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Crescent Moon Visibility of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 (RHS) shows that the moon will be born on 15 September 2023 at 01:40 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 16 September 2023, the moon may be visible in Morocco, but [may] not in the UK. Hence, the month of Rabi-ul Awwal is most likely to start on 17 September 2023 in Morocco and in the UK (applying the "30-days complete" rule), InShaAllah. [UK Major Lunar Standstills Q&A]

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When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH on 15 - 17 September 2023 (29th Safar and the 2 next days) after sunset from the western horizon and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [Photo Competition] [Why look for 3 days]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH

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ICOUK Moon Report

15 Sep 2023
United Kingdom

Blackburn (Great Harwood)

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Quraishi from Blackburn (Great Harwood) City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Quraishi commented: "Observed the horizon for around 20 mins from maghrib time until moonset time, but Not Seen. [Submitted on 17/9/2023 - Admin]".


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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.

Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar commented: "Western horizon was completely covered with dark and thick clouds, Negative sighting from Bolton".


Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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 Naked-eye.


Cardiff

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Mr Shakil Qureshi from Cardiff City in the South Glamorgan (Wales) County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Shakil Qureshi commented: "We did not see the moon. We arrived before sunset and stayed until moonset but didn't see it".


Ingelby Barwick

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Ms Amanda Khalid from Ingelby Barwick City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Leeds

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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 Binoculars.

Maulana Yusuf Mota commented: "The western horizon near the sunset point was totally cloudy. Unable to site the Hilal of Rabi-Ul-Awwal 1445".


Nuneaton

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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 15 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Mr Mizanul Amin Babar from Portsmouth City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mizanul Amin Babar commented: "The sky was mostly clear with few clouds on the horizon near the sunset".


Saltburn by the Sea

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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.


York (New Earswick)

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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: "It was fairly cloudy in York today (15/9/2023) although there was some clear patch near the sunset point, but a dark patch of clouds (up to 7° high) was over the expected position of the moon (at 2° altitude) so the moon was not seen".


Morocco

Tangier

Not seen after sunset: On 15 Sep 2023, 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: "With my camera lens today, it was not possible to see the crescent of the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal 1445 AH from the city of Tangier".


16 Sep 2023
United Kingdom

Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, 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.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: "The sky was completely cloudy, the moon was not spotted".


Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, 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 couldn't see the moon today. It was totally cloudy".


Hunstanton

Seen before sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Hunstanton City in the Norfolk County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly Cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Binoculars.

Mr Juned Patel commented: "I saw the moon through binoculars at 18:44 BST and captured a picture with a DSLR camera too (before it went behind the dense clouds). [Submitted on 18/9/2023 for the record (similar to last year: 1444-05) - Admin]".


Leeds (Seacroft)

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Maulana Yusuf Mota from Leeds (Seacroft) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Yusuf Mota commented: "Totally cloudy again towards the western horizon, poor visibility on 16/09/2023 again from Seacroft in Leeds".


Mill Hill

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Mr Makbul Jaffer from 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: "Very cloudy".


Portsmouth

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, 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.


York (New Earswick)

Not seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, 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 or Telescope.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: "It was totally cloudy in York today (16/9/2023), so the four of us could not see the moon, unfortunately. However, it was my first opportunity to install a removable telescope pillar in an open field with a clear view of the western horizon. I have been working on this project for the last few weeks and managed to get the control software (SynScan) to drive a computerised telescope (Skywatcher AZ GTI with ST80). I hope to calibrate it on a clear night so it will be easier to find the moon after sunset, InshaAllah".


Morocco

Benslimane

Seen after sunset: On 16 Sep 2023, 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: "هلال ربيع الأول 1445هـ هلال خير ويمن بإذن الله تعالى/Translation: The crescent moon of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH with goodness, InshaAllah".


17 Sep 2023
United Kingdom

Portsmouth

Not seen after sunset: On 17 Sep 2023, 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.

Mr Mizanul Amin Babar commented: "The horizon was fully covered by clouds".


York (Elvington)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 Sep 2023, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York (Elvington) City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally Cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye or Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: "The direction of the crescent moon today (17/9/2023) was precisely in the direction of Elvington Airfield runway with a clear view of the western horizon, so there was a very good chance to see the moon, as we did last year (1444-03) even though it was cloudy then. Unfortunately, the entire western horizon was cloudy today so there was no chance to see the moon. The weather forecast showed most of the UK's Northern regions were cloudy but some parts of South East and South West regions were clear, but we have not received any positive sighting reports yet".


Announcement for start of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH

On Friday, 15th September 2023 (29th Safar 1445 AH) the Hilal of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 was not sighted in the UK (Local). Therefore, the month of Safar 1445 AH will complete 30 days and the month of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH will start on Sunday, 17th September 2023, InShaAllah.

Signed by (Ulama Panel): Maulana Yusuf Mota, Maulana Abdullah Ahmed, Shaykh Suliman Gani, Imam Sabri Alabri. Witnessed by Eng. Qamar Uddin, ICOUK (15/09/2023 21:20 BST)

Morocco (Regional): the month of Rabi-ul Awwal 1445 AH will start on Sunday, 17th September 2023, InShaAllah. See the report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry (login to view).

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).