Crescent Moon Visibility of Safar 1441 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Safar 1441 shows that moon will be born on 28 September 2019 at 18:26 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region (or aywhere in the whole world) on that date. However, on 29 September 2019 the moon will be easily visible in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Safar is most likely to start from 30 September 2019, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Safar 1441 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Safar 1441 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Safar 1441 AH

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

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Safar 1441 AH

29 September 2019
Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 29 September 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: “Alhamdulillah today 29th Sept 2019 at local Abha (KSA) time we were able to see the hilal crescent for Safar 1441. Local sunset was at 6 pm. First saw the crescent with binoculars at 6.10 pm then saw with the naked eye at 6.15 pm.  To the left of the crescent moon was Venus that was easily visible just after sunset at 6.05 pm”.


United Kingdom

Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 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  walked with my son for few minutes. I made an observation with my son to look for the new moon for 10 minutes. I could not see the moon or my son could not see the moon”.


Cardiff

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Dr Feras Tuma from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars.

Dr Feras Tuma commented: “The sky was clear but I was unable to locate the moon with binoculars”.


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “None of us [2] were able to sight the Hilal, even though the condition of the sky was clear”.


Hackney

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Musa Jabbar from Hackney City in the London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Musa Jabbar commented: “Attempted to sight after Magrib but horizon/sky was totally cloudy so couldn't see anything”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 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: “There were there members of York Astronomical Society looking for the Crescent Moon (Hilal) of Safar 1441 today (29 September 2019) from Elvington Airfield, which had a clear line of sight to the horizon (along a 3 km runway) down to almost ground level (0.5 deg altitude). Unfortunately, it was totally cloudy towards the western horizon so the moon was not seen. However, we have received reports that it was seen in Bolton and Southport (UK) and other nearby countries, including Morocco”.


London (Mill Hill)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Makbul Jaffer from London (Mill Hill) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Makbul Jaffer commented: “It was very cloudy with drizzle”.


Southport

Seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Mushahid Khan from Southport City in the Merseyside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Mushahid Khan commented: “The Crescent Moon (Hilal) of Safar 1441 was first sighted at 7:05 BST with a pair of (Revelation Astro 20x80) binoculars and at about 7:20 - 7:25 BST by the naked eye. The binoculars were mounted on a sturdy tripod with a built-in spirit level for horizontal alignment and the direction of the moon was obtained using a CamSextant App for Android (by Omar Reis) since there was no mobile Internet signal at the Southport location, which had a clear view of the western horizon (overlooking the Irish sea).

It was not possible to see the Hilal at the beginning with the naked eye however after I put on a pair of sunglasses and then removing it after a short time, I was able to see the Hilal more clearly than before and the larger objective of my binoculars helped a lot to make the hilal appear brighter than normal. I guess the same effect can be obtained by covering the eyes with your hands for a short time (to dark-adapt them) before looking again at the dim crescent moon?

I should point out that I have previously visited the same location to plan my observation for the above date and also purchased the necessary equipment in advance. Since there was no mobile Internet/weak signal at the seaside, I had to wait until I returned home (Preston) before reporting my sighting to the ICOUK website. [Updated on 7/10/2019 - Admin]”.


Huddersfield

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 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 and/or Binoculars.

Mr Ibrahim George commented: “Sky started off cloudy but then started to break but a bank of cloud was on the horizon”.


Blackpool

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackpool 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.


Leicester

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Mounir Rehab from Leicester City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mounir Rehab commented: “No way to see the moon (Al hilal) that day in my location”.


Huddersfield

Not seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Mr Muawiyah Waheed 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.

Mr Muawiyah Waheed commented: “Observed for about 20 minutes, met local brother Ibrahim who was also moon sighting”.


Walsall (Barr Beacon)

Seen after sunset: On 29 September 2019, ICOUK member Hafiz Sajid Ravat from Walsall (Barr Beacon) City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Binoculars.

Hafiz Sajid Ravat commented: “The crescent moon (Hilal) was sighted with a Celestron Skymaster 25x70 binoculars on a Tripod. We went to the location (Barr Beacon Hill) straight after Asr prayer and found an approximate position using Google Sky Map. We Setup the tripod and waited for a break in the clouds as there was so much cloud that we did not see the sunset! After sunset, we tracked the moon using Google Sky Map. At 7:20 pm we scanned a small area of the sky that was visible (with a break in the clouds) and I saw the moon with binoculars only.  Then cloud cover obstructed the moon, then 5 minutes later I saw it again. I did not see the moon without binoculars (as I wear glasses). [Submitted on 7/10/2019 - Admin]”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Seen after sunset: On 29 September 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.

Prof Hassan Talibi commented: “كان رؤيته صعبة للغاية لدقته ووجوده في المنطقة الحمراء من الأفق، ورغم ذلك فقد تمكن كثير من الزملاء من رؤيته من مناطق مختلفة من المغرب.
Translation: The crescent moon was very difficult to see for its age and presence in the bright glare of the horizon, yet many colleagues were able to see it from different regions of Morocco”.


Nador

Seen after sunset: On 29 September 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.

Mr Abdessamad Doukkane commented: “Hilal seen at 7.10 pm [Admin]”.


30 September 2019
United Kingdom

Guiesley, Otley

Not seen after sunset: On 30 September 2019, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from Guiesley, Otley City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “I visited Otley (Surprise View car Park) today to offer a practical moon sighting training to some local visitors, but unfortunately, it was totally cloudy. However, we went to a local hotel and discussed 3 important aspects of moon sighting with the aid of an Orbiter Model (Sun, Moon, Earth) for an hour, before departing, Alhamdulillah. It seems the North-West view from the car park is good but may need to go down to the main road for a better view of West and South-West”.


Announcement for start of Safar 1441 AH

On Sunday 29th September 2019 (29th Muharram 1441 AH) the Hilal of Safar 1441 was sighted in the UK and Morocco region. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Muharram 1441 AH will have 29-days and the month of Safar 1441 AH will start from Monday 30th September 2019, InShaAllah.

Note that Saudi Arabia do not normally make any official Hilal Sighting announcement from Safar to Shaban.