Advice: Start of Shaban 1441 AH from 26 March 2020, InShaAllah. [Read more]
Significance and Virtues of Shaban [Read more]
When is Ramadan 1441 AH?Please see the video about "When is Ramadan 1441" based on Moon Sighting (Part 1) and Saudi Arabia (Part 2). It has been divided into the sections (see YouTube texts) to help you watch it in small parts (timings in mm:ss) or all in one go! https://youtu.be/KUq_uGA-y5k
Spot the moon competition (24/04/2020)The months of Ramadan and Eids (Shawwal/ Dhul Hijjah) are the best time to encourage new people to start moon sighting, so please do forward our competition poster here to all your contacts. [Read more]
Coronavirus precaution: Please maintain good hygiene (handwashing), social distancing (2m), and even better if you can wear disposable gloves/face masks during your moon sighting activities!
Masnoon Duaa for viruses/diseases: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْبَرَصِ، وَالْجُنُونِ، وَالْجُذَامِ، وَمِنْ سَيِّئِ الأَسْقَامِ
Narrated Anas ibn Malik (RA): The Prophet (ﷺ) used to say: "O Allah, I seek refuge in You from leucoderma (vitiligo), insanity, leprosy, and all evil diseases." (Abu Dawud)
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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