Crescent Moon Visibility of Shaban 1438 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Shaban 1438 shows that moon will be born on 26 April 2017 at 12:16 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 27 April 2017 the moon will be easily visible in most countries of the world. The lunar parameter of the moon on Thursday 27 April 2017 at London sunset will be, Age: 31 hrs, Alt: 10°, Elongation: 19°, Illuminated: 2.6%, Lagtime: 77 mins. Hence, the month of Shaban is most likely to start from 28 April 2017, InshaAllah.

Visibility Map for Shaban 1438 AH (b) Visibility Map for Shaban 1438 AH (c)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Shaban 1438 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Shaban 1438 AH on 27 April 2017 (29th Rajab) 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 Shaban 1438 AH

27 April 2017
Saudi Arabia

Jeddah

Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Jeddah 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: “Only saw it for a few minutes. Appeared to the naked eye after about 20 min from sunset and then disappeared behind clouds. Qooz is a place along the red sea South of Jeddah by about 400km. ”.


United Kingdom

York

Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, 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: “The Hilal of Shaban 1438 was sighted in the UK in many places, including at the York Astronomical Society Observatory by Qamar Uddin, Aqeal Peero, Yusuf Neto and two others at 20:51 hrs BST with binoculars and 20:55 hrs BST by naked eye (through breaks in the clouds), Alhamdulillah.”.


Leicester

Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, ICOUK member Mr Farsan Mansoor from Leicester City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Farsan Mansoor commented: “Hilal seen by myself, Br Sabash Malik and Br Zihar ”.


Manchester

Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, ICOUK member Imam Khairul Huda Khan from Manchester City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Cradley Heath

Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, 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: “Me and my son seen the moon in the front garden. The moon was in sky untill 9:05pm”.


Nuneaton

Not seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, ICOUK member Mr Yasin Akil from Nuneaton City in the Warwickshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Yasin Akil commented: “Attempted sighting 3 times after local sunset (20:26h)”.


Seen after sunset: On 27 April 2017, ICOUK member Mr Ali Khan from Nuneaton City in the Warwickshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ali Khan commented: “Picture of the Shâbaan Hilal Moon sighted in Nuneaton at 21:03 on the 27/04/2017 by a couple of local brothers [myself and  Qaasim Khan]. Moonsighting location: Middlemarch Bridge”.


 

Announcement for start of Shaban 1438 AH

On Thursday 27th April 2017 (29th Rajab 1438 AH) the Hilal of Shaban 1438 was sighted in the UK/Morocco region. We have also received a positive sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Rajab 1438 AH will have 29-days and the month of Shaban 1438 AH will start from Friday 28th April 2017, making 15th Shaban to be on Friday 12th May 2017 (i.e. from the night of Thursday 11th May), Insha-Allah.

Note that Saudi Arabia do not normally make any official Hilal Sighting announcement from Safar to Shaban and Dhul Qaidah.

The Saudi official Hilal Committees have looked for the moon of Shaban on 26th April 2017 (29th Rajab according to the official Ummul Qura Calendar (UQC)) and reported negative sightings. The usual early-sighters from near Riyadh (Shaqra and Sudair) also reported negative sightings due to clouds. Therefore, their un-announced start of Shaban is also from 28th April 2017, but from 27th April 2017 based on the official UQC date. To avoid any confusions and false sighting reports from Saudi Arabia (which happens very often), we recommend all UK (and European) residents to follow the actual Hilal sighting reports by the human eye (Muhaqaq Ruyat Basari) on our ICOUK website and not the dates published in Saudi Arabia (not even the calendars displayed in the Holy Mosques)!