crescent of Dzulqodah 1440 AH was not sighted from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia, the sky was partly cloudy.
      The crescent was seen on ccd by Achmad Junaidi from Balai Rukyat Ibnu Syatir Pondok Pesantren Al-Islam Joresan Ponorogo, East Java.

  • Lebanon


    1. Seen: MCW member Hadi Jaafar from Beirut, Lebanon reported: I spotted the crescent moon this evening of July 3 here in Beirut at 8:20 local time with my7*50 binoculars at 284 degrees magnetic bearing. Horns between 3 and 6. Local sunset at 7:53. Impossible to sight with naked eyes. Almost clear horizon. Extremely thin.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah New Moon of Zil Qadh 1440 has been sighted at Piton, Mauritius on Wednesday night 3 July 2019. Hence Thursday 4 July 2019 will be 1st day of Zil Qadh 1440.

  • Morocco:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: This is to inform you that I was not able to sight the hilal of Zul Qiada 1440 in Rabat, Morocco with naked eyes on Wednesday 03 July 2019 after Sun Set. The sky was partially cloudy in the sunset area.
      However, the ministry of Islamic affairs announced officially the sighting of the Hilal and thus Zul-Qiada will begin in Morocco on Thursday 4-July-2019.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Ehsan H. Hajar from Casablanca reported: On July 3, after SS around 20 minutes after, I started to prepare for moon sighting. The latitude is 33.56335574070786, the longitude is -7.631002736667597. Alhamdou lillah, without much difficulty the new crescent appeard well lit in the WNW HORIZON, see weather forecast for 2100 LT. HORNS : ONE TO SEVEN.
      Habous ministry has also confirmed positive sighting announcing ZQA to begin Thursday July 4.

  • Nigeria:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shaekh Majolagbe Monsuru Kayode, the mufti (Islamic jurist) of Ikorodu Division, from Ikorodu Lagos State reported: On July 3, I have been watching the crescent of Dhul Qi'dah 1440 since few minutes before magrib till I left for solat at 17:10. I returned immediately after magrib till 19:35 when i could not sight the crescent and the sky became totally cloudy as it was partially cloudy before hand.
      However, Today's date is 1st Dhul Qi'dah based on official declaration of the president of Nigeria supreme council for Islamic affairs. The sultan of sokoto regards also had declared eidul fitri on June 4 (1st shawwal).

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Wednesday 3rd July 2019, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa (in the Johannesburg area and Northern Cape). Therefore Zul Qa'dah 1440 will commence on Thursday, 4th July 2019 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On July 3, Wednesday 2019 our weather condition was cloudy at the urban region of tiny island of Zanzibar-Tanzania. However, the new moon for Dhul Qadah 1440 AH was sighted at Maghrib time in two locality, at the Urban West and North of Unguja. Therefore, first day of Dhul Qa'dah is Thursday 4, July 2019.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Dhul Qi'dah 1440 AH was looked for after the sunset of Wednesday 3rd July 2019. Reports from all committees locally and regional confirm that the moon was SIGHTED.
      We have accepted these reports and has declared that the month of Shawwaal 1440 AH has completed 29 days. Therefore the 1st night of Dhul Qi'dah 1440 AH will be the night of Wednesday 3rd July 2019 and the first day of Dhul Qi'dah1440 AH will be the day of Thursday 4th July 2019.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21; Time of Sunset: 18:29:58; Time of the first appearance of the crescent: 18:40; Pressure: 1012 mb Temperature: 28 °C; Relative humidity: 70%

  • UK:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Juned Patel from Chorley, Lancshire reported: On Wednesday, 3th of July 2019 (29 Shawwal 1440 AH) between 21:35 to 22:30 (Sunset 21:40 & Moonset 22:25) at Location: Anglezarke Viewpoint, Chorley, Lancashire UK +53°38'45"N, -2°34'43"W / Altitude: 617 feet Height; I attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Dhul-Qi'dah. I was not able to sight the Hilal, even though the western horizon was clear. I have attached pictures here.



  • Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: The Hilaal was sighted therefore the Islamic month of Dhu al-Qa?da 1440 has started.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, Jul 3, 2019), the crescent moon was not seen in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location a few minutes before sunset (sunset 8:47 pm EDT). Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the mostly cloudy western horizon with no success. I left the place at 9:49 pm (moonset: 9:49 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 76 F, 68 F, 77%, and 30.07 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 Thursday, July 4th, 2019 will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Qidah, 1440 A.H. for the entire region of North America.
      This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 from Toronto, Canada.

    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 moon has been sighted on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Therefore, the 1st Day of Mahe Dhulqa’ad, 1440 AH is established as THURSDAY, JULY 4TH , 2019.

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: I saw the new crescent with my regular glasses at 8:38 pm, Wednesday, july 3 2019. The moon was readily and easily visible at that time. The tips of the new crescent was pointing at 2 O'clock and 8 O'clock.

    5. Seen: MCW member Mr Shahnoor Syed, On Behalf of Mahdavia Ruiyat e Hilal of Chicago IL reported: We received verifiable Hilal Sighting reports from multiple locations across mainland USA on the 29th of Shawwal. Consequently, the First day of Zulqadh will be on Thursday, July 04, 2019 in North America.

      July 4, 2019 (Thursday):

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Abbas Aly, from Sydney, NSW reported: On July 4, Moon was sighted at Castle Hill NSW. Therefore, 1st Day of Zil Qad is Friday 5th July 30 days completed for month of Shaawal

  • Fiji Islands:


    1. Seen: MCW member Abid Jafery reported: Fri 05 Jul 2019 will be 1st Zeeqadah 1440 Hijri InshaAllah based on moon sighted in Fiji on Thu 04 Jul 2019 (29 Shawal).

  • Pakistan:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Shoaib Saleem from Tarbela Dam reported: Today on 04th July, 2019, Zeeqadah hilal sighted easily at local place Tarbela Dam at 1930 Hrs. just after sunset. Fri 05 Jul 2019 will be 1st Zeeqadah 1440 Hijri InshaAllah

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Asfandeyar Maroofkhail from Islamabad reported On 3rd July, I tried to see the Zul'Qaidh moon from Islamabad, but couldn't find it due to smoky/dirty atmosphere. However, today on 4th July, it is visible to naked eye. I see it myself at about 19:50 hours. The orientation was 2 to 7 O'clock..

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