Moonsighting for Muharram 1441
1441 AH

Al urjoonul qadeem of Zul-Hijja 1440: August 30 & August 29, 2019

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Zul-Hijja 1440 AH), August 28, 2019 (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java): This is al-urjuun al-qadiim of Zul-hijjah 1440 AH on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from Rowasiya Observatory, at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. Click on the photo to see full size.

Below is the old crescent moon Zul-Hijja 1440. Ayyub Patel from abha Saudi Arabia sent this waning moon on the morning of 29 Aug 2019. 545 am local time. Click on the photo to see full size.

Below is the old crescent moon Zul-Hijja. Photo taken by Br. Mohamed Hussain. Moon seen at 05:48 IST on Thursday 28th of Dhul Hijjah 1440 (29th August 2019) ?) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India). Lat: 08�42'51"N :& Long: 77�44'26"E; Time: 05:48 am IST. The illumination was about 3%. The Altitude was about 12� and horns were at 3 & 8 positions. Click on the photo to see full size.

New Crescent Moon of Muharram 1441:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on August 30, 2019 (Friday) at 10:37 UT. On August 30, the moon can be seen only in Polynesian Islands with difficulty or in parts of USA with optical aids. On August 31, the crescent may be seen easily in almost the whole world. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on August 31 from Sydney Australia.

August 30, 2019 (Friday):

    No moonighting reports were received from anywhere.

August 31, 2019 (Saturday):

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Saturday) 31st of August 2019, the Hilal of Muharram 1441 has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of Muharram 1441 will begin from Sunday, 1st of September 2019.

    2. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Syed, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Moon has been sighted in Sydney, inshallah Sunday 1st September will be the First of Moharram ul Haram 1441 AH

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Saturday 31st of August 2019, we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia. The weather was partly cloudy but we had a chance to see the moon at 6:20 pm for few minutes. So tomorrow Sunday 1st of September is 1st of Muharram 1441H.

  • Chile:

    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad sohail from Chile reported. In Chile, Coquimbo, I saw the new moon of Muharam just after maghrib on August 31.

  • Egypt:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Giza reported: From Giza (30.00�N, 31.2�E), Sat Aug 31st, Hilal of Muharram 1441AH appeared at 18:41:30 UTC. Apparent Sunset was at 18:20. I started my observation attempt at ~18:38, having just returned from Maghrib prayers. I spent a couple of minutes searching, but could see nothing. The Hilal of Muharram 1441 first appeared at 18:41:30 UTC, according to the atomic clock using s/w on my mobile phone. Temperature, pressure and relative humidity where 33�C, 1007mB, and 47% respectively. No wonder it was so faint. However, I still managed to photograph it, before it disappeared behind some nearby buildings. Click on the photo on right to see full size.

  • Germany:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Fabio Carlin from Passau reported: the hilal was sighted at around 20:18 in the western direction (slightly towards North). The hilal position was 1 and 7 o'clock.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Shehab, Khaled Ahmed from Crailsheim reported: Today Saturday I have 29 Duhl Hijja I saw the Hilal with necked eyes clearly at and from 20.30 our local sunset time was 20.11 The sky was not in perfect condition but I saw it clearly.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Muharram 1441 AH was seen from Assalaam Observatory, at The Islamic Modern Boarding School ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia.
      This event was attended by a hundred of the Students of MA PPMI Assalaam n members of CASA.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah New Moon of Muharram 1441 has been easily sighted tonight Saturday 31 August 2019 in many localities in Mauritius. Sky was clear. Hence Sunday 1st September will be the 1st day of Muharram 1441. Ashoura (10th day Muharram) will be observed on Tuesday 10 September 2019. I wish all brothers and sisters a blessed New Hijri Year. May Allah swt bless us all.

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Saturday 31st August 2019, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Muharram 1441 will commence on Sunday, 1st September 2019 in South Africa.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim,Secretary, Crescent Observer�s Society of South Africa from Cape Town reported: Muharrum Hilaal sighted by naked-eye this Saturday evening (31/8/2019). The 1st day of Muharrum 1441 H in South Africa corresponds with 01 September 2019.

  • Tanzania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On 31st of August 2019, hilal was sighted in tiny island of Zanzibar-Tanzania, even though the condition was hazy but hilal has been spotted in number of places, therefore the official first day oy Muharram 1441 AH will correspond Sunday 1st September 2019.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: The crescent moon to commence the month of Muharram 1441 AH was looked for after the sunset of Saturday 31st August 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 Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH has completed 29 days. Therefore the 1st night of Muharram 1441 AH will be the night of Saturday 31st August 2019 and the first day of Muharram1441 AH will be the day of Sunday 1st September 2019.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21: Time of Sunset: 18:16 : Time of the first appearance of the crescent: 18:37

  • UK:

    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: Moon sighted in Lytham, Lancashire, UK on 31/08/19 at 20:20. Multiple reports of sightings across the UK (London, Leicester, etc). 1st Muharram 1441 will be on the 1st September and Ashoura on 10th September.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton Lancshire reported: I with a group of 3 people (Mehboob, Riaz, Yassine); sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Muharram 1441; today on Saturday, 31st of August 2019 (29 Dhul-Hijjah 1440 AH); at location Rivington Road, Bolton. The Crescent moon was sighted first with a binocular at 20:17 and then naked eye at 20:18 to the left of Sunset and orientation was from 1 to 7 O�clock, It was visible till 20:43 and then we left the location but the moon was still being seen.

    3. Seen: MCW member Qamar Uddin from York reported: It was partly cloudy but the moon position was behind a dark patch of clouds before sunset (19:58 BST). However, the moon position was out of the cloud after about 20 mins and the two of us (myself and Br Hani Abdullah) saw the Muharram 1441 AH hilal at 20:22 BST with binoculars and by naked eye soon after that, Alhamdulillah. I took a few photos of the Hilal (see attached) and also recorded on a video, too. We also have many report of Muharram Hilla sighting on website from throughout the UK, Alhamdullaih.
      Advice: The month of Muharram 1441 AH will start from Sunday 1st September 2019, making Ashura (10 Muharram) to fall on Tuesday 10th September 2019, InShaAllah.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: Mr Lavon Brown from West Windsor, NJ reported: I sighted the Hilal with about five to seven Muslims at the Muslim Center of Greater Princeton in West Windsor, NJ with the crescent points at 1 o�clock and 7 o�clock approximately after Maghrib prayer at approx 8:05 pm.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: Today (Saturday, Aug 31, 2019), I tried sighting the crescent moon before and after sunset in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37� 15' 40" N, Lng: 80� 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). My first binocular (7X50) sighting was at 2:36 pm EDT. At that time I could not see the crescent by naked eyes. Later in the evening, again I did manage to sight the crescent prior to sunset at 7:40 pm (sunset: 7:53 pm). I arrived at my sighting location at 7:40 pm EDT and immediately started looking for the moon in a partly cloudy and hazy western horizon. Using a pair of binoculars (7x50), I sighted the crescent moments after my arrival at 7:40 pm. I could not see the crescent by the naked eye then. Soon, the crescent was covered by clouds. It was at 8:05 pm that I saw the moon by naked eyes in a clearing. The horns were at approximately 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). I left the area for other spots to take pictures. About 8:50 pm, I still could see the upper horn that was about to disappear (moonset: 9:06 pm). This evening, I also searched for Venus; I could not see it. At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 80.0 F, 64.0 F, 58%, and 30.25 in, respectively.

  • Zambia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Moulana Imtiyaz Misbahi, Imam Of Masjid Noor-e-Mohammedi from Lusaka reported: I Imtiyaz misbahi Imam of masjid Noor e Muhammadi lusaka Zambia with many other people sighted the moon of Muharram 1441on 31 August 2019 so 1st September would be 1st Muharram 1441

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