Moonsighting for Dhul-Qi'dah 1441
1441 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Shawwal 1441: June 21 & June 20, 2020

On right is the old Crescent Moon (End of Shawwaal 1441 AH), June 20, 2020. (Photo on the right is provided by MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java): This is decreasing moon that was sighted in Indnesia after Fajr. Click on the photo on the right to see full size.











Click on the photo on left to see full size. This is the old crescent moon Shawwal 1441 Photo taken at 05:17 IST today - Saturday 29th of Shawwàl 1441 (20th June 2020) from Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli (India) by Br. Mohamed Hussain. Lat: 08°42'51"N :& Long: 77°44'26"E; Time: 05:17 am IST. The illumination was 1.7%; the Altitude was about 3 degrees and horns were at 5 & 8 positions.



Muhammad Abubakar from Mombasa, Kenya (East Africa) . On Saturday morning 20th June 2020. The weather was slightly cloudy. I managed to see the crescent with a binocular, facing 3 to 9 o'clock at around 05:55 am East Africa time (+3 GMT). I could not see it with my naked eye because of the glare from a street light directly towards My observation sight (observed from the roof top of a two story house). The crescent of Venus was clearly visible above.


New Crescent Moon of Dhul-Qi'dah 1441:

The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on June 21, 2020 (Sunday) at 6:41 UT. On that day, the moon can be seen by high powered telescope in USA. On June 22, it can be seen in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).

June 21, 2020 (Sunday):

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muneeb Siddqui from Milton, Ontario reported: On June 21, 2020, the moon for Dhu al-Qadah was not sighted in Milton, Ontario even though the horizon was clear.

  • Morocco:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Zakaria Guelzim from Rabat reported: This is to inform you that today Sunday 21st June, I and many other observers in Morocco were not able to sight the hilal of dhu al-Qi'dah after sunset. Below Is the official statement of the ministry:
      "The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs informs the citizens that it observed the crescent of the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah for the year 1441, after sunset on Sunday, Shawwal 29, 1441 AH, June 21, 2020. It contacted all representatives of Islamic affairs in the Kingdom, and the Royal Armed Forces units contributing to the observation of the crescent.They assured Islamic Affairs Ministry that all reports of sightings were not proven. Therefore, the month of Shawwal will complete thirty days, and the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah will start on Tuesday, 23 June 2020.

  • Nigeria:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Engineer Ibrahim Lanre, Lagos, Lagos State reported: I was unable to sight the crescent for the month of Dhul-Qa'dah 144AH at Okota, Lagos-Nigeria on 21st of June, 2020. It rained for almost all day so the weather was cloudy. I hope to watch out again on the 22nd of June, 2020 In-Shaa-Allah.

  • Trinidad and Tobago:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umar Abdullah from Bon Accord, Tobago reported: Today, Sunday, 21st June 2020, after sunset we looked for the new moon of Zulqaida 1414 AH. The moon was NOT SIGHTED. Therefore the month of Shawwaal will complete 30 days. Hence the 1st night of Zulqaida would be the night of Monday 22nd June 2020 and the first day of Zulqaida would be Tuesday 23rd June 2020.
      Location: lat: 10 35 long: 61 ; Time of Sunset: 18:30 ; Pressure: 1001 mb ; Temperature: 25 °C ; Relative humidity: 90%

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Sunday, Jun 21, 2020), 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 at 8:40 pm EDT (sunset: 8:45 pm). Using two pairs of binoculars (7X50 and 10X50; mostly the latter), I started scanning a partly cloudy and very hazy west-northwestern horizon with no success. I ended the session at 9:20 pm (moonset: 9:23 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 73 F, 70 F, 92%, and 30.08 in, respectively.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Norm Vargas from San Gabriel CA reported: The crescent was not seen from Mount Wilson Observatory, CA. I looked with 10x42 binoculars from 8:10-8:32 pm and did not see it or Mercury to its left. Weather was clear and calm. Some trees were providing moderate obstruction of the WNW horizon, but I could not leave my work to go to a better place.

    3. 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 Monday, June 22nd, 2020 will be the last day of the month of Shawwal and that Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020, will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Qidah, 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 Sunday, June 21st, 2020 in any region of North America.

    4. Not Seen: MCW member Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there were no sighting reports for the new moon on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Therefore, the 1st Day of Mahe Dhulqa’ad, 1441 AH is established as TUESDAY, JUNE 23RD , 2020.

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on June 22, 2020 (Monday) from Sydney, NSW, Australia.

June 22, 2020 (Monday):

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Monday) 22nd of June 2020, the Hilal of Dhul Qa‘dah 1441 has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of Dhul Qa‘dah 1441 will begin from Tuesday, 23rd of June 2020.

    2. Seen: MCW member Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Monday 22nd of June 2020, I have sighted the moon by binoculars only so today is last day of Shawwal 1441H.

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On Monday, June 22, I just saw the New moon at 18:48 local time of Coquimbo Chile. On Sunday sky was quite clear but moon was not sighted.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: I began my observation attempt from Giza (30.00°N, 31.2°E) Sat. May 23rd, 2020, just after Maghrib prayers, around 19:15. Apparent sunset was at 19:00. Visibility was quite good. I had started my stop watch at 18:59:00, and I stopped it as soon as I had finally seen the Hilal. It read 0:23'27", indicating 19:22:27 (UTC+2). The Pressure, Temperature and relative humidity were 1011.2mb, 31.0°C, and 28.0% .

  • Ghana:


    1. Seen: MCW member Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: On June 22, 2020 (Monday) I sighted the Crescent of Zhul Qaidah 1441 in Tamale at Tiyumba School Park, Near Regional Agricultues Office around 18:53 local time (immediately after Maghrib Prayer).  The orientation of the horns were from 4 to 8 O'clock

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Naeem Surajwala from BHARUCH, GUJARAT, INDIA reported: Today (Monday) 22nd of June 2020, the Hilal of Dhul Qa‘dah 1441 has been sighted in BHARUCH, GUJARAT, INDIA. Therefore, the month of Dhul Qa‘dah 1441 will begin from Tuey, 23rd of June 2020.

    2. Seen: MCW member Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Moon Sighting for the month of Dhu'l-Qa'dah (11th month of the Islamic). Moon was sighted today, June 22, 2020! Tuesday, 23rd June, will be 1st Dhu'l-Qa'dah 1441 Hijri InShaAllah.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Thulkeadah 1441 AH was seen by CCD on Computerized 70mm Telescope, from MAN 1 Surakarta on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 20 minutes after sun setting. The moon was not seen by naked eye because the sky was partly cloudy and hazy. The 1st of Thulkeadah 1441 AH in Indonesia will start on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

  • Kenya:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhamad Said Abubakar from Mombasa reported: Today Monday 22nd of June 2020 (30th shawaal 1441 A.H). The crescent was clearly visible as expected and the horns of the crescent were facing [3 to 9 o'clock] with a slight dip in "3" horn. Tuesday 23rd June 2020 is the first day of Dhul Qaada in Kenya as we completed today 30th of shawaal 1441.

  • Nepal:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Aamir, Vice Secretary Nepali Jame Masjid Committee, Kathmandu reported: On June 22, 2020, the horizon was cloudy and it was raining all day in Nayabazar, Kathmandu. Crescent was not sighted anywhere in Kathmandu but was sighted easily in the Terai region of Nepal. So, on this basis, Darul Ifta wal qazaa, Nepali Jame Masjid announced that the month of Thul Qada 1441 AH will begin from Tuesday, 23rd June 2020.

  • Saudi Arabia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: On Monday, June 22, moon was Seen easily. There were some partial clouds but I saw the crescent for long. By the UQC it was already the 1st Zul-Qi'dah 1441 today.

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 22 June 2020, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Zul Qa'dah 1441 will commence on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 in South Africa.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, June 22, 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 8:32 pm EDT (sunset: 8:46 pm; apparent sunset: 8:36 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. My first binocular sighting of the crescent was at 8:45 pm followed by naked eye sighting at 8:46 pm. The horns were approximately at 2:00 and 7:00 O'clock (2:00;4:30;7:00). At 9:44 pm, the moon was about two degrees above the horizon and visible (moonset: 10:17 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 72.0 F, 65.0 F, 81%, and 30.05 in, respectively.

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