Crescent Moon Visibility of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 shows that moon will be born on 15 February 2018 at 21:05 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 16 February 2018 the moon will be visible in West Africa [with difficulty] and in some countries of the world. Hence, the month of Jumada Al-Akhira is likely to start from 17 February 2018, InShaAllah. Note that there will be a solar eclipse on 15 February 2018 across South America/Africa.

Visibility Map for Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH on 16 February 2018 (29th Jumada Al-Ula) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [iCalendar] [Photo Competition]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH

16 February 2018
Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 16 February 2018, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Aeser County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Saw Venus by naked eye and binoculars but no crescent. Sky was very clear”.


United Kingdom

Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 16 February 2018, ICOUK member Dr Nazish Ashraf 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.

Dr Nazish Ashraf commented: “Very cloudy, not seen (as expected)”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 16 February 2018, 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.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “Hilal not seen. It was fairly clear before sunset but became cloudy after sunset - see photo”.


Liverpool

Not seen after sunset: On 16 February 2018, ICOUK member Ms Jamilah Amal from Liverpool City in the Merseyside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Jamilah Amal commented: “Observed skyline with naked eye prior and after sunset.  I was unable to see crescent due to very cloudy weather conditions”.


17 February 2018
United Kingdom

Rochdale

Not seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, ICOUK member Maulana Zaheer Aslam from Rochdale City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Maulana Zaheer Aslam commented: “Maghrib was at 5:25, after that I went up to the highest floor of the house in the attic, I looked in a westerly direction but not completely West as the view was blocked by the house. North West West, and south west west. I scanned the whole sky in that direction that I could see but couldn't see anything. I am not experienced, have tried a couple of times before but no luck yet.

[This is great effort - please see "First day's moon on UK horizon" for more advice - Admin]”.


Bolton

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, ICOUK member Dr Nazish Ashraf from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Nazish Ashraf commented: “Partly cloudy, but clear at sight of crescent”.


Birmingham

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Birmingham City in the Sparkhill County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “After attempting the observation outside the Birmingham Central Mosque, I could not spot the Hilal. The western horizon was densely clouded. However, as I was driving on Stratford Road [with] my family and I sighted the crescent moon. I turned onto Erasmus Road but could not stop as it was one-way. We recited the masnoon dua loudly, Alhamdulillah”.


Liverpool

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, ICOUK member Ms Jamilah Amal from Liverpool City in the Merseyside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Jamilah Amal commented: “Crescent appeared approximately 15 minutes after the maghrib prayer.  The horizon was partly cloudy but otherwise good clear conditions”.


London

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, ICOUK member Eng Suleman Aboo from London City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Suleman Aboo commented: “Alhamdulillah, the crescent was seen at Wansted Park in East London. A camera with 60x zoom was used for the close up picture. [Winner of the "Spot the moon photo competition" for Jumada-II 1439/February 2018 - Admin]”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, 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 Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “On Saturday 17th February 2018, I was joined by a number of people from York and Leeds at the grounds of York Astronomical Society and we were able to see the Hilal of Jumada al-Ukhra 1439 initially by telescope/binoculars soon after sunset at 5:25 PM GMT and by naked eye after Maghrib prayers at 5:45 PM.  

The group from York were me (Qamar Uddin) and Noor Bakayoko plus three other astronomers (who helped identify the moon first) and from Leeds were, Maulana Foyzul Hasan Chowdhury and Maulana Sadiqur Rahman who saw the crescent moon for the first time in the cloudy UK weather, Alhamdulillah. 

See YouTube https://youtu.be/3kXk2dJkaFw (copy & paste) - Admin]””.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 17 February 2018, 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.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “At sunset time there was a big herd of clouds on the western horizon but a clear window was opening. It took about 1hr for us to see the crescent moon just before its time to set. Abha local time 715pm”.


Announcement for start of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH

On Friday 16th February 2018 (29th Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH) the Hilal of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 was not sighted in the UK/Morocco region. We have also received a negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax (although there was a small possibility of a sighting with difficulty by the Moroccan Army/Navy in Dakhla).

Therefore, the month of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Jumada Al-Akhira 1439 AH will start from Sunday 18th February 2018, InShaAllah.

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