Moonsighting for Safar 1441
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Muharram 1441: September 28 & 27, 2019

On right is the old crescent moon photo, taken from Bangalore by Rafeeq Khan on Friday morning 28th of Muharram. It is the last crescent of Muharram. The moon is not visible on Saturday. The first crescent becomes visible on Sunday the first day of Safar. Click on the photo on the right to see full size.

Below is the old Crescent Moon (End of Muharram 1441 AH), Septembr 27, 2019 (not the new moon to start Safar). Waning moon seen at 05:12 IST today - Friday 28th of Muharram 1441 (27th September 2019) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India) by Br. Mohamed Hussain. Lat: 0842'51"N :& Long: 7744'26"E; Time: 05:12 am IST. The illumination was more than 4%; the Altitude was about 8 and horns were at 3 & 8 positions. (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member IRSHAD SAIT N. M (President) HiJRI COMMITTEE of INDIA. Ernakulam, India. Click on the photo below to see full size.

Below is the old crescent moon (end of Muharram). MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Central Java) reported: Al-Urjuun al-qadiim of Muharram 1441 AH, was captured via phone camera on Friday, Oct 27, 2019 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. Click on the photo below to see full size.


New Crescent Moon of Safar 1441:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on September 28, 2019 (Saturday) at 18:26 UT. On September 28, it is not possible to see the moon anywhere in the world by naked eye or even binoculars. On September 29, it can be seen in Middle-East and Europe with difficulty, but easily in Africa and Americas (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Sep 29 (Sunday) from Mauritius.

September 28, 2019 (Saturday):

    No sighting reports were expected and we did not receive any Moonsighting report from anywhere.

September 29, 2019 (Sunday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Sunday) 29th of September 2019, the Hilal of Safar 1441 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of Safar 1441 will begin from Tuesday, 1st of October 2019.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Crescent of the month of Safar 1441 AH has not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Sep 29. Tuesday 1st October 2019 will be the 1st Safar 1441 AH.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen with Binoculars: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Ma'adi, South Cairo reported: From Ma'adi (29.96N, 31.15E), South Cairo, on Sunday, 29th of September. The Hilal of Safar did NOT appear. There was no sign of it at apparent sunset (17:44). Brightness calculations indicated that the illuminated portion of the Moon would fall just short of the threshold of visibility, even at best time (18:06), under the prevailing atmospheric conditions, with Temperature, pressure and relative humidity being 32C, 1011.2Mb and 37% respectively.
      However, using an 8x50 monocular, I could barely see the illuminated part of the Moon at around 18:14, and for a few minutes thereafter. The horns were at 3 O'clock and 6 O'clock respectively. However, at no point in time was it visible to the naked eye.

  • Germany:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Khaled Shehab from Crailsheim reported: Today Sunday, 29.09.2019 is 29 Muhrram. I saw the Hilal with necked eyes with some difficult because abnormal Illumination between orange and yellow from the west side from 19.33 until 19.39 our local sunset time was 19.09 The sky was not in perfect condition but I saw it.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: The new crescent of Shafar 1441 AH was not sighted on Sunday, Sept 29, 2019 from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia, the sky was hazy and partly cloudy. The sun was covered by clouds 20 minutes before setting. This event was attended by my students of CASA (Club Astronomi Santri Assalaam).
      However, the new crescent was seen from Ponorogo by ust. Ahmad Junaedi, from Jepara by ust. Saiful Mujab and Palu by BMKG team: all through ccd imaging. The 1st of Shafar 1441 AH in Indonesia will starts on Monday, Sept 30, 2019.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: NEW MOON FOR SAFFAR 1441 HAS BEEN SIGHTED IN SEVERAL LOCALITIES IN MAURITIUS ON SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2019. First reported Visibility was at 18.28hrs. Sky was clear. HENCE Monday 30 September 2019 will be the 1st day of Saffar 1441.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: Tue 01 Oct 2019 will be 1st Safar 1441 Hijri InshAllah, as there have been no reported sightings on Sun 29 Sep 2019 (29 Moharram 1441) from any location of New Zealand.

  • Nigeria:


    1. Seen: Mr HabibuRahman Yunus from Adamawa State reported: I, HabibuRahman Yunus sighted the new crescent moon for the month of Safar 1441 here in General Murtala Muhammad College, Jimeta Yola North, Adamawa State (9.2572896,12.4471934) at about 18:15 Nigeria time 12 minutes after sunset on Sunday 29th Sept. 2019. The location of the moon is at 2 o'clock and 8 o'clock. The crescent moved down. We are 2 people that sighted the moon.

  • Pakistan:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Shoaib Saleem from Tarbela Dam reported: The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has announced today on 29-09-2019, 29th Muharram 1441, the new moon of Saffar 1441 not seen in Pakistan. therefore, the month of Muharram 1441 will complete 30 days. 1st Saffar 1441 will be on 1st October 2019. At my local place Tarbela Dam, new moon not seen.

  • Saudi Arabia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: From Abha KSA local sunset was at 6pm. We saw the hilal with naked eye at 6.15pm. Today 29th September 2019. We saw it for around 15 min before thick clouds covered the western horizon. Alhamdulillah.

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Sunday 29 September 2019, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa in several locations. Therefore Safar 1441 will commence on Monday, 30 September 2019 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The crescent moon for the commencement of Safar 1441 AH was seen on Sunday, 29th September in tiny island of Zanzibar-Tanzania. The first day of Safar begins on the Monday 30 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 Safar 1441 AH was looked for after the sunset of Sunday 29th September 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 Muharram 1441 AH has completed 29 days. Therefore the 1st night of Safar 1441 AH will be the night of Sunday 29th September 2019 and the first day of Safar1441 AH will be the day of Monday 30th September 2019.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21: Time of Sunset: 17:57:52: Time of the first appearance of the crescent: 18:13: Pressure: 1009 mb: Temperature: 29 C: Relative humidity: 79%:

  • UK:


    1. Seen: Wifaqul Ulama Administrator of Britain reported: Safar 1441 will begin after sunset from Sunday, the 29th of September 2019. The decision was made based on news from Morocco and South Africa and was supported by other countries we have agreements with, thus the Islamic month of ?afar 1441 had begun. There was also a solitary sighting at Barr Beacon, Walsall. You can follow the Moon Sighting details for each month on the same page by clicking here.

  • USA:


    1. 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 Monday, September 30th, 2019 will be the first day of the month of Safar, 1441 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 Sunday, September 29th, 2019 from many locations.

    2. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Sunday, Sept 29, 2019), 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 at 6:50 pm EDT (sunset: 7:10 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started looking for the crescent in the openings with no success. At no time these openings overlapped with the moon's position. At 7:47 pm, I decided to drive to a different location to the north to position myself with an opening that was hugging the lower horizon. A few minutes after my arrival, through a pair of binocular (7X50), I could see the setting crescent for a very short time at 7:56 pm. Because of light pollution, the very low altitude of the moon, and perhaps weak eyesight, I was unable to see it with naked eye. I also, could not discern the exact positions of its horns. The crescent was thin and somewhat orange in color. Soon, I could not see it further (moonset: 8:09 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 78.0 F, 67.0 F, 70%, and 30.29 in, respectively.

    3. Seen: MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported:

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On Sunday September 29, 2019, the Crescent was sighted by naked eys in Houston Texas at 7:27 pm. The crescent horn in clockwise direction was from almost 2 to 8. Therefore Monday September 30th is the 1st day of Safar. Broken clouds. Temp 84 F Humidity: 70%. Wind: 12 mph Visibility: 10 mi Pressure: 29.99 "Hg Dew Point: 73 F

    5. Seen: MCW member Mr Shahnoor Syed, On Behalf of Mahdavia Ruiyat e Hilal of Chicago, IL reported: Honorable Abulfatah Syed Nusrat hereby declares that the Hilal of Safar was sighted by Our Shahideen today i.e. on the 29th of Muharram. Janab Syed Rafi Ul Haq Sahab with family has sighted the Hilal in Arleta California, USA after Maghrib and gave the Shahadat (Testimony) Consequently, the 1st day of Safar 1441H will be on Monday, September 30th 2019 in North America.

  • Zambia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Moulana Imtiyaz Misbahi, Imam Of Masjid Noor-e-Mohammedi from Lusaka reported: The New Moon for the month of Safar-ul-Muzaffar 1441 has BEEN SIGHTED in Lusaka Zambia. InshaAllah, 30 September 2019 will be the first day of safar.

  • Zimbabwe:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: On Sep 29, Moon was sighted in Zimbabwe. Tomorrow Monday 30 September is Ist Safar Inshallah.

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