Notice: Please look for D.Hijjah 1441 Hilal on 21 July 2020, JazakAllah. [Read more]
Spot the Moon Photo CompetitionThe Hilal of Dhul Hijjah 1441 will be very challenging to see in the UK on Tuesday, 21 July 2020 (29th Dhul Qaidah 1441) as it will appear very low on the horizon (6 deg altitude). Those who wish to look for the Hilal need to have naturally good eyesight but, if you wear glasses (or the weather is cloudy), you will need to use a pair of astronomy binoculars. For wider participation, we are offering a “Spot the Moon Photo Competition” for ICOUK members (or new members with pre-registration) to win a pair of astronomy binoculars kit prize (worth up to £150). [Read more]
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).
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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