Moonsighting for Jumada-al-Oola 1443
1443 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rabi-at-Thani 1443: December 4 & December 3, 2021

Above is the old Crescent Moon of Rabi-at-Thani 1443 AH, seen on December 3, 2021. MCW Member Muhammad Abubakar Said from Mombasa, Kenya. The weather was cloudy and it was raining at around 4:40 am East African time (the weather forecast was "Intermittent clouds" ). When the clouds moved on, the crescent was easily visible with the naked eye. Photo was taken at 5:31 am.
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Above is the old Crescent Moon of Rabi-at-Thani 1443 AH, seen on December 3, 2021. Photo is provided by MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha KSA, taken using Nikon 1000 camera.
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New Crescent Moon of Jumada-al-Oola 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on December 4, 2021 (Saturday) at 7:43 UT.
On December 4, the moon can be seen by high powered telescope in Southern areas of USA, but easily by naked eye in Polynesian Islands. On December 5, it may be seen everywhere except in Northern Asia and Europe. On December 6, it is easily visible in Northern Asia and Europe. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on December 5 from Brisbane, Australia.

December 4, 2021 (Saturday):

  • Chile:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Coquimbo City reported: On Dec 4, from Coquimbo City of Chile the new moon is not sighted due to clouds.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Saturday 4 December 2021, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Jumad-al-Ula 1443 will commence on Monday, 6 December 2021 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal from Pretoria reported:As there was no sighting of the moon during the evening of the 4th Dec 2021, the month of Jamadi-ul-Oola 1443 will begin at sunset on the 5th Dec 2021 (Sunday evening) in South Africa.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that there was no confirmed sighting of the new crescent for the month of Jamadi-ul-Awwal on Saturday, December 04, 2021. Therefore, upon completion of 30 days: MONDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2021 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Jamadi-ul-Awwal, 1443 AH.

    2. 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, December 6th, 2021 will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Ula, 1443 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

December 5, 2021 (Sunday):

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Sunday) 5th of December 2021, the Hilal of Jamadiyul Oula 1443 has been sighted in Brisbane. Therefore, the month of Jamadiyul Oula 1443 will begin from Monday, 6th of December 2021.

    2. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Moon has been sighted in Melbourne and Brisbane Australia. Insha’Allah 1st Jamadi Al Awwal 1443 Hijri will be on Monday 6th December 2021.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Ma'adi, South Cairo (29.96°N, 31.25°E), Sun Dec 5th, Hilal of Jumada'l-Oula was seen on Sunday Dec 5th, apparent sunset here in Cairo, Egypt was at 16:55. There was no sign of the Moon while the Adhan was calling. Shortly after Maghrib prayers, I and my whole team saw the Hilal very clearly. Visibility had been poor until things cleared up in the late afternoon. Temperature, pressure and relative humidity were 18°C, 1016mB and 55% respectively.
      I have taken a photo (on the right)

      Click on the photo on the right to see full size.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen (because of clouds): MCW member Zaid Duch from GUJARAT, INDIA reported: On Sunday, 05th of December 2021 (29 Rabiul Aakhar, 1443) between 17:10 to 19:00 (Sunset 17:53 & Moonset 18:57) at Location: Navi Masjid, Nadiad, Gujarat, India; we group of 10 people attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Jamadil Awwal. We were not able to sight the Hilal, the western horizon was mostly covered with clouds.



    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Rasheed Usman, Kozhikode, Kerala reported: The hilal of Jamadul Awwal 1443 is sighted by me at Kallai River bridge today after Magrib at about 6.45pm. It was easily visible with naked eye and the sky was clear.
      I have taken a photo (on the right) with mobile phone cam. The hilal was thinner than seen in the photo.

      Click on the photo on the right to see full size.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen in Java, but seen in Sabang, Aceh: MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia, Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Jumadal Ula 1443 AH was not sighted on Sunday, December 05, 2021 from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia, the sky was totally cloudy. However, The moon was captured from Sabang, Aceh by Team of Ministry of Religious Affair, Indonesia. The 1st of Jumadal Ula 1443 in Indonesia will start on Monday, December 06, 2021.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The new moon was easily sighted tonight Sunday 5 December 2021 at several localities in Mauritius. The sky was clear. First reported visibility was from La Cuvette at 6.42pm. Sunset was at 6.39pm. Hence Monday 6 December 2021 will be the 1st day of Jamaad-ul-Awwal 1443.

  • Sri Lanka:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: The Hilaal (Crescent) of the Month of Jumaadal Oola 1443 AH, was sighted on Sunday, 05th of December 2021, as per the reports of the Hilaal Subcommittees appointed around the country. The Colombo Grand Mosque, ACJU Hilaal Division and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs (MRCA) unanimously declare that the 01st of Jumaadal Oola 1443 is on 06th of November 2021

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The crescent moon for the commencement of Jamadil Awal was seen on Sunday, 5th December 2021 from the tiny island of Zanzibar, Tanzania. The crescent has been seen very clear and Mufty Office declared Monday 6th December shall be the first day for the month of Jumada-al-Oola 1443 AH.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Sunday, Dec 5, 2021), 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 5:00 pm EST (sunset: 5:05 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy. Upon my arrival, I saw Venus with naked eye. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon for the crescent moon. My first binocular sighting was at 5:02 pm. After checking the time, I looked for it again and then saw it with naked eye at 5:04 pm. The horns were approximately at 1:30 and 6:30 O'clock (1:30;4:00;6:30). Shortly after, the moon was covered by clouds. Determining that the moon might be better visible in the south, I left my location at 5:26 pm. While driving to the second site, not too far form the first one, I could see the crescent. After the moon disappeared behind the clouds, I left my second sighting location at 5:46 pm (moonset: 6:26 pm). At 5:15 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 46.0 F, 32.0 F, 59%, and 30.20 in (altimeter), respectively.

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