Crescent Moon Visibility of Shawwal 1442 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Shawwal 1442 shows that the moon will be born on 11 May 2021 at 19:00 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK to Morocco region (or anywhere in the whole world) on that date. However, on 12 May 2021, the moon may not be seen in the UK (by the naked eye) but it is likely to be seen in the West African countries, including Morocco (Dakhla). Hence, the month of Shawwal is most likely to start from 13 May 2021, InShaAllah. Note that there will be a total lunar eclipse on 26 May 2021 across Australia to the Americas (bypassing the UK).

Visibility Map for Shawwal 1442 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Shawwal 1442 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Shawwal 1442 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Shawwal 1442 AH on 12 & 13 May 2021 (29th Ramadan and the next day) 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 Shawwal 1442 AH

12 May 2021
United Kingdom

Surbiton

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Javed Rafiq from Surbiton City in the Surrey County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Javed Rafiq commented: “Quite cloudy. No crescent observed as there was no break in the clouds”.


Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Hendrik Stahlberg from Brentwood City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: “The sky was cloudy and the Hilal was not spotted”.


Dewsbury

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Eng Ismail Bhikha 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.

Eng Ismail Bhikha commented: “Not Seen: Along with my brother Yousuf we tried to see the Hilal for Shawal. Unfortunately, we could not see it”.


Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Maulana Abdullah Ahmed 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.

Maulana Abdullah Ahmed commented: “I with my son and daughters tried to see the Hilal from Dewsbury Moor and we could NOT see it, we could see Venus by naked eye but the crescent was not seen by naked-eye or binoculars, the sky was partly cloudy”.


Croydon (Canterbury Road)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Umar Faruk Abdul Muthalif from Croydon (Canterbury Road) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.


London (Wanstead)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Tajammul Ali from London (Wanstead) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Tajammul Ali commented: “Negative sighting at Wanstead Park, time of arrival 8.25 pm up until 9.48 pm. Moonset to our location was at 9.42 pm”.


Hounslow

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Syed Qadri from Hounslow City in the Middlesex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Syed Qadri commented: “I observed from the back garden of my house. The horizon was totally cloudy. I looked for the crescent and it could not be seen”.


Newark

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Nasima Uddin from Newark City in the Nottinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Nasima Uddin commented: “Location Tuxford, Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK. Sunset: 20:56; Moonset: 21:46. Partially cloudy, crescent not visible, negative sighting.
Photo of sunset taken at 20:37. Photo of sighting moon taken at 21:32”.


Middlesbrough

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Julie Breen from Middlesbrough City in the Cleveland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Shemanara Haq from Middlesbrough City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shemanara Haq commented: “Negative sighting with naked eye. Observation until moonset. Middlesbrough sunset 8.59 pm and moonset 9.55 pm. Photographs using iPhone 12 before sunset 8.41 pm and after sunset 9.42 pm. Weather clear skies partly cloudy”.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Zahid Ali from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Zahid Ali commented: “Total blanket cloud”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, 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 and/or Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “It was partly cloudy with a clear patch near the sunset area but still, the moon was not seen. Negative sighting reports from the UK but positive sighting report from Morocco. Eid Mubarak!”.


Leicester

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Shaykh Muhammed Patel from Leicester City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Shaykh Muhammed Patel commented: “The 8 of us visited Beacon Hill to sight the moon. Could not sight the moon even with binoculars. Cloud cover in the horizon”.


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Sameer Ali from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Sameer Ali commented: “We stayed at the location from 20 minutes before sunset until moonset. The moon was not sighted”.


Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars and/or Telescope.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “On Wednesday, 12th of May 2021 (29 Ramadan) between 17:00 to 22:00 (Sunset 20:59 & Moonset 21:54) at Location: Rivington Rd, Bolton, UK; we group of 30 people attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Ramadan. We were not able to sight the Hilal (the crescent moon) through naked eyes, binoculars, and telescope. However, I could manage to confirm the position of the moon using [CCD camera] enhancing technics and managed to image the New Invisible Moon, which is obviously not called the crescent moon [Hilal]”.


Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar commented: “We were a group of 25-30 people, the sky was partly cloudy, we could see Venus but the crescent was not sighted”.


Sheffield

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Nasir Hussain from Sheffield City in the South Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Nasir Hussain commented: “Myself and brother Aleem arrived before sunset and stayed until the moonset which today was at 9.43pm. The sky was partly cloudy, with all the clouds on the horizon so we were unable to sight the moon”.


Northampton

Not seen before sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Zaheer Ahmad from Northampton City in the Northamptonshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Zaheer  Ahmad commented: “The hilal was not sighted. It was cloudy with breaks in the clouds”.


Manchester (Salford)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Dr Usman Bhatty from Manchester (Salford) City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars.

Dr Usman Bhatty commented: “Moderate cloud cover but otherwise good conditions. Horizon observed for 30 minutes but no crescent seen”.


Coalville

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Riyaz Bhikha from Coalville City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Riyaz Bhikha commented: “There were four of us who were at Bardon Hill today from 20:30 to 21:40.
We did not see the moon. It was partly cloudy on the horizon. However, there were also many parts of the sky clear too at times”.


London (Greenwich)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque from London (Greenwich) 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 Telescope.

Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque commented: “Attempted sighting on the roof of the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Total cloud cover- negative report. But beautiful views nonetheless.”.


Croydon (Pollards Hill)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon (Pollards Hill) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “Over 30 of us attempted the sighting of the crescent moon. It was educational for the children and we had about 6 brother who joined us for the sighting for the first time. We could not see the Hilal with the naked eye after observing the Maghrib salah”.


Crawley

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, 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: “There is thick clouds and covered full of sky. Shawwal crescent can not be seen as predicted”.


Cambridge

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Rahma Alfarsy from Cambridge City in the Cambridgeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Ms Rahma Alfarsy commented: “The crescent was not observed by a group of around 20 people [university students] due to cloud coverage”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, 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 not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: “Clear patches around sunset location. Venus was seen via binoculars first then via naked eye but crescent not seen”.


Bristol

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Tahir Mahmood from Bristol City in the Bristol County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Tahir  Mahmood commented: “We had complete cloud cover and constant rain in Bristol, which made any sighting extremely difficult. Despite the weather conditions attempts were made but we were unable to sight the Cresent”.


Sutton

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Dr Nadeem Ali from Sutton City in the Surrey County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Nadeem Ali commented: “First time sighting from a tower block in Sutton. Hilal not sighted”.


Dundee

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Shuhena Islam from Dundee City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Germany

Berlin

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Ayhan Tabu from Berlin City in the Wedding County (Germany) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ayhan Tabu commented: “Unfortunately, I couldn't see the Crescent (Hilal) of  Shawwal because it was totally cloudy and partly rainy”.


Morocco

Tangier

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Hatim El-Harrak from Tangier City in the Tangier-Tetouan Al-Hoceima County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hatim El-Harrak commented: “In the name of Allah the Merciful. We tried to observe the crescent of the month of Shawwal 1442 AH in Tangiers on the evening of Wednesday, 29 Ramadan 1442 AH, corresponding to May 12, 2021 AD. Because of the bad weather and the presence of clouds on the horizon, it prevented the sight of the crescent
Knowing that the crescent has been clearly observed in other cities. According to the official announcement, Shawwal will start tomorrow, Thursday [13 May 2021], Eid al-Fitr”.


Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 12 May 2021, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Aseer County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Not seen due to cloud cover surrounding the sunset position”.


13 May 2021
United Kingdom

Brentwood

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Hendrik Stahlberg from Brentwood City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: “Partly cloudy sky, but the moons was spotted”.


Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Cradley Heath City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “Before the Maghrib prayer, I had a look at the weather, it was raining. After the Maghrib prayer, at 9:18 pm, I had a look at the weather it was raining”.


Helston

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Hasan Kilic from Helston City in the Cornwall County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hasan Kilic commented: “Alhamdulillah, the hilal perfectly visible. Eid Mubarak!”.


Walsall

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Umar Hussain from Walsall City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, 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: “It was totally cloudy after sunset today so the 49 hrs old moon could not be seen, but it has been sighted in multiple places in the UK, Alhamdulillah”.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Zahid Ali from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Zahid Ali commented: “Heavy clouds.  No moon sighted”.


Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Julie Breen from Saltburn-by-the-Sea City in the Cleveland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Julie Breen commented: “The glow in the picture is not residual sunset light but the reflection of the light from Middlesbrough off the low cloud base”.


Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Shemanara Haq from Saltburn-by-the-Sea City in the Cleveland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shemanara Haq commented: “Saltburn by the Sea sighting with 6 other people. Sunset 9 pm and moonset 11.05 pm. Negative sighting with the naked eye until moonset. The weather was cloudy. Photos were taken with iPhone 12. First photo taken 8.47 pm and the second photo taken at 10.04 pm. [Submitted on 15/5/2021 - Admin]”.


London (Shepherd's Bush)

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Ms Anisa Veshaj from London (Shepherd's Bush) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Croydon (Coulsdon)

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Dr Nadeem Ali from Croydon (Coulsdon) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Nadeem Ali commented: “Despite partial cloud, my son Musa and I sighted the hilal alhamdulillah”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Isfahan Iqbal from Blackburn (Mellor) City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Isfahan  Iqbal commented: “Location Mellor Blackburn, Dense clouds, Moon was not seen”.


London (Forest Gate)

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Mr Yakub Atkins from London (Forest Gate) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Yakub Atkins commented: “Moon was seen clearly with the naked eye after Maghrib from Upton Lane in Forest Gate. [Sunmitted on 14/5/2021 - Admin]”.


Dewsbury

Not seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Maulana Abdullah Ahmed from Dewsbury City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Abdullah Ahmed commented: “I with my son and daughters tried to see the Hilal from Dewsbury Moor and we could NOT see it, the sky was cloudy, but Alhamdulillah it was Sighted in multiple places in the UK. [Submitted on 14/5/2021 - Admin]”.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 13 May 2021, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Aseer 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: “Seen today first with binoculars then with the naked eye. Today also there were a lot of clouds but there were brief breaks. At 6.35 pm was the local sunset. the crescent was seen by binoculars after 10min only for a few seconds and after another 5 min it was seen by the naked eye. The problem was the clouds that came over to cover the moon until it set. A friend of mine managed to catch a photo that shows also the planet mercury. see attached.”.


Announcement for start of Shawwal 1442 AH

On Wednesday 12th May 2021 (29th Ramadan 1442 AH) the Hilal of Shawwal 1442 was not sighted in the UK but it was sighted in Morocco region. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry.

Therefore, the month of Ramadan 1442 AH will have 29-days and the month of Shawwal 1442 AH will start from Thursday 13th May 2021, InShaAllah. Eid Mubarak to all Muslims (and don't forget to share your Hilal photo on ICOUK website)!

Note that Saudi Arabia normally make their Shawwal announcement on their SPA (www.spa.gov.sa) website.