Crescent Moon Visibility of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH

The crescent visibility map below for Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 shows that moon will be born on 16 October 2020 at 19:31 GMT/UT, but it will not be visible by the naked-eye anywhere in the UK/Morocco region (or anywhere in most of the world) on that date. However, on 17 October 2020 the moon will be easily visible in Morocco and most other countries of the world. Hence, the month of Rabi-ul Awwal is most likely to start from 18 October 2020, InShaAllah.

Visibility Map for Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH (a)

Visibility Map for Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH (b)

When to Observe the Crescent Moon of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH

Please look for the Hilal of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH on 17 - 18 October 2020 (29th Safar and the 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 Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH

17 October 2020
Turkey

Yalove

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ayhan Tabu from Yalove City in the Yalova Province County (Turkey) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Ayhan Tabu commented: “Ich habe versucht, den neuen Halbmond für Rabi-ul Awal 1442 mit einem Fernglas und einer Nikon P1000-Kamera zu sehen, aber er wurde nicht gesehen. Translation: "I have tried to see the new crescent moon for Rabi-ul Awal 1442 with binoculars and a Nikon P1000 camera, but it was not seen".  [from Germany]”.


United Kingdom

Croydon (Pollards Hill)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Umar Faruk Abdul Muthalif from Croydon (Pollards Hill) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Umar Faruk  Abdul Muthalif commented: “Not seen Cloudy”.


Huddersfield

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ibrahim George from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ibrahim George commented: “Total cloud cover from Castle Hill Huddersfield”.


Leeds (Morely)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Aqeel Saddiq from Leeds (Morely) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Aqeel Saddiq commented: “Not sighted in Leeds (South). Some cloud break near sunset location but place where crescent would be was covered with thick cloud”.


Middlesbrough

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Ms Shemanara Haq from Middlesbrough City in the Teesside County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shemanara Haq commented: “Negative reporting with naked eye. Sunset 6.01pm and moonset 6.41pm. Photos taken before sunset 5.36 pm and after sunset 6.20 pm with iPhone 7”.


Bristol

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Tahir Mahmood from Bristol City in the Bristol County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Tahir  Mahmood commented: “Tried to observe the crescent but was unable to do so due to cloud cover”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 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: “Most of the sky was totally cloudy in York today (17/10/2020), but there was a clear patch near the sunset position, but the Hilal was not seen. I used a SkyView App to match the sunset and noted the invisible moon position was close to the horizon behind the glare of the sunset sky”.


Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Hendrik Stahlberg from Brentwood City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: “The hilal was not spotted on 17.10, as the sky was cloudy with only some clear patches, neither before nor after sunset”.


Southampton

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Imam Kasim Sumra from Southampton City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Imam Kasim Sumra commented: “The clouds did not move at all. It was totally blackout today”.


Walsall

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Umar Hussain from Walsall City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars.


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Juned Patel from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Juned Patel commented: “On Saturday, 17th of October 2020 (29 Safar 1442 AH) between 18:00 to 18:55 (Sunset 18:08 & Moonset 18:49) at Location: Edge Hill Rd, Bolton, UK; I attempted to sight the crescent moon (Hilal) of Rabi-al-Awwal. I was not able to sight the Hilal, the western horizon was completely covered with very dense clouds”.


Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar commented: “Due to dark thick clouds, negative sighting from Bolton”.


Coalville

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Riyaz Bhikha from Coalville City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Riyaz Bhikha commented: “Full cloud cover in sky, no moon seen between sunset & moonset [from Bardon Hill]”.


Cradley Heath

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Modoris Ali from Cradley Heath City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Modoris Ali commented: “I was unable to observe the moon, as it was tottally cloudy ,today.Will try again tomorrow, Insha Allah to observe again if weather permits”.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Zahid Ali from Edinburgh City in the Lothian County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Leeds (Eccup)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Nasir Sharif from Leeds (Eccup) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Cardiff

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Shakil Qureshi from Cardiff City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Shakil Qureshi commented: “It was a clear sky at my location but unfortunately no Hilal was sighted. I can only assume this was perhaps because I was a little late going out, therefore maybe I missed it? I will try again tomorrow In Sha Allah”.


Narberth

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Ms Victoria McAndrew from Narberth City in the Wales County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Blackburn

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ahmed Makda from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ahmed Makda commented: “Thick cloud coverhead. Out in distance there wasn't but there was a haze of cloud over the west coast where the ribble estuary is and where the direction of moon set was expected”.


Croydon (Riddelsdown)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Shaykh Sulayman Gani from Croydon (Riddelsdown) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Sulayman Gani commented: “I arrived at Riddelsdown half hour before sunset. It was totally cloudy. I observed after sunset. The hilal of 5 degree altitude at sunset was not seen”.


Cambridge

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Ms Rahma Alfarsy from Cambridge City in the Cambridgeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Rahma Alfarsy commented: “Clouds covered the entire area where the moon was setting”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn (Mellor) City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


London (Leyton)

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ikram Haq from London (Leyton) City in the Greater London County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ikram Haq commented: “Not seen due to clouds. Moon age was 22 hours. Sunset 18:02, moonset 18:44. Moon remained above the horizon for 42 minutes after sunset”.


Jersey

St Clement

Not seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Mohammed Aslam Shareef from St Clement City in the Channel Islands County (Jersey) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Mohammed Aslam Shareef commented: “No sighting of Hilal”.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Asir County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “First seen by binoculars then by naked eye. The sky was clear but near to the horizon there were some clouds, so the crescent disappeared behind them. See YouTube video: https://youtu.be/7mggiz-ytgU”.


Morocco

Tangier

Seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Hatim El-Harrak from Tangier City in the Tangier-Tetouan Al-Hoceima County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Hatim El-Harrak commented: “In the name of of Allah the Merciful. The Hilal of Rabi` al-Awwal 1442 was seen on Saturday evening, Safar 29, 1442 AH, corresponding to 17 October 2020 AD, All  praise be to Allah (Alhmadulillah), from Tangiers in the Kingdom of Morocco”.


Rabat

Seen after sunset: On 17 October 2020, ICOUK member Prof Hassan Talibi from Rabat City in the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra County (Morocco) mentioned that the sky was Clear, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.


18 October 2020
United Kingdom

Brentwood

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Hendrik Stahlberg from Brentwood City in the Essex County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Hendrik Stahlberg commented: “The heavy layer of clouds prohibited my wife adn I from spotting teh hilal”.


Southampton

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Iqbal Sharif from Southampton City in the Hampshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Iqbal Sharif commented: “No break in cloud at all”.


York

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, 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: “It was totally cloudy before and after sunset today (18/10/2020), even though there was a very good chance to see a 46 hrs old moon easily by the naked eye. Most of the UK was also cloudy, except some areas of Wales and Scottish Higlands (which are mostly inhabited)”.


Leicester

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Shaykh Muhammed Patel from Leicester City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Shaykh Muhammed Patel commented: “Sky totally covered in clouds”.


Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Riyaz Bhikha from Leicester City in the Leicestershire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Riyaz Bhikha commented: “Moon NOT seen, total cloud in sky”.


Leeds (Morely)

Not seen before sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Aqeel Saddiq from Leeds (Morely) City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Aqeel Saddiq commented: “Attempted just before Sunset. Negative due to total cloud cover. Also attempted at 18:20 - total cloud cover with no gaps”.


Hyde

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Maulana Abdal Ahmed from Hyde City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Narberth

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Ms Victoria McAndrew from Narberth City in the Pembrokeshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Huddersfield

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ibrahim George from Huddersfield City in the West Yorkshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Edinburgh

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Zahid Ali from Edinburgh City in the Scotland County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Zahid Ali commented: “Negative moon sighting from Edinburgh”.


Aberdeen

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Ms Shaheeda Shaikh from Aberdeen City in the Aberdeenshire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Ms Shaheeda Shaikh commented: “Negative sighting from Aberdeen (Kingswells/Westhill)”.


Bolton

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar from Bolton City in the Greater Manchester County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye and/or Binoculars.

Mr Muhammad Arshad Dar commented: “The Western horizon was totally covered by thick clouds. Crescent was not sighted”.


Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield)

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Dr Thron Miah from Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield) City in the West Midlands County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Binoculars.

Dr Thron Miah commented: “Crescent moon was NOT seen”.


Blackburn (Mellor)

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Maulana Hidayatullah Patel from Blackburn (Mellor) City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.


Blackburn

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Mr Ahmed Makda from Blackburn City in the Lancashire County (United Kingdom) mentioned that the sky was Totally cloudy, the crescent was not seen by Naked-eye.

Mr Ahmed Makda commented: “Same location as that on 17th October 2020. Stayed at location till moonset. Totally cloudy horizon”.


Helston

Not seen after sunset: On 18 October 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: “I tried my best but was unable see it on this occasion”.


Saudi Arabia

Abha

Seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha City in the Asir County (Saudi Arabia) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Dr Ayyub Patel commented: “The mon was easily seen”.


Jersey

St Helier

Seen after sunset: On 18 October 2020, ICOUK member Hafiz Zaeem Youssouf from St Helier City in the Channel Islands County (Jersey) mentioned that the sky was Partly cloudy, the crescent was Seen by Naked-eye.

Hafiz Zaeem Youssouf commented: “Partial sighting through clouds, bottom of crescent visible first before being covered by cloud, then upper half of crescent became visible. Video: https://youtu.be/NO1JJsKeoBE.

[Individual video testimonies from 3 Jersey observers were taken by a Shahada Panel to include Shaykh Suliman Gani - Admin]”.


Announcement for start of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH

On Saturday 17th October 2020 (29th Safar 1442 AH) the Hilal of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 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.

Therefore, the month of Safar 1442 AH will have 29-days and the month of Rabi-ul Awwal 1442 AH will start from Sunday 18th October 2020, 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).