Crescent Moon Visibility of Muharram 1444 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Muharram 1444 shows that the moon will be born on 28 July 2022 at 17:55 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK to Morocco region on that date. However, on 29 July 2022, the moon may be visible in Morocco but not in the UK. Hence, the month of Muharram is most likely to start on 30 July in Morocco and on 31 July 2022 in the UK, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Muharram 1444 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Muharram 1444 AH (b)

Visibility Map for Muharram 1444 AH (c)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Muharram 1444 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Muharram 1444 AH on 29 & 30 July 2022 (29th Dhul Hijjah 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 Muharram 1444 AH

29 July 2022
United Kingdom

Leeds

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Yusuf Mota from Leeds City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Yusuf Mota commented: “I have tried to come and look for the Hilal of Muharram 1444. I have arrived at this area before sunset to look for the position of the sun but total overcast and have stayed after sunset but total overcast so negative sighting due to total overcast”.


Dewsbury

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Aasiya Ismail 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.

Ms Aasiya Ismail commented: “Totally overcast. Moon not seen”.


Croydon (Canterbury Road)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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.

Mr Umar Faruk  Abdul Muthalif commented: “Partly cloudy unable to sight the crescent”.


Cardiff

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Amanda Morris from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Shakil Qureshi from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Shakil Qureshi commented: “We waited from sunset until moonset but there was a band on cloud just over the horizon covering the spot where the crescent would have been visible. This cloud did not move for the whole duration we were there”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “It was totally cloudy in York today (29/7/2022) so the moon was not seen. The South East Region of the UK had better weather conditions so we hope for sightings  by a telescope at least (HMNAO/Code C), InshaAllah”.


Bristol

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Tahir Mahmood from Bristol City in the Bristol County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Tahir  Mahmood commented: “I attempted to sight the crescent, however, due to thick clouds in the area where the crescent was expected it was not seen. I was accompanied by brother Mohammed Asif and my teenage son, who also both were unable to sight the crescent”.


Reading

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Faruq Bilbe from Reading City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Faruq Bilbe commented: “I was looking from 20:50 to 21:40. I did not get a good view of the sunset (21:56) due to tree cover thus did not take a sunset video.  There were breaks in the cloud to the west so I was hopeful but eventually realised that the moon must be below the tree line”.


Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Hendrik Stahlberg from Brentwood City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: “The moon wasn't sighted, clouds at the horizon prohibited the view”.


Nelson

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Qasim Abbas from Nelson City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Qasim Abbas commented: “The Hilal was not sighted. It was total cloud coverage in Nelson. The sighting was strictly done via the naked eye”.


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Sameer Ali from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Bradford

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Aurangzeb Khan from Bradford City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Aurangzeb  Khan commented: “Negative sighting”.


Dewsbury

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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 and/or Binoculars.

Maulana Abdullah Ahmed commented: “Negative sighting as it was very cloudy in Dewsbury”.


Portsmouth

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Mizanul Amin Babar from Portsmouth City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mizanul Amin Babar commented: “Western horizon was cloudy”.


Margate

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Margate City in the Kent County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “NOT SIGHTED by naked eyes. Sighted with Binoculars at 21:17 only by Juned Patel. Sighted with Telescope at 21:08 by Juned Patel and Dr Ayyub. Sighted using enhancing techniques [CCD imaging] before sunset at 19:58 BST. The sky was absolutely clear except for the western horizon below 2 degrees. I saw the moon with binoculars until it disappear behind the clouds at 2 degrees. [Submitted on 30/7/2022 - Admin]”.


London (Addington)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque from London (Addington) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque commented: “Tried a new location for me on Addington Hills viewing platform. Western horizon was visible, low clouds below 4° so the chance was there to see above the clouds for a little while. Decent location however no sighting on this occasion”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel 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.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: “Totally cloudy”.


Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Shemanara Haq from Saltburn-by-the-Sea City in the Cleveland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shemanara Haq commented: “Negative sighting from Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Sighting with Sr Lucy, 2 non Muslim ladies and 4 children. Observation from before Sunset 9.10pm and until after moonset 10.08pm. Photos taken with iPhone 12 mini 8.46pm and 9.42pm. Evening was fully clouds with some gaps”.


Walsall

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Umar Hussain from Walsall City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Umar Hussain commented: “Heavy clouds on Horizon, unable to sight the crescent after Maghrib”.


Middlesbrough

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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.

Ms Julie Breen commented: “Broken cloud generally but dense cloud on the western horizon”.


Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Nicola Hunt-Bashir from Middlesbrough City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Ms Nicola Hunt-Bashir commented: “Heavy clouds in the area”.


Stockton-on-Tees (Coatham)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Amanda Khalid from Stockton-on-Tees (Coatham) City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Zahid Ali from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Zahid Ali commented: “Crescent not observed”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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.

Prof Hassan Talibi commented: “ثبتت رؤية الهلال في مناطق أخرى  وأعلنت وزارة الأوقاف على أن الغد السبت هو فاتح محرم Google Translation: The sighting of the crescent has been confirmed in other regions, and the Ministry of Awqaf has announced that tomorrow, Saturday, is the first of Muharram 1444”.


Tangier

Not seen after sunset: On 29 July 2022, 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. I tried this evening to spot the crescent of the holy month of Muharram 1444 AH. From Tangiers, Kingdom of Morocco. It was not possible to observe it with the naked eye, as well as to photograph it due to the clouds that covered the western horizon and prevented it from being seen and observed”.


30 July 2022
United Kingdom

York

Not seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, 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.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “It was cloudy again today (30/7/2022) more than yesterday, and the forecast seems to be the same in most of the UK, unfortunately. I was joined by Br Younes Foster from Manchester who is an experienced navigator (pilot), so we could have easily spotted the moon if it was not totally cloudy, inshaAllah”.


Middlesbrough

Not seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Shemanara Haq from Middlesbrough 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: “Negative sighting from Middlesbrough with naked eyes. Observation before sunset 9.10pm til 10.24pm. Very cloudy and any gaps were not in the direction of the moon setting”.


Glasgow

Seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, ICOUK member Mr Waseem Dar from Glasgow City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Waseem Dar commented: “This was my first attempt at watching the crescent [moon]. I stayed watching the western horizon from sunset from the window of my 2nd storey flat. Two of us could see the crescent after sunset. I compared it with moon app which showed angles of 5° to 3° while it was visible at azimuth of 293° while the sun had already set 5° degrees below the horizon. [Submitted on 31/7/2022 - Admin]”.


Edinburgh

Seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, ICOUK member Hafiz Mohammed Naseer Rashid from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Mohammed  Naseer Rashid commented: “Sighted with my father-in-law and son who took the photo. [Submitted on 31/7/2022 - Admin]”.


Stockton-on-Tees (Ingleby Barwick)

Not seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, ICOUK member Ms Amanda Khalid from Stockton-on-Tees (Ingleby Barwick) City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 30 July 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel 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.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: “Totally cloudy”.


Announcement for start of Muharram 1444 AH (Transition)

On Friday 29th July 2022 (29th Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH) the Hilal of Muharram 1444 was sighted in Morocco (MA), but not in the UK (by naked eye). We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry.

Therefore, the start of the month based on the Regional (UK – MA) and Local (UK-only) Moon Sighting criteria are given below.

Regional (UK - MA): the month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH will have 29-days and the month of Muharram 1444 AH will start from Saturday 30th July 2022, making Ashura (10 Muharram) fall on Monday 8th August 2022, InShaAllah.

Local (UK-only): the month of Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Muharram 1444 AH will start from Sunday 31st July 2022, making Ashura (10 Muharram) fall on Tuesday 9th August 2022, InShaAllah.

It is recommended to fast on the 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th or all 3-days (9th, 10th and 11th) of Muharram, InshaAllah.

Reference: Towards Local Moon Sighting (UK) | Regional Moon Sighting and the Use of Optical Aid

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.