Crescent Moon Visibility of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Jumada Al-Ula 1439 shows that moon will be born on 17 January 2018 at 02:17 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 18 January 2018 the moon will be easily visible in the UK and all other countries of the world. Hence, the month of Jumada Al-Ula is most likely to start from 19 January 2018, InShaAllah.

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

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

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

Please look for the Hilal of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH on 17 January 2018 (29th Rabi-ul Thani) 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-Ula 1439 AH

17 January 2018
Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 17 January 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 not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Not seen by naked eye nor by binoculars. Sky was clear but with  faint clouds near sunset area.”.


United Kingdom

York

Not seen after sunset: On 17 January 2018, 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: “Mostly cloudy, hilal not seen (nor was it possible)”.


Croydon

Not seen after sunset: On 17 January 2018, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon 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.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “Today Wednesday 17 January 2018 corresponding to Rabi Thani I attempted the observation of the crescent  moon”.


18 January 2018
United Kingdom

Slough

Seen after sunset: On 18 January 2018, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the United Kingdom County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: “The crescent [moon] was fine [thin] but clearly visible as was expected. [Winner of the "Spot the moon photo competition" for Jumada-I 1439/January 2018  - Admin]”.


London

Seen after sunset: On 18 January 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: “Assalaamu alaikum, the weather was very very cloudy at first but after some time a clear patch appeared and the crescent was seen with the naked eye and a picture taken with a camera with zoom.

I was worried about the light pollution as Canary Wharf and other buildings can be seen below. Allhumdullilah this was not an issue and the sighting was made in Wanstead Park in East London”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 18 January 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 Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “There were 3 of us who arrived at the grounds of York Astronomical Society before sunset, but the sunset position was under thick cloud cover. So, we used an Astronomy App (PhotoPills) to align a pole with the sunset position. 

We saw the cloud was moving and were hopeful that a clear patch will eventually appear where the moon could be seen through a break in the clouds. 

At about 4.59 pm I and one of the others were able to see the crescent moon very clearly with binoculars between a patch of clouds. We hurried to position our camera to take photo of the crescent moon (Hilal) but it was covered very quickly by another bank of clouds within a couple of minutes. 

Unfortunately, the path of the Hilal down to the horizon was totally covered with thick clouds, so we didn’t have a chance to take any close-up photos, as I was able to do last month. 

However, I was pleased to note that other people in the UK have also seen the Hilal and have successfully taken photos too, Alhamdulillah.

[One of the astronomers recorded a short video (HD) and later discovered the crescent was indeed captured on camera. See YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbKZt4miVW4 (copy & paste) - Admin]”.


Cradley Heath

Seen after sunset: On 18 January 2018, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Cradley Heath City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “I walked to Mosque to drop kids at Mosque for learning to read Arabic. The class starts at 4:30pm. When I arrived at Mosque, prayed Maghrib. When I finished praying Maghrib, I walked home. During the time, while I was walking home I had seen the moon at 4:50pm. When I arrived home, I could see the moon at 5pm. It is 10 minutes walking to Mosque from my house.”.


Saudi Arabia

Mudhaif

Seen after sunset: On 18 January 2018, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Mudhaif City in the Makkah Province County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Hilal seen. Photos attached. See also [Makkah] sunset”.


Announcement for start of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH

On Wednesday 17 January 2018 (29th Rabi-ul Thani 1439 AH) the Hilal of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 was not sighted in the UK/Morocco region. We have also received a negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Rabi-ul Thani 1439 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Jumada Al-Ula 1439 AH will start from Friday 19th January 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).