Crescent Moon Visibility of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Dhul Hijjah 1440 shows that moon will be born on 1 August 2019 at 03:12 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible to the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 2 August 2019 it will be easily visible in the UK and in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Dhul Hijjah is most likely to start from 3 August 2019 (so Eid-ul Adha is likely to be on Monday 12 August 2019), InShaAllah. See also: Significance and Virtues of Dhul Hijjah (first 10 days) | Is Eid-ul Adha Connected with Hajj? | [YouTube]

Visibility Map for Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH on 1 - 2 August 2019 (29th Dhul Qaidah & next day) after sunset from the western horizon and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form.

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH

01 August 2019
United Kingdom

York

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, 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 not seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “The western horizon was partly cloudy, but the moon was not sighted. The weather forecast shows many parts of the UK had clear skies, so we look forward to receiving many more reports”.


Morden

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Ayub Kara from Morden City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Ayub Kara commented: “Hilal was not seen, Western  horizon totally overcast”.


Slough

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: “The relevant horizon is completely cloudy in Slough. I'm afraid despite the fact that it was almost impossible to sight the moon even if the horizon had been clear”.


Dewsbury

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Dewsbury City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “A team of 8 brothers gathered at Charlotte's Ice cream parlour and went a little further to The Temple Back Dick's Tower Whitley Upper. The time was 8.40. we stayed until 9:15 pm. No moon was sighted. the horizon was partly cloudy but there were a few clear patches”.


Huddersfield

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Ibrahim George from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Blackburn

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: “Mainly cloudy [in Mellor]”.


Crawley

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Razmy Nazeer Mohamed from Crawley City in the West Sussex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Razmy Nazeer Mohamed commented: “I couldn’t see the new crescent, the sky was cloudy”.


London

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from London City in the Croydon, Purley County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “I came to Riddelsdown Common  40 minutes before sunset. Brother Zulfikaar joined me with his family joined me 20 minutes later. We were able to get a glimpse of the sun but could not see the actual setting of the sun. It disappeared behind the thick clouds about 25 minutes before the actual sunset time. I recorded and educational programme.  Many more arrived. After Maghrib salah about 20 of us observed the western horizon .we could not see the over 16 hours old moon. The western horizon was cloudy”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Prof Hassan Talibi commented: “Negative sighting report from Morocco”.


Nador

Not seen after sunset: On 01 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Abdessamad Doukkane from Nador City in the Oriental County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


02 August 2019
United Kingdom

Bedford

Not seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Prof Zeeshan Rana from Bedford City in the Bedfordshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Prof Zeeshan Rana commented: “I could not see the moon as the horizon was full of clouds and also hindered by plantation”.


Blackburn

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Kifayatullah Khanjra from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Kifayatullah Khanjra commented: “Crescent was sighted with naked eye and binoculars by 2 people [in Mellor]”.


Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: “Sunset: 9.06 pm. First seen 9.10 pm with binoculars [in Mellor]. Seen naked eye a few mins later. Partly cloudy but the crescent area was overall clear. Sighted by two of us. The image below was taken at 9.43 pm”.


Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Mustafa Desai from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mustafa Desai commented: “We sighted the moon in Blackburn, Alhamdolillah [Report submitted on 3/8/2019 - Admin]”.


High Wycombe

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Khaiam Shabbir from High Wycombe City in the Buckinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Cradley Heath City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “I and my son went to look for the moon near my house. We were walking to see if can see the moon. I and my son spent 30 minutes to look for the moon. We could not see the moon”.


Huddersfield

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Ibrahim George from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ibrahim George commented: “Seen [the moon] clearly. Tried to take a picture but can't see anything in the picture, unfortunately. Will try a different method next time inshallah”.


Slough

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: “Easily seen despite partially cloudy horizon. I caught its first glimpse in thin clouds but lost it. After a little patient and wait, it came out in a clear area almost perfect crescent”.


Birmingham

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Dr Asad Sabir from Birmingham City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Morden

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Ayub Kara from Morden City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ayub Kara commented: “Western horizon with patches of cloud and light haze, hilal was seen easily low on the horizon”.


Leeds

Not seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Nasser Sharif from Leeds City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Crawley

Not seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, 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 not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Razmy Nazeer Mohamed commented: “The sky was partly thick cloudy, could not see 45 hours age of the moon ”.


Bolton

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “I, Juned Patel, sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Dhul-Hijjah; today on Friday, 2nd of August 2019 (30 Dhul-Qi'dah 1440 AH); at location Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Lancashire, UK. Altitude: 220m Height. The Crescent moon was sighted first with the naked eye at 21:28 to the left of Sunset and orientation was from 1 to 7 O’clock, It was visible till 21:40 and then disappeared behind the clouds.”.


Haytor

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Dr Rizwan Irshad from Haytor City in the Devon County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Rizwan Irshad commented: “Alhamdulillah hilal spotted in Haytor, Dartmoor, Devon”.


Northolt

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Syed Qadri from Northolt City in the Middlesex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Syed Qadri commented: “I observed the Dhul'Hijjah crescent from Northala Park in Northolt, London with a lot of people who had come with their families. The sky was partly cloudy but the crescent was clearly visible most of the time till about 21:30 pm”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “We had an astronomy lecture and a moon sighting training session in York today (2/8/2019), which was attended by about 20 people, plus a few astronomers from York Astronomical Society. Feedbacks from the public were very positive, but unfortunately, it was totally cloudy after sunset so the moon was not seen. Fortunately, other parts of the UK were clear and many people have sighted the moon, Alhamdulillah. Today was the 29th Dhul Qaidah, according to UK-only moon sighting counts (but 30th Dhul Qaidah based on borrowed sighting from abroad!)”.


Milton Keynes

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Raza Lakhani from Milton Keynes City in the Buckinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Raza Lakhani commented: “Friday 2nd August 2019 Crescent sighted at approx 9.30pm at Campbell Park Milton Keynes UK roughly 4 mins on the horizon, slightly overcast”.


Wanstead Flats, London

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Imad Ahmed from Wanstead Flats, London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Imad Ahmed commented: “Great groups across London - Wanstesd Flats, Lea Bridge Road, Northala Fields - we all saw alhamdulillah. I personally saw at around 9:30 pm, a thin moon very clearly. Around ten people saw with me alhamdulillah. We caught it on camera too”.


Parsons Green, London

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Parsons Green, London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “Before my programme on Eman Channel Tv, I climbed on to the roof of the Muntada building. I now had an idea of the sunset location. After Maghrib Salaah we climbed to the roof and I spotted the moon very easily with the naked eye. For health and safety reasons, only a few of us were allowed to use the roof of the building for the moon sighting.  We stayed as long as we could to see the hilal until about 9:45 pm [Report submitted 3/8/2019 - Admin]”.


London

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Hafiz Asad Mulla from London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Asad Mulla commented: “On Friday 2nd August, a few people from Hackney went to Hackney Marshes to sight the moon. There were 2 male adults, 1 female adult, 1 15 year old boy and approx 8 children. I, Asad Mulla, reached the site at 8:50 pm and the others were already onsite we attempted to sight straight away but could not see the moon. We read Maghrib and then has a look through binoculars and I was able to sight the moon. A few others also sighted through binoculars and then about 9:20 pm we all saw the moon without any optical aid. We saw the moon for about 3 mins and then the clouds covered the moon. We then saw the moon very faint again about 9:40 for only about a minute [Report submitted 14/8/2019 - Admin]”.


Peterborough

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Abduraghmaan Charles from Peterborough City in the Cambridgeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Abduraghmaan Charles commented: “Seen Hilal from Hampton Hargate area of Peterborough [Report Submitted on 18/8/2019 - Admin]”.


Morocco

Azrou

Seen after sunset: On 02 August 2019, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Azrou City in the Ifrane County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Announcement for start of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH

On Thursday 1st August 2019 (29th Dhul Qaidah 1440 AH) the Hilal of Dhul Hijjah 1440 was not sighted in the UK/Morocco region. We have also received a negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Dhul Qaidah 1440 AH will completed 30-days and the month of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH will start from Saturday 3rd August 2019 (making Eid-ul Adha to be on Monday 12 August 2019), InShaAllah.

Significance of Dhul Hijjah (first 10 days)  
1. Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "There are no days during which the righteous action is so pleasing to Allah than these days (i.e., the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah)." He was asked: "O Messenger of Allah, not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah?" He (ﷺ) replied, "Not even Jihad in the Cause of Allah, except in case one goes forth with his life and his property and does not return with either of it." (Bukhari, Book 9, Hadith 259)
2. Abu Qatadah (رضي الله عنه) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) was asked about the observance of Saum (fasting) on the day of Arafah (9th of Dhul Hijjah). He said, "It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year and the current year." (Muslim, Book 9, Hadith 260)
Note that Saudi Arabia normally make official Hilal Sighting announcement for Dhul Hijjah on www.spa.gov.sa website
Note: We have received reliable reports from Saudi Arabia that none of the official Hilal Committee astronomers were able to sight the moon (12 hours old) on 1st August 2019, but the usual early-sighers from near Riyadh (Sudair/Tomair) have claimed a sighting and the court had accepted it. 
Saudi Scientist believes this is caused by the psychological bias of the Ummul Qura calendar date (running ahead of visibility), creating an image of the crescent moon inside the memory of the witnesses, even though it is not possible to be physically sighted by the human eye.
The advice of Saudi Ulama to Muslims outside Saudi Arabia is they should not follow the moon sighting reports of Saudi Arabia and should make their own arrangement based on the Sunnah of local sighting. (Ref: Is Eid-ul Adha connected with Hajj?).