Moonsighting for Muharram 1443
1443 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Dhul-Hijjah 1442: August 8 & August 7, 2021

Above is the old Crescent Moon of Zul-hijjah 1442 AH, seen on August 7, 2021. MCW Memebr Mohammed Hussain, from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India sent this photo taken on 28th Dhul Hijjah 1442. Saturday 7th August 2021. Lat: 8°43'36.88" N,& Long: 77°45'23.0" E ; Time: 05:33 am IST. The illumination was 2.7% & the Altitude was about 8°.
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Above is the old Crescent Moon of Zul-Hijjah 1442 AH, seen on August 7, 2021. Photo is provided by MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia.
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Above is the old Crescent Moon of Zul-Hijjah 1442 AH, seen on August 7, 2021. Photo is provided by MCW member Mr Ayyub Patel from Dewsbury, UK, taken at 440 am local time.
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New Crescent Moon of Muharram 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on August 8, 2021 (Sunday) at 13:50 UT.
On August 8, the crescent may only be seen by high powered telescope in North America. On August 9, with difficulty it may be seen in Far East and possibly in Europe, but easily in India, Middle East, Africa and Americas. On August 10, it can be seen in the whole world. (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on August 9, Monday from Assalaam Observatory, Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia.

August 8, 2021 (Sunday):

  • Mali:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohammed Zakaria CHAKIR from Bamako reported: On Sunday 8th August it was 29th Zul Hijja in Mali. The moon was not sighted in Bamako, Mali. First Muharram will be Tuesday August 10th.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Shahnoor Syed, On Behalf of Mahdavia Ruiyat e Hilal of Chicago, IL reported: Hilal of Muharram was Not Sighted at anyplace in Mainland USA and Canada on the 29th of Zill Hajj -Sunday, Aug. 08, 2021. Consequently Zil Hajj will complete 30 days and the 1st Day of Muharram 1443H will be on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

    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 the first day of Muharram, 1443 A.H. will be on: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 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, August 8th, 2021, in any region of North America. And since the astronomical data for sighting of the crescent on August 9th is certain for the entire continent, Monday, August 9th, will be the last day of the month of Thu al-Hijjah.

    3. 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 of the new crescent on Sunday, August 8, 2021 and therefore upon completion of 30 days: TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2021 is established as the 1st Day of Mahe Muharram, 1443 AH.

August 9, 2021 (Monday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Monday) 9th of August 2021, the Hilal of MUHARRAM 1443 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of MUHARRAM 1443 will begin from Wednesday, 11th of August 2021. FRIDAY 20th OF AUGUST WILL BE THE DAY OF ‘AASHOORAA'

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Moon has not been sighted anywhere in Western Australia on August 9. In’Sha’Allah Tuesday 10th August 2021 will be 30th Dhul Haj In’Sha’Allah Wednesday 11th August 2021 will be the First of Moharram ul Haram 1443 AH.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Falcon Raja, from Sydney, NSW reported: In Auburn Sydney NSW Australia I tried to see the new moon from 17:25-17:55 9 Aug 2021. Due to small cloudy patches on the horizon I was unable to see the new moon. Clouds were very patchy in other parts observation environment may be better.

  • Barbados:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Mohammed Patel reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for Monday 9th August, 2021. Crescent SEEN. Therefore we had 29 days of Dhul-Hijjah. The 1st of Muharram will be on Tuesday 10th August, 2021

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Coquimbo reported: Tonight, August 9, Monday, in Coquimbo, Chile I have seen the new moon of Muharram after Maghrib prayer. The sky was quite clear.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, after Maghrib Prayers Monday Aug 9th, I attempted to observe the new Moon, from my preferred observation point (29.6°N, 31.12°E). The Meteorological Conditions, Pressure, Temperature and relative humidity were 1008.6mb, 35.0°C, and 44.0% respectively. I had determined beforehand that the illuminated portion of the Moon, ~1.48% would NOT be visible. It was below the threshold of point source visibility, by 0.26 magnitudes/arcsec². I started my attempt at 19:10, to no avail. A couple of minutes later, I started scanning the sky using my Nikon D3100 Camera, with 300mm Zoom Lens. Venus was visible clearly, and I made use of it to focus the camera lens this time as well. At 19:15 the Moon was at ~4° altitude, and ~ 1.0 magnitudes/arcsec² below the threshold of visibility.

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Rasheed Usman, from Kozhikode, Kerala reported: The hilal of Muharram 1443 AH was sighted today evening 9th August 2021 by two persons at Kapad Beach, Kozhikode, Kerala, who informed Qazi of Kapad. The Qazis of the State declared Muharram 1 as on 10th August and Ashura on Thursday 19th August 2021.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: The new crescent of Muharram 1443 AH was seen on Monday, August 09, 2021 from Assalaam Observatory, PPMI Assalaam at Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia. The sky was hazy, the moon was captured via computerised telescope and not sighted by naked eye.

  • Kenya:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad A Said from Mombasa reported: Today Monday 9th August 2021 /29th of Dhul-Hijjah 1442. The weather was good with slight cloud cover. We saw the crescent by naked eye (6 men) we managed to take a picture with a mobile phone. So Tuesday 10th of August will be The 1st of Muharram 1443.

  • Mauritius:


    1. Seen: MCW member Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The new moon was sighted tonight Monday 9 August 2021 at Piton in Mauritius. Hence Tuesday 10 August will be the 1st day of Muharram 1443. Yaume-E-Ashura (10th day of Muharram) will be observed on Thursday 19 August 2021. The sky was partly cloudy.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: There has been no reported sightings from anywhere in NewZealand and Fiji on Mon 9 Aug 2021 (29 Zilhijjah 1442), hence Wed 11 Aug 2021, will be the 1st of Moharram 1443 Hijri InshaAllah and Tue 10 Aug 2021 will be 30 Zilhijjah 1442.

  • Pakistan:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Umair from Lahore reported: On 9th August 2021 at the end of civil twilight (19:18), the hilal of Muharram 1443 was not seen in Lahore city (Pakistan) due to a cloudy sky. The Crescent moon of Muharram 1443 AH was not sighted with a naked eye from 19:18 to 19:45 at my place, (Exact Location: 31.58740 N, 74.38407 E), near Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan.

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Monday 09 August 2021, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Muharram 1443 will commence on Tuesday, 10 August 2021 in South Africa.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Seen: MCW member Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Hilal was sighted for Muharram on Monday 9th August 2021. The first day of Muharam will be Tuesday 10th August 2021 in tiny island of Zanzibar.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Monday, August 9, 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 8:15 pm EDT (sunset: 8:22 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. I sighted Venus with the binoculars and with naked eye at 8:24 and 8:25 pm, respectively. My first binocular sighting of the moon was around 8:53 pm when the moon was appearing in an opening. Immediately after, I could see the crescent with naked eye. If not because of the clouds, the moon could have been sighted much earlier. The horns were approximately at 2:30 and 6:30 O'clock (2:30;4:30;6:30). I left my sighting location at 9:06 pm when the moon disappeared behind the clouds hugging the horizon (moonset: 9:28 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 80.0 F, 67.0 F, 64%, and 30.22 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Imam AbdulHakeem Nabeeh Um'Rani of W. Deen Mohammed (WDM) Community, Birmingham, Alabama reported: On August 9, 2021, the Hilal was seen by naked eye in BIRMINGHAM, Alabama at 8:48PM Conjunction was on SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 2021 - 8:50AM. THEREFORE, THE 1ST DAY OF MUHARRAM IS AUGUST 10, 2021.

August 10, 2021 (Tuesday):

  • Australia:



    1. Seen: MCW member Falcon Raja, from Sydney, NSW reported: At 17:39 it was very thin in Auburn, Sydney NSW Australia, Tuesday 10 August 2021. Moon was se1443muh20210810_1en around 17:40.

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  • Pakistan:


    1. Seen: MCW member Muhammad Umair from Lahore reported: On Tuesday,Tuesday, 10th August 2021 at the end of civil twilight (19:16:45), I sighted the crescent (Hilal) of Muharram 1443 at 19:26. The Crescent moon of Muharram 1443 AH was sighted with a naked eye at my place, (Exact Location: 31.58740 N, 74.38407 E), near Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan.

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