Crescent Moon Visibility of Shaban 1441 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Shaban 1441 shows that moon will be born on 24 March 2020 at 09:28 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region on that date. However, on 25 March 2020 the moon will be easily visible in the UK and in most countries of the world. Hence, the month of Shaban is most likely to start from 26 March 2020, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Shaban 1441 AH (b) Visibility Map for Shaban 1441 AH (c)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Shaban 1441 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Shaban 1441 AH on 24 - 25 March 2020 (29th Rajab & next day) after sunset from the western horizon and report your results (positive or negative) via our website Observation Report Form. [Photo Competition] See Also: Significance and Virtues of Shaban

Results of Crescent Moon Observations for Shaban 1441 AH

24 March 2020
United Kingdom

London (Clapton)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Shaykha Fatema Bintea Muhammad from London (Clapton) 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.

Shaykha Fatema Bintea Muhammad commented: “Two of us went to a location with clear views. We remained there until approximately 30 mins after Maghrib.  The weather conditions were very good, however the Crescent Moon was not sighted”.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Dr Rahail Chohan from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Rahail Chohan commented: “Used my ‘Lockdown’ exercise time to do moonsighting. Very blustery weather especially on the Pentland Hills in Edinburgh. However, the entire horizon from the south to the west had cloud cover. Venus hung like a bright lantern with no clouds in the vicinity. The Hilal was impossible to sight”.


Sheffield

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Nasir Hussain from Sheffield City in the South Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Nasir Hussain commented: “Partly cloudy, could not see sun setting clearly, no crescent seen”.


Surbiton

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Javed Rafiq from Surbiton City in the Surrey County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Javed Rafiq commented: “Clear skies, but no sign of the crescent moon”.


London (Leyton)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Nasar Ramzan from London (Leyton) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Nasar Ramzan commented: “With Coronavirus restrictions in place, I attempted sighting from my loft. For a change, the skies over East London were clear on moonsighting night. Lots of red skies, but no sign of the new crescent moon”.


York

Not seen before sunset: On 24 March 2020, 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: “It was partly cloudy in York today, but the western horizon before sunset was totally cloudy so negative sighting report. Technically the moon was setting with the sun (Age=9 hrs, Alt=-1°, Elg=6°, Lag=0 min) with RGO/Yallop Visibility Code F (Not visible/Beyond Danjon limit)”.


Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, 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 not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “I have done moon sighting observations at my front garden. I have observed from sunset to moonset time (6:27pm to 6:32pm), although, moonset was 6:31pm. I could not see the moon. I will make attempt observations tomorrow, Insha Allah”.


Croydon (Coulsdon)

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Dr Nadeem Ali from Croydon (Coulsdon) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Nadeem Ali commented: “No crescent seen 20 minutes after sunset at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon (51.3061032, -0.1358106). Venus bright in western sky after sunset (see pic)”.


Helston

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Hasan Kilic from Helston City in the Cornwall County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hasan Kilic commented: “No sign of crescent [today]. I and brother Abdulbari observed here in Cornwall. Partly cloudy but visibility was good. inshaAllah tomorrow.”.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Asir County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Not seen and was not going to be sighted with such a young age of around 6 hrs [old moon] and moonset being just 10min after sunset. The weather was however very cloudy thunder and raining”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Not seen after sunset: On 24 March 2020, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


25 March 2020
United Kingdom

Southampton

Not seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Imam Kasim Sumra from Southampton City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Imam Kasim Sumra commented: “Unfortunately due lockdown it was possible to observe it from our usual open space or in a group. So I wasn’t able to sight the moon and we also had negative sights from other colleagues”.


Huddersfield

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ibrahim George from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ibrahim George commented: “Seen faintly. Honestly, it is there [in the photo]”.


Cradley Heath

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, 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 with my son in my front garden at 6:50 pm to 7:10 pm. I have seen the moon with my son from 7:00 pm for 10 minutes. Then I come back in the house with my son”.


Croydon (Coulsdon)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Dr Nadeem Ali from Croydon (Coulsdon) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Nadeem Ali commented: “I went with my sons, Ibraheem and Nuh to sight the crescent at Farthing Downs (51.2986983, -0.1344310). Alhamdulillah Ibraheem sighted it first at 18.50 pm. It remained visible till 19.20 pm when we left. Nuh took the picture on his iPhone”.


London (Hackney)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Shaykha Fatema Bintea Muhammad from London (Hackney) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykha Fatema Bintea Muhammad commented: “Two of us observed the new crescent moon today for a period of approximately 30 minutes. This was in Hackney, East London”.


Sheffield

Not seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Nasir Hussain from Sheffield City in the South Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Nasir Hussain commented: “Perfect weather conditions but no sighting. Horizon was not visible at sunset as the sun disappeared 10 mins before Maghrib commenced. Will avoid this location in the future”.


Croydon (Pollards Hill)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon (Pollards Hill) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “I did not invite a group to join me to sight the moon due to Coronavirus restrictions. I arrived at Pollards Hill North 20 minutes before sunset. My 6 years old son also accompanied me. We observed the setting of the sun and then we sighted the crescent moon at 6:55 pm. It was very thin but easily visible to the naked eye [Alhamdulillah] ”.


Lytham St Anns

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Mushahid Khan from Lytham St Anns City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mushahid Khan commented: “I and my friend saw the moon firstly with binoculars at 6:45 pm and then with the naked eye just before 7:00 pm [Alhamdulillah]”.


Helston

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Hasan Kilic from Helston City in the Cornwall County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hasan Kilic commented: “After sunset, the moon was seen by the naked eye at 7:20 pm [by I and Abdulbari Yazici], Alhamdulillah ”.


York

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Eng Qamar Uddin from York City in the North Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Binoculars.

Eng Qamar Uddin commented: “On Wednesday 25th March 2020, I went out for exercise and on the route, I decided to stop to see the sunset before 6:30 pm which was a beautiful scene MashaAllah (and prayed Maghrib afterwards). The western horizon above sunset was very bright and hazy with the glare of the sun and even though I could see Venus at 6:45 pm with the naked eye, I could not see the crescent moon (Hilal) with binoculars (20x80). However, at 7:02 pm I was able to see the very thin Hilal with binoculars and was hoping to see it with the naked eye within 10-15 minutes (as I wear glasses), but it was very close to the horizon and disappeared behind distant trees after 7:15 pm before I could see it by the naked eye. Unfortunately, the location was not perfect for such a thin Hilal for naked-eye sighting (RGO/Yallop Code B) due to high light pollutions/haze (and coronavirus pandemic restrictions). Fortunately, many of our ICOUK members from other UK cities were able to see the Hilal with the naked eye, Alhamdulillah”.


London (Leyton)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Nasar Ramzan from London (Leyton) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Nasar Ramzan commented: “Alhamdulillah, I saw the new crescent immediately with the naked eye in the clear western sky after a beautiful sunset with red skies, although it was very faint to start with. SubhanAllah, a glorious sight. The sighting was from my loft at home, rather than the usual higher local masjid roof, which is closed due to the Coronavirus Emergency. Being able to see the new moon from the loft height of a normal house means it should be possible for anyone to try sighting from their homes so long as they can see the western sky (in the direction of the sunset)”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Osman Dudha from Blackburn (Mellor) City in the United Kingdom County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Osman Dudha commented: “We saw the moon at Mellor, Blackburn. I could not take pictures of the moon with my weak camera as there was haze surrounding it. However, I am including a photo taken by one of our group members, Br Mohammad Quraishi (with permission) who had a much better camera. [Submitted on 26/3/2020 - Admin]”.


Slough

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Mohammad Baig from Slough City in the Berkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammad Baig commented: “Crescent was easily seen although it was behind a tree which hinders my western horizon. [Submitted on 26/3/2020 - Admin]”.


Belfast

Not seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Dr Wajida Hannani from Belfast City in the Northern Ireland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Wajida Hannani commented: “We arrived approx 5 minutes prior to sunset at 18.45 pm and remained for 30 minutes after 19.15 pm, but the hilal was not visible”.


High Wycombe

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Ms Ismat Shahzad from High Wycombe City in the Buckinghamshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Ismat Shahzad commented: “I was late to spot it because my first sighting position had an obstructed view, once we moved positions we were able to spot the hilal easily. Spotted by myself and my 13 years old son Saleh Yusuf. [Submitted on 28/3/2020 - Admin]”.


Bridgend

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Dr Danladi Abubakar from Bridgend City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Dr Danladi Abubakar commented: “I prayed Maghrib then rushed to my bedroom window which was West facing. It took quite some time to see anything as there were a low lying clouds on the horizon around the sunset. I was almost given up when I then saw the little crescent within the brown yellow clouds. I shouted Mashaa Allah in joy. I tried shooting on my phone but with difficulty. [Submitted on 28/3/2020]”.


Walsall (Barr Beacon)

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Mr Umar Hussain from Walsall (Barr Beacon) City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Umar Hussain commented: “Crescent spotted in Barr Beacon. [Submitted on 5/4/2020 - Admin]”.


Morocco

Benslimane

Seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Benslimane City in the Casablanca-Settat County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Not seen after sunset: On 25 March 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Aseer County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “Not seen heavy clouds”.


Announcement for start of Shaban 1441 AH

On Tuesday 24th March 2020 (29th Rajab 1441 AH) the Hilal of Shaban 1441 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 Rajab 1441 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Shaban 1441 AH will start from Thursday 26th March 2020, making 15th Shaban to be on Thursday 9th April 2020 (i.e. from the night of Wednesday 8th April), 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).