Moonsighting for Sha'ban 1441
1441 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rajab 1441: March 24 & March 23, 2020

New Crescent Moon of Sha'ban 1441:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on March 24, 2020 (Tuesday) at 9:28 UT. On that day, the moon can not be seen except by high powered telescope in Americas. On March 25, the moon can be seen with difficulty in Australia and easily in India, Pakistan, Middle East, parts of Europe, whole Africa and Americas (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

March 24, 2020 (Tuesday):

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Muneeb Siddqui from Milton, Ontario reported: I tried searching for the moon for the starting of the month of Shaban in Milton, Ontario after sunset. Unfortunately, there were a lot of clouds in the horizon, therefore the moon was not sighted.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: Today, Tuesday 24th March 2020, after sunset we looked for the new moon of Sha'baan 1414 AH. The moon was NOT SIGHTED. Therefore the month of Rajab would complete 30 days. Hence the 1st night of Sha'baan would be the night of Wednesday 25th March 2020 and the first day of Sha'baan would be Thursday 26th March 2020.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 21; Time of Sunset: 18:17; Pressure: 1014 mb; Temperature: 29 °C; Relative humidity: 62%

  • USA:


    1. Not 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, March 25th, 2020 will be the last day of the month of Rajab and that Thursday, March 26th, 2020, will be the first day of the month of Shaban, 1441 A.H. for the entire region of North America.
      This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 in any region of North America.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there was NO sighting of the new crescent on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Therefore upon completion of 30 days, THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Sha’baan, 1441 AH.

March 25, 2020 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Falcon Raja, from Sydney, NSW reported: Today Wednesday 25 March 2020 in Sydney Australia it is raining and Horizon is cloudy. I tried to watch the Hilal. But could not see it

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Wednesday 25th of March. The weather was completely cloudy in sydney Australia so unfortunately we couldn’t see the moon.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Wednesday) 25th of March 2020, the Hilal of Sha’baan 1441 has been sighted in Darwin, Norther Territory. Therefore, the month of Sha’baan 1441 will begin from Thursday, 26th of March 2020.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Vancouver, British Columbia reported: Today, March 25, I searched for the new moon from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, for about 10 minutes. I, did not see it, due to haze along the horizon and the partly cloudy sky. .

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Coquimbo reported: New moon of Sha'ban is clearly seen at 20:18 in the city of Coquimbo, Chile on 25/03/2020.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: On Wednesday, March 25th, from Giza (30.00°N, 31.2°E) , Egypt, I began my observation attempt just after Maghreb prayers, 16 minutes after apparent sunset (18:10). Best time was at 18.36. The sky had been overcast all afternoon. Total cloud cover, compounded by poor visibility, rendered by attempt futile. I could see nothing.

  • France:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rida Roty from Caen, Normandy, reported: On Wednesday, 25/03/2020 the lunar crescent was easily visible in a clear sky a few minutes after sunset in Caen / Normandy / France.

  • Germany:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Khaled Shehab from Crailsheim reported: Today Wednsday, 25.03.2020, I have 30 Rajab. I saw the Hilal with necked eyes at 19.05. Our local sunset time was 18.45 The sky was not in perfect condition but I saw it.

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rasheed Usman, Kozhikode, Kerala reported: On Wednesday, March 25, Hilal of Sha'aban is sighted in Kapad Beach Kozhikode Kerala by two persons. Sha'aban begins from this Magrib.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Moon Sighting report for the month of *Sha‘ban* (8th month of the Islamic Calendar). Moon wasn't sighted today. Thursday, 26th March, will be 30th Rajab. Friday, 27th March, will be 1st Sha‘ban, 1441 Hijri.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Crescent for Sha'ban was not seen today on 29th Rajab, 1441 (25th March, 2020) here at Godhra. Sky was cloudy. Almost all moon committees of India declared that moon was not seen and 1st of Sha'ban will bo on Friday, 27th March.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen, but Seen at other location: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Shaban 1441 AH was not seen on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from my location at Rowasiya Observatory, Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia.
      Team of BMKG reported that the new crescent was captured from Ternate and Ambon the East Region of Indonesia. The 1st of Sha'ban starts on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim,Secretary, Crescent Observer’s Society of South Africa from Cape Town reported: On Tuesday (29th Rajab 1441 / 24 March 2020) the Hilaal was not sighted and therefore Thursday, 26 March 2020 is the 1st Sha'baan 1441.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Hilal of Shabaan has been sighted at several areas in tiny Island of Zanzibar, Tanzania on Wednesday night 25 March 2020. 1st day of Shabaan is Thursday 26 April 2020.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, March 25, 2020), 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 7:23 pm EDT (sunset: 7:39 pm). The western horizon was mostly clear. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. My first binocular sighting of the crescent moon was at 7:35 pm. The naked eye sighting was 15 minutes later at 7:50 pm. The horns were approximately at 2:30 and 7:00 O'clock (2:30;5:00;7:00). I ended the session at 8:21 pm when the moon was still several degrees above the horizon and clearly visible (moonset: 8:55 pm). At 7:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 53.0 F, 41.0 F, 65%, and 29.99 in, respectively.

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