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Crescent Moon Visibility of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 (RHS) shows that the moon will be born on 23 December 2022 at 10:17 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 24 December 2022  the moon will be easily visible in Morocco but not in the UK until the next day. Hence, the month of Jumada Al-Akhira is likely to start from 25 and 26 December 2022 in MA and UK, respectively, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Jumada Al-Ukhra 1444 AH (c)

Visibility Map for Jumada Al-Ukhra 1444 AH (b)

Visibility Map for Jumada Al-Ukhra 1444 AH (a)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH on 24 & 25 December 2022 (29th Jumada Al-Ula in MA and 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 Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH

ICOUK Moon Report

24 Dec 2022
United Kingdom

Blackburn

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Ebrahim Diwan from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, 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 Binoculars or Naked-eye.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: "Cloudy where the moon was supposed to be ".


Croydon (Norbury)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon (Norbury) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: "I went to the location half an hour after sunset. It was cloudy on the horizon ".


Dewsbury (Moorend)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Abdullah Ahmed from Dewsbury (Moorend) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye.


High Wycombe

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Ms Ismat Shahzad from High Wycombe City in the Buckinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Hunstanton

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Hunstanton City in the Norfolk County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye or Telescope.

Mr Juned Patel commented: "I managed to see the moon with a CCD camera without using any filter, with minor enhancement on the computer live screen. Unfortunately, I could not see with telescope, or binoculars and had no time to try with DSLR Camera. Obviously, I did not see with unaided eyes. I did see Venus very earlier on in the sky using binoculars as it was higher in the sky than the position of the moon. It can be seen in the picture too. Regarding the weather, it was almost all UK was cloudy but, Norfolk was 210 miles away from my house, it was forecasted to have a clear horizon. Although it was cloudy on the way, the clouds started fading away and cleared within a few minutes I got there, Alhamdulillah. The last 1.2° [altitude above the horizon] remained covered in clouds all the way from sunset till moonset. I saw the moon going down until then on the CCD camera".


Leeds

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Yusuf Mota from Leeds City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Yusuf Mota commented: "I was present at the location before sunset so knew where to look for the moon. However, due to cloudiness, there was a negative sighting. I stayed at the location until moonset time 16:32".


Nuneaton

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Ali Khan from Nuneaton City in the Warwickshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Portsmouth

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Mizanul Amin Babar from Portsmouth City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Slough

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: "Although partly clear but the crucial area was covered with dark cloud".


York (Rufforth)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York (Rufforth) City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars or Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: "It was partly cloudy in York today (24/12/2022) before sunset but became cloudy soon after sunset (Rufforth Airfield) where the moon was expected, so it was not seen by the naked eye or binoculars".


Morocco

Benslimane

Seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Tangier

Seen after sunset: On 24 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Hatim El-Harrak from Tangier City in the Tangier-Tetouan Al-Hoceima County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hatim El-Harrak commented: "In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. This evening, Saturday, 24 December 2022 AD, the crescent moon of Jumada al-Akhirah 1444 AH was seen with the naked eye and captured with the camera. According to the official announcement of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs in Morocco, the start of Jumada Al-Akhirah is tomorrow, Sunday, 25 December 2022 AD. May Allah bless us and you in peace, faith, safety, Islam, and good luck for obedience".


25 Dec 2022
United Kingdom

Blackburn

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 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 Seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Hidayatullah Patel commented: "The crescent moon was very easily seen early on".


Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Ebrahim Diwan from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Quraishi from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Quraishi commented: "The New Crescent was easily spotted just 8 minutes after sunset. From the Lay-by on Whalley Old Rd, near the local 'Tin-Man Sculpture' landmark. There were eight other people with me, seven of them were Moonsighting for the very first time and all got to witness the UK crescent, Alhamdulillah".


Bolton

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, 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 Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Sameer Ali commented: "We first went to Revington spot and then to Anglezarke Viewpoint. We waited for some time and then decided to drive home as there was heavy cloud cover. However, we were fortunate to spot the moon through a gap in the clouds when driving back home".


Cambridge

Not seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Qasim Abbas from Cambridge City in the Cambridgeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Qasim Abbas commented: "On Sunday 25th a group of families and observers went out to sight the hilal from Cambridge Central Masjid [to Romsey Recreation Ground]. Many people were present from families to Imaams of Cambridge Central Masjid and other masjids. [Submitted on 29/12/2022- Admin]".


Chorley

Seen before sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Chorley City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Juned Patel commented: "I saw the crescent with naked eyes at around 15:29 when the sunset at my location was 15:54".


Croydon

Not seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Umar Faruk Abdul Muthalif from Croydon City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Dewsbury (Moorend)

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Maulana Abdullah Ahmed from Dewsbury (Moorend) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Leeds

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Shakil Qureshi from Leeds City in the Leeds County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Shakil Qureshi commented: "There was lots of cloud around the horizon but luckily it was moving cloud and shortly after sunset a gap appear in the cloud and Alhamdulillah we saw the Hilal ".


Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Ms Karen Khadija Hall from Leeds City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Karen Khadija Hall commented: "I arrived about 20 mins before sunset (15.49) and the moon majestically appeared at 16.07, alhamdulillah".


Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 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 Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shemanara Haq commented: "The sunset time was 3.42 pm and the moonset was 5.56 pm for Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Sr Julie has seen the hilal 5 mins before sunset with binoculars and then immediately with the naked eye. I also sighted hilal with Sr Julie and another non-Muslim sister and 2 Muslim children at Magrib time and thereafter. The photos were taken with iPhone 12. The first photo was taken before sunset at 3.30 pm and the second photo (of hilal) was taken at sunset time".


Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Brotton)

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Ms Julie Breen from Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Brotton) City in the Cleveland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Binoculars and Naked-eye.

Ms Julie Breen commented: "The crescent was located prior to sunset with binoculars and subsequently seen with the naked eye both prior to and after sunset [the photos were taken with iPhone 14]".


Southampton

Not seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Imam Kasim Sumra from Southampton City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Rainy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Imam Kasim Sumra commented: "Due to heavy rain, it was not possible to see the moon".


York (Rufforth)

Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York (Rufforth) City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: "We had a moon sighting training course today (25/12/2022) at UKIM York Mosque (between Zuhar to Asar) and then a group of us went to Rufforth Airfield in the outskirt of York to sight the moon. We saw it immediately after sunset at 3:54 pm GMT and continued to see it after Maghrib prayer in the field for another half an hour before it went into the clouds. There were eight of us in the field, and everyone was very impressed to see the Hilal in totally cloudy weather (through a break in the cloud), Alhamdulillah".


Seen after sunset: On 25 Dec 2022, ICOUK member Mr Younes Foster from York (Rufforth) City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Announcement for start of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH

On Saturday 24 December 2022 (29th Jumada Al-Ula 1444 AH) the Hilal of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 was not sighted in the UK but it was sighted in Morocco. We have also received a positive 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 Jumada Al-Ula 1444 AH will have 29 days and the month of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH will start from Sunday 25th December 2022, InShaAllah.

Local (UK-only): the month of Jumada Al-Ula 1444 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Jumada Al-Akhira 1444 AH will start from Monday 26th December 2022, InShaAllah.

Signed by (Ulama Panel): Maulana Abdullah Ahmed, Shaykh Suliman Gani. Witnessed by Eng. Qamar Uddin, ICOUK.net (Dated 24/12/2022 21:15 GMT) 

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).