Moonsighting for Safar 1443
1443 AH
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Al urjoonul qadeem of Muharram 1443: September 7 & September 6, 2021
MCW member, Qadir Ibn Morris, Ahmad took this photo of waning crescent with his phone on September 5, 2021 from Inglewood, CA.
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New Crescent Moon of Safar 1443:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on September 7, 2021 (Tuesday) at 0:52 UT.
On September 7, the moon can easily be seen in North-Western South America and Central America, but with difficulty in North America. On September 8, it is visible in the whole world (See visibility curves).

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on September 7, Tuesday from Irvine CA, USA.

September 7, 2021 (Tuesday):

  • Barbados:


    1. Seen: MCW member Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for Tuesday 7th September, 2021. Crescent SEEN (in neighboring island of Grenada). Therefore we had 29 days Muharram. The 1st of Safar will be on Wednesday 8th September, 2021.

  • Canada:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muneeb Siddiqui from Milton, Ontario reported: On the 7th of September 2021, corresponding to the 29th of Muharram 1443, it was raining very heavily in Milton, Ontario. Therefore, the new moon for Safar 1443 could not be seen.

  • Chile:


    1. Not Seen in Chile, but seen in Panama: MCW member Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: Here in Chile the new moon is not sighted on September 7, but from Panama we get the news that they have seen the new moon on Tuesday, 7th sep 2021.

  • Indonesia:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory reported: The new crescent of Shafar 1443 AH was not sighted on Tuesday, September 07, 2021 from Assalaam Observatory at The Islamic Modern Boarding School ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesi even by Telescope. The west sky was partly cloudy.

  • South Africa:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal from Pretoia reported: Due to no confirmed moonsighting in South Africa, the 1st Safar 1443 will begin on Wednesday evening (night of the 8th Sep 2021).

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Tuesday 7 September 2021, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Therefore Safar 1443 will commence on Thursday, 9 September 2021 in South Africa.

  • USA:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Tuesday, Sept 7, 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 6:53 pm EDT (apparent sunset: 7:36; actual sunset: 7:43 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I scanned the openings where the moon supposed to be based on the Stellarium software. I could not see the moon. By the time I saw Mercury (by the binoculars), the moon would have been very close to the horizon and thus very difficult to be seen. I continued my search till moonset (moonset: 8:28 pm).

    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 Thursday, September 9th, 2021 will be the first day of the month of Safar, 1443 A.H. for all 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 Tuesday, September 7th, 2021, in any region of North America. Thus, Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 will be the last day of Muharram.

    3. Seen (Binoculars only): MCW member Mirza Shahid Basravi from Irvine CA reported: On September 7, Tuesday, I saw the new crescent with Binoculars only. In Irvine California the sunset was at 7:08 p.m. and moonset was at 7:59 p.m. I first saw the new Crescent with binoculars at 7:24 p.m. it was very faint but gradually started to grow brighter and I was hopeful that I would be able to see it with my regular glasses. Unfortunately, at some point it started to get fainter and fainter as it went into the darker mist by 7:39 p.m. the new Crescent had become extremely faint and there was no chance of being able to see it with my regular glasses.

September 8, 2021 (Wednesday):

  • Australia:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Wednesday) 8th of September 2021, the Hilal of SAFAR 1443 has been sighted in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Therefore, the month of SAFAR 1443 will begin from Thursday, 9th of September 2021.

    2. Seen: MCW member Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Juma Melbourne reported: Today on Wednesday 8th of September 2021, moon has been sighted in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Toowoomba in Australia. Insha’Allah 1st Safar 1443 Hijri will be on Thursday 9th September 2021.


    3. Seen: MCW member Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today on Wednesday 8th of September 2021 we have sighted the moon in Sydney Australia, the weather was very clear and the moon was easy to be sighted so tomorrow Thursday 9th of September will be the 1st of Safar 1443 H.

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

    4. Seen: MCW member Abbas Aly, from NSW reported: Today on Wednesday 8th of September 2021, Moon for the month of Safar was sighted in Dural NSW, with creal sky at 5.59 PM. azimuth 281.15; altitude of 10.04 degrees.

  • Egypt:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Hisham M. Hamed from Cairo reported: Tonight, Wednesday Sep. 8th, at Apparent Sunset, 18:10, I began my attempt to sight the Hilal of Safar from Ma'adi, South Cairo, Egypt (29.6°N, 31.25°E). While the Adhan was calling, there was no sign of the Moon. Off I went to Maghreb prayers. I returned at 18:35, at which time the Hilal was clearly visible. The meterological conditions, Pressure, Temperature and relative humidity, RH, were 1010.3mb, 36.0°C & 27.0% respectively. Best time was 18:41.

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  • India:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Zaid Duch from Gujrat, India reported: On Wednesday, 8th September 2021 (29 Muharram, 1443) between 18:55 to 20:10 (Sunset 18:48 & Moonset 19:59) at Location: Navi Masjid, Nadiad, Gujarat, India; we group of 3 people attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar 1443. We were not able to sight the Hilal, the western horizon was mostly covered with clouds.

  • Sri Lanka:


    1. Seen: MCW member Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today Muharram 29th (September 8, 2021) evening the new moon was sighted in several areas in Sri Lanka, Hence The Colombo Grand Mosque declared to Start the Month of Safar tomorrow 9th, September 2021.

  • Tanzania:


    1. Not Seen: MCW member Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: On the evening of Tuesday 7thSeptember 2021, the Hilaal was not sighted in tiny Island of Zanzibar-Tanzania . Therefore Safar 1443AH will commence on Thursday 9th September October 2021.

  • USA:


    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Wednesday, Sept 08, 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 7:49 pm EDT (sunset: 7:41 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Upon my arrival, I sighted Venus with naked eye. Using a pair of binoculars (7X50), I started scanning the horizon. My first binocular sighting of the moon was at 7:53 pm. Immediately after, I could see the crescent with naked eye. It was bright enough to be seen through thin clouds. The moon could have been easily sighted earlier. The horns were approximately at 2:00 and 6:30 O'clock (2:00;4:30;6:30). After a few minutes it disappeared under thicker clouds only to reappear for a short time while I was leaving the site. Soon, it set behind clouds hugging the horizon around 8:23 pm (moonset: 8:57 pm). At 7:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 75.0 F, 70.0 F, 84%, and 29.91 in, respectively.

    2. Seen: Imam AbdulHakeem Nabeeh Um'Rani of W. Deen Mohammed (WDM) Community, Birmingham, Alabama reported: NOT SEEN: SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 NO NAKED EYE MOON SIGHTING IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
      THEREFORE AFTER 30 DAYS OF DHUL- MUHARRAM - THE 1st DAY OF DHUL- SAFAR IS SEPTEMBER 8, 2021.
      SEEN: SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 - BIRMINGHAM, AL - 7:04PM
      BLACK MOON/NEW MOON/ASTRONOMICAL MOON "BORN" SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2021 - 7:52PM Local Time.

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