Notice: Please look for the Hilal of Rajab 1441 on Mon 24 Feb 2020. [Read more]
How to take photos of the crescent moonA mobile phone camera could easily be used to take a fairly good quality photo of the crescent moon. However, since the moon is very far away from the earth (about 384,400 km), a small finger-tap vibration can cause the photo to become blurry, compared to taking a photo of any nearby objects. [Read more]
Significance and Virtues of RajabWhen the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) sighted the moon of Rajab, he frequently made the following duaa’:
Comparison of the UK and Morocco Hilal Sighting Reports (1437 - 1441 AH)Looking at the past few years of observation data, it appears that (1) it is possible to sight the first day’s Hilal on the UK horizon throughout the year (if a real effort is made), (2) attempting to sight the Hilal on 29th day (of Morocco) and the next day, shows that a UK-only criteria will double the number of 29th days sighting (see attached data table).
Use of Optical AidThe role of the telescope is not to create an object that does not exist (but rather to enhance the sighting of an object by making it bigger and brighter) without causing the premature date change (e.g. by CCD imaging) of a visibility-based calendar. [Read more]
Regional Moon Sighting Fatwa by Darul Uloom Deoband [Read more]
Solar eclipse proves the inaccuracy of the Saudi Ummul Qura calendar
On Sunday 3rd November 2013 there was a total solar eclipse in Africa and a partial one in the Middle East, where many thousands of people witnessed the birth of the moon by the human eye, without relying on astronomical calculations. This proved beyond any doubt that the Saudi Ummul Qura calendar does not match the moon visibility! [Read more]
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