Crescent Moon Visibility of Ramadan 1439 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Ramadan 1439 shows that moon will be born on 15 May 2018 at 11:48 GMT/UT, but it may not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 16 May 2018 the moon will be easily visible in the UK and in most countries of the world. (Lunar parameters at London sunset: Moon Age: 32 hrs, Alt: 9°. Elong: 19°, lag: 69 mins.) Hence, the month of Ramadan is most likely to start from 17 May 2018, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Ramadan 1439 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Ramadan 1439 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Ramadan 1439 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Ramadan 1439 AH on 16 May 2018 (29th Shaban) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [iCalendar] [Photo Competition]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Ramadan 1439 AH

16 May 2018
United Kingdom

Darlaston

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Yusuf Patel from Darlaston City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Yusuf Patel commented: “Sky reasonably clear”.


London

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Yakub Atkins from London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Yakub Atkins commented: “Crescent not seen from Upton Lane”.


Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Eng Suleman Aboo from London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Suleman Aboo commented: “Assalaamu Alaikum,  I and 4 other people witnessed the crescent for Ramadhan at 21:12 today at Wanstead Park in East London. The crescent was very thin and could only be seen using Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ82 camera and binoculars. Sighting with naked eyes was made 5 minutes later. [See YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKSj_ZKbAT8 - admin]”.”.


Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Aseer County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Totally cloudy very heavy rains of blessings for Ramadan”.


Wednesbury

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Yusuf Patel from Wednesbury City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Slough

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Ms Ishrat Malik from Slough City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Ishrat Malik commented: “Alhumdulillah, I and my family saw the Ramadan moon with the naked eyes ”.


Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the United Kingdon County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: “Slough horizon was partially cloudy but a little patience provided an at least 15 minutes window of crescent being visible with naked eye”.


Leicester

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Saidahmed Molvi from Leicester City in the Uk County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Saidahmed Molvi commented: “Alhamdulillah, I have seen the crescent moon with the company of Usman Tambu. We have sighted the moon off the A47 towards Peterborough near Uppingham.  Ramdhan Mubarak to all the Muslim Ummah [photo added 28/5/2018 - admin]”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars and/or Telescope.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “York Hilal was seen at 9.15pm by telescope, 9.25 pm by binoculars, 9.35 pm by the naked eye. There were 4 of us in the group from York Mosque plus one astronomer who saw the Ramadan Hilal clearly via, a Meade LX200 GPS telescope, 10x50 binoculars and naked-eye. Photos and video recordings were made using mobile phones. Further details can be provided upon request.”.


Stoke on Trent

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Ahmad Mirza from Stoke on Trent City in the Staffordshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ahmad Mirza commented: “Seen on the second time. Very thin line. Definitely the moon. Other people were there as well”.


Surbiton

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Javed Rafiq from Surbiton City in the Surrey County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Javed Rafiq commented: “Clear on the western horizon. Saw a bright star at 21:15. by 21:30, it was cloudy on the western horizon, so could not observe anything”.


Cradley Heath

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Cradley Heath City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “I was walking back from home from the local mosque. I had seen the moon. When I arrived home, [at] the front garden I could still see the moon. It was 9:25 pm to 9:30 pm”.


Liverpool

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Ms Jamilah Amal from Liverpool City in the Merseyside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Jamilah Amal commented: “Sighted hilal approximately 10 minutes after sunset.  The horizon was quite cloudy but was able to see the moon”.


Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Shaykh Zane Abdo from Liverpool City in the Merseyside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Zane Abdo commented: “iPhone camera was too weak to take picture! 

[Great effort! However, taking a photo of the western horizon at the time of sighting is always a good idea, even if a close-up photo of moon is not possible - Editor]”.


Crawley

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Razmy Nazeer Mohamed from Crawley City in the West Sussex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Razmy Nazeer Mohamed commented: “Myself, Br Razmil and Br Ifaz attended to sight Ramadan crescent, the sky was partly cloudy [but we] spotted it after sunset ”.


Harrow

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Yusuf Yearwood from Harrow City in the Middlesex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Yusuf Yearwood commented: “Multiple witnesses”.


Manchester

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Maqsood Fazel from Manchester City in the Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Maqsood Fazel commented: “First seen by binocs at 21:25 and then by naked eye at 21:37.
Crescent was very faint”.


Birmingham

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Ms Asma Ghani from Birmingham City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Asma Ghani commented: “This picture was taken in Lickey Hills Birmingham. The crescent was in sight for 20-30 mins”.


Cardiff

Not seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Dr Feras Tuma from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Telescope.

Dr Feras Tuma commented: “I was with brother Hassan Saifallah, Sajad Ahmed, Ruslan Pirilov on Caerphilly Mountain. There were good conditions but there was a small block of clouds blocking western horizon But we had a good time, Alhamdulillah”.


Croydon

Seen after sunset: On 16 May 2018, ICOUK member Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque from Croydon City in the London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque commented: “I attended moonsighting with Shaykh Sulaiman Gani at Pollard's hill on 16th May 2018. I managed to see with the naked eye for a short time, enough for me to point the camera in correct direction and focus - I managed to capture two images. Then crescent was hidden by clouds. There were approx 20 people in attendance. [Well done for this great shot & thank you for the late report, 19/5/2018 - Admin]”.


Announcement for start of Ramadan 1439 AH

On Wednesday 16th May 2018 (29th Shaban 1439 AH) the Hilal of Ramadan 1439 was sighted in the UK as well as in Morocco. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Shaban 1439 AH will have 29-days and the month of Ramadan 1439 AH will start from Thursday 17th May 2018 (1st Tarawih from the night of Friday 16th May 2018), InShaAllah.

Note that Saudi Arabia normally announce the start of Ramadan on their SPA (www.spa.gov.sa) website.