Moonsighting for Rabi-at-Thani 1443
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Rabi-al-Awwal 1443: November 4 & November 3, 2021

Above is the old Crescent Moon of Safar 1443 AH, seen on November 3, 2021. MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA, saw this old moon at 7:28 am EDT on Wednesday, Nov 3rd (sunrise 7:49 am)
Click on the photo above to see full size.


New Crescent Moon of Rabi-at-Thani 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on November 4, 2021 (Thursday) at 21:15 UT.
On that day, the moon can not be seen any where. On November 5, the moon can be seen in parts of Africa and Westward. On November 6, it is visible in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on Nov 5 (Friday) from South Africa.

November 5, 2021 (Friday):

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Friday) 5th of November 2021, the Hilal of Rabi ‘Ul Thaani 1443 has not been sighted anywhere in Australia. Therefore, the month of Rabi ‘Ul Thaani 1443 will begin from Sunday, 7th of November 2021.

  • Barbados:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Mohammed Patel reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for Friday 5th November, 2021. Crescent SEEN, at approximately 5:50 p.m. Local time. Therefore we had 29 days of Rabi -al - Awwal. The 1st of Rabi-at-Thani will be on Saturday 6th November,2021.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muneeb Siddiqui from Milton, Ontario reported: On Friday, November 5th, 2021, I looked for the Rabiul Thani new moon in Milton, Ontario, Canada at the time of sunset. Despite the horizon being clear, I was not able to spot the moon.

  • Chile:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: In Coquimbo the city of Chile I have seen the new moon of Rabi os sani on 5th nov 2021 after maghrib prayer sky was clear.

  • Egypt:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Giza (30.00°N, 31.2°E) Friday Nov 5th, Hilal of Rabi'El Akher was NOT seen, as expected. Just after Maghrib prayers, 17:26, it was already too low above the horizon. Every other lunar parameter was unfavourable for a sighting anyway.

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from GUJARAT, INDIA reported: On Friday, 05th of November 2021 (29 Rabiul Awwal, 1443) between 18:00 to 18:20 (Sunset 17:58 & Moonset 18:28) at Location: Navi Masjid, Nadiad, Gujarat, India; I attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rabiul Aakhar. We were not able to sight the Hilal, the western horizon was mostly covered with clouds.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Rabiul Aakhar was not seen here in Godhra (India) today on 5th November, 2021 (29th Rabi-ul- Awwal). Sky was clear. Almost all Hilal committees of India have declared negative sighting reports. Hence, it will be 30th of Rabi-ul-Awwal on 6th November in India.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: The new crescent of Rabiul Akhir 1443 AH was not sighted in Friday, November 05, 2021 from Assalaam Observatory at PPMI Assalaam, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java. The sky was totally cloudy.
      We were all Team of CASA and BMKG, started prepare all equipments 30 minutes before sunset. The hilal was not seen even by telescope.

  • Kenya:


    1. Seen (with Binoculars only): Mr Muhammad Abubakar Said from Mombasa reported: Muhammad Abubakar Said from Mombasa kenya. Today 5th Friday November /29th Rabi-al Awwal 1443. The weather was partly cloudy (intermittent clouds) I was the only one to see the crescent with a celestron skymaster Astronomical Binoculars 25x70.at around 18:31 pm (18 minutes after sunset) I saw the crescent but others tried with a skymaster 20x80 but were not successful (after 2 minutes clouds covered the area. but The East African community rejected my sighting as I was the only one and I used optical aid and not with the naked eye. Jazaka llahu kheir

  • South Africa:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Friday 5 November 2021, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Rabi-ul-Aakhir 1443 will commence on Saturday, 6 November 2021 in South Africa.

  • UK:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Juned Patel from Bolton Lancshire reported: I could not see the crescent this evening from Bolton, UK. Most of the horizon was covered in clouds but there were gaps in between at the area of the crescent.

  • 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 the first day of the month of Rabi al-Akhir, 1443 A.H. will be Saturday, November 6th, 2021, for all areas under the orange and red curves in this diagram, from Richmond, Virginia going towards Indianapolis, Omaha, Casper, Idaho Falls, ending at Corvallis (Oregon). Sunday, November 7th, 2021, for the rest 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 Friday, November 5th, 2021, in Houston, Texas.

    2. Seen: Mr Rehan Saifullah from Houston TX reported: We sighted the new moon crescent of Rabi' al-Thani in the Houston area with the naked eye. We arrived at our location (29.7757° N, 95.3900° W) just after sunset (6:31 pm CDT) and saw the moon at about 6:50 pm. The moon was at about an altitude of 5 degrees at 243 degrees WNW. The moon was sighted first with binoculars and confirmed with a camera at high zoom. Two sighters were able to see the crescent with the naked eye.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, Nov 5, 2021), 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 6:27 pm EDT. The western horizon was partly cloudy, especially where the moon supposed to be. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I scanned the streaks of clearings with no success. I stayed at the location till 7:00 (moonset: 7:03 pm).

    4. Seen: MCW member Mr Milad Ali Ershaghi from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA reported: On Friday, November 5, 2021 between 6:25pm-6:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), I saw the new crescent moon of Rabi ul Thani 1443 by naked eye. I was located just outside of Del Cerro Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA at WGS84 geographic coordinates of: 33.7587335 N latitude, -118.3690562 E longitude. Sunset at this location was approximately 5:57pm, moonset was approximately 6:47pm and the moon set at an azimuth of approximately 245 degrees. I searched for the moon using a magnetic compass set to the above azimuth and spotted it by eye without the use of any optical aids.
      The sky conditions alternated between clear and overcast - as there was heavy fog just below the horizon - and so there was just a narrow span of about 5 minutes in which I could see the moon before the clouds rose up and obstructed my view of the horizon.

November 6, 2021 (Saturday):

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Imam Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Moon has been sighted in Melbourne and Sydney in Eastern Australia. Insha’Allah 1st Rabi Ul Thani 1443 Hijri will be on Sunday 7th November 2021

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Abbas Aly, from Sydney, NSW reported: Allahmdulliah as expected the moon was sighted completing 30 days of the month of Rabbi ul Awaal Sighted 7.52 PM - 13 degrees altitude Dural Sydney.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: From Giza (30.045°N, 31.2°E) Sat Nov 6th, Hilal of Rabi" el-Akher Seen Clearly. I started my attempt just after Maghreb prayers. Apparent sunset was at 17:05. I first saw the Hilal of Rabi'el-Akher at 17:28, having cleared a couple of buildings that were in the way. I enjoyed several different views of it while wandering around. There hadn't been a single cloud all afternoon, and the visibility was excellent.

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