Moonsighting for Ramadan 1443
1443 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Sha'ban 1443: April 1 & March 31, 2022

Reported by MCW Member, Irshad Sait N. M. of HIJRl COMMITTEE OF INDIA: Photo of Urjoonul Qadeem like Waning Crescemt taken today Thursday 29th of Sha'ban 1443 (31st March 2022) by Br. J. Kadar Meera , Singapore. Latitude: 1.3521 N & Longitude: 103.8198 E: Time 06:45 am Singapore Local Time. The Illumination was about 1%. The Altitude was/ about 6° and horns were at 5 & 8 O'Clock positions.
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New Crescent Moon of Ramadan 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 6:24 UT.

We have serious comments on the fact that according to the data produced by HMNAO - an historic branch of the Royal Observatory Greenwich - that the moon was actually scientifically impossible to be seen in Saudi, and indeed the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, on Friday 1 April.

On April 1, the moon may be seen with difficulty in Hawaii and Polynesian Islands. On April 2, the moon can be seen in almost the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on April 1 from San Diego, CA, USA.

April 1, 2022 (Friday):

    !-- Reports of Moonsighting -->

  • Barbados:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Mohammed Patel reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for Friday 1st April,2022. Crescent NOT SEEN. Therefore we will have 30 days of Sha'ban. Insha'Allah, the first day of Ramadan will be on Sunday 3rd April, 2022.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Shahid Rashid from Mississauga Ontaio reported: Not sighted. As per data, sighting is not possible in our area but we attempted as per the Islamic tradition. Unfortunately we have complete overcast condition in our area.

  • Chile:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Fuad Musa from Santiago reported: The Hilaal for Ramadan 1443 AH was not seen in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, hence the first day of fasting will be Sunday, April 3rd, 2022.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: In Coquimbo the City of Chile the new moon of ramadan is not seen due to heavy clouds , and in the other City Iquique also not seen the sky was quite clear in the above City. So holy month of ramadan will start in Chile on Sunday 03/04/2022 InshaAllah.

  • China:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: The new crescent of Ramadhan 1443 AH was NOT SIGHTED with telescope on Friday at Linxia city. ( Latitude35°35'N, Longitude 103°11'E ),sunset time is 19:29,moonset time is 17:41, The Illumination was about 0.1 %,The moon altitude was about,2.22° , the moon's age is 05h26m. The crescent was not seen due to low altitude of hilal and clouds. In china, some mosques declare that 1 Ramadhan will start on April 2, (Follow Saudi), some mosques declare that 1 Ramadhan 1443 AH will start on Sunday, April 3, 2022( completing 30 days of SHB)

  • Colombia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Ibrahim Herrera from Bogota reported: Hilal not seen in Colombia. I had a cloudy sky at the time of the observation on Friday 1st April from Cundinamarca. Members of Hilal Sighting Colombia in the astronomical observatory in Bogotá could not see it either. Our committee will wait for any sighting report from the rest of the Americas.

  • Ghana:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The crescent for Ramadan has not been sighted here in Garu in the Upper East of Ghana today, 1st April 2022. We gathered at the ASWAJ mosque immediately after Maghrib prayers but no one saw it and so are the communities around.

  • Guyana:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mansoor Baksh from Demerara, Essequibo reported: The moon was not seen in Guyana on the evening of Friday, April 1, 2022. Some Jama'ats work with calculations of the appearance of the moon and will start Ramadan fasting tomorrow, Saturday. . Most Jama'ats in Guyana will start Ramadan fasting on Sunday, April 3, 2022. Inshaallah

  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Md Ohidullah from Birbhum, West Bengal reported: Today's Friday's evening on 1st April 2022, the Crescent moon of RAMADAN 1443AH has not been sighted anywhere in BIRBHUM of WEST BENGAL or any other State of INDIA.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Rasheed Usman, Kozhikode, Kerala reported: Being 13 minutes left after sunset for the moonset, Kerala Hilal Committee urged people to look for the crescent today Friday evening 01.04.2022. As there are no reports of sighting it is declared to begin Ramadan on Sunday. Qazis of the State urged people to sight hilal on Saturday evening being Shaaban 29 by count.
      Later, Trivandrum Palayam Imam declared Ramadan 1 as Sunday 03 April 2022 in South Kerala based on Puthupetta sighting from Tamilnadu. Qazis of Kerala State also later declared Ramadan 1 as Sunday in whole Kerala based on sighting at Parappanangadi Malappuram District Kerala.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: The new crescent of Ramadhan 1443 AH was NOT SIGHTED on Friday, April 01, 2022 from Assalaam Observatory, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia, the west sky was cloudy and rainy.
      The crescent was not seen due to low altitude of hilal, and clouds. According to this report, on Ithbat Council by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia declare that 1 Ramadhan 1443 AH will start on Sunday, April 03rd, 2022.

  • Kenya:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammad A Said from Mombasa reported: Friday 1st of April 2022 /29 Shaban 1443. The weather was cloudy so we were not able to see the Hilal for Ramadhan. Saturday 2nd of April will be 30th of Shaban. The East African community have officially announced Sunday 3rd of April will be the 1st of Ramadhan.

  • Libya:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi reported: The Ifta authority of Libya in the capital Tripoli made an official announcement that Saturday 2 April 2022 is the first day of Ramadan 1443 H. The Ifta authority based the decision on the confirmed moon crescent sighting in other Islamic countries ,which Libya shares the nights with. The moon crescent was not sighted in Libya Friday 01 April 2022.

  • Mali:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohammed Zakaria CHAKIR from Bamako reported: For mali, The first Ramadan is saturday April 2nd, the authorities announces that the moon was sight in the provine of Segou on the north of the country. For my personnal try, i didnt see it !

  • Oman:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Sulaiman Al Salmi from Muscat reported: Statement from ministry of Awqaf and religious affairs oman is of Not Sighting the Crescent on April 1, Friday for Month of Ramadan 1443 AH

  • Philippines:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Shaykh Amir from Quezon City reported: The Moon was not seen here even with clear sky, across the country and other neighboring Asian Countries. Therefore, we will complete the month of Sha’ban to the 30th Day. Ramadhan 1443 (2022) will commence on April 3, 2022, Sunday in shaa Allah..

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Friday 1 April 2022, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Ramadaan 1443 will commence on Sunday, 3 April 2022 in South Africa.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal from Pretoria reported: As there has been no confirmed moonsighting in South Africa on the evening of the 1st April 2022 (Friday), Ramadaan 1443 will thus begin at Maghrib on Saturday, 2nd April 2022.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Hamza Ben Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: Hilal was not sighted in tiny island of Zanzibar on the Friday 1st of April 2022 Ramadhan is declared by the Office of Mufty as on Sunday 3rd April 2022 by completing Shaaban 30 days as no sighting took place neither in tiny Island of Zanzibar not in its neighbors including Kenya and Tanzania mainland.

  • Turkey:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rajib Khaja from Yaka, Düzce reported: Just after evening Namaz I went to the Mountain where Generally I search moon for new Hijri months, I was there nearly 20 minutes, sky was clear, but no moon sighted anywhere in my City, Düzce, Turkey. So Sunday will be the first day of Ramadan in Turkey according to the Moon.

  • UK:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Affifi Al-Akiti from Oxford reported: Negative sighting. The two of us attempted to perform the sighting of Ramadan after Maghrib prayers on Friday 1 April (the 29th of Sha'ban in the UK). There are cirrus clouds on the local horizon and the new crescent could not be sighted. By 'Isha time there were no reports of any credible sighting east of our location. Rather, we received news of negative sightings in Morocco, Malaysia and Indonesia. Therefore, we should be completing 30 days (istikmal) for the month of Sha'ban, so that the first day of Ramadan should fall in the UK on Sunday 3 April (beginning from Maghrib, 2 April).

  • Ukraine:


    1. Not Seen: Mr Lenur Chaush from Ukraine reported: Me and other members of our local moonsighting commitee went out to different regions of Ukraine for sighting the new moon of Ramadan 1442. We had only 20 minutes between sunset and moonset and the weather was cloudy so we couldn’t find the new Moon. Our colleagues from Odessa Observatory also couldn’t succeed it.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: Mr Joynal Abedin from Buffalo, NY reported: The moon wasn’t seen today in Buffalo, New York, April 1st Saturday 2022 1443 hijri. the sky was cloudy , whole day sky was rain and light snow. Buffalo sun set time 7:42 pm 14211 and moon set 8:17 pm moon altitude -7.42• Moon direction 284.92 WNW and moon waxing crescent chance 1%

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Friday, Apr 1, 2022), 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 7:20 pm EDT. Later, a friend joined me. The western horizon was partly cloudy (Apparent and actual sunset 7:39 pm) . Using two pairs of binoculars (7X50 and 10X50), we scanned the area where the moon was expected to be located according to the Stellarium software. We continued our observations till moonset (8:19 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 41.0 F, 26.0 F, 55%, and 30.08 in, respectively.

    3. Not Seen: MCW member Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On the evening of Friday, April 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm Hillal was not seen. The weather situation was as follow: Visibility: 10 mi / Pressure: 29.96" Hg / Humidity: 49% / Dew Point: 43° F / Temperature: 69° F passing clouds.

    4. Not Seen: MCW member Mr Rehan Saifullah from Houston TX reported: This evening (Friday, April 1, 2022), we weren't able to sight the crescent in the Houston area. We arrived at our location (29.7176° N, 95.6353° W) about 15 minutes after sunset. We stayed until moonset but were unable to see the crescent. Clouds on the horizon were an issue, especially closer to moonset. We had a Nikon P900 with zoom capability and binoculars but didn’t see the crescent with the naked eye or otherwise.

    5. Not Seen: MCW member Shahnoor Syed, On Behalf of Mahdavia Ruiyat e Hilal of Chicago, IL reported: Hazrat Moulana Abulfatah Syed Nusrat here by declares that the Hilal of Ramzan 1443H could not be sighted with Naked eyes anywhere in Mainland USA on the 29th of Shaban - Friday, April 01, 2022. As such SHABAN will complete 30 days and the 1st day of Ramzan ul Mubarak 1443H, InshaAllah, will be on Sunday, April 03, 2022.

    6. Not Seen: MCW member Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: Mirza Shahid Basravi reported from Irvine Ca, in April 1, 2022 I went out to one of my favorite spots in Irvine Ca to sight the new crescent of Ramadan 1443. According to todays astronomical date the the Moon was above 7 degrees altitude at Sunset. I was not able t see the new crescent. Neither with my regular glasses nor with my binoculars.

    7. Not Seen: Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announced: The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Schola
      This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday, April 1st, 2022 in any region of North America. Thus, Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 will be the last day of the month of Shaban.

    8. Not Seen: MCW member Mohamedraza H.Janmohamed from Sanford FL reported: The Moon-sighting Sub-committee wishes to inform the community that the new crescent has NOT been sighted on Friday, April 01, 2022. Therefore, upon completion of 30 Days, SUNDAY, APRIL 03rd , 2022 is thus established as the 1ST Day of Mahe Ramadhan Mubarak, 1443 AH

    9. Not Seen: Imam Imam Abdur’Rauf, MINARA Muslim Community Center of Albuquerque, NM reported: A group of Muslim Brother went out to see if we could identify-locate the Hilal Moon in the western sky n the City of Albuquerque, NM. The crescent Moon was not observed.
      Range of time of Observation was from: 7:15pm MST til 8:15pm MST
      (note that Sunset occurred at 7:28pm MST and Moonset occurred at 8:08pm MST)
      Sky Conditions: Sky very clear no clouds in the sky.
      Location : Sandia Mtn foothills, Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A.
      Lat./Long: 35.190616 / -106.480645 Elevation: 6282-ft
      Observers: Kashif Muhammad, Waleed Kittle and Imam Abdur’Rauf Campos-Marquetti

    10. Seen: Mr Syed Shahid Rashid from San Diego, CA reported: On April 1, 2022, Hilal was seen with optical aid only. I am in direct contact with brothers who have been able to sight with optical aid only. Dr. Farooq Rahman and Mufti Shakeeb with 15+ people spotted the moon with aid from Mount Laguna that is 4000 feet above ground. Nobody was able to see without aid as Dr. Rahman reported to me.

April 2, 2022 (Saturday):

  • Afghanistan:

    1. Seen: MCW member Engr M Ibrahim Mayar from Kabul reported: Today,Saturday,the second of Aprill 2022; at 6 :44 PM local time, the Ramadan new moon was clearly sighted with naked eyes from Kabul city.The altitude of the moon was 7.7degree, 95 degree west and Kabul western sky was clear.

  • Australia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Falcon Raja, from Sydney, NSW reported: On April 2, 2022, in Auburn Sydney NSW Australia from 7:00 pm to 7:29pm tried to observe the Hilal. It was a patch of cloud in South South West direction. Horizon is clear in other areas of western northern sections. I was unable to observe the Hilal. Turkish community and some Arabs were observing fasting today.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Saturday 2nd of April 2022 , we have sighted the moon between 7:10pm to 7:18 pm by Bonoculars only in sydney Australia, the weather was mostly clear at sunset , so tomorrow is Sunday 3rd of April is 1st of Ramadan 1443 H.

    3. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Saturday) 2nd of April 2022, the Hilal of RAMADAAN 1443 has been sighted in Darwin. Therefore, the month of RAMADAAN 1443 will begin from Sunday, 3rd of April 2022.

  • China:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: April 2,2022 the new Crescent has been sighted with naked eye in China.I shooted a picture used a mobile phone. ( Latitude35°35'N, Longitude 103°11'E ),sunset time is 19:30, the moonset time is 20:41,The Illumination was about 1%. The moon altitude was about 13.8° , the moon's age is 31h6m(accessory).

  • India:


    1. Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from Gujrat, India reported: I, Zaid Duch, sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Ramadan 1443; today on Saturday, 02nd of April 2022 (29 Shaban 1443); at location Navi Masjid,Nadiad,Gujarat, India. The Crescent moon was sighted with a naked eye at 19:11.

    2. Seen: MCW member Mr Babu Adam from Tamil Nadu, Chennai reported: I sighted the Ramadan Crescent with my naked eye in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and have taken a photo of it through a binocular. The orientation I should say is 3-9.

  • New Zealand:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Ahmed Mohammed from Auckland reported: Please be informed that the Moon of Ramazan was not sighted today Saturday 2nd April 2022 in New Zealand, hence the First day of Ramadan will be on the 4th of April 2022. This announcement came just now from Hilal Committee of NZ and Fianz.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Wajid Hussain from Palmerston North reported: The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) has announced that the moon of Ramadan has NOT been sighted today so tomorrow 3rd April 2022 will be the 30th of Shaabaan and Monday 4th April 2022 will be the first day of Ramadan Inshallah.

  • Pakistan:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Ismail Dehwar from Pringabad, Balochistan reported: Ramadan 1443 moon was sighted here in Pringabad, Pringabad, Balochistan, Pakistan at 06:55 PM local time just after sunset on April 2. Tomorrow on 3nd April 2022, Sunday, there will be 1st Ramadan ul Mubarak 1443 Hijri.

    2. Seen: MCW member Syed M. Hussain King from Islamabad reported: On April 2, we sight the moon of Ramazan 1443 AH at exactly 18:50, along with 3 other witnesses from Lahore and gujrat

    3. Seen: MCW member Muhammad Umair Mirza from Lahore reported: On Saturday, 2nd April 2022 at the end of civil twilight (18:46), I sighted the crescent (Hilal) of Ramadan 1443 at 18:53. The Crescent moon of Ramadan 1443 AH was sighted with a naked eye at my place, (Exact Location: 31.58740 N, 74.38407 E), near Shalimar Gardens, Lahore, Pakistan.



    4. Seen: Mr Nisar Nabi from Karachi reported: This photograph was taken on 2 April 2022 at 1927hrs in Karachi Pakistan. I am an amateur photographer, and do it for leisure.
      Click on the photo to see full size.





  • Reunion:


    1. Seen: Mr Christophe De Zan from Réunion Island reported: The Date of Ramadan 1443 for Réunion (Island) (Local Sighting) is April 03, 2022.

  • Turkey:


    1. Seen: MCW member Rajib Khaja from Yaka, Düzce reported: Alhamdulillah, Moon Has Been Sighted By Me, Today (2 April, 2022) Just After Evening Namaz, at 7.45pm at Yaka, Düzce, Turkey. According to the Sighting of Shaban Moon, Months Ended on 29th, Allah Bless All Muslims who are following MCW and Keeping Fasting According to the Moon. Photo is attached.
      Click on the photo to see full size.




  • UK:


    1. Seen: MCW member Qamar Uddin from York reported: It was partly cloudy in York today (April 2, 2022) but there were clear patches near sunset position and I was able to see it about 30 mins after sunset. Alhamdulillah, Many others from throughout the UK also reported seeing and testifying live on a Zoom call to our Ulama Panel.

    2. Seen: MCW member Affifi Al-Akiti from Oxford reported: Positive sighting. The three of us attempted to perform the sighting of Ramadan after Maghrib prayers on Saturday 2 April (the 30th of Sha'ban in the UK). The difference in setting times of the sun (7:41pm) and moon (9:12pm) over the local horizon [qaws al-makth or tafawut al-nayrayn] had already been determined to be approximately 91 minutes. We sighted the crescent at 8.20pm (position: approximately 278° West; altitude [irtifa'] around 7°). It was partially cloudy on the western horizon, and the orientation of the crescent horns was from 2 to 8 o'clock. This positive sighting means that the first day of Ramadan in the UK is definitely tomorrow, Sunday, the 3rd of April (beginning from tonight's Maghrib). Photo is attached.
      Click on the photo to see full size.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This afternoon (Saturday, April 2, 2022), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). According to the Stellarium astronomy software, the moon was supposed to be due south at about 2:35 pm EDT. Using a pair of binoculars (7x50), I sighted the crescent under passing thin clouds at 2:45 pm. At 2:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 59.0 F, 28.0 F, 30%, and 30.00 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: MCW member Imam AbdulHakeem Nabeeh Um'Rani of W. Deen Mohammed Community, Birmingham, Alabama reported: NOT SEEN: APRIL 1, 2022 NO NAKED EYE MOON SIGHTING IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
      SEEN: APRIL 2, 2022 - BIRMINGHAM, AL - 7:10PM. THE 1st DAY OF RAMADAN IS APRIL 3, 2022.

    3. Seen: Imam Abdur’Rauf, Albuquerque NM reported: Naked Eye Hilal Moon observed April 2, 2022 at 7:58pm MST. A group of Muslim Brothers from Minara went out to see if we could identify-locate the Hilal Moon in the western sky of the City of Albuquerque, NM. Range of time of Observation was from: 7:15pm MST til 8:40pm MST (note that Sunset occurred at 7:28pm MST and Moonset occurred at 9:15pm MST) Location : Sandia Mtn foothills, Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A. Lat./Long: 35.190616 / -106.480645 Elevation: 6282-ft
      Observers: Kashif Muhammad, Waleed Kittle Shu’aib Muhammad and Imam Abdur’Rauf Campos-Marquetti
      Due to this fact and the fact that our community observes the beginning of Ramadan with the Hilal-Crescent Moon Sighting, the beginning of Ramadan will start at sunset Saturday April 2nd, with the first day of fasting beginning after Sunrise the morning of April 3rd.

    4. Seen: MCW member Rafay Seyal from Albuquerque, New Mexico reported: The Lighthouse of New Mexico, Muslim Community Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico USA is honored to report that our local moon sighting committee searched for the newborn crescent moon for Ramadan on April 2, 2022 at approx. 7:40 PM. Alhamdulillah, we have several positive sightings of the new crescent with 2 to 8 o'clock horns to report by several members of the Lighthouse masjid including Saleema Robinson, Adil Sarker, Mariam Alabdali, Jeramiah Walling, Mohamed AbdulHameed, Qadria Najie, Jake Hill and myself, Rafay Mustafa Seyal (age 48, born 1973). I used a Nikon D500 with a Tamron 150-600mm telephoto lens mounted on a tripod to capture the beautiful new moon. We also searched on April 1, but were unsuccessful. Both times, we observed from the foothills of the Sandia Mountains.

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