Moonsighting for Shawwal 1444
1444 AH

Al urjoonul qadeem of Ramadan 1444: April 19 & April 18, 2023

MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi stated: The old crescent of Ramadhan 1444 AH was seen on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 after praying Shubuh from Mosque of Baiturrohim at Ngepringan Serenan Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia. Click on the photo to see full size.

MCW member Falcon Raja from Auburn Sydney NSW Australia, mentioned: At 5:45am 18 April 2023 Sydney Australia Urroj-Al-Qudeem is visible at direction of 3-9 in clock direction up to sky with a little tilt above 9. It is thin. (No photo was provided).

MCW member Shafraz Macksood from Colonbo, Sri Lanka, mentioned: After Fajr around 5.35 AM local time today 19th April 2023 I was able to Photograph the last Crescent of Ramadhan this year with a DSLR and an old 300mm lens. But photo provided was not showing the old moon.

MCW member Irshad Sait from India, mentioned: Waning Crescemt was seen today Wednesday 29th of Ramadhan 1444 (19th April 2023) by Br. Khader Meera from Singapore. Time 6:38 am Singapore Sandard Time. The Illumination was about 1.7 % The Altitude was around 7� and horns were at 5 & 9 O'Clock positions.

New Crescent Moon of Shawwal 1444:
The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on April 20, 2023 (Thursday) at 4:12 UT.
On April 20, Hilal can be seen with difficulty in USA and parts of Canada. On April 21, it can be easily seen in the whole world (See visibility curves below)

The earliest reported sighting of the new crescent was on April 20 (Thursday) from Blacksburg, VA, USA.

April 20, 2023 (Thursday):

  • Afghanistan:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Engr M Ibrahim Mayar from Kabul reported: Today, Thursday 20th April 2023, after sunset I.e 6:00 O'clock local time, I tried to see the Shawwal new moon crescent from my resistance in Kabul; but my attempt ended in vain to see the new moon,however Kabul city sky was clear.

  • Barbados:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: From Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados I tried to see the moon on Thursday, 20th April 2023. Crescent is NOT SEEN. Therefore we will have 30 days of Ramadan. The 1st day of Shawwal will be on Saturday, 22nd April 2023.

  • Croatia:

    1. Not Seen: Jasmin D�aferovic from Zagreb, Croatia reported: On the 20th April 2023 at 16:48h local time, the moon cannot be seen in Zagreb, Croatia, as it is at the same level above the horizon as the sun. Eid ul-Fitri in Croatia is on Friday, 21 April 2023.

  • Grenada:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Farid Patel from Grenada reported: This is to inform that moon for month of shawwal was not sighted in Grenada, there we will complete 30days in the month of Ramadan. Farid patel

  • Guyana:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Mansoor Baksh from Demerara reported: The new moon for Shawwal was seen in Guyana by Bro Ahmad Baksh and about ten others at Annandale, East Coast Demerara and by Javed Baksh at Masjid Darus Salaam, Georgetown on Thursday, April 20, 2023. Most of Guyana celebrated Eid on Friday, April 21, 2023. However Darul Uloom of East Street Georgetown, did not accept the reported sightings and as a result announced Eid for Saturday, April 22, 2023.

  • India:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Rasheed Usman from Kerala reported: The hilal of Shawwal 1444 has not been sighted anywhere in the State of Kerala today evening 20th April 2023. Accordingly Eidul Fitr in the State will be celebrated on Saturday 22nd April 2023, as informed by Khazis and Hilal Committees.

  • Indonesia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory Central Java Indonesia reported: On April 20, 2023, Assalaam Observatory at the Islamic Boarding School of Assalaam (Sukoharjo, Central Java, Indonesia) organized crescent observation (ru'ya hilaal) for determining the beginning of Shawwal 1444 AH. The observation team was led by the head of the observatory, Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi. The team member list is Mr. Purnomo, Mr. Taufiq, Mrs. Ratna and Mr. Faizal, Mr. Zacky. Several invited guests also attended the events including reporters from media, alumni and guardian of Assalaam students.
      The crescent was not sighted due to low altitude of hilal and the complete cloud covers in the western sky at Surakarta City.
      According to the neo-MABIMS criterion the Itsbat Council by Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia declared that the 1st of Shawwal 1444 AH in Indonesia will start on Saturday, 22nd of April 2023."

  • Kenya:


  • Libya:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi reported: The Ifta authority of Libya in the capital Tripoli made an official announcement that the moon crescent was not seen in Libya on 20 April 2023 and rejected unfounded sighting reports. It declares the first day of Shawwal 1444 H will be on Saturday 22 April 2022.

  • Mexico:

    1. Decision: Mr Modood Ahmad Khan from Mexico City reported: This evening (Thursday, April 20, 2021), the crescent moon could not be seen in Mexico City, Mexico. (Coordinates 19.442045, -99.2040360, and elevation: 2260 meters). The sky is cloudy and sighting is not possible due to weather conditions. (sunset: 6:55 pm and moonset: 7:41 pm). Decision: Based on the New Moon birth at 19th April 10:12pm Time zone in Mexico City, CDMX (UT-6) and by adding 20 hours. Moon age is sufficient for sighting in Mexico City after 20-April 6:12 pm. (sunset: 6:55 pm and moonset: 7:41 pm). The month of Ramadan will be 29 days. 1st Shawwal 1444 will be on 21-April-2023. We will Celebrate Eid ul Fitr on Friday 21st April 2023. InshaAllah.

  • Morocco:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Zakaria Guelzim from Bouznika reported: This is to inform you that I tried to sight the Hilal of Shawwal after Maghrib of Thursday, April 20,2023 in Tetouane Morocco without success. The sun set was at 19:02 GMT and the moon set was at 19:38. The Hilal was not sighted in any city of Morocco.
      In its press release, The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs announced that the beginning of the month of Shawwal 1444 AH will be on Saturday, April 22, 2023 AD. The following is the text of the Ministry�s statement in this regard:

  • Nigeria:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Ibrahim Lanre Lagos, Lagos State reported: I didn't sight the moon in Okota, Lagos shortly before sunset till 7:30 p. We are awaiting moon sighting reports from other part of the country.

  • Oman:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Sulaiman Al Salmi 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 Ramadhan to the 30th Day. Eid'l Fitr 1444 (2023) will commence on April 22, 2023, Saturday in shaa Allah...

  • Pakistan:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Umair Mirza from Lahore reported: On Thursday, 20 April 2023 at the end of civil twilight (18:59:38), at Lahore, Pakistan, sky was completely cloudy and rainy. No attempt of sighting of Shawwal's new moon could have been attempt, because the age of new moon was just 9.5 hours. This short age of new moon's is unacceptable for Hilal's parameters. So, The Hilal (Crescent) of Shawwal 1444 was not sighted in Whole over in Pakistan. First of Shawwal 1444 will be observed on Saturday, 22 April 2023.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Dr Ismail Dehwar from Balochistan reported: Today on 29 Ramdan 1440 Thursday (20th April 2023) Shawal1440 moon was searched locally here in Pringabad, Balochistan, Pakistan where horizon was clear but the Shawal1440 moon was not sighted. Therefore Eid-ul-Fiter will be celebrate on 22 April 2023 Saturday

  • Philppines:

    1. Not Seen: Mr from Amir Ibn Muhammad Saud 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 Ramadhan to the 30th Day. Eid'l Fitr 1444 (2023) will commence on April 22, 2023, Saturday in shaa Allah...

  • Saudi Arabia:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Abdul Kadir Mulla, Madinah reported: Moon not sighted in Madinah Munawwara KSA. There was cloud and sky was not clear. (Note by announcement is that Eid-alFitr is on Friday April 21, 2023.

  • Spain:

    1. Decision: MCW member Gabriel Jairod�n Riaza from Madrid reported: Announced: Islamic Commission of Spain announces that Friday, 21 April 2023, is the first day of Shawwal 1444 and Eid ul-Fitr. Announcement: It follows sighting anywhere from Fiji until Canary Islands, and especially from Saudi Arabia. Criteria:

  • Turkey:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Muhammed Cevad Turan from Istanbul reported: Due to weather condition around Istanbul/Turkey and neighbor cities, it wasn't possible to observe new crescent of Shawwal. However, Presidency of Religious Affairs declerated that 21st of April is the 1st of Shawwal, based on calculations.

  • UK:

    1. Not Seen: MCW member Dr. Afifi al-Akiti from Oxford reported: Negative sighting. The three of us attempted to perform the sighting of Shawwal after Maghrib prayers and iftar on Thursday 20 April (the 29th of Ramadan 1444 in the UK). The western horizon is completely overcast, while the surrounding area is raining, hence 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 Ramadan, so that the first day of Shawwal should fall in the UK on Saturday 22 April.

  • USA:

    1. Seen: MCW member Imam Abdur�Rauf R. Campos-Marquetti from Albuquerque, New Mexico reported: MCW Member Imam Abdur�Rauf Campos-Marquetti reported: Five members from the MINARA Muslim Community Center had a naked-eye sighting of a very thin and young Hilal Moon. Visual sighting was done with the naked eye on the evening of April 20th, 2023 at 8:25pm MST from the foothills of the Sandia Mountains of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sky Conditions: Very clear evening no clouds, Visibility 32 miles, Temperature: 45 degrees F, , Elevation: 6,530-feet. Orientation of the crescent horns: 3 to 9 O�clock).

    2. Seen: MCW member Mirza S Basravi from Berkeley CA reported: I sighted the New Moon of Shawaal on Apr 20, 2023 from the Hills east of Berkeley, California. First at 8:08 pm with my 7x35 binoculars, then at 8:17 pm with my regular glasses, and finally saw at 8:23 pm.

    3. Seen: MCW member Al Aminour Rashid from Houston TX reported: The moon was seen and confirmed by the shiaa committee in Houston Tx and Friday the 21st is the first day of Eid

    4. Seen: MCW member Al Aminour Rashid from Houston TX reported:

    5. Seen: Mr TobeYah from Los Angeles CA reported: I just wanted to report that i saw with my naked eyes the first crescent Moon in Los Angeles, California

    6. Seen: Mahdavia Rui�yat e Hilal in North America announced: Hilal of Shawwal 1444H has been sighted at multiple locations across California by our Shahideen who gave their Shahadat ( testimony in the name of Allah). Therefore Eid ul Fitr - the 1st day of Shawwal, will be on Friday, April 21, 2023 in North America.

    7. Seen: MCW member Norm Vargas from Mount Wilson CA reported: The crescent moon for April 20, 2023 was sighted this evening from Mount Wilson Observatory, CA by 4 observers. It was first sighted by 10x42 binoculars at 7:35 pm when it was about 8 degrees high. It became visible to the naked eye at 7:50 pm at an elevation of 5.5 degrees and an age of 22 hrs 38mins. It was followed by binoculars, 80mm spotting scope and naked eye until 8:05 pm. The arc extended from the 3 o'clock position to the 8 o'clock position. It was broken by a large crater near the center of the arc. Many pictures were taken by phone through the spotting scope and without.

    8. Seen: MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, April 20, 2023), the crescent moon was sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37� 15' 40" N, Lng: 80� 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). We arrived at our sighting location at about 7:35 pm EDT (sunset: 7:57 pm). The western horizon was partly cloudy and very hazy. Using a pair of binoculars (10X50), I started looking for the crescent. My first binocular sighting was with a 7X50 pairs of binoculars at around 8:36 pm. My friend also could see the moon using the other pair of binoculars; while we could follow it for about 6 minutes, we were unable to see it with naked eye with our brief attempts. The crescent was very thin and just coming out of a thick band of clouds and close to set behind distant mountains. This piece of cloud hindered our efforts to sight the crescent earlier. The binocular sighting continued till the moon set behind the mountains at 8:42 pm (actual moonset: 8:47 pm). Unfortunately, I did not attempt determination of the horns directions! At 8:35 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 72 F, 45 F, 39%, and 30.17 in, respectively.

    9. Not Seen: MCW member Imam AbdulHakeem Nabeeh Um'Rani, W. Deen Mohammed (WDM) Community, Birmingham, AL reported: Hilal of Shawwal was SEEN on April 22nd, 2023; A naked eye sighting in Birmingham, AL.

April 21, 2023 (Friday):

  • Albania:

    1. Seen: MCW member Ebu Xhunejd (Ledjo Hyka) from Tirana reported: We were all around the country 14 groups and also in Kosovo. On April 21, 2023 We tried to sight the new moon with binoculars too, but it was impossible. So, in change from the comunity here, the first date of Shauam is in 22 April.

  • Australia:

    1. Seen: MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today (Friday) 21st of April 2023, the Hilal of Shawwal 1444 has been sighted in Mareeba (Queensland). Therefore, the month of Shawwal 1444 will begin from Saturday, 22nd of April 2023.

    2. Not Seen: MCW member Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Friday 21st of April 2023 the moon was not been sighted in sydney nsw Australia. We couldn�t even sight the moon by optical aid as Bonoculars and telescope as well.

  • India:

    1. Seen: MCW member Md Ohidullah from Birbhum, West Bengal reported: Today's Evening (Friday) 21st of April 2023AD, The Crescent moon of Shawwal 1444AH has been sighted in Birbhum of West Bengal in INDIA. So, Saturday 22nd April will be EID_UL_FITR In_Sha_Allah.

    2. Seen: MCW member Naeem Surajwala from BHARUCH, GUJARAT, INDIA reported: Today, April 21, I personaly tried to see new crescent moon of Shawaal 1444. New Crescent Moon of Shawwal 1444 Seen clearly at BHARUCH, GUJARAT, INDIA Tomorrow Saturday 22nd april will be the Eid ul Fitr 1444 AH.

  • Mauritius:

    1. Seen: Mr Ahaad Choychun from Port Louis reported: Moon has been signed in several region in Mauritius@ 18h20 namely city of Port Louis, Grand Bay, Coromandel and other. Moon position 5 to 11 O'clock. Please find attache the picture

  • South Africa:

    1. Seen: MCW member Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Friday 21 April 2023, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa. Therefore Shawwaal 1444 will commence on Saturday, 22 April 2023 in South Africa.

    2. Seen: MCW member Tehseen Raza Hamdani from Rustenburg reported: On this evening [21st April 2023] after having observed 29 days of Ramadan, there has been a widespread sighting of the crescent all over South Africa. I saw the new moon of Shawwaal of the shape of 5 to 11 o'clock, in the city of Rustenburg along with many others. Hence, the 22nd of April, Saturday marks the Day of Eid in South Africa. Eid Mubarak.

    3. Seen: MCW member Keeka, Mohamed Iqbal, Pretoria reported: The moon marking the start of Shawaal 1444 has been sighted this evening, Friday 21 April 2023, in South Africa. Eid-ul-Fitr will thus be celebrated on Saturday 22 April 2023.

  • Sri Lanka:

    1. Seen: MCW member Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Toady 29th Of Ramadan 1444H (21/04/23) evening the Shawwal moon has been Sighted. Hence the Month of Shawwal starts tomorrow 22nd Saturday April 2023 & Eid Mubarak to all Srl Lankans Muslims.

    2. Seen: MCW member Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: The CRESCENT for the month of Shawwal has been sighted in Sri Lanka. First day of Shawwal will be 22nd (Saturday) April 2023 In sha allah

  • UK:

    1. Seen: Mr Mohammad Ali Javed from Luton reported: Today, Friday 21st April 2023 at 8:30pm, I sighted the new crescent of Shawwal in Luton, United Kingdom. The sky was clear and moon was sighted easily. 1st Shawwal will begin on Saturday 22nd April 2023.

1st Day of Eid al-Fitr in all Countries (updated when more information is available)
April 21Afghanistan (Follow Saudi)
April 21Albania (Follow Saudi)
????Algeria (Follow
April 21Angola (follow Turkey)
????Armenia (Follow Saudi)
April 21Australia (Lebanese & Turkish communities follow Saudi)
April 22Australia (Indian and Pakistani community follow Local Sighting)
April 21Austria (Follow Saudi)
April 21Azerbaijan (Follow Saudi)
April 21Bahrian (Follow Saudi)
April 21Bangladesh (Follow annoncement from any Muslim country)
????Bangladesh (Official Announcement)
????Barbados (Local Sighting)
April 21Belgium (Follow Saudi)
April 21Bolivia (Follow Saudi)
April 21Bosnia and Hercegovina (Follow Turkey)
????Brunei (Local Sighting)
April 21Bulgaria (Follow Saudi)
April 21Burkina Faso (Follow Saudi)
April 21Canada (Toronto Hilal Committee)
April 21Canada (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
April 21Chechnia (Follow Saudi)
????Chile (Local Sighting)
????China (Following
????China (Local Sighting)
????Colombia (Follow Chile sighting)
April 21Croatia (Follow Turkey)
????Dagestan (Local Sighting)
April 21Denmark (Follow Saudi)
????Egypt - Moon Born before sunset & moon sets at least 5 minutes after sunset
????Fiji Islands (Local Sighting)
April 21Finland (Follow Saudi)
????France (UOIF - Union of the Islamic Organizations of France)
April 21France (CFCM - French Council of Muslims) Altitude > 5�, elongation > 8�
April 21Georgia (Follow Saudi)
April 21Germany (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research - Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5�, elongation > 8�)
????Ghana (Local Sighting)
????Guyana (Local Sighting)
April 21Hungary (Follow Saudi)
April 21Iceland (Follow Saudi)
April 21India - Hijri Committee of India
????India (Local Sighting)
????Indonesia (Official Announcement)
????Indonesia (Local Sighting)
????Iran (Local Sighting)
April 21Iraq (Sunnis Follow Saudi)
April 21Ireland (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research - Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5�, elongation > 8�)
April 21Italy (Follow Saudi)
April 21Japan (Follow Saudi)
????Jordan (Local Sighting)
April 21Kazakhstan (Follow Saudi)
????Kenya (Local Sighting)
April 21Kosovo (Follow Turkey)
April 21Kuwait (Follow Saudi)
April 21Kyrgizstan (Follow Saudi)
April 21Lebanon (Follow Saudi)
????Libya (Official Announcement)
April 21Luxembourg (ECFR - European Council for Fatwa and Research - Somewhere on the globe Altitude > 5�, elongation > 8�)
April 21Macedonia (Follow Turkey)
????Madagascer (Local Sighting)
????Malawi (Local Sighting)
????Malaysia (Official Announcement)
April 21Mauritania (Follow Saudi)
????Mauritius (Local Sighting)
April 21Montenegro (Follow Turkey)
????Morocco (Local Sighting)
????Mozambique (Local Sighting)
????Namibia (Local Sighting)
April 21Netherlands (Follow Saudi)
????New Zealand (Local Sighting or follow Australia)
????Nigeria (Local Sighting)
April 21Norway (Islamic Council of Norway - follow annoncement from any Muslim country
April 21Norway (Some follow Saudi)
????Oman (Local Sighting)
???? Pakistan (Local Sighting)
April 21Palestine (Follow Saudi)
????Peru (Local Sighting)
April 21Philippines (Follow Saudi)
????Poland (Calculation)
April 21Qatar (Follow Saudi)
April 21Romania (Follow Saudi)
April 21Russia (Follow Saudi)
????Saudi Arabia (Local Sighting - Official Announcement)
April 21Serbia (Follow Turkey)
????Senegal (Local Sighting)
April 21Singapore (Follow Saudi)
April 21Slovania (Follow Turkey)
????South Africa (Local Sighting)
????South Korea (Local Sighting)
????Spain (Union of Islamic Communities of Spain (, Islamic Commission of Spain)
????Sri Lanka (Local Sighting)
April 21Sudan (Follow Saudi)
????Suriname (News from Guyana if not seen in Suriname)
April 21Sweden (Follow Saudi)
April 21Switzerland (Follow Saudi)
April 21Syria (Follow Saudi)
April 21Taiwan (Follow Saudi)
April 21Tajikistan (Follow Saudi)
????Tanzania (Local Sighting)
April 21Tatarstan (Follow Saudi)
????Thailand (Announcement)
April 21Togo (Follow Saudi)
????Trinidad & Tobago (Local Sighting)
????Tunisia (Criteria of age, or sunset-moonset lag)
April 21Turkey (Possibility of sighting by telescope anywhere OR elongation > 8� & Altitude > 5� anywhere)
April 21Turkmenistan (Follow Saudi)
April 21U.A.E. (Follow Saudi)
????Uganda (Local Sighting)
April 21UK (Follow Saudi)
????UK [Coordinated by Major Islamic Centres and Mosques of London]
????UK [Wifaaqul ulama), (Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat], OR (Sighting from countries east of UK)
April 21USA (FCNA/ISNA - Fiqh Council of North America/Islamic Society of North America)
????USA (Local Sighting)
????USA [Shi'aas Houston Hilal Committee, Chicago Hilal Committee]
April 21Uzbekistan (Follow Saudi)
April 21Yemen (Follow Saudi)
????Zambia (Local Sighting)
????Zimbabwe (Local Sighting)

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