Crescent Moon Visibility of Safar 1440 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Safar 1440 shows that moon will be born on 9 October 2018 at 03:47 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 10 October 2018 the moon will be easily visible in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Safar is most likely to start from 11 October 2018, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Safar 1440 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Safar 1440 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Safar 1440 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Safar 1440 AH on 9 - 10 October 2018 (29th Muharram & next day) after sunset from the western horizon and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [Photo Competition]

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Safar 1440 AH

09 October 2018
United Kingdom

York

Not seen after sunset: On 09 October 2018, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “It was a beautiful sunset behind a clear blue sky in York today (see photos), but the moon was not seen. Technically, the moon was 14 hrs old and 4° altitude at sunset with a moon set lag time of 39 mins ("on the horizon"), but it was beyond the resolution of the human eye to detect it. However, the identification of the sunset position will be extremely useful for locating the moon tomorrow, inshaAllah”.


Croydon

Not seen after sunset: On 09 October 2018, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “The 2 of us set up the binoculars before sunset at the vantage point in Riddlesdown  Common Park. We recorded the sunset. The skies were clear. The Hilal was not sighted”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 09 October 2018, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Prof Hassan Talibi commented: “السلام عليكم تعذرت رؤية الهلال في كل ربوع المغرب حتى في مدينة العيون المتقدمة غربا. ولقد أعلنت وزارة الأوقاف عدم ثبوت رؤية الهلال وعليه يكون يوم الخميس هو فاتح شهر صفر
Translation: Assalamu Alaykum, the crescent moon (hilal) was not sighted throughout the Kingdom of Morocco even in the western modern city of Laayoune. The Ministry of Awqaf has therefore announced negative sighting and hence Thursday [11/10/2018] will be the 1st of Safar [1440]”.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 09 October 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: “Crescent moon [was] not seen but saw Jupiter and Venus. In particular, Venus appeared as a Crescent  Venus [which could be mistaken as a moon by inexperienced observers]”.


10 October 2018
Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 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: “Easily seen tonight with Venus and Jupiter. Again if we zoom into Venus it appeared as a crescent-shaped [and could be mistaken for the moon, when the moon is invisible]”.


Madinah

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Mr Khaiam Shabbir from Madinah City in the Madinah Province County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Khaiam Shabbir commented: “Observation carried out by a member of the Wycombe Moonsighting committee at Uhud, Madina al Munawarra”.


United Kingdom

Cradley Heath

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 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 was returning home from the Mosque walking. I have seen the moon at 6:50pm. When I got to my house, I could still see the moon, it was 6:53pm”.


Nuneaton

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Mr Mohammed Yasinkhan Akil from Nuneaton City in the Warwickshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Ashbourne

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Mr Younes Foster from Ashbourne City in the Derbyshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Younes Foster commented: “Hazy on the horizon, crescent observed for 10 minutes before sinking into the haze. Observed to the south of Ashbourne near the village of Cubley”.


Cardiff

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Dr Feras Tuma from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Feras Tuma commented: “We had a clear sky and the crescent was easily visible to the naked eye (1st seen at 18:45 BST)”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 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: “The Hilal of Safar 1440 AH was seen from York (UK) on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at 18:47 BST by binoculars (20x80) and at 18:52 by the naked eye. The sky was fairly cloudy behind a strong glare of the sunset (18:20 BST) sky, making it fairly difficult to see the Hilal due to the poor contrast (and could have been easily missed). 

The 10 October 2018 corresponds to 30 Muharram 1440 AH in the UK due to starting the month with borrowed sighting report from Morocco on 10 September 2018, but technically it is the 29 Muharram 1440 since the moon was not possible to be sighted in the UK on 10 September 2018 by naked eye (29 Dhul Hijjah 1439 AH). 

In either case, 1st Safar 1440 AH for the UK is definitely from Thursday 11 October 2018 based on the actual sighting by the naked eye from many places in the UK. [See YouTube Video titled, "Hilal Sighting Report for Safar 1440 AH from York (UK)": https://youtu.be/O1hY2Z4Uf1Q - admin]”.


High Wycombe

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Mr Khaiam Shabbir from High Wycombe City in the Buckhinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Dundee

Not seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Maulana Safwaan Hussein from Dundee City in the Angus County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Croydon

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “The two of us Hafiz Uthman Choudry and I  came to the location in Riddlesdown Common Park [Purley] at least 15 minutes before sunset. We recorded the beautiful sunset . We were joined by brother Ray. After Salaah we commenced our observation . The beautiful Hilal was easily visible to the naked eyes. We were joined by people of other faiths as well. [Submitted 10/10/2018 23:52 BST - Admin]”.


Bolton

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “On Wednesday, 10th of October 2018 (30 Muharram 1440 AH) between 18:19 to 19:07 BST (Sunset 18:25 & Moonset 19:29) at Location: B6226, Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Lancashire, UK +53°35'37"N, -2°29'24"W / Altitude: 220m Height; I attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Safar. The Crescent was sighted first with a binocular at 18:36 and then naked eye at 18:38 to the left of Sunset and orientation was from 1 to 7 O’clock, It was visible till 19:07 till I was there, the sky was clear.  [Submitted 11/10/2018 11:43 BST - Admin]”.


Hastings

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from Hastings City in the East Sussex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “For information only. I have received a message to share this hilal report from Muhammad Daniel in Hasings, East Sussex (UK), facing the English Sea from his house window, MashaAllah. Posted on 22/10/2018”.


Northolt

Seen after sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from Northolt City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “For information only. I have received a message to share this hilal report from Imad Ahmed in Northolt, Greater London (UK), who was with a group of observers from SOFA College London, MashaAllah. Posted on 22/10/2018”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen before sunset: On 10 October 2018, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Prof Hassan Talibi commented: “السلام عليكم الجو في مدينة بنسليمان غائم كليا لكن أصدقاء آخرين أكدوا لي رؤيته وتجدون رفقة التقرير صور الهلال وفيها اسم الراصد ومكانه 
Translation: Assalamu Alaykum. The Bensliman city sky was completely cloudy but other friends have sighted the crescent moon and have sent pictures of the crescent with their name and place”.


Announcement for start of Safar 1440 AH

On Tuesday 9th October 2018 (29th Muharram 1440 AH) the Hilal of Safar 1440 was not sighted in the UK or in the UK/Morocco region. We have also received a negative sighting report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry by fax.

Therefore, the month of Muharram 1440 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Safar 1440 AH will start from Thursday 11th October 2018, InShaAllah.

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