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Crescent Moon Visibility of Safar 1444 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Safar 1444 (RHS) shows that the moon will be born on 27 August 2022 at 08:17 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK to Morocco (MA) region on that date. However, on 28 August 2022 the moon may be easily visible in the UK and in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Safar is most likely to start from 29 August 2022, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Safar 1444 AH (c) Visibility Map for Safar 1444 AH (b) Visibility Map for Safar 1444 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Safar 1444 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Safar 1444 AH on 27 & 28 August 2022 (ie. 29th Muharram in MA & UK, respectively) 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 1444 AH

ICOUK Moon Report

29 Jul 2022
United Kingdom

Croydon (Addington)

Not seen after sunset: On 29 Jul 2022, ICOUK member Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque from Croydon (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".


27 Aug 2022
United Kingdom

Blackburn

Not seen after sunset: On 27 Aug 2022, 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.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: "The weather map shows the East of UK had clear areas, west of UK was cloudy. [Submitted on 31/8/2022 - Admin]".


Morecambe

Not seen after sunset: On 27 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Morecambe City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye or Binoculars or Telescope.

Mr Juned Patel commented: "On Saturday, 27th of August 2022 between 19:00 to 20:55 BST (Sunset 20:15 & Moonset 21:48) at Location: Morecambe, Lancashire, UK; I (Juned Patel) and Dr Aziz attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar. We were not able to sight the Hilal. The western horizon was partially cloudy".


Whitehaven

Not seen after sunset: On 27 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Faruq Bilbe from Whitehaven City in the Cumbria County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Faruq Bilbe commented: "Cloud on the horizon obscured any chance of sighting the moon this evening".


York (New Earswick)

Not seen after sunset: On 27 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York (New Earswick) 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 weather was mostly sunny but partly cloudy near sunset point (which was clearly seen), but the moon was not seen. Most of the UK was clear or partly cloudy too (see MetOffice weather forecast screenshot)".


Morocco

Tangier

Not seen after sunset: On 27 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Hatim El-Harrak from Tangier City in the Tangier-Tetouan Al-Hoceima County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hatim El-Harrak commented: "In the name of Allah the Most Merciful. Today, Saturday, Muharram 29, 1444 AH, corresponding to August 27, 2022 AD, [after] Maghrib I attempted to spot the crescent of Safar al-Khair 1444 AH from Tangier, but it was not possible to sight the crescent from Tangier. Thus, according to the official announcement, the first of Safar 1444 AH is on Monday, August 29, 2022 AD. May Allah bless us and you with goodness. Ameen".


28 Aug 2022
United Kingdom

Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 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: "It was totally cloudy, and some rain".


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel 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.

Mr Juned Patel commented: "On Saturday, 28th of August 2022 between 19:30 to 21:00 BST (Sunset 20:09 & Moonset 20:57) at Location: Belmont Road, Bolton, UK; I (Juned Patel) and twelve other people attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar 1444. We were not able to sight the Hilal. The western horizon was completely cloudy".


Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, 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 or Binoculars.


Cradley Heath

Not seen before sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, 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: "I could not see the moon when I was walking to the Mosque for Maghrib prayer. After Maghrib prayer, when I was returning home I still [could not see the moon] and the weather was too cloudy".


Dewsbury (Moorend)

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Abdullah Ahmed from Dewsbury (Moorend) 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: "Very cloudy, Negative sighting from Scarr End Lane, Dewsbury".


Glasgow

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Waseem Dar from Glasgow City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Waseem Dar commented: "I could not see the moon. It was cloudy and a tree obstructed the view in the final degrees of probable path of moon set".


Haytor Vale

Seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque from Haytor Vale City in the Dartmoor County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and Binoculars.

Mr Akhlakuddin Razzaque commented: "I was on holiday in Exeter (Dunsford) and came to Haytor in Dartmoor with my brother-in-law, Imran Khan. I can testify that we both saw the Hilal of Safar [first by binoculars and then] by the naked eye from the top of Haytor on the horizon, in a break in the clouds. الحمد لله Unfortunately my camera battery died, but I have an image of the screen as a backup".


High Wycombe

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Ms Ismat Shahzad from High Wycombe City in the Buckinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Leeds

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 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 or Binoculars.

Maulana Yusuf Mota commented: "I was present at the location before and after sunset. However, today 28/08/22 at Sunset and after sunset it was total overcast so no sighting of the moon crescent of Safar 1444".


Nelson

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Qasim Abbas from Nelson City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Qasim Abbas commented: "Nelson was quite cloudy".


Portsmouth

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 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: "I did not see the crescent moon due to cloud covers".


Saltburn by the Sea

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Ms Julie Breen 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 Julie Breen commented: "The sky was partly cloudy, but the cloudy cover was dense in the area where the moon could have been sighted".


Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, 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: "Negative sighting from Saltburn by the Sea. Sunset time 20:06 and moonset 20:52. Observation carried out with Sr Lucy and Sr Julie, 2 non-Muslim sisters and 4 children. The sky was complete cloud cover. The first photo was taken half an hour before sunset and the second photo was taken half an hour after. [Submitted on 31/8/2022 - Admin]".


Whitehaven

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Mr Faruq Bilbe from Whitehaven City in the Cumbria County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Faruq Bilbe commented: "Total cloud cover meant it was only possible to see occasional glints of the sunset, with insufficient visibility to discern the crescent moon".


York (New Earswick)

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 2022, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York (New Earswick) 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 and raining in York today (28/8/2022) so the moon was not sighted, but others had better luck from South of the UK, Alhamdulillah".


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 28 Aug 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.


Announcement for start of Safar 1444 AH

On Saturday 27th August 2022 (29th Muharram 1444 AH in MA) the Hilal of Safar 1444 was not sighted in the UK to Morocco (MA) region. We have also received a negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry (login to view).

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 Muharram 1444 will complete 30-days and the month of Safar 1444 AH will start from Monday 29th August 2022, InShaAllah.

Local (UK-only): the month of Muharram 1444 will have 29-days and the month of Safar 1444 will start from Monday 29th August 2022, InShaAllah. [Note: on 28th August 2022, the Hilal of Safar was sighted in the UK (also in Bangladesh and Pakistan, but not in India]

Signed by (Ulama Panel): Maulana Abdullah Ahmed, Maulana Yusuf Mota. Witnessed by Eng. Qamar Uddin, ICOUK.net (Dated 28/8/2022 21:30 BST)

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

Note that Saudi Arabia do not normally make any official Hilal Sighting announcement from Safar to Shaban (as they usually follow the Ummul Qura Calendar in these months).