Crescent Moon Visibility of Muharram 1441 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Muharram 1441 shows that moon will be born on 30 August 2019 at 10:37 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 31 August 2019 the moon will be easily visible throughout most of the world. Hence, the month of Muharram is most likely to start from 1 September 2019, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Muharram 1441 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Muharram 1441 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Muharram 1441 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Muharram 1441 AH on 31 August 2019 (29th Dhul Hijjah) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [Photo Competition]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Muharram 1441 AH

31 August 2019
Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Asir County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Easly seen first with binoculars then by the naked eye. Local sunset 6:26 pm. first seen at 6:35 pm by binoculars. 6:45 pm onwards seen by the naked eye for 30 min until it disappeared behind clouds”.


United Kingdom

High wycombe

Seen after sunset: On 31 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.

Mr Khaiam Shabbir commented: “The High Wycome Moonsighting Fellowship group of about 20 observers saw the Muharram 1441 Hial (photos updated on 2/9/2019 - Admin)”.


Croydon (Purley)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Dr Rizwan Irshad from Croydon (Purley) City in the Surrey County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Rizwan Irshad commented: “Moon sighted in Riddlesdown Common, Purley (photo added on 2/9/2019 - Admin)”.


Birmingham (Cradley Heath)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Birmingham (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 and my son has seen the moon, walked a few minutes from my home, then I and my son seen the moon [again]”.


Birmingham

Seen after sunset: On 31 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.


London (Hackney)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Musa Jabbar from London (Hackney) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Musa Jabbar commented: “10 adults and 10 children saw the crescent from Hackney Marshes this evening after sunset at 8.08 pm (photos by AbuBaker Syed - Admin)”.


Bolton

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “I, Juned Patel, with a group of 3 people (Mehboob, Riaz, Yassine); sighted the crescent moon (Hilal) of 1st day of Muharram 1441; today on Saturday, 31st of August 2019 (29 Dhul-Hijjah 1440 AH); at location Rivington Road, Bolton. The crescent moon was sighted first with a binocular at 20:17 and then by the naked eye at 20:18 to the left of sunset and orientation was from 1 to 7 O’clock, It was visible till 20:43 and then we left the location but the moon was still being seen”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 31 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 Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “It was partly cloudy but the moon position was behind a dark patch of clouds before sunset (19:58 BST). However, the moon position was out of the cloud after about 20 mins and the two of us (myself and Hani Abdullah) saw the Muharram 1441 AH hilal at 20:22 BST with binoculars and by naked eye soon after that, Alhamdulillah. I took a few photos of the Hilal and also recorded on a video (which you can see from the YouTube link here: https://youtu.be/kQsiYKsQgRg)”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Kifayatullah Khanjra from Blackburn (Mellor) 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 by a group of approx 10 people by naked eye and binoculars. Time is approx”.


Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn (Mellor) 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: “Alhamdulillah a group of about 10 people saw the hilal at Mellor, Blackburn, Lancashire. Hilal was first sighted at around 8.20 PM, about 15-20 min after sunset. It was also sighted in two other organised sighting locations in Blackburn: Borrowdale Avenue & Belthorn Road”.


Oxford

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Dr Shahid Merali from Oxford City in the Oxfordshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Shahid Merali commented: “The skies were mostly clear, with some cloud on the horizon, though overall viewing conditions were ideal. The Hilal was easily seen by myself and my wife (Mrs Tehseen Merali). May this year be a year of Blessings and Peace for the whole Ummah, Ameen”.


Hyde

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Abdal Ahmed from Hyde City in the Cheshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Abdal Ahmed commented: “Two people saw the Muharram Hilal from Werneth Low Road (Hyde) for the first time (MashaAllah), but the camera wasn't powerful enough to show the shape - Admin”.


Huddersfield

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Ebrahim Ravat from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Ebrahim  Ravat commented: “6 brothers saw the moon from Castle Hill, Huddersfield  (photos by Muadh - Admin)”.


London

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Irfan Suleman from London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Huddersfield

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Imam Maaz Waheed from Huddersfield City in the Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Imam Maaz Waheed commented: “Sky was clear. Image was taken using mobile phone camera zoomed in with focal length of around 1005 mm & 849 mm ”.


London (Northala Fields)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Imad Ahmed from London (Northala Fields) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Imad Ahmed commented: “ISLAMIC NEW YEAR BEGINS. WELCOME TO 1441 AH!  Alhamdulillah, the moon marking Muharram was sighted in multiple locations across the UK: London, (Wanstead, Northala Fields, Walthamstow, Hackney), Birmingham, Peterborough, Leicester, High Wycombe, Swindon, Southend, Norfolk, Blackburn, Manchester, Dewsbury and York. A small selection of pictures attached. Thus we can announce the beginning of Muharram 1441.  Thus ASHURA will be on Tuesday, September 10. A phenomenal achievement. Thanks to all involved. [Have we missed anywhere?]

In London, around 50 people gathered after a full day’s training in moon sighting and lunar orbits. The day perfectly concluded with us looking into the horizon and seeing the New Crescent beautifully present, right until the moment it set. By working together in the UK, we’ve seen the moon consecutively now for 6 months and with Allah’s grace, we will see it every month. We can only do this if we work together. When the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) would see the New Crescent, he would say:

O Allah, let it shine upon us with the light of good fortune and faith of salvation and submission; [Addressing the moon] - My Lord and your Lord is Allah. A new crescent of guidance and good!

May we catch the blessings of this month, and the entire year. From strength to strength, Insha Allah. 
‎اللهم أهله علينا بالأمن والإيمان والسلامة والإسلام، ربي وربك الله، هلال رشد وخير
(submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin)”.


London (Northolt)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Syed Qadri from London (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 clearly observed the crescent as soon as we finished Maghrib prayers but it went behind the clouds soon afterwards.  We had to wait for another 20-25 minutes before it was seen again. The crescent was sharp and clearly visible.  I have no doubt that it was the new crescent marking the beginning of the new Islamic year (submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin)”.


Southend-on-Sea

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Southend-on-Sea City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “The two of us sighted the Muharram crescent moon in Southend on Saturday 31st August at 8:10 pm. We first followed the point of sunset on the seafront. I spotted the moon easily above the tree (submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin)”.


London (Wanstead)

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Eng Suleman Aboo from London (Wanstead) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Eng Suleman Aboo commented: “Allhumdullilah a group of us 15+ saw the crescent clearly at Wanstead Park in East London. A brother with fantastic eyesight saw the crescent even before the binoculars! maashallah. (submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin)”.


Blackburn

Seen after sunset: On 31 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: “I  with a group of 5 other people (from Blackburn and Chorley), sighted the crescent moon  on Saturday,  31st of August 2019 at 20:30. Location: Belthorn Road, Blackburn. The Crescent was sighted with naked eye at 20:30 to the left of Sunset. The crescent was visible 
For approximately 10 minutes until it was obscured by Clouds. (Submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin)”.


Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Imraan Kola from Blackburn City in the England County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Imraan Kola commented: “Hilal sighted from Borrowdale Avenue. submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin”.


Peterborough

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Abduraghmaan Charles from Peterborough City in the Cambridgeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Abduraghmaan Charles commented: “[Hilal sighted from The Tump, Hampton Hargate. submitted on 1/9/2019 - Admin]”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Nador

Seen after sunset: On 31 August 2019, ICOUK member Mr Abdessamad Doukkane from Nador City in the Oriental County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Announcement for start of Muharram 1441 AH

On Saturday 31st August 2019 (29th Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH) the Hilal of Muharram 1441 was sighted throughout the UK and Morocco region. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Dhul Hijjah 1440 AH will have 29-days and the month of Muharram 1441 AH will start from Sunday 1st September 2019, making Ashura (10 Muharram) to fall on Tuesday 10th September 2019, InShaAllah. It is recommended to fast 9th & 10th or 10th and 11th or all 3-days (9th, 10th and 11th), InshaAllah

Significance of Ashura (10 Muharram)
1. Narrated Ibn `Abbas (R): When the Prophet (ﷺ) arrived at Medina he found that the Jews observed fast on the day of 'Ashura'. They were asked the reason for the fast. They replied, "This is the day when Allah caused Moses and the children of Israel to have victory over Pharaoh, so we fast on this day as a sign of glorifying it." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "We are closer to Moses than you." Then he ordered that fasting on this day should be observed. (Bukhari) http://sunnah.com/bukhari/63/168 
2. Abdullah b 'Abbas (R) reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had said: "If I live till the next (year), I would definitely observe fast on the 9th [along with the 10th]", and the narration transmitted by Abu Bakr said: "He meant the day of Ashura." (Muslim) http://sunnah.com/muslim/13/173 
3. Abu Qatadah (R) narrated that: the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "Fast the Day of Ashura, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins of) the year before it." (Tirmidhi) https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/8/71
Note that Saudi Arabia may announce the Muharram hilal on their SPA www.spa.gov.sa website.