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New moon of Jumada al-Thani sighted Mon. night
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Jumada al-Thani has been sighted on Monday evening (Mar. 31st) in numerous locations around the world, including throughout North America.

This marks the beginning of the month of Jumada al-Thani, with its first day occurring on Tuesday, April 1st.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: April 1, 2014  01:40 MDT
 

Look for the new moon of Jumada al-Thani Monday night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday night (Mar. 31st) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Monday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout most of the Americas, and much of Western Europe and Africa (check the visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 30, 2014  21:31 MDT
Posted: March 30, 2014  21:26 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal sighted Sun. night (30 days of Rabi al-Thani completed)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Jumada al-Awwal has been sighted on Sunday evening (March 2nd) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe, including the U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Rabi al-Thani, this marks the beginning of the month of Jumada al-Awwal, with its first day occuring Monday, March 3rd.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Posted: March 2, 2014  22:32 MDT
 

No sightings Saturday, Jumada al-Awwal to begin Sunday night
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed positive reports of "naked eye" sightings of the new crescent moon anywhere in the world on the evening of Saturday, March 1st.

We are thus completing the 30th day of Rabi al-Thani and beginning the month of Jumada al-Awwal on Sunday evening, March 2nd, when the moon should be visible throughout the world.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on Sunday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sundown in the area above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: March 2, 2014  12:52 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal expected Sat. or Sun. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Saturday, Mar. 1st and/or Sunday, Mar. 2nd in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Saturday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of western North America and the Pacific where sightings are possible in very favorable circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset in the area above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: March 1, 2014  18:22 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Thani sighted on Friday, Jan. 31st
Crescentwatch has received and confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Friday evening (Jan. 31st) by experienced moon-sighters at multiple U.S locations including California (see image to the right). This marks the end of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal and the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Thani, with its first day occurring on Saturday, Feb. 1st.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 1, 2014  10:53 MDT
Posted: January 31, 2014  22:28 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Thani expected on Friday night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Friday night (Jan. 31st) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi Al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Friday evening the new crescent moon should be easily visible in Western Europe and Africa and throughout the most of the Americas (see visibility forecast here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: January 30, 2014  20:19 MDT
Posted: January 30, 2014  20:16 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Awwal sighted Thursday night (30 days of Safar completed)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Rabi al-Awwal has been sighted on Thursday evening (January 2nd) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe, including the U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Safar, this marks the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, with its first day occuring Friday, January 3rd.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Posted: January 3, 2014  07:35 MDT
 

No sightings Wednesday, Rabi al-Awwal to begin Thursday night
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed positive reports of "naked eye" sightings of the new crescent moon anywhere in the world on the evening of Wednesday, January 1st.

We are thus completing the 30th day of Safar and beginning the month of Rabi al-Awwal on Thursday evening, January 2nd, when the moon should be visible throughout the world.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on Thursday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: January 1, 2014  21:31 MDT
Posted: January 1, 2014  21:28 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Awwal expected Weds. or Thur. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 1st and/or Thursday, Jan. 2nd in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Wednesday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of western North America and the Pacific where sightings are possible in very favorable circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: December 31, 2013  20:44 MDT
Posted: December 31, 2013  20:42 MDT
 

New moon of Safar sighted on Tuesday, Dec. 3rd
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Tuesday evening (Dec. 3rd) by reliable moon-sighters at multiple U.S locations including California. (See image to the right.) This marks the end of the Islamic month of Muharram and the beginning of the month of Safar, with its first day occuring on Wednesday, Dec. 4th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: December 5, 2013  05:21 MDT
Posted: December 3, 2013  18:25 MDT
 

Muharram moon sighted on Monday, Muslim New Year of 1435 begins
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Muharram has been sighted on Monday evening (Nov. 4th) in numerous locations around the world, including throughout North America.

This marks the beginning of the sacred month of Muharram, and the opening of the new Muslim (hijri) year of 1435. (The very blessed day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, will fall on Thursday, November 14th.)

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 4, 2013  19:21 MDT
Posted: November 4, 2013  18:10 MDT
 

Look for the new moon of Muharram on Mon. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday night (Nov. 4th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Muharram and the new hijri year of 1435.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Monday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout most of the world, including North America (check the visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 2, 2013  19:28 MDT
Posted: November 2, 2013  19:27 MDT
 

Dhu al-Hijjah begins (Eid al-Adha to be on Wed., Oct. 16)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Dhul-Hijjah has been sighted on Sunday evening (Oct. 6) at numerous locations around the globe including throughout the U.S..  Along with the completion of 30 days of Dhu al-Qidah, this marks the beginning of the sacred month of Dhu al-Hijjah, with its first day on Monday, Oct. 7th.

We will thus observe the blessed day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah) on Wednesday, October 16, insha'Allah.

The first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah are considered to be among the holiest days of the entire year. May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable, naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

 

Posted: October 6, 2013  20:29 MDT
 

No Dhu al-Hijjah moon sightings Sat. evening (Eid al-Adha to be on Oct. 16)
Crescentwatch did not receive any reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted by naked eye anywhere in the world on the evening of Saturday, October 5th.

Experienced Muslim astronomers and highly reliable visibility forecasts have indicated that the only regions with even a reasonable chance of crescent visibility on Saturday were in South America and the South Pacific (see here).

Due to numerous negative sighting reports from around the world, including South Africa, North America, & South America, we are completing the 30th day of Dhu al-Qi'dah and beginning the sacred month of Dhu al-Hijjah on Sunday evening, October 6th. We will therefore observe the blessed day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah*) on Wednesday, October 16, insha'Allah.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: October 6, 2013  20:31 MDT
Posted: October 5, 2013  19:43 MDT
 

Saturday evening reports all negative so far
Crescentwatch has thus far received solely negative sighting reports on Saturday evening from a number of locations around the world, including Iqique and Santiago, Chile where experienced moon-sighters with clear skies were unable to see the new crescent moon.

We will continue to field reports and will update our site by 9:00pm PT with a final announcement on the start of Dhu al-Hijjah and the date of Eid al-Adha.

Last Updated: October 5, 2013  19:38 MDT
Posted: October 5, 2013  19:37 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Hijjah expected on Oct. 5th or 6th
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Saturday, October 5th, in anticipation of the beginning of the sacred Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, and the determination of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah).

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Saturday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely unlikely in all global regions, with the exception of South America and the South Pacific where sightings are possible in ideal circumstances (location, weather, etc.). (See visibility forecasts for your region here).

If the new moon is seen on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 5th, the day of Eid al-Adha will be on Oct. 15th. If not, we will complete 30 days of Dhu al-Qidah and celebrate Eid on Wednesday, Oct. 16th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: October 5, 2013  19:28 MDT
Posted: October 4, 2013  14:44 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Qidah sighted on Friday, Sept. 6th
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Dhu al-Qidah has been sighted on Friday evening (Sept. 6th) by reliable moonsighters at several locations around the globe, including Australia, South Africa, and the San Francisco area in California. (There were no positive reports on Thursday night)

Along with the completion of 30 days of Shawwal, this marks the beginning of the month of Dhu al-Qidah, with its first day occuring Saturday, September 7th. May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Last Updated: September 7, 2013  03:32 MDT
Posted: September 7, 2013  03:28 MDT
 

Look for the new moon of Dhu al-Qi'dah on Fri. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Friday night (Sep. 6th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Qi'dah.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Friday the new crescent moon should be easily visible in Southern Africa, South America, and in the southernmost areas of North America, primarily Central America and the Carribean (check the visibility forecast for your region here).

Friday night would also mark the conclusion of 30 days of Shawwal (based upon the Aug. 8th day of Eid), so the new month would inevitably begin on Saturday, but we nonetheless encourage people to go out on Friday, and even Thursday, to practice and experience the prophetic tradition of moon-sighting.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moon-sighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: September 5, 2013  07:20 MDT
Posted: September 4, 2013  14:45 MDT
 

Eid Mubarak (Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 8th)
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports that the new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted on the evening of Wednesday, August 7th by experienced moon-sighters Iquique, Chile.

This marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, and the start of the month of Shawwal. Eid al-Fitr will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 8th, insha'Allah.

We nonetheless encourage Muslims to celebrate Eid with their local community, following the dates and moon-sighting methodology of their qualified leadership. May Allah bless and increase everyone during these sacred days.

We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 7, 2013  22:41 MDT
Posted: August 7, 2013  22:40 MDT
 

Eid announcement coming very shortly
We apologize for the delay. We have been doing our due diligence to assess the reports we have received, and are finalizing our announcement. It will be posted very shortly.
Posted: August 7, 2013  22:32 MDT
 

Reports from South America coming in
Crescentwatch is currently reviewing reports from various locations throughout South America. We have received a positive report of a sighting by a group of reliable, experienced moon-sighters in Iquique, Chile.

We will continue to update this site as more details and additional reports come in.
Posted: August 7, 2013  19:26 MDT
 

Now fielding reports for Shawwal moon (negative so far)
We are currently reviewing sighting reports from around the world. Thus far all reports from Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia have been negative. We will be fielding North and South American reports shortly and will update our website with results as soon as we have them.

We will make our final announcement for the determination of the date of Eid as early as possible, but no later than 8:30pm PST.

(We are aware of very questionable postive reports from the Middle East, and do not find them reliable enough for the declaration of the momentous occasion of Eid. It is worth noting that if the moon is sighted anywhere on the globe it can be seen MORE EASILY by all the locations WEST of that point.)

Last Updated: August 7, 2013  18:29 MDT
Posted: August 7, 2013  16:59 MDT
 

Look for the moon on Aug. 7th (Eid to be on Aug. 8th or 9th)
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evenings of August 7th and 8th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the advent of Eid al-Fitr.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Wednesday, August 7th, the only regions of the globe that will have a decent likelihood of a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new moon are in South America and the South Pacific. If the moon is sighted on Aug. 7th, Eid al-Fitr would occur on Thursday, Aug. 8th. Otherwise, Eid will fall on Friday, Aug. 9th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: July 28, 2013  02:44 MDT
Posted: July 28, 2013  02:34 MDT
 

RAMADAN MUBARAK : Moon-sightings coming in from around the world
Crescentwatch has confirmed reports of the new crescent moon of Ramadan being sighted on the evening of Tuesday, July 9th at numerous locations around the globe, including Australia, South Africa, Florida, Virginia, Texas, and multiple other U.S. locations. This marks the completion of 30 days of the month of Shaban, and the blessed beginning of Ramadan. We are delighted to welcome the entry of this sacred month and to begin the fast of Ramadan on Wednesday, July 10th.

As always, we encourage Muslims to celebrate Ramadan with their local community, following the dates and moon-sighting methodology of their qualified leadership. May Allah bless and increase everyone during these sacred days.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: July 9, 2013  20:36 MDT
 

Moon not sighted: RAMADAN TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY (Tues. night)
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Monday, July 8th.   We received numerous negative reports from experienced moonsighters with clear skies around the world including South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Europe, the Carribean, California and throughout the U.S.

We will thus complete the 30 days of Sha'ban and begin Ramadan Tuesday evening with the first day of the fast on Wednesday, July 10th.

Please still go out to look for the new crescent moon on Tuesday evening and submit your moon-sighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: July 8, 2013  23:37 MDT
Posted: July 8, 2013  20:01 MDT
 

Monday sighting reports negative so far
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) tonight and let us know what you see. We are currently taking reports from around the world.

All reports so far have been negative, including those from Europe, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and parts of the Americas.

We will post our final announcement here by 9:00pm PT.

(For further details see the below posts.)

Last Updated: July 8, 2013  19:35 MDT
Posted: July 8, 2013  18:19 MDT
 

New moon of Ramadan expected on the night of Mon. July 8th or Tue. July 9th
(First day of Ramadan likely July 10th)
Visibility forecast, July 8thCrescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evenings of Monday, July 8th and Tuesday, July 9th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Monday evening, July 8th a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of the remote South Pacific where sightings are possible but highly unlikely.

If the moon is not seen Monday, July 8th, on Tuesday evening, July 9th the moon should be easily visible throughout much of the world (see visibility forecasts here) marking the beginning of Ramadan with its first day of fasting on Wednesday, July 10th.

Visibility forecast, July 9thPlease go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: June 24, 2013  01:24 MDT
Posted: June 22, 2013  22:11 MDT
 

New moon of Shaban sighted on Sun., June 9th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Sunday evening (June 9th) by reliable moon-sighters in San Jose, California (see image to the right) and South Africa. This marks the end of the Islamic month of Rajab and the beginning of the month of Shaban, with its first day occuring on Monday, June 10th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: June 10, 2013  00:51 MDT
Posted: June 10, 2013  00:42 MDT
 

New moon of Rajab sighted on Fri., May 10th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted without optical aid on Friday evening (May 10th) by reliable moon-sighters in two separate locations in Northern California (see picture to the right). This marks the end of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani and the beginning of the sacred month of Rajab, with its first day occurring on Saturday, May 11th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: May 11, 2013  17:17 MDT
Posted: May 10, 2013  19:57 MDT
 

New moon of Rajab expected Fri. or Sat. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Friday, May 10th and/or Saturday, May 11th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rajab.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Sunday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of western North America and the Pacific where sightings are possible in favorable circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: May 10, 2013  16:58 MDT
Posted: May 10, 2013  16:47 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Thani sighted on Thu., April 11th
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Jumada al-Thani has been sighted on Thursday evening (April 11th) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe, including California.  (There were no positive reports on Wednesday night)

Along with the completion of 30 days of Jumada al-Awwal, this marks the beginning of the  month of Jumada al-Thani, with its first day occuring Friday, April 12th.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Posted: April 11, 2013  21:14 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal sighted on Tue., March 12th
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Jumada al-Awwal has been sighted on Tuesday evening (March 12th) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe, including California, Virgina, and Florida in the U.S.  (There were no positive reports on Monday night)

Along with the completion of 30 days of Rabi al-Thani, this marks the beginning of the  month of Jumada al-Awwal, with its first day occuring Wednesday, March 13th.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Posted: March 13, 2013  13:12 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal expected Tue. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday and Tuesday nights (Mar. 11th & 12th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Monday a sighting of the new very, very young moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions (see here), and that on Tuesday the moon should be easily visible in the Americas and parts of Europe, Africa, and Asia (see visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights in adherence to the sunnah and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 11, 2013  19:25 MDT
Posted: March 11, 2013  19:23 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Thani sighted on Sun., Feb. 10th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Sunday evening (Feb. 10th) by reliable moon-sighters in San Jose and Hayward, California. (See image to the right.) This marks the end of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal and the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Thani, with its first day occuring on Monday, Feb. 11th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 10, 2013  21:29 MDT
Posted: Feburary 10, 2013  19:00 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi Al-Thani expected Sun. or Mon. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 10th and/or Monday, Feb. 11th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Sunday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of western North America and the Pacific where sightings are possible in favorable circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 10, 2013  17:53 MDT
Posted: Feburary 10, 2013  17:45 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Awwal sighted on Sat., Jan. 12th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Saturday evening (Jan. 12th) by moonsighters in numerous locations around the world, including California (see image to the right). This marks the end of the Islamic month of Safar and the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, with its first day occuring on Sunday, January 13th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: January 12, 2013  23:12 MDT
Posted: January 12, 2013  22:15 MDT
 

New moon of Safar sighted on Friday night (30 days of Muharram completed)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Safar has been sighted on Friday evening (December 14th) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe, including the U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Muharram, this marks the beginning of the  month of Safar, with its first day occuring Saturday, December 15th.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Posted: December 17, 2012  00:54 MDT
 

New moon of Safar expected on Thursday or Friday night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 13th and/or Friday, Dec. 14th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Safar.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Thursday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of western North America and the Pacific where sightings are possible in extremely ideal circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: December 13, 2012  18:01 MDT
 

Muharram moon sighted, Muslim New Year of 1434 begins
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Muharram has been sighted on Wednesday evening (Nov. 14th) in numerous locations including Texas and California (see image to the right).

This marks the beginning of the sacred month of Muharram, and the opening of the new Muslim (hijri) year of 1434. (The very blessed day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, will fall on Saturday, November 24th.)

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 15, 2012  09:17 MDT
Posted: November 15, 2012  01:22 MDT
 

New moon of Muharram expected Weds. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Wednesday night (Nov. 14th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Muharram, and the new Hirji year of 1434.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Wednesday evening the new crescent moon should be easily visible in Western Africa and throughout the Americas (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 12, 2012  15:54 MDT
Posted: November 12, 2012  15:43 MDT
 

Dhu al-Hijjah moon sighted Tues. evening (Eid al-Adha on Oct. 26)
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Tuesday evening (October 16th) by numerous moonsighters in several locations around the world including Australia, South Africa, Chile, the Carribean, Ontario, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, and California (see image to the right).

This marks the end of the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah and the beginning of the sacred month of Dhu al-Hijjah, with its first day commencing on Wednesday, Oct. 17th. The day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah) will therefore be on Friday, October 26th, 2012, insha'Allah.

May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: October 17, 2012  22:57 MDT
Posted: October 16, 2012  20:41 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Hijjah expected on Oct. 16th (Eid al-Adha expected on Oct. 26)
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 16th in anticipation of the beginning of the sacred Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, and the determination of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah).

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that the moon should be easily visible on Tuesday evening (Oct. 16th) throughout much of the world (see visibility forecasts for your region here) marking the beginning of Dhul-Hijjah, with the day of Eid al-Adha on Friday, Oct. 26th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: October 15, 2012  22:46 MDT
Posted: October 14, 2012  17:16 MDT
 

No sightings Sunday, Dhul-Qadah to begin Monday night
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed positive reports of the new crescent moon being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Sunday, September 16th.

We are thus completing the 30th day of Shawwal and beginning the month of Dhul-Qadah on Monday evening, September 17th, when the moon should be visible throughout the world.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on Monday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: September 17, 2012  05:03 MDT
 

New moon of Dhul-Qadah expected on Sunday or Monday night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 16th and/or Monday, Sept. 17th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhul-Qadah.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Sunday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of South America and the South Pacific where sightings are possible in ideal circumstances (location, weather, etc.).

If the moon is not seen Sunday, the moon should be easily visible on Monday evening (Sept. 17th) throughout much of the world (see visibility forecasts here) marking the beginning of Dhul-Qadah with its first day on Tuesday, Sept. 18th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: September 17, 2012  04:53 MDT
Posted: September 16, 2012  11:56 MDT
 

EID MUBARAK! (Moon sighted, Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, Aug. 19th)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted on the evening of Saturday, August 18th by reliable moon-sighters in numerous locations around the world including Australia (Perth), South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg), South America (Chile and Guyana), and North America (Trinidad and Weslaco, Texas). (We will add reports from additional locations as they come in.)

This marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, and the start of the month of Shawwal. We will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, Aug. 19th, insha'Allah.

We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 18, 2012  20:35 MDT
Posted: August 18, 2012  19:43 MDT
 

Moon-sightings begin across the world
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in several locations in South Africa (Capetown and Johannesburg) and Australia (Perth) Saturday evening. As the sun sets in further locations in the West with the moon becoming increasingly visible, we will continue to provide sighting reports and updates from the rest of the globe.
Last Updated: October 17, 2012  17:15 MDT
Posted: August 18, 2012  12:26 MDT
 

Look for the moon on Aug. 18th (Eid to be on Aug. 19th or 20th)
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Saturday, August 18th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal and the advent of Eid al-Fitr.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Saturday, August 18th, the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout Southern Africa, all of South America, and in the southernmost areas of North America, primarily Central America and the Carribean (check the visibility forecast for your region here). If the moon is sighted on Aug. 18th, Eid al-Fitr would occur on Sunday, Aug. 19th. Otherwise, Eid will fall on Monday, Aug. 20th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 16, 2012  16:52 MDT
Posted: August 8, 2012  14:08 MDT
 

RAMADAN MUBARAK, Moon sighted, 30 days complete
Crescentwatch has confirmed reports of the new crescent moon of Ramadan being sighted at numerous locations around the globe, including California, Virginia, and multiple other U.S. locations on the evening of Friday, July 20th. This marks the completion of 30 days of the month of Shaban, and the blessed beginning of Ramadan. We are delighted to welcome the entry of this sacred month and to begin the fast of Ramadan on Saturday, July 21st.

May Allah accept it from all of us and make our Ramadan a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: July 21, 2012  08:27 MDT
Posted: July 20, 2012  22:10 MDT
 

RAMADAN TO BEGIN SATURDAY (Fri. evening)
Crescentwatch did not receive any reliably confirmed reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Thursday, July 19th.

We will complete the 30 days of Sha'ban and begin Ramadan Friday evening with the first day of the fast on Saturday, July 21st.

We are aware of and have looked into initial positive reports from Toronto, Canada and Austin, Texas. After conversations with moon-sighting experts, the claimants in both locations acknowledged their reports as simple sighting errors and retracted them. Such mistakes or misunderstandings are not uncommon, and it is always useful to keep in mind that if the moon is actually sighted anywhere on the globe, it can be seen much more easily at all locations west of that point as the crescent grows larger and fatter with every passing hour. All other reports from around the world, including Texas, Southern California, and South America on Thursday evening were negative.

We nonetheless encourage Muslims to celebrate Ramadan with their local community, following the dates and moon-sighting methodology of their qualified leadership. May Allah bless and increase everyone during these sacred days.

Please still go out to look for the new crescent moon on Friday evening and submit your moon-sighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: July 21, 2012  08:28 MDT
Posted: July 19, 2012  22:28 MDT
 

Reports all negative so far
We have received numerous negative reports from experienced moon-sighters who have gone out tonight throughout South America, the Carribean, and the southern and western U.S.  Despite clear skies, high elevation, and the substantial experience of the moonsighters themselves, the reports thus far have all been negative.

We are aware of dubious positive reports in the eastern hemisphere and one very questionable one in the Texas.  We will update the our website shortly with a final decision, insha'Allah.
Posted: July 19, 2012  21:43 MDT
 

Go moonsighting tonight!
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) tonight and let us know what you see.  We are currently taking reports from around the world.

We will post our final announcement here by 9:00pm PT.

(For further details see the below posts.)

Posted: July 19, 2012  17:07 MDT
 

New moon of Ramadan expected on the night of Thur. July 19th or Fri. July 20th
Thursday July 19th, Visibility ChartCrescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Thursday and/or Friday night in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan. (If the moon is sighted on Thursday, July 19th, the first day of Ramadan and its fast would occur on July 20th.)

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Thursday evening a naked-eye (unaided) sighting of the new crescent moon will be extremely improbable in all global regions, with the exception of South America and the South Pacific where sightings are possible but fairly unlikely.

If the moon is not seen Thursday, on Friday evening (July 20th) the moon should be easily visible throughout much of the world (see visibility forecasts here) marking the beginning of Ramadan with its first day of fasting on Saturday, July 21st.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon on both nights and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: July 19, 2012  17:17 MDT
Posted: July 15, 2012  23:06 MDT
 

New moon of Shaban sighted on Wed., June 20th (30 days of Rajab completed)
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Shaban has been sighted on Wednesday evening (June 20th) by reliable moonsighters at numerous locations around the globe including the southern and western U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Rajab, this marks the beginning of the blessed month of Shaban, with its first day occuring Thursday, June 21st.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon
Last Updated: June 21, 2012  08:13 MDT
Posted: June 21, 2012  06:29 MDT
 

New moon of Shaban expected Wed. night
* There were no reports of the new crescent moon being sighted on Tuesday evening, June 19, anywhere in the world.


Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Wednesday night (June 20th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Shaban.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Wednesday the regions with a high likelihood of sighting the new crescent moon will be in the Americas and much of Africa. (see visibility forecasts here).  The day of Wednesday, June 20th is also the 30th day of Rajab, so people can observe the entrance of Shaban that evening whether or not the new moon is sighted.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: June 20, 2012  01:24 MDT
Posted: June 18, 2012  19:37 MDT
 

New moon of Rajab sighted on Mon., May 21st
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Monday evening (May 21st) by a group of experienced, reliable moonsighters in San Francisco area (click the image to the right). This marks the end of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani and the beginning of the sacred month of Rajab, with its first day occuring on Tuesday, May 22nd.

May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, forgiveness and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: May 22, 2012  00:11 MDT
Posted: May 22, 2012  00:10 MDT
 

New moon of Rajab expected Mon. or Tue. night
May 21, 2012 - Crescent VisbilityCrescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday and Tuesday nights (May 21st & 22nd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rajab.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Monday the regions with a decent chance of sighting the new crescent moon will be in the southwestern areas of North America and portions of South America (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: May 21, 2012  12:56 MDT
Posted: May 19, 2012  09:25 MDT
 

Jumada al-Thani start on Sun. night (after 30 days of Jumada al-Awwal completed)
Crescentwatch did not receive any positive reports of naked eye sightings of the new crescent moon on the evening of Saturday, April 21st. We received negative reports from experienced moonsighters across the U.S., including California where the weather was particularly clear.

We are thus completing the 30th day of Jumada al-Awwal and beginning the month of Jumada al-Thani on Sunday evening, April 22nd.

Please still go out to look for the new crescent moon on Sunday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: April 22, 2012  19:54 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Thani expected Sat. or Sun. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Saturday and Sunday nights (Apr. 21st & 22nd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Saturday the only region with a very slight chance of sighting the new crescent moon will be the very westernmost U.S. and Hawaii (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: April 21, 2012  21:13 MDT
 

Jumada al-Awwal start on Fri. night (after 30 days of Rabi al-Thani completed)
Crescentwatch was not able to confirm reports of the new crescent moon being sighted Saturday evening, primarily a result of overcast skies in key areas of North America. Nonetheless, Friday completed the 30th day of the month of Rabi al-Thani, thus making Friday night the first evening of Jumada al-Awwal and Saturday, March 24th, its first day.

We pray this month will be a source of benefit for you and your communities.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 27, 2012  14:18 MDT
Posted: March 27, 2012  14:16 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal expected Fri. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Friday night (Mar. 23rd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Friday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout North America and Europe, and in the northwestern parts of Africa and South America (see visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 23, 2012  11:50 MDT
Posted: March 23, 2012  11:44 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Thani sighted on Wed., Feb. 22nd
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Wednesday evening (Feb. 22nd) by reliable moonsighters in California (see image to the right). This marks the end of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal and the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Thani, with its first day occuring on Thursday, Feb. 23rd.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 26, 2012  04:40 MDT
Posted: Feburary 26, 2012  04:29 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi Al-Thani expected Weds. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Wednesday night (Feb. 22nd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Wednesday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout North America (see visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: Feburary 22, 2012  19:15 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Awwal sighted on Tue., Jan. 24th
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Rabi al-Awwal has been sighted on Tuesday evening (Jan. 24th) at numerous locations around the globe including throughout the U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Safar, this marks the beginning of the blessed month of Rabi al-Awwal.  May Allah make this month for you a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High, and his noble Messenger, upon him be peace.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: January 24, 2012  21:35 MDT
 

No sightings Monday, Rabi al-Awwal to begin Tuesday night
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed positive reports of the new crescent moon being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Monday, January 23rd. We received negative reports from experienced moonsighters across the U.S., including California where it was particularly cloudy.

We are thus completing the 30th day of Safar and beginning the month of Rabi al-Awwal on Tuesday evening, January 24th. (The 12th of Rabi al-Awwal will begin on the evening of Saturday, February 4th.)

Please still go out to look for the new crescent moon on Tuesday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: January 24, 2012  08:19 MDT
Posted: January 24, 2012  08:17 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi al-Awwal expected Mon. or Tue. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday and Tuesday nights (Jan. 23rd & 24th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Monday the only regions with a very slight chance of sighting the new crescent moon will be the Western U.S. and Hawaii (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: January 23, 2012  13:35 MDT
Posted: January 23, 2012  13:11 MDT
 

New moon of Safar sighted on Sun., Dec. 25th
Safar 1433 - organiclightphoto.comCrescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Sunday evening (Dec. 25th) by reliable moonsighters in many locations around the world including Virginia and California. This marks the end of the Islamic month of Muharram and the beginning of the month of Safar, with its first day occuring on Monday, Dec. 26th.

May Allah make this month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: December 26, 2011  10:13 MDT
Posted: December 25, 2011  18:45 MDT
 

New moon of Safar expected Sun. night
Safar 1433 - Dec. 25, 2011Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Sunday night (Dec. 25th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Safar.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Sunday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout much of the world, particularly in Western Africa and throughout the Americas (see visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: December 25, 2011  16:21 MDT
Posted: December 25, 2011  16:05 MDT
 

Muharram moon sighted, Muslim New Year of 1433 begins
Crescentwatch has confirmed that the new crescent moon (hilal) of Muharram has been sighted on Saturday evening (Nov. 26) at numerous locations around the globe including throughout the U.S.

Along with the completion of 30 days of Dhu al-Hijjah, this marks the beginning of the sacred month of Muharram, and the opening of the new Muslim (hijri) year of 1433. (The very blessed day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, will fall on Tuesday, December 6th.)

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 30, 2011  00:46 MDT
Posted: November 26, 2011  20:01 MDT
 

No sightings Friday, Muharram and new year to begin Saturday night
Crescentwatch did not receive any confirmed positive reports of the new crescent moon being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Friday, November 25th. We received negative reports from experienced moonsighters in South Africa, Chile, California, Texas, and other locations around the U.S.

Experienced Muslim astronomers and highly reliable visibility forecasts have indicated that the only regions with even an extremely remote chance of crescent visibility on Friday were in western South America (see here).

Due to numerous negative sighting reports from around the world we are completing the 30th day of Dhu al-Hijjah and beginning the month of Muharram, and new Hijri year of 1433, on Saturday evening, November 26th.

Please still go out to look for the new crescent moon on Saturday evening and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 25, 2011  20:09 MDT
Posted: November 25, 2011  04:06 MDT
 

New moon of Muharram expected Fri. or Sat. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 25th & 26th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Muharram, and the new Hirji year of 1433.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Friday the only regions with a very slight chance of sighting the new crescent moon will be South America, particularly in its most western areas (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: November 25, 2011  03:55 MDT
Posted: November 25, 2011  03:48 MDT
 

Dhu al-Hijjah moon sighted Thurs. evening (Eid al-Adha on Nov. 6)
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Thursday evening (October 27th) by experienced moonsighters in several locations around the world including Iquique, Chile, Puebla, Mexico, and near San Jose, California. There are also reliable reports from Florida, South Africa, and throughout the Caribbean.

This marks the end of the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah and the beginning of the sacred month of Dhu al-Hijjah, with its first day commencing on Friday, Oct. 28th. The day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah) will therefore be on Sunday, November 6th, 2011, insha'Allah.

May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: October 31, 2011  18:43 MDT
Posted: October 27, 2011  20:05 MDT
 

Moon-sightings begin across the world
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in several location in South Africa and in Puebla, Mexico. As the sun sets in further locations in the West with the moon becoming increasingly visible, we will continue to provide sighting reports and updates from the rest of the globe.

We will post a final declaration on the dates Dhu al-Hijjah and Eid al-Adha by 7:00pm Pacific time.

Last Updated: October 31, 2011  18:44 MDT
Posted: October 27, 2011  18:19 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Hijjah expected on Oct. 27th or 28th
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the evening of Thursday, October 27th, in anticipation of the beginning of the sacred Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, and the determination of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah).

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on October 27th the new crescent moon should be viewable throughout South America and in the southernmost regions of Africa and North America (see visibility forecasts for your region here). If the new moon is seen on the evening of Oct. 27th, the day of Eid al-Adha will be on Nov. 6th.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: October 10, 2011  10:09 MDT
Posted: October 8, 2011  01:46 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Qi'dah sighted on Weds., Sept 28th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Wednesday evening (Sept. 28th) by reliable moonsighters in locations around the world including Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, the Carribean, Florida, Virginia, Texas, and California (see picture). This marks the end of the month of Shawwal, and the beginning of the sacred month of Dhu al-Qi'dah, with its first day occuring on Thursday, Sept. 29th.

May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: October 10, 2011  10:09 MDT
Posted: September 28, 2011  20:30 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Qi'dah expected Wed. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Wednesday night (Sept. 28th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Qi'dah.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Wednesday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout much of the world (see visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: September 27, 2011  13:24 MDT
Posted: September 27, 2011  13:15 MDT
 

EID MUBARAK! (Moon sighted, 30 days completed)
The new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted on Tuesday evening in numerous locations around the world including Australia, Southern Africa, South America and North America.

This marks the completion of 30 days of the blessed month of Ramadan, and the start of the month of Shawwal. We will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, Aug. 31st, insha'Allah.

We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 31, 2011  08:47 MDT
Posted: August 30, 2011  23:13 MDT
 

Eid al-Fitr to be on Weds. Aug. 31
Crescentwatch received numerous negative sighting reports of reliable and experienced moonsighters who went out to sight the new moon of Shawwal Monday night, despite very favorable sighting conditions even in key areas in South America including Chile.  We did examine the details of one positive report from near Santiago, Chile, and while it may have been a legitimate sighting, without any other positive sightings anywhere, we do not find that such a single, solitary report provides the certainty required for us to declare the momentous occasion of Eid.

The Prophet, peace be upon, him said, "Leave what you deem doubtful for that which you know to be certain."

We will happily enjoy another blessed day of Ramadan, go to sight the moon tomorrow night, and celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday, Aug. 31st, insha'Allah.

We nonethless encourage Muslims to celebrate Eid with their local community, following the dates and moon sighting methodology of their qualified leadership. May Allah bless and increase everyone during these sacred days.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: August 31, 2011  08:34 MDT
Posted: August 29, 2011  23:17 MDT
 

Assessing additional South American reports
We are currently assessing other South American reports. We hope to announce a final decision soon.
Posted: August 29, 2011  19:30 MDT
 

Initial South American reports negative
Initial Monday night crescent sighting reports from South America (including Iquique & Santiago, Chile) have come back negative (moon not sighted) despite experienced and reliable sighters with favorable conditions.

We are waiting on additional reports from other South American locations and hope to update this site with a final determination by 6:30pm PDT.

For more info on regions where moonsighting is possible see our reliable visibility forecast charts.

Last Updated: August 29, 2011  18:36 MDT
Posted: August 29, 2011  18:09 MDT
 

Look for the moon on Aug. 29th (Eid to be on Aug. 30th or 31st)
Aug. 29 visibility chartCrescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the night of Monday, August 29th in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Shawwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that on Monday the only major land region of the globe that will have a decent likelihood of a naked eye sighting of the moon is in South America (check the visibility forecast for your region here). If the moon is sighted on Aug. 29th, Eid al-Fitr would occur on Aug. 30th. Otherwise Eid will be on Aug. 31st.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read Crescentwatch's 2010 Statement on its moonsighting policy change.

Last Updated: August 29, 2011  17:20 MDT
Posted: August 20, 2011  10:43 MDT
 

RAMADAN MUBARAK
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports of the new crescent moon of Ramadan being sighted on Sunday evening in numerous locations around the world, including South Africa, Guyana, Chile, Trinidad, and Texas. We are delighted to welcome the entry of this sacred month and to begin the blessed fast of Ramadan on Monday, August 1st.

May Allah accept it from all of us and make our Ramadan a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: July 31, 2011  21:13 MDT
Posted: July 31, 2011  18:16 MDT
 

Moon-sightings begin across the world
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in numerous locations in South Africa. As the sun sets in further locations in the West with the moon becoming increasingly visible, we will continue to provide sighting reports and updates from the rest of the globe.
Posted: July 31, 2011  14:43 MDT
 

New moon of Ramadan expected on the night of Jul. 31st or Aug. 1st
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) on the night of Sunday, July 31st in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan. (If the moon is sighted on July 31st, the first day of Ramadan and its fast would occur on Aug. 1st.)

Qualified Muslim astronomers and reliable visibility forecasts indicate that several regions around the world will have a decent likelihood of sighting the moon that evening (check the visibility forecast for your region here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: July 8, 2011  01:43 MDT
Posted: July 7, 2011  15:00 MDT
 

New moon of Sha'aban sighted on Saturday, July 2nd
Sighting by Youssef Ismail from San Jose, CACrescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Saturday evening (July 2) at numerous locations around the world, including California (see picture). This marks the completion of 30 days of the Islamic month of Rajab and the beginning of the new month of Sha'aban, with its first day occurring on Sunday, July 3, 2011.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: July 2, 2011  23:59 MDT
 

New moon of Sha'aban expected Sat. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Saturday night (July 2nd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Sha'aban.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Saturday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout most of the world (see visibility forecast here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: July 1, 2011  10:50 MDT
Posted: July 1, 2011  10:49 MDT
 

New moon of Rajab sighted Thurs. June 2nd
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Thursday evening (June 2) by reliable moonsighters in Houston, Orlando, St. Louis, and parts of New Mexico. This marks the end of the month of Jumada al-Thani, and the beginning of the sacred month of Rajab, with its first day occuring on Friday, June 3rd.

May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: June 13, 2011  20:58 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Thani sighted on Weds., May 4th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Wednesday evening (May 4) at numerous locations around the world, including California, Virginia, Illinois, and Michigan. This marks the completion of 30 days of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Awwal and the beginning of the new month of Jumada al-Thani, with its first day occurring on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: May 5, 2011  14:19 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Thani expected Wed. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Wednesday night (May 4th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Wednesday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout most of the world (see visibility forecast here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Posted: May 4, 2011  08:41 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal sighted on Monday, Apr. 4th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Monday evening (Apr. 4) at numerous locations around the world, including California, Kansas, and throughout the Americas. This marks the completion of 30 days of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-Thani and the beginning of the new month of Jumada al-Awwal, with its first day occurring on Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: May 5, 2011  14:20 MDT
Posted: April 16, 2011  16:12 MDT
 

New moon of Jumada al-Awwal expected Mon. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Monday night (April 4th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Jumada al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Monday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout North America, Europe, and the northern regions of Africa and South America (see visibility forecast here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: April 4, 2011  09:26 MDT
Posted: April 4, 2011  09:10 MDT
 

Rabi' al-Thani's start on Sat. night
Crescentwatch was not able to confirm reports of the new crescent moon being sighted Saturday evening, primarily a result of overcast skies in key areas of North America.  Nonetheless, Saturday completed the 30th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, thus making Saturday night the first evening of Rabi al-Thani and Sunday, March 6th, its first day.

We pray this month will be a source of benefit for you and your communities.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 8, 2011  11:42 MDT
Posted: March 6, 2011  16:30 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi' al-Thani expected Sat. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Saturday night (March 5th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-Thani.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Saturday the new crescent moon should be easily visible throughout North America (see visibility forecast here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: March 5, 2011  11:17 MDT
Posted: March 5, 2011  00:48 MDT
 

New Moon of Rabi' al-Awwal sighted on Thursday evening
Crescentwatch has confirmed reports that the new crescent moon (hilal) was sighted on Thursday evening (Feb. 3) by experienced moon-sighters in California. Such reports are consistent with sighting forecasts for this month. This marks the beginning of the blessed month of Rabi' al-Awwal, with its first day occurring on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011.

We pray you find this month a source immense blessing and spiritual enrichment.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 9, 2011  01:25 MDT
Posted: Feburary 3, 2011  20:37 MDT
 

New moon of Rabi' al-Awwal expected Thu. or Fri. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Thursday night (Feb. 3rd) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-Awwal.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Thursday the only region with a reasonable chance of sighting the new crescent moon will be North America, particularly in its most western areas (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: Feburary 2, 2011  22:00 MDT
Posted: Feburary 2, 2011  21:59 MDT
 

New moon of Safar sighted on Wednesday, Jan. 5th
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Wednesday evening (Jan. 5) at numerous locations around the world, including California, Virginia, and throughout the Americas. This marks the completion of 30 days of the Islamic month of Muharram and the beginning of the new month of Safar, with its first day occurring on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Posted: January 6, 2011  05:37 MDT
 

New moon of Muharram sighted Mon. Night (Muslim New Year begins)
The new moon for the Islamic month of Muharram was sighted on the evening of Monday, December 6th by reliable witnesses in several locations including Florida and California. This marks the beginning of the new Muslim Hijri year of 1432, and indicates that the very blessed day of Ashura (the 10th of Muharram) will fall on Thursday, December 16th.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: January 6, 2011  05:39 MDT
Posted: December 7, 2010  09:50 MDT
 

New moon of Muharram (Muslim New Year) expected on Mon. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Monday night (Dec. 6th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Muharram, and the new Muslim Hijri year of 1432.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Monday evening the new crescent moon will likely be easily viewable in much of Africa, all of South of America, and large regions of North America (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: January 6, 2011  05:41 MDT
Posted: December 5, 2010  15:31 MDT
 

Dhu al-Hijjah moon sighted Sun. evening (Eid al-Adha on Nov. 17)
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted on Sunday evening (Nov. 7) at numerous locations around the world. From Australia to the U.S., these abundant sightings across the globe affirm expected visibility forecasts for this month.

We will observe the blessed day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah*) on Wednesday, November 17, insha'Allah.

*The first ten days of Dhu al-Hijjah are considered to be among the holiest days of the entire year. For further information about the devotional practices associated with this month, please click here. May Allah make this blessed month a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.

Last Updated: November 8, 2010  03:57 MDT
Posted: November 8, 2010  03:30 MDT
 

No Dhu al-Hijjah moon sightings Sat. evening (Eid al-Adha on Nov. 17)
Crescentwatch did not receive any reliably confirmed reports of the new crescent moon being sighted anywhere in the world on the evening of Saturday, November 6th.

Experienced Muslim astronomers and highly reliable visibility forecasts have indicated that the only regions with even a reasonable chance of crescent visibility on Saturday were in South America and the South Pacific (see here).

Due to numerous negative sighting reports from around the world, including South Africa, Saudi Arabia and North & South America, we are completing the 30th day of Dhu al-Qi'dah and beginning the sacred month of Dhu al-Hijjah on Sunday evening, November 7th. We will therefore observe the blessed day of Eid al-Adha (the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah*) on Wednesday, November 17, insha'Allah.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that all Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.

Last Updated: November 8, 2010  03:59 MDT
Posted: November 6, 2010  22:44 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Hijjah expected on Sat. or Sun. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon (hilal) this Saturday and/or Sunday night (Nov. 6th & 7th) in anticipation of the beginning of the sacred Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, and the determination of Eid al-Adha (the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah).

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Saturday evening the new crescent moon may be viewable in parts of South of America.  On Sunday the moon should be easily visible throughout much of the world (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.

Posted: November 1, 2010  13:02 MDT
 

Sighting of New Moon of Dhul-Qidah
Crescentwatch has received reports that the new moon (hilal) of Dhul-Qidah was sighted on the evening of Friday, Oct. 8th by several reputable sighters in South Africa. Highly reliable visibility forecasts indicate that the moon could have been easily seen in South Africa, and in South America as well.  In North America on Friday, there were no positive naked-eye sighting reports from experienced Muslims who went out with clear skies in California, Texas, and Florida.

On Saturday evening (Oct. 9th), after the completion of 30 days of Shawwal, we received many reliable reports of the new moon of Dhul-Qidah being sighted in the United States and worldwide.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.
Last Updated: October 22, 2010  09:09 MDT
Posted: October 10, 2010  05:38 MDT
 

New moon of Dhu al-Qi'dah expected on Fri. or Sat. night
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Friday night (Oct. 8th) in anticipation of the beginning of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Qi'dah.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Friday evening the new crescent moon will likely be easily viewable in Southern Africa, all of South of America, and possibly in the very southernmost regions of North America (see visibility forecasts here).

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.

Last Updated: October 8, 2010  19:10 MDT
Posted: October 8, 2010  19:08 MDT
 

EID MUBARAK!
The new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted on Thursday evening in numerous locations around the world including Australia, Southern Africa, South America and North America.

This marks the end of the blessed month of Ramadan, and the start of the month of Shawwal. We will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Friday, Sep. 10, insha'Allah.

We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.

Last Updated: September 11, 2010  15:24 MDT
Posted: September 9, 2010  19:30 MDT
 

Moon-sightings Begin Across the World
Crescentwatch has received reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted in numerous locations in Australia and South Africa. As the sun sets in further locations in the West with the moon becoming increasingly visible, we will continue to provide sighting reports and updates from the rest of the globe.
Last Updated: September 9, 2010  13:36 MDT
Posted: September 9, 2010  13:24 MDT
 

Shawwal Expected to Begin on Thursday Night (with Eid on Friday, Sep. 10th)
Crescentwatch.org encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Thursday night (September 9th) as we complete 29 days of Ramadan and anticipate the arrival of the month of Shawwal and Eid al-Fitr.

Qualified Muslim astronomers have indicated that on Thursday evening the new crescent moon will likely be easily viewable in Austrailia, most of Africa, all South of America, and in much of the southern regions of North America (see visibility forecasts here). We are thus expecting the sighting and the start of Shawwal to occur on Thursday night with Eid al-Fitr occurring on Friday, September 10th.

Check our site (www.crescentwatch.org) for regular updates, moon sighting reports, and additional information on moonsighting. We will post our final determination regarding the start of Shawwal no later than Thursday, 8:00pm PT.

Please go out to look for the new crescent moon and submit your moonsighting report here. The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.
Last Updated: September 9, 2010  13:38 MDT
Posted: September 9, 2010  03:33 MDT
 

RAMADAN MUBARAK!
The new crescent moon of Ramadan has been sighted in numerous locations around the world on Wednesday evening, and we have completed the 30th day of the month of Shaban. We are delighted to welcome the entry of this sacred month tonight and to begin the blessed fast of Ramadan on Thursday, August 12th.

May Allah accept it from all of us and make our Ramadan a source of benefit, enrichment, and closeness to Allah, Most High.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon. Click here to read the recent statement on Crescentwatch's moon-sighting policy.
Last Updated: August 15, 2010  12:50 MDT
Posted: August 11, 2010  19:03 MDT
 

RAMADAN TO BEGIN THURSDAY (Weds. Evening)
Crescentwatch has not received any reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted Tuesday evening. We have received numerous negative reports from reliable moon-sighters throughout North and South America, the only locations to have a reasonable likelihood of sighting the moon on Tuesday evening (see visibility charts here).

We will thus complete the 30 days of Sha'ban and begin Ramadan Wednesday evening with the first day of the fast on Thursday, August 12.

We nonetheless encourage everyone to go out and look for the new crescent moon on Wednesday evening, and submit their reports here. The crescent would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

* Crescentwatch.org adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 11, 2010  19:04 MDT
Posted: August 10, 2010  20:35 MDT
 

Early sighting reports from Carribean & South America: all negative
Crescentwatch has not yet received any reliable reports of the new crescent moon being sighted anywhere on Tuesday, August 10th. Astronomical visibility forecasts indicate that the most likely places to sight the new crescent moon tonight are in South America and the Caribbean (see visibility charts here). We have received numerous reports from Bolivia, Brazil, Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, and Suriname all indicating that many people went out to look and the moon has not been seen.

We are awaiting further reports from Chile and other key parts of the Americas. We will update this site as more reports come in. We expect to make a final announcement here by 8:30pm PST.

*Crescentwatch adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 10, 2010  18:51 MDT
Posted: August 10, 2010  18:32 MDT
 

Crescentwatch Policy Change
Concerning the timings of sacred observances and lunar months in general, the situation of Muslims in North America is unique owing to the composition of our community. On the one hand, there are Muslims representing almost one hundred national and ethnic groups in our community. On the other hand, there is no universally recognized central religious authority. Despite these realities, many Muslim organizations have tried to adhere to a policy of North American moon-sighting for the determination of dates... Read More
Last Updated: August 9, 2010  23:32 MDT
Posted: August 9, 2010  22:52 MDT
 

Beginning of Ramadan on Tues. or Weds. night
Crescentwatch encourages everyone to go out to look for the new crescent moon this Tuesday night, August 10th, in anticipation of the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. If the moon is sighted Tuesday night, Ramadan will then begin and the first day of the fast would be Wednesday, August 11th. However, there is also a possibility that the moon will not be sighted on Tuesday. In that case, we will insha'Allah complete 30 days of Sha'ban and begin Ramadan on Wednesday night, with the first day of the fast falling on Thursday, August 12 (see visibility charts here).

Check back here on Crescentwatch.org for regular updates and moon sighting reports on Tuesday evening.

Please make an effort to go out to sight the moon on Tuesday night, and submit your sighting report here.The crescent (hilal) would be visible shortly after sunset, slightly to the left, and above where the sun had set. It is a beautiful experience to sight its emergence, and it is a sunnah of our noble Prophet, sal Allahu alayhi wa salam, that we hope the ummah revives.

*Crescentwatch adheres to the traditional principal that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed, verifiable sighting of the new crescent moon.

Last Updated: August 7, 2010  22:38 MDT
Posted: August 5, 2010  14:13 MDT
 

Sha'ban Mubarak
The new moon for the month of Sha'ban was sighted on the evening of Monday, July 12, by reliable witnesses in California, and other locations in North America. As such, the first day of Sha'ban falls on Tuesday, July 13.

For a picture of the Sha'ban crescent taken by Youssef Ismail at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in Redwood City, California, click here.

For a sighting report submitted by a Crescentwatch user at J.A. Lewis Park in Hayward, California. View the full details of the sighting by clicking here.

May Allah usher in the new month with security (amn) and faith (iman) and peace (salamah) and submission to Allah (islam).

Last Updated: August 7, 2010  22:39 MDT
Posted: July 12, 2010  23:38 MDT
 

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