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Eid al-Fitr 2015 (1436)

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Thanks be to God, the vast majorities of the countries in the world have celebrated Eid Al-Fitr on the date we announced, 14th July.

But, once again, Saudi Arabia must be given the golden palm of stupidity and hypocrisy. Since years this country has endowed itself with an absurd calendar called Umm Al-Qura, based essentially on conjunction. Saudi Arabia asserts that this calendar is used only for civil purposes. Since some time now, the beginning of each month seems to be determined on the one hand by the birth of the new moon, and, on the other, by the setting of the moon in Makkah, even just one minute after the setting of the sun! Since these criteria are overtly insufficient, the authorities now systematically resort to subterfuge. Several witnesses in different parts of Saudi Arabia are supposed to have seen the crescent on 16th July evening!!! We attest that this is a sheer lie and impossible according to the most reliable astronomical data. It is contempt for science! It is above all false testimony denoting a greater closeness to idolatry than to Islam.

When is Eid al-Fitr 2015 (1436)?


Most countries of the world will be able to celebrate Eid al fitr 2015 on Friday, 17th July 2015, except a major part of Oceania and a few of the eastern-most countries of Asia. Unlike Ramadan 2015, it will not be possible to celebrate Eid ul Fitr 1436 on the same day in all parts of the world because of the visibility conditions of the crescent.

We invite you to take a look at the visibility curves for Shawwal 2015 (1436). You will notice that the Eid al-fitr moon will be born on Thursday, July 16 at 01:24 UTC. As it will be born nearly an hour and half after the day start (in UTC), there will be great chances of its visibility on the same day evening, (i.e. 16th July evening) in the countries belonging to the western part of the world. As can be seen in the visibility curve, there are good chances of direct Eid Crescent Visibility in the Polynesian islands and in many South American countries like Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, etc. Crescent visibility will be acquired in South America as well as in the whole of Northern America, all of Europe, all of Africa and in major parts of Asia before the Fajr prayer in the respective countries (the concept of extended visibility). Thus most parts of the world (except some countries of Asia and the major part of Oceania) will be able to celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Friday, 17th July 2015. The remaining countries of Asia and the majority of the countries in Oceania will fast one day more and end Ramadan 2015 on the evening of 17th July. They will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on 18th July 2015.

We have published below an extensive list of countries arranged as per the Eid al-Fitr 2015 celebration date.

Those who would like to get more details about why Eid 2015 holiday cannot be on the same day all over the world are requested to read our detailed introduction to the Islamic Calendar. Also, we would like to request those who haven’t read our Ramadan announcement to do so on the following link: Ramadan 2015 announcement.

Just as for Ramadan 2015, we will publish Eid al-fitr 2015 (Shawwal 1436) live moon sighting reports to the right of this announcement. We invite you to visit our site towards the end of the Ramadan to get updates about crescent sighting.

On the very auspicious day of Eid al-Fitr 2015, we will release country specific Islamic calendars for year 2016 / Hijri year 1437. Hence, please do not forget to visit our site and download the calendar for your country on the day of Eid!

Please feel free to contact us by writing to us at [email protected] if anything is not clear or if you need further information.

We wish all our viewers Eid Mubarak in Advance!

LIVE! Eid al-Fitr 2015 (1436) moon sighting Reports


Earliest Crescent Sighting report is from Chile on 16th July:

1. Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Viña del Mar - Seen

Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Viña del Mar: On July 16 at 22:37 UTC (19:37 local time), the moon has been sighted with binoculars. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith. The approximate location of the place was 33° 01’ 51” S and 71° 35’ 01” W. Conditions for observing were very hazy and crescent was very thin.The altitude was 62 meters and temprature was 16 degree. Relative humidity was 65% and pressure was 1022 mbar. The condition of the western sky was slightly cloudy.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

Crescent Sighting Reports - 17th July 2015


Eid ul-Fitr 2015 (1436) moon sighting reports As seen in the visibility curves, major part of the world is in the green zone. We are expecting many positive sighting reports today. We will publish them as soon as we get them. Please keep visiting our website.

Eid al-Fitr 2015 sighting reports will also be provided live on our Facebook page, Twitter page and Google Plus streams. Hence, do not forget to follow us on Social Media!






Australia:

1. Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW - Seen

MCW member Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW reported: On July 17, Moon was sighted at 5.26 pm very faint. Many witnesses across Sydney. Had clear view across the horizon at Old Northern Road.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Society of Victoria - Seen

MCW member Mr Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Society of Victoria reported: Moon has sighted in Sydney and Brisbane. In Sydney at two different places group people has sighted and Shahadat has been received from Brisbane also. In melbourne due to rain moon was not sighted but other places it has been sighted .inshallah Saturday 18 July will be Eid in Australia.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney - Seen

MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Friday 17th July 2015 the moon has been sighted in Sydney for more than 40 minutes by me and my group. So the 1st of Shawwal will be on Saturday 18 July.  Source: Moonsighting

Fiji Islands:

1. Mr Syed Hussain, General Secretary of Fiji Muslim League, from Suva - Seen

Mr Syed Hussain, General Secretary of Fiji Muslim League, from Suva reported: The Fiji Muslim League advises its members that the moon has been sighted on July 17, so Eid is on Saturday, July 18, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

India:

1. MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat - Seen

MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Friday 17 July , 2015 = 29 Ramadan 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 7.25 pm to 7.50. The crescent was seen. 1st Shawal is on 18 July 2015 all over India  Source: Moonsighting

2. MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Today Friday 17 July , 2015 = 29 Ramadan 1436 Hijri, I tried to see the moon at my home 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm but moon was not seen because Horizon was too cloudy heavy rain after salatul asr.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Mr Mahaboob Basha from Chennai - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mahaboob Basha from Chennai reported: It is raining in Chennai and therefore, the crescent was not visible. However, reports of sightings have come in from various places of Tamilnadu and the Chief Qazi has declared July 18 to be the 1st. day of Shawwal based on a report from Erode, Tamilnadu.  Source: Moonsighting

Indonesia:

1. Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "I tried to observe the new crescent of Syawwal 1436 AH with my family from my personal observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java Indonesia on Friday, July 17, 2015.
The new Crescent of Syawwal 1436 AH was SEEN after sunset by me and all my family.
Eid Mubarak for all my brothers :-)"  Source: ICOP

2. Mr. Muhamad Reyhan Respati from Tangerang Selatan City in Banten State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Muhamad Reyhan Respati from Tangerang Selatan City in Banten State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Mr. Muhamad Reyhan Respati said: "I've seen the crescent from a field near my house. However, it's officially announced in Indonesia that 1 Syawal 1436 is 17 July 2015"  Source: ICOP

New Zealand:

1. Mr Ahmed Mohammed from Auckland - Seen

MCW member Mr Ahmed Mohammed from Auckland reported: On Friday, 17 July 2015 in Mount Roskill, Auckland Skies were clear. I and my wife tried sighting around 5:50 pm to 6:00pm. ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS: like from 4 O'clock to 9 O'clock:  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland - Seen

MCW member Mr Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland reported: Alhamdulillah, by Allah's will I've successfully sighted the crescent of beginning of Syawwal 1436 Hijri on Friday 17 July from 17:00 to 17:55 (GMT +12) at suburb Dannemora in Auckland New Zealand. I first sigthed the crescent at 17:34 (6 minutes after maghrib) with optical aid/telescope and then visible by naked eyes at 17:45. Observation data is as follows:
Sky was clear: Altitude of crescent: at 17:34 approx. 10 deg.; at 17:45 approx. 8 deg. Arc of the Crescent: 4 to 8 o'clock Official 1st day of Syawwal announced by FIANZ (Federation of Islamic Association New Zealand) is Saturday 18 July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Dr Wajid Husain from Auckland - Seen

Dr Wajid Husain from Auckland reported: The new moon of Shawal has been sighted in New Zealand and the first day of Eidul Fitre will be Saturday 18 July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

Pakistan:

1. Mr Yousuf Rajput from Rawalpindi/Islamabad - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Yousuf Rajput from Rawalpindi/Islamabad reported: On 17th July 2015 at Geographical coordinates: 33°39'10.7" N 73°04'08.8" E, the weather was Rainy full of clouds at horizon in the evening. We are unable to see the crescent of Shawwal due to heavy rain and cloudy. Time of Observation : 07:19 PM to 07:49 (Pakistan Standard Time)  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Captain Tahir Gul Hasan from Lahore - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Captain Tahir Gul Hasan from Lahore reported: I was unable to sight the Shawwal 1436 AH crescent from Lahore despite my best efforts. The weather was partly cloudy overall but the patches in the westerly direction just would not move!  Source: Moonsighting

Sri Lanka:

1. Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo - Seen

MCW member Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: The crescent for Shawwal has been sighted at many places in Sri Lanka therefore tomorrow the Saturday 18th July 2015 will be 1st of Shawwal 1436  Source: Moonsighting



Crescent Sighting Reports - 16th July 2015


Eid ul-Fitr 2015 (1436) moon sighting reports On 16th July and 17th July 2015, we will publish live crescent sighting reports from all parts of the world. As seen in the visibility curve, on 16th July, some areas of South America are in a blue zone. This means that if the weather conditions are good then the new moon will be visible there on the evening of 16th July. We have contacted our friends in these areas to obtain photographs of new moon. Weather permitting, we should be able to get and publish photos of the Shawwal Crescent during the night of 16th to 17th June. We will also publish live moon sighting reports provided by MCW members from moonsighting.com. On the next day, 17th July, the whole world is in a green zone with the new moon visible everywhere. We will publish sighting reports during the night of 17th to 18th July as well. So please keep visiting our website to get updates about the crescent sighting towards the end of the Ramadan 2015.

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The new moon will be born today, Thursday 16th July, at 01:24 UTC. The new moon visibility is expected today, 16th July, in some parts of southern America and in French Polynesia. Please see the visibility curve above to get a better idea about the visibility conditions of the new moon in various parts of the world. We are going to provide a live coverage of crescent visibility reports from all parts of the world. So keep visiting our website to remain updated.

Chile:

1. Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Viña del Mar - Seen

Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Viña del Mar: On July 16 at 22:37 UTC (19:37 local time), the moon has been sighted with binoculars. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith. The approximate location of the place was 33° 01’ 51” S and 71° 35’ 01” W. Conditions for observing were very hazy and crescent was very thin.The altitude was 62 meters and temprature was 16 degree. Relative humidity was 65% and pressure was 1022 mbar. The condition of the western sky was slightly cloudy.    Source: MakkahCalendar

Argentina:

1. Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Guyana - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Guyana reported: My contact in Argentina, Br. Fuad Musa stated that they contacted the Muslim Community in Argentina and the Hilaal was not observed in Argentina hence Eid Ul Fitir will be on Saturday.  Source: Moonsighting

Australia:

1. Dr. Shabbir Ahmed from Sydney - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW reported: The Hilaal of SHAWWAL has not been sighted anywhere in Australia on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Therefore, the month of SHAWWAL will start from Saturday, July 18, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC - Not Seen

MCW member Engr Manzoor A Mian from Melbourne, VIC reported: Australians were unable to sight crescent anywhere in Australia today 16/7/2015 Thursday. Therefore Eidul fitr is announced as per moonsighting result Saturday 18/7/2015.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Sydney City in New South Wales State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Sydney City in New South Wales State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Barbados:

1. Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Today Thursday,July 16, 2015, the crescent WAS NOT SEEN. Sighting attempted by many members of our community at various location at approx. 6:45 p.m. Today was the 29th of Ramadhan. Therefore 1st of Shawwal will be on Saturday, 18th July.  Source: Moonsighting

Brunei Darussalam:

1. Mr. Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad from Bandar Seri Begawan City in Brunei State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad from Bandar Seri Begawan City in Brunei State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging.
Mr. Hazarry Haji Ali Ahmad said: ""With the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, President of the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB) said the moon sighting was be carried out simultaneously at several locations (DST tower, Agok Hill & Lumut hill) across the country failed to sight the new crescent. The official announcement was reported by state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB)that Brunei will observe the Eid Fitri on Saturday, July 18."  Source: ICOP

Canada:

1. Mr HiMY SYeD from Toronto, Ontario - Not Seen

MCW member Mr HiMY SYeD from Toronto, Ontario reported: After praying maghib Salat is Masjid Toronto, i went searching for the new moon. There is a wall of low clouds allong the western horizon, despite clear sky above. I did not see the moon.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Baig Muhammad Tamachi from Peterborough Ontario - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Baig Muhammad Tamachi from Peterborough Ontario reported: Due to clouds lining the south-westerly horizon, Shawwal 1436 Hilaal was NOT SEEN in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada on Thursday 16th July, 2015 .  Source: Moonsighting

Chile:

1. Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: We have not seen the moon on Thursday, July 16 anywhere in the coutry. So we make 30 days of Ramadan, and Eid will be on Saturdat, July 18, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Guyana - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Guyana reported: Chile (Santiago and North of Chile): His contact Br. Fuad Musa reported from Santiago, Chile he and the Muslim Community in Chile and in the North of Chile tried to observe the Hilaal of Shawwal 1436 after sunset on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. No Hilaal was observed in Chile hence Eid Ul Fitir in Chile will be on Saturday.  Source: Moonsighting

Dagestan (region within Russia):

1. Ilham Mukharlyamov, Moscow - Not Seen

MCW member Ilham Mukharlyamov, Moscow reported: Saturday, 18 July 2015 - 1st Day of Eid al-Fitr (30 day completion).  Source: Moonsighting

Germany:

1. Mr. Usman Dukku from Oberursel City in Hessen State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Usman Dukku from Oberursel City in Hessen State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging. Mr. Usman Dukku said: "Because the moon set before sunset, here in Oberursel, Near Frankfurt, Germany, I did not attempt sighting the crescent."  Source: ICOP

Ghana:

1. Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The moon for shawal has not been sighted here in Ghana today 16th july 2015. The Hilal committe earlier announced that Saturday 18th july be eid day.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: On Thursday July 16, 2015 the crescent was NOT seen in this location. I was at the sighting post from about 18:23 to about 19:05 but I did not see the crescent. The sky was largely cloudy, per my observation. Moon age was about 17 hours after conjunction as at sunset local time in Tamale; with a moon lag time of about 23 minutes. Considering these two factors I did not expect to see the crescent today. I have however received reliable information that the Office of the National Chief Imam in Ghana has announced that Saturday July 18, 2015 will be Eidul Fitr. And Allaah (SWT) Knows Best. Sighting community; Tampei-Kukuo Yepalsi, (near Bi-Water reservoir), Tamale.  Source: Moonsighting

Guyana:

1. Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Rose Hall Town, Berbice - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Rose Hall Town, Berbice reported: Myself and the members of the Rose Hall Town Masjid tried to observe the Hilaal of Shawwal 1436 after sunset on Thursday, July 16th, 2015. The Hilaal was not observed. The horizon was partly cloudy. Hence our Masjid and Guyana will be celebrating Eid Ul Fitir on Saturday with the completion of 30 days of fasting.  Source: Moonsighting

India:

1. Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Thursday 16 July , 2015 = 28 Ramadan 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 7.25 pm to 7.50. The crescent was not seen.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: The moon Shawwal 1436 hijri Today Thursday 16 July , 2015 = 28 Ramadan 1436 Hijri , i tried to see the moon at my home 7:20pm to 7:45pm but The crescent was not seen.  Source: Moonsighting

Indonesia:

1. Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java - Not Seen

MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory, Surakarta Central Java reported: The new crescent of Shawwal 1436 AH was NOT SEEN from Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia.
Some observers reported that the Hilal was sighted from Gresik and Lamongan, East Java and Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java. The Ministry of Relegious Affair of Republic of Indonesia decided that the 1st of Shawal 1436 AH will be on Friday, July 17th, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

1. Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State - Not Seen

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  • ICOP member Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging.

    Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The crescent observation of Shawal 1436 H (July 16th, 2015) had been succesfully held at Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo Central Java Indonesia. The sky was averagely cloudy from the morning until nearly afternoon. On the afternoon the sky was little bit hazy on the horizon. The observation started about 03.00 pm until sunset. Till the end of observation, the crescent was not succesfully captured by the observers.

    This event was opened for public. About hundreds people and delegations of the ministry of religious affair also attend on this event. The vice director of Assalaam boarding school also attended the observation.

    Finally the observation finished on 06.00 pm after maghrib. "
     Source: ICOP

Iran:

1. Eng. Ali Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State - Not Seen

ICOP member Eng. Ali Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging  Source: ICOP

Japan:

1. Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from India - Not Seen, but Eid announced

MCW member Mr Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from India reported: Maulana Hafiz Saleemur Rahman Khan Nadvi, Chirman Central Rooyat Hilal Committee of Japan announced that in all Japan Eid would be on Friday, July 17, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

Kenya:

1. Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: Today Thursday 16 July 2015 = 29th Ramadhan 1436 AH, I my self tried to see the new crescent of Shawwal 1436 Hijri at Mombasa, Kenya but the crescent was not seen. Chief Kadhi of Kenya sheikh Sharrif Muhdhar and Members of Moon committee of East Africa has Official announced that Eid Ul Fitr celebrations will be observed on 18th of July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mahmood Essa from Mombasa - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mahmood Essa from Mombasa reported: I tried to look for the new crescent today, but did not manage to sight it. Thus, insha' Allaah , we will complete 30 days of Ramadhan tomorrow, and inshaAllaah, the 1st day of Shawwal 1436 AH, will correspond to Saturday 18/07/2015.  Source: Moonsighting

Kuwait:

1. Mr. Mohammad Al-Harbi from الجهراء City in الكويت State - Not Seen

COP member Mr. Mohammad Al-Harbi from الجهراء City in الكويت State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging  Source: ICOP

Libya:

1. Dr Nuri Alfasi - Not Seen, Eid Announced

MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi reported: Libyan Ifta authority in Tripoli officially declared that no one in Libya had reported the sighting. The Ifta authority announced that Friday 17 July 2015 is the Eid. The decision is based on: Crescent is scientifically on the horizon after the sunset, and the sighting of the new crescent was legally confirmed in other Arabic countries.  Source: Moonsighting

Luxembourg:

1. Mr Michael Bruppacher - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Michael Bruppacher reported: The Shoura (institution representing the muslims in Luxembourg) informed that the 1st of Shawal will start on July 17, 2015. Eid Mubarak.  Source: Moonsighting

Mauritius:

1. Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The New moon of SHAWWAAL has NOT been sighted in Mauritius tonight Thursday 16 July 2015 . Hence Friday 17 July 2015 will be the 30th day of Ramadan and Saturday 18 July 2015 will be 1st Day of Shawwaal 1436. Sunset was at 17hr47 and Moonset was at 18hr14.  Source: Moonsighting

Morocco:

1. Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City in بنسليمان State - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City in بنسليمان State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

2. Mr Khalid Chraibi from Casablanca - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Khalid Chraibi from Casablanca reported: I am pleased to inform you that the Moroccan authorities have announced this evening that the new moon of shawwal couldn't be observed on the evening of Thursday July 16. The 1st of shawwal 1436 will therefore correspond to Saturday, July 18, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

Nigeria:

1. Mr Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos reported: I was unable to sight the moon with my naked eye on Wednesday, 16th of July, 2015 at Festac, Lagos. The sky was cloudy. I tried to view the new crescent of Shawwal, 1436AH between 6:50 p.m. and 7:37 p.m.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Sheik A.A. Ishola from Ikorodu, Lagos - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Sheik A.A. Ishola from Ikorodu, Lagos reported: The Shawwal moon not seen here in ikorodu area of Lagos State due to total cloud and it was raining. But I called most of our member in different part of Nigeria most Reported negatives while few claimed sighting of the 16 hr old moon.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Dr Ismaila I. Ahmed from Osi, Kwara State - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Ismaila I. Ahmed from Osi, Kwara State reported: On Thursday, July 16, the crescent of Shawwal was not seen in Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria. However, Sultan of Sokoto has just announced the sighting of moon of Shawwal in various locations in Nigeria and the Eld-Fitr celebration declared for Friday, 17/07/2015.  Source: Moonsighting

4. Mr Jinadu Yunusa from Kisi, Oyo State - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Jinadu Yunusa from Kisi, Oyo State reported: No sighting effort was made simply because there was rainfall which started before sunset till after sunset.
Howeveer, I received a call from another location within same town said that the new moon was sighted around 8:15pm LT by the time It was 17hrs. 51minutes. Remark: the Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, officiallly declared that tomorrow Friday 17th July 2015 as 1st day of Shawwal.  Source: Moonsighting

5. Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Mr. Yunusa Yakubu said: "There was poor visibility due to cloud in fact, the sun was out of sight thirty minutes before its setting time. "  Source: ICOP

6. Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi State - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Dr. Usman El-Nafaty said: "We attempted looking for the crescent here in Bauchi after sunset. The western horizon was cloudy, however, so the crescent was not seen. However there were reports of positive sighting from other parts of the country and based on which tomorrow Friday July 17th 2015 was declared the first day of Shawwal 1436H. Eid Mubarak in advance. "  Source: ICOP

Oman:

1. Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from Al-Fulaij Observatory City in Muscat State - Not Seen

ICOP member Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi from Al-Fulaij Observatory City in Muscat State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not seen by CCD Imaging.
Prof. Mohammed Al-Bussaidi said: "The crescent Moon was not sighted from Muscat area. The weather was hot, less humid, hazy, dusty and cirrus clouds on the western horizon."  Source: ICOP

2. Eng. Mundhir AlShibani from Muscat City - Not Seen

ICOP member Eng. Mundhir AlShibani from Muscat City in Seeb State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Eng. Mundhir AlShibani said: "The Crescent was not seen. We started observing before sunset and after Sunset.The atmospheric condition was hazy and dusty at the west horizon."  Source: ICOP

Philippines:

1. Mr. Abu Ammar Mangorangca from Marawi City in Mindanao State - Not Seen

Mr. Abu Ammar Mangorangca from Marawi City in Mindanao State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.
Mr. Abu Ammar Mangorangca said: "A party of Muslims in Binalbagan City, Negros Island, central Philippines, tried to observe the moon after sunset Thursday, headed by Abu Sohaili Laguindab, who frequently undertake hilal watching in other places in the Philippines. Despite the presence of fair weather and a commanding view of the western horizon across the sea, the group did not see any moon."  Source: ICOP

Saudi Arabia:

Eid announced

The Supreme Court declared Thursday as the last day of Ramadan 2015 and Friday as the start of the Eid al-Fitr holidays. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Royal Court said a number of adult witnesses in a number of provinces across the kingdom have testified to have seen with the naked the new moon of the month of Shawwal 1436. NOTE: None of the Saudi Hilal Committees were able to sight the 14 hrs old moon anywhere in the country, but the usual witnesses have claimed a sighting from Shaqra/Sudair near Riyadh (Ref: Saleh Al-Saab, KACST).
Moonsighting.com believes that these sightings are not authentic. May be they saw something that they thought was the moon. wallahu A'lam  Source: Moonsighting

Singapore:

1. Imam Isa Husayn Johansson from Singapore - Not Seen, but Eid announced

Imam Isa Husayn Johansson from Singapore reported: Today, Thursday 16 July, the Mufti of Singapore went live to declare that astronomically, the moon remained over the Singapore hotizon for 12 minutes over Singapore Maghrib time. So Eid is on Friday, July 17, 2015. calculations.  Source: Moonsighting

South Africa:

1. Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: On July 16, we have no sighting reports from all African countries south of the Equator. Eid officially on Saturday, 18 July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Rashid Motala from Durban - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Thursday 16th July 2015, the Hilaal was NOT sighted in South Africa. Shawwal 1436 will commence on Saturday, 18th July 2015 in South Africa.  Source: Moonsighting

Spain:

1. Mr Yasin Puertas from Melilla - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Yasin Puertas from Melilla reported: Today, 29 of the Holy Month of Ramadan, effort was made by me in the Spanish city of Melilla, to see the Moon of Shawal. The moon WAS NOT sighted, therefore, Eid Al Fitr and the start of the month of Shawal will be SATURDAY the 18th of July.  Source: Moonsighting

Tanzania:

1. Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The Hilaal of Shawal has not been sighted anywhere within tiny island of Zanzibar on Thursday, 16th July, 2015, therefore the month of the holy month of Ramadhan would have 30 days and the 1st of Shawal 1436 AH would correspond to Saturday 18th July, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

Thailand:

1. Mr Surin Ninchuawong from Bangkok - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Surin Ninchuawong from Bangkok reported: Today Thursday 16 July 2015 = 29th Ramadhan 1436 AH, I my self tried to see the new crescent of Shawwal 1436 Hijri at Jomtien Beach, Chonburi, Thailand,about 06.00 pm to 07.20 pm. but the crescent was not seen. But Eid announced: From Sheikhul Islam Office : The Crescent was seen in another place (Yaha and Rayong). wallahu A'lam  Source: Moonsighting

UK:

1. Mr Mohammad Ali Javed from Luton, Bedfordshire - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammad Ali Javed from Luton, Bedfordshire reported: On 16th July, the Hilal was NOT sighted anywhere in the world. NO sightings in the UK, Morocco, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. Therefore, Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnah UK & Europe have announced that we will complete 30 days of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr 1436 will be on Saturday 18th July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Qamar Uddin from York UK - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Qamar Uddin from York UK reported: The Hilal of Shawwal 1436 was not sighted in the UK/East of UK on Thursday 16th July 2015 (29th Ramadan 1436 AH). We have also received a report from Morocco Awqaf Ministry of negative sighting by fax. Therefore, the Wifaqul Ulama have decided that the month of Ramadan 1436 AH will complete 30-days and the month of Shawwal 1436 AH will start from Saturday 18th July 2015, Insha-Allah.  Source: Moonsighting

USA:

1. Mr Hamid Quraishi Imam Islamic Center of Winona (ICW) Winona MN - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Hamid Quraishi Imam Islamic Center of Winona (ICW) Winona MN reported: It was raining on and off whole day in Winona, MN. The sky was covered with thick clouds, therefore was unable to see the Hilaal of Shawal in the sky even after several tries. However based on Fiqh Council of North America ISNA calender, and based on information from other countries, ICW will celebrate Eid ul Fitr on Friday, 17, July 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Javad Torabinejad from Blacksburg VA reported: This evening (Thursday, July 16, 2015), the crescent moon was not sighted in Blacksburg, VA (Lat: 37° 15' 40" N, Lng: 80° 26' 56" W, and elevation: 646 meters). I arrived at my sighting location (Blacksburg Middle School) at 8:34 pm EDT (sunset: 8:41 pm). The western horizon was mostly cloudy and hazy. Although I did not expect to sight the moon even by using a telescope under perfect conditions, I searched for the crescent in the clear patches with naked eye and a pair of binoculars (7X50). With no success, I ended the session after moonset (moonset: 8:56 pm). At 8:55 pm, the temperature, dew point, relative humidity, and pressure were 73.8 F, 69.1 F, 85%, and 30.12 in, respectively.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On Thursday July 16, 2015, the moon for Shawwal has not been sighted. Since there was no legitimate and reliable scientific report any where our community consider the Friday July 17th as 30th of Ramadan And Saturday July 18th will be Eid. Insha-Allah.  Source: Moonsighting

4. Mr Mahfuz Rahman, from Tucker GA - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mahfuz Rahman, from Tucker GA reported: Today Thursday, July 16, 2015, the crescent WAS NOT SEEN. Sighting attempted by about 12 members of our community in Snellville at approx. 8:45 p.m. The sky was mostly clear. Today was the 29th of Ramadhan.  Source: Moonsighting

5. Mr Imam Salim Chishti from New Lebanon NY - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Imam Salim Chishti from New Lebanon NY reported: I went to observe the western horizon just after the sun had set. I waited until 8:45PM but the crescent was not seen. We will fast for 30 days here in New Lebanon NY and have Eid al Fitr on Saturday, July 19, insha'allah!  Source: Moonsighting

6. Ms. Lyana Snow from Little Rock AR - Not Seen

MCW member Ms. Lyana Snow from Little Rock AR reported: We went to try & see the moon for Eid al-Fitr (1st of Shawwal) tonight, but there was none seen. We were out from 8:10 until 8:45. There were no clouds and little haze.  Source: Moonsighting

7. Mr Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Anaheim CA - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammed Yahya Shaikh from Anaheim CA reported: The moon for Shawaal was not sighted today Thursday July 16th 2015, in Anaheim CA. I tried to sight the hilal between 8:00 PM PST and 8:15 PM PST but was unsuccessful. The atmospheric conditions were conducive for hilal sighting. Binos did not help the cause either.  Source: Moonsighting

Zimbabwe:

1. Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Moon not sighted in Zimbabwe on Thursday, July 16. Eid UL fitr will be on Saturday 18 July inshallah.  Source: Moonsighting


Sources:

MakkahCalendar - MakkahCalendar Website
ICOP - ICOP Website
Moonsighting - Moonsighting.com Website


FAQ regarding Eid al-Fitr 2015

Eid ul-Fitr 2015 Announcement
[1] When is Eid al-Fitr 2015 / Eid ul-Fitr 2015 ?
The date to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 2015 is 17th July, Friday in most parts of the world. Please see below the list of countries arranged as per the celebration date of the Eid.

[2] When does Ramadan 2015 end?
Ramadan 2015 fasting should end on 16th July in most countries of the world. Most countries of Oceania and some of the eastern-most countries of Asia will be able to end Ramadan 2015 on 17th July. Please read the country list below to get a clearer idea about which country should end Ramadan 2015 fasting when.

[3] When is the Eid holiday in 2015?
Eid al-Fitr 2015 holiday is on 17th July, Friday in most parts of the world. Please see below the list of countries arranged as per the date of Eid holiday in 2015 (1436).

[4] Can you describe the concept of Extended Visibility upon which your calculations are based in simple terms?
Our Eid al-Fitr 2015 announcement and calculations are based on the concept of Extended Visibility that simply says.

"For any given country, the month will begin the next day if: [A] the new moon is born [B] the young moon is visible in the evening sky in the country, or [C] if it is visible somewhere to the west of the country before the Fajr prayer in the same country."

The concept of Extended Visibility and all our calculations and announcements are faithful to Sharia. Those interested in getting more details should read our Islamic Calendar Introduction.


Recent Questions about Eid al fitr 2015

Eid ul-Fitr 2015 Announcement
Sallie Lawrence, South Africa: Assalaam, Eid al Fitr, will moon be visible Johannesburg, South Africa.
Walaikum Salam,

On 16th July, there are hardly any chances of new moon visibility with naked eye at South Africa. However, on 17th July, there are good chances of new moon visibility with naked eye at your location.

Please see Eid visibility curves for more details.

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team.

Arifullah Arif , Afghanistan: Dear Sir, Please let us the exact Eid day?
Dear Brother,

Salam Walaikum!

Thanks for your email. As per our calendar calculation methodology (which is based on the predicted visibility of new moon and the concept of the extension of the zone of visibility), Eid in Afghanistan can be celebrated on 17th July 2015, Friday. We would like to invite you to read more on this by clicking on Eid al fitr 2015 link below.

Please let us know if you still need further information. We will be more than happy to help you with that.

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team.

Miftah, UK: Assalaamu'alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh. I am surprised that you believe in extended visibilty. I was under the impression that the moon sets a bit later. Thus, do you still regard it possible for so many countries to celebrate Eid in the 17, although the moon has actually set by the time you claim they be able to see it before Fajr?
Dear Brother,

Walaikum Assalam!

We would like to request you to please read our detailed introduction.You will understand the concept of extended visibility which is faithful to Sharia.After reading our introduction, if you still have questions, please revert back to us. We will answer them.

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team.


Eid al-Fitr 1436 country list


Below is the list of countries where Eid al-Fitr 2015 (1436) should be celebrated on 17th July 2015.

AFRICA [54]

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African
    Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, Democratic
    Republic of
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

ASIA [38]

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cambodia
  • China (Western)
  • East Timor
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kazakstan
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • Qatar
  • Russia (Western)
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen

EUROPE [48]

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and
    Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

NORTH AND CENTRAL AMERICA [23]

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the
    Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
    Of America

S. AMERICA [12]

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Guyana
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

OCEANIA [1]

  • French Polynesia




Below is the list of countries where Eid al-Fitr 2015 (1436) should be celebrated on 18th July 2015.

ASIA [9]

  • China (Eastern)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • North Korea
  • Mongolia
  • Philippines
  • Russia (Central)
  • Russia (Eastern)

OCEANIA [14]

  • Palau
  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu