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Moonsighting for Shuwwahl 1437 A. H Eid ul Fitr 2016

Posted on: 28 June 2016

According to Reliable and authentic Observatory Data for Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Morocco (Calculated Crescent Visibility)                                          Eid-ul-Fitr 1437, Most likely be on Wed 6th July 2016

Islam uses a Lunar calendar. From one new moon until the next is called a Lunar month and is usually 29.5 (29 and a half) days. So please understand clearly that a Lunar month doesn’t fit nicely into the category of exactly 29 or exactly 30 days, it is squarely in between. Getting to the point. Sighting of the new moon (‘hilal’) for the beginning of any Lunar/Islamic month is NOT a religious matter. It is a scientific one. 

Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: “Observe fast on sighting it (the new moon) and break (fast) on sighting it (the new moon), but if the sky is cloudy for you, then complete the number (of 30).” Sahih Muslim; Hadith No 2379a


Global Announcements

So why are there so many announcements for start of Ramadan or Eid-ul-Fitr?  There are 2 possible reasons 

1. Someone somewhere follows the principal of Global Sighting and accepts a sighting from South America (Sao Paulo in Brazil?) as valid for them in Europe, Africa, Asia or the Middle East. Many scholars do not follow it specially for the countries where the horizon is normal. 

2. Someone saw something and mistook it for the new moon e.g. Venus, Saturn, a satellite or other object in space. Yes, this has actually happened before. But it is 2016. An age of science, of HD and 4K cameras, of advanced astronomy and astrophysics, advanced photographic capability. Yet not ONE single institution or government that declare has provided an iota of photographic or direct evidence. Not one! 

3. I did say 2 possible reasons, I know! But reason 3 is my conspiracy theory (sort of). A while ago Saudi Arabia adopted a standard calculated (yes calculated, NOT observed) Lunar calendar. This calendar goes by the name of the Umm al-Qura calendar, it contains key Lunar dates for the next 10+ years.


Chaos in the UK

OK, so the Saudis make a decision to fit in with their calendar requirements. So why the big argument in the UK about the start of Ramadan/Eid repeated each year? Well the primary reason is the number of Saudi funded mosques in this country, adherents who never question the decision made, never seemingly ask for any proof and refuse to debate claiming it is a religious matter for higher authorities when clearly is purely a scientific matter. Is it that hard to ask for photographic proof from the religious ministers?

On Tuesday July 5, 2016 new Helaal for Shawwal 1437 A.H. is expected to become visible in many countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.

Consequently the first day of Shawwal 1437 A.H. is expected to be Wednesday  July 6,  2016  in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas based upon observation of Helaal, as per Shariah of the holy Prophet (peace on him).     

The Observation Report for Shuwwahl 1437 A.H.  Helaal from highly experienced and trustworthy sources will be available to see on:  (Arabic/English)  (English) in due course of time. 

Whosoever contradicts Allah’s command makes himself transgressor.  Everyone caring for their ahkhirah should try to find the Truth, by going out to search for Helaal in the sky or get help from the above mentioned websites to make sure that they obey Allah.      

The information above is for the sole purpose of providing the best possible guidance to the Muslim Ummah and shall not be used in any manner deemed detrimental to that provision.

Visibility of the New Crescent Moon from selected locations


4th July

5th July

6th July

Times in AST
i.e. GMT+3hr

Not Visible

Easily visible
SS: 19:07
MS: 19:57

Easily visible
SS: 19:07
MS: 20:46

Times in WET
i.e. GMT+0hr

Not Visible

Easily visible
SS: 19:42
MS: 20:30

Easily visible
SS: 19:42
MS: 21:15


Not visible

Not Visible
with a small

Easily visible
SS: 21:18
MS: 22:22


Not visible

Not visible

Easily visible
SS: 21:31
MS: 22:31


Not visible

Not visible

Easily visible
SS: 21:38
MS: 22:36

Monday July 4th 2016: The New Moon conjunction has not yet taken place within the purple diagonal-striped area covering most of Australasia, South-East Asia and Japan. It should also be noted that the Moon sets before the Sun in most of Australasia, Asia, North Africa, Europe and Canada within the light brown-shaded area. A telescopic sighting of the new crescent moon may be possible from the region close to Easter Island. A sighting of the new crescent moon with the naked eye under excellent conditions may be possible from the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga. 

Tuesday July 5th 2016: The Moon sets before the Sun in northernmost parts of Russia within the light brown-shaded area. Easy sightings of the new crescent moon should be possible from most of Australia, Indonesia, most of India, the Arabian peninsula, Africa and the Americas with the possbile exception of Canada. 

Wednesday July 6th 2016: The crescent moon should be easily visible from most of the world including the United Kingdom with the possible exception of north-eastern Russia which may have to wait until Thursday July 7th to make their sighting of the crescent moon.

SummaryThe visibility of the new crescent moon for July 2016 and the start of the Islamic Festival of Eid al-Fitr is shown in the table below. We have included Mecca (with timings in Arabian Standard Time — AST) and Rabat (with timings in Western European Time — WET) for reference as well as a number of cities across the United Kingdom. Times of sunset (SS) and moonset (MS) in British Summer Time are shown where relevant. The instant of new Moon takes place at July 4th 2016 at 11:01 UT / 12:01 BST. No naked-eye sighting of the new crescent moon will take place on Monday July 4th from the Middle East, North Africa or the United Kingdom. For those observers in the Middle East and North Africa, a sighting should be possible with the naked eye on Tuesday July 5th. Sightings of the crescent moon should be possible in the United Kingdom on Wednesday July 6th.

We will request all those who have got any concerns on this matter to take some time out and study this subject thoroughly or ask people of true knowledge who can guide in the light of Quan and Sunnah.