Crescent Moon Visibility of Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Dhul Hijjah 1438 shows that moon will be born on 21 August 2017 at 18:30 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible to the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 22 August 2017 it will be easily visible in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Dhul Hijjah is most likely to start from 23 August 2017 (so Eid-ul Adha is likely to be on Friday 1 September 2017), InshaAllah. Note that there will be a solar eclipse on 21 August 2017 across North America (and generally it is not possible to see the Hilal on the same evening after a solar eclipse!). See also: Is Eid-ul Adha Connected with Hajj?

Visibility Map for Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH on 22 August 2017 (29th Dhul Qaidah) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form.

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH

Announcement for start of Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH

On Tuesday 22nd August 2017 (29th Dhul Qaidah 1438 AH) the Hilal of Dhul Hijjah 1438 was not sighted in the UK, but it was sighted in Morocco region. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore,the month of Dhul Qaidah 1438 AH will have 29-days and the month of Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH will start from Wednesday 23rd August 2017 (making Eid-ul Adha to be on Friday 1 September 2017), Insha-Allah.

Note that Saudi Arabia normally make official Hilal Sighting announcement for Dhul Hijjah on www.spa.gov.sa website

The first day's crescent moon (Hilal) on the UK horizon can be sighted in most of the months, Alhamdulillah. However, observers from throughout the UK are needed to overcome the effect of cloudy weather so that the Hilal can be sighted in all 12 months of the year, InshaAllah.

Therefore, if you (or your mosque committee) are willing to help revive the Sunnah of Moon Sighting in any of the UK regions (or Ireland), please email us for more details. Our ICOUK members can help you find suitable locations and/or provide any necessary training, as well as introduce you to any existing social media groups (if you wish).

Please see the UK Regions Map below and if you are willing to help support this noble initiative from your city/borough then do not hesitate to email us (via our on-line Contact Us form).  JazakAllahu Khaira! [Note: for brevity, we have only included (major) cites and not towns]

icouk regions map

UK Region Names

1. North East
2. North West
3. Yorkshire and Humber
4. East Midlands
5. West Midlands
6. Eastern
7. Greater London
8. South East
9. South West
10. Wales
11. Scotland
12. Northern Ireland

 Republic of Ireland

Regional Groups (Cities/Boroughs)
North East‎North WestYorkshire and Humber‎East Midlands‎
Durham Chester‎ Bradford‎ Derby‎
Newcastle Carlisle Kingston upon Hull Leicester‎
Sunderland‎ Lancaster‎ Leeds‎ Lincoln
  Liverpool‎ Ripon‎ Nottingham‎
  Manchester‎ Sheffield‎  
  Preston Wakefield‎  
  Salford‎ York‎  
West MidlandsEasternSouth EastSouth West
Birmingham Cambridge‎ Brighton and Hove Bath, Somerset
Coventry‎ Chelmsford‎ Canterbury Bristol
Hereford‎ Ely, Cambridgeshire Chichester Exeter
Lichfield‎ Norwich‎ Oxford Gloucester
Stoke-on-Trent Peterborough‎ Portsmouth Plymouth
Wolverhampton‎ St Albans‎ Southampton Salisbury
Worcester   Winchester Truro
      Wells, Somerset
Greater London‎ (Area A)Greater London‎ (Area B)Greater London‎ (Area C)Greater London‎ (Area D)
Barking and Dagenham Enfield Hounslow Redbridge
Barnet Greenwich Islington Richmond upon Thames
Bexley Hackney Kensington and Chelsea Southwark
Brent Hammersmith and Fulham Kingston upon Thames Sutton
Bromley Haringey Lambeth Tower Hamlets
Camden Harrow Lewisham Waltham Forest
Croydon Havering Merton Wandsworth
Ealing Hillingdon Newham Westminster
WalesScotlandNorthern IrelandRepublic of Ireland
Cardiff Aberdeen‎ Armagh Cork
Newport Dundee‎ Belfast Dublin
Swansea Edinburgh‎ Derry Galway
Bangor Glasgow‎ Lisburn Limerick
St Asaph Inverness‎ Newry Waterford
St Davids Perth    
  Stirling    
Crescent Moon Visibility of Muharram 1439 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Muharram 1439 shows that moon will be born on 20 September 2017 at 05:30 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 21 September 2017 the moon will be easily visible throughout most of the world. Hence, the month of Muharram is most likely to start from 22 September 2017, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Muharram 1439 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Muharram 1439 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Muharram 1439 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Muharram 1439 AH on 20 September 2017 (29th Dhul Hijjah) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form.

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Muharram 1439 AH

Announcement for start of Muharram 1439 AH

On Wednesday 20th September 2017 (29th Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH) the Hilal of Muharram 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 Dhul Hijjah 1438 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Muharram 1439 AH will start from Friday 22nd September 2017, making Ashura (10 Muharram) to fall on Sunday 1st October 2017, InShaAllah.

Significance of Ashura (10 Muharram)
1. Narrated Ibn `Abbas (R): When the Prophet (ﷺ) arrived at Medina he found that the Jews observed fast on the day of 'Ashura'. They were asked the reason for the fast. They replied, "This is the day when Allah caused Moses and the children of Israel to have victory over Pharaoh, so we fast on this day as a sign of glorifying it." Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "We are closer to Moses than you." Then he ordered that fasting on this day should be observed. (Bukhari) http://sunnah.com/bukhari/63/168 
2. Abdullah b 'Abbas (R) reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) had said: If I live till the next (year), I would definitely observe fast on the 9th, and the narration transmitted by Abu Bakr is:" He meant the day of Ashura." (Muslim) http://sunnah.com/muslim/13/173 
3. Abu Qatadah (R) narrated that: the Prophet (ﷺ) said: "Fast the Day of Ashura, for indeed I anticipate that Allah will forgive (the sins of) the year before it." (Tirmidhi) https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/8/71
Note that Saudi Arabia may announce the Muharram hilal on their SPA www.spa.gov.sa website.
Crescent Moon Visibility of Safar 1439 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Safar 1439 shows that moon will be born on 19 October 2017 at 19:12 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 20 October 2017 the moon will be easily visible in West Africa/Morocco region. Hence, the month of Safar is most likely to start from 21 October 2017, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Safar 1439 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Safar 1439 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Safar 1439 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Safar 1439 AH on 20 October 2017 (29th Muharram) after sunset from the western horizon as per Sunnah and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [iCalendar]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Safar 1439 AH

Announcement for start of Safar 1439 AH

On Friday 20th October 2017 (29th Muharram 1439 AH) the Hilal of Safar 1439 was not sighted in the UK, but it was sighted in Morocco. We have also received a report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry of positive sighting by fax.

Therefore, the month of Muharram 1439 AH will have 29-days and the month of Safar 1439 AH will start from Saturday 21st October 2017, InShaAllah.

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).