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Ramadan 2015

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Ramadan 2015 mubarak

When does Ramadan 2015 Begin?


We are very pleased to announce that Ramadan 2015 / Ramzan 1436 will begin on 18th June 2015, Thursday in all countries of the world, Insha Allah! This rare event of starting Ramadan on the same day all over the world is possible because of the visibility conditions of the Ramadan moon.

As can be seen in the visibility curves, the Ramadan moon will be born on Tuesday, 16th June 2015, at 14:05 UTC. As it will be born too late to be visible in any part of the world on the same day, Ramadan cannot start on Wednesday, 17th June 2015. We invite our visitors to see the crescent visibility predictions map for the next day, 17th June 2015. You will notice that either a Green Zone or a Blue Zone covers the major part of the world. This means that the Ramadan moon should be easily visible in most parts of the world as the blue zone extends up to Australia. The countries where direct visibility is not obtained will be covered by the extension of the zone of the visibility. Hence, the whole world can start the fasting for Ramadan 2015 on the same day, 18th June 2015. A rare event to observe!

Those who would like to get more details about why Ramadan 2015 can begin on the same day are requested to read our introduction to the Islamic Calendar. You will get a clear idea about the concept of the extension of zone of visibility (extended visibility) by reading this introduction.

Every year, we get hundreds of emails and Facebook queries asking for details about Ramadan. This time, we will publish all our email communications and Facebook messages on our website, so please also read our "Ramadan Questions" section to get more details about Ramadan 2015.

On the very auspicious day of Eid al-Fitr 2015, we will release country specific Islamic calendars for year 2016 / Hijri year 1437. So please keep visiting our site during the whole Ramadan!

We have also published detaield announcement regarding Eid al-Fitr 2015. Please read our Eid al-Fitr 2015 Announcement.

We would like to wish all our readers Ramadan Mubarak in Advance!

Ramadan 2015 moon sighting Reports - 17th June 2015


Ramadan 2015 moon sighting reports - 17th June The Ramadan moon should be visible today, 17th June, in most parts of the world as can be seen in the visibility curve. We will publish crescent sighting reports live on our website and our social media accounts. Do remember, Ramadan starts tomorrow, 18th June, in all countries of the world. Please read our detailed Ramadan announcement above if you need further information.

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Crescent Sighting Reports - 17th June 2015


Argentina:

1. Mr. Román Vena Valdarenas from Córdoba - Seen

Mr. Román Vena Valdarenas from Córdoba: On June 17, the moon has been sighted with naked eye. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

2. Mr. Elvio Alanis from Salta - Seen

Mr. Elvio Alanis from Salta: On June 17, the moon has been sighted with binoculars. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith. Very difficult task. Moon was not visible trough the lens (300 mm telephoto). The main problem was that the moon was still high and the sky was very bright, just before the moon was definitely hidden by clouds. The photo I send to you was a little processed.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

Chile:

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

Mr. Gonzalo Contreras from Viña del Mar: On June 17, the moon has been sighted with binoculars as well as naked eyes. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith. Good conditions for observing.Crescent was located at an altitude of about 13°.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

South Africa:

1. Mr. Kos Coronaios from Limpopo Province - Seen

Mr. Kos Coronaios from Louis Trichard, Limpopo Province, South Africa: On June 17, the moon has been sighted in Louis Trichard, South Africa. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

USA:

1. Mr. Jim Lockyer from Wildomar, CA - Seen

Mr. Jim Lockyer from Wildomar, CA: On June 17, the moon has been sighted in Wildomar, CA. The moon was sighted first with Binoculars and then with naked eye. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith. The moon was not very “bright as you can see from the photos and video. If one had not been looking for it, it could have been easily missed  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

Mexico:

1. Mr. Mike Wirths and Pamela Weston from Baja California - Seen

Mr. Mike Wirths and Pamela Weston from Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California: On June 17, the moon has been sighted in Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California. The photographs of the crescent have been published herewith.  Technical Details    Source: MakkahCalendar

Morocco:

1. Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City - Seen

ICOP member Dr. Hassan Talibi from بنسليمان City in بنسليمان 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.    Source: ICOP

Jordan:

1.Ms. Basma Dhiab from Amman City - Seen by others

ICOP member Ms. Basma Dhiab from Amman City in Amman State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.    Source: ICOP

    Ms. Basma Dhiab said: "It was a hot Summer day with a clear sky. We the Jordanian astronomical society and ICOP members in addition to some families and friends gathered in a location in( west of Amman). And by a 25*100 binocular we could see this crescent. ( only 4 persons could see it).The first one was Ibraheem Odwan, then Abd Sallam Ghaith, . This pic was taken by Mahmoud Abd AL Hadi. AS usual...we have a stargazing activity ."

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Tanzania:

1.Mr. Zaffar Sheriff from Daressalaam City in Tanzania State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Zaffar Sheriff from Daressalaam City in Tanzania State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.    Source: ICOP

    Mr. Zaffar Sheriff said: "The hazy condition did pose a challenge to sight the 25 hour old crescent.Our group of 30 people plus finally confirmed sighting at 6.37PM, about 23 minutes after local sunset. Ramadhaan Kareem"

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Sighting Reports without Crescent Photos

Algeria:

1. Mr. Hocine Chikh Aissa from Ghardaia City in Ghardaia State - Not Seen

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  • ICOP member Mr. Hocine Chikh Aissa from Ghardaia City in Ghardaia State mentioned that the sky was clear, 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

Australia:

1. Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, Sydney - SEEN

MCW member Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, The president of Al- Tadhkeer Society, Sydney, NSW reported: There were cloudy in many states of Australia and moon was not sighted, but finally Alhamdulillah, two brothers from Alice Spring have testified that they have sighted the moon at 6.30pm local time. According to Islamic jurisprudence as a coordinator of moon sighting in Australia I have accepted their testimony and declare that the Hilaal of RAMADAAN has been sighted on Wednesday 17th June, 2015. Therefore, the month of RAMADAAN will start from Thursday, the 18th of June, 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr. Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Center from Caroline Springs, VIC - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Abul Qasim Rizvi, Imam Panjtan Center from Caroline Springs, VIC reported: Moon was not sighted in Melbourne. We tried to sight between 5:05 till 05:40. There were 7 people who tried. Sky was heavily clouded we checked from people in sydney, Brisbane adelaide and canberra it was not sighted.  Source: Moonsighting

Bangladesh:

1. Mr. ABM Ruhul Hassan from Dhaka City in Bangladesh State- Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. ABM Ruhul Hassan from Dhaka City in Bangladesh 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- Seen by neighboring Caribbean countries

MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Today Wednesday, 17th June, 2015 crescent was not seen. Cloudy and overcast. Sighting attempted by many members our Jamaat at approx. 6:37 p.m. However the crescent was SEEN in the neighboring Caribbean countries. Today was the 29th of Sha'aban. Therefore 1st of Ramadan will be on Thursday 18th June, Insha'Allah.  Source: Moonsighting

Chile:

1. Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique- Seen

MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: On June 17, Wednesday, in iquique chile we have seen the moon of Ramadan so 18/06/2015 will be the first of Ramadan.  Source: Moonsighting

China:

1. Dr. Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province - Not Seen

MCW member Dr. Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: Today evening (June 17), I tried to see cresent from 20:15 to 20:45 (Beijing Time). There were some cloud in west sky. I tried to sight cresent with a 15*80 binocular, but I did not see it. Sunset time was 20:25.  Source: Moonsighting

Fiji Islands:

1. Mr Muhammed Shamim Ali Executive Education Officer, Fiji Muslim League, from Suva - Not Seen

Mr Muhammed Shamim Ali Executive Education Officer, Fiji Muslim League, from Suva reported: Fiji Muslim League advises its members that moon was not sighted on June 17, so first day of Ramadan is 19th June, Friday.  Source: Moonsighting

Egypt:

1. Mr. AbdelHamid Ahmed from بنها - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. AbdelHamid Ahmed from بنها City in القليوبية State mentioned that the sky was clear, 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.  Source: ICOP

Ghana:

1. Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale City - Seen by others

ICOP member Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale City in Northern State mentioned that the sky was totally 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.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Baba Abdulai said: "Date of sighting effort; Wednesday June 17, 2015. The crescent was SEEN by others in Wineba town. Personally, I did not see the crescent from my usual sighting post in Tamale. However, I have duly confirmed from Brother Bawah Suhununu who saw the crescent himself with his naked eyes in Wineba town, where he is presently attending school. Brother Suhununu is a former Imam of Tamale Polytechnic. Many reports have already come in about the sighting. It has also been announced on radio that the crescent was sighted in Accra and Wineba, by many people."

Guyana:

1. Mr Fazal Mahmood from Corriverton, Berbice - Seen

MCW member Mr Fazal Mahmood from Corriverton, Berbice reported: On June 17, the moon was sighted at Corriverton, Guyana, After Magrib Salaah at 6.20PM. The sky was clear and the moon was high, all the brothers saw it.  Source: Moonsighting

Hungary:

1. Dr. M. Al-Majari from M6 City - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. M. Al-Majari from M6 City in Tolna State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, 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

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 Wednesday 17 June , 2015 = 29 Shaban 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM from 7.15 pm to 7.55. The crescent was not seen.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Mohammed Mohsin Khan from Mumbai - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammed Mohsin Khan from Mumbai reported: Today Wednesday 17 June 2015 / 29 Shabaan 1436 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 07:18 p.m LT and Moonset was at 07:58 pm LT. Lag : 40 mins, but Sky was cloudy hence Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai and in most parts of India , Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced that in India, Thursday 18 June 2015 will be 30th Shabaan 1436 and 1st Ramadaan 1436 will fall on Friday 19 June 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Hilal of Ramadan 1436 hijri was not sighted today on Wednesday 17-June-2015 from 7:30pm to 8:00pm horizon was clear. Therefore 1st Ramadan will be Friday 19-June-2015.  Source: Moonsighting

4. Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Molvi Iqbalhusen Bokda from Godhra, Gujrat reported: Moon for Ramadan 1436 was not seen here in Godhra today on June, 17 2015. Weather was partly cloudy. Hilal Committees of all states of India including Central Hilal committee Delhi, Imarate Shariya Bihar, Hilal Committe Ahmedabad declared that moon was not seen in any part of India, so first Ramadan will be on Friday, 19th June.  Source: Moonsighting

Iran:

1. Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was clear, the crescent was not sought by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging  Source: ICOP

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  • Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
    Ramadan Crescent Observation Report
    Astronomy and Geophysics Center of Shahreza – The Crescent Association of Shahreza
    Report by: Hossein Janghorbani (Najmosepehr-Sadrolmonajemin) – Manager of Shahreza Crescent Association and Red Crescent’s Astronomy and Geophysics Center
    Date: Wedensday, 6/17/2015
    Location: Damzad foothills in the East of Shahreza (latitude: 32 00 N, longitude: 51 52 E, elevation: 1825m from sea level, time zone: +4.5 GMT)
    Equipments: two set of 15*70, two sets of 20*80 binoculars , two sets of 20*90 binoculars , one compass.
    Atmospheric condition: Clear.
    Horizon obstacles: about 3.5°
    Apparent sunset: 19:56
    Results: Moon crescent was seen by 15*70 binoculars by Hossein Janghorbani at 20:13, for the first time. Other group members observed crescent by binoculars subsequently.
    Apparent Moonset: 20:32

Indonesia:

1. Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie from Patra Beach, Denpasar, Bali - SEEN

MCW member Mr. Ahmad I. Adjie from Patra Beach, Denpasar, Bali reported: On 17 June 2015 - 29 Shaban 1436 (by naked eye calendar) sky conditions were Very sparsely-clouded at the horizon, should be easily sighted but exactly where the Hilal should be there were darker streaks of clouds. We started to sight the Moon from 18:20 gmt+8 upto moonset at 18:49 ~ the Hilal was seen intermittently transiting vertically downwards between light streaky clouds between 18:28 and 18:44 by myself and six witnesses who happen to be at the beach. ORIENTATION OF CRESCENT HORNS were two o'clock to seven o'clock. 1st day of Ramadhan will be 18 June 2015, this is the same as Indonesian official govt date based on MABIMS Criterion.  Source: Moonsighting

Israel:

1. Mr Neria Haroeh from Ramlah - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Neria Haroeh from Ramlah reported: I was not able to see the new moon from Matsliach, Israel from sunset until moon set at 19:15.  Source: Moonsighting

Kenya:

1. Mr. Ali Mohamed from Mombasa - Seen

MCW member Mr. Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: Today 29th of Shaaban 1436 (17th June 2015), After Maghrib Prayer, I my self saw The new moon with many Muslims when we were leaving Masjid Shibu, Mwembetayari, Mombasa, Kenya.  Source: Moonsighting

Lebanon:

1. Dr Hadi Jaafar from Beirut - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Hadi Jaafar from Beirut reported: On 17 June 2015, unfortunately I could not sight the moon in Beirut. Western horizon almost clear with some haze. Started scanning at 7:55 pm with a 7*50 binoc. Stopped at 8: 25. Sunset at 7 51. Moonset at 8:28 pm.  Source: Moonsighting

Malaysia:

1. Mr. Kassim Bahali from Tanjung Bidara City - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Kassim Bahali from Tanjung Bidara City in Melaka State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, 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 sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Kassim Bahali said: "Hilal Ramadhan was not seen at Al-Khawarizmi Observatory. The western horizon totally cloudy."

Mauritius:

1. Mr. Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis - Seen

MCW member Mr. Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: The New moon of Ramadan has been sighted in Mauritius tonight Wednesday 17 June 2015 in several localities. Hence 1st Day of Ramadan will be on Thursday 18 June 2015. 1st reported visibility was at 17hr 59. Sunset was at 17hr38 and Moonset was at 18hr36. Wish you all Ramadan Mubarak.  Source: Moonsighting

Namibia:

1. Mr Ahmed Mohamed Barakah from Windhoek - Seen

MCW member Mr Ahmed Mohamed Barakah from Windhoek reported: On June 17, Wednesday, the moon was sighted in Windhoek NAMIBIA at At 17:47.  Source: Moonsighting

Nepal:

1. Mr. Muhammad Aamir from Kathmandu - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Muhammad Aamir from Kathmandu reported: On Wednesday, 17th June 2015, the new crescent of Ramadan 2015 was not sighted in Kathmandu. There are some patches of cloud in the sky. The time was 19:00 while sighting report was being prepared. The given time of the moonset has already past. There is no sign of possibility in Kathmandu. Official announcement has not been made by Masaajid in Kathmandu yet.  Source: Moonsighting

New Zealand:

1. Mr. Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland - Not Seen because of thick clouds

MCW member Mr. Arief Syamsulaksana from Auckland reported: I've perfomed crescent observation at suburb Dannemora, Auckland New Zealand on Wednesday 17 Jun 2015 from 16:00 to 17:55 GMT +12, the sky was covered by thick clouds at the western horizon therefore the crescent could NOT be seen.  Source: Moonsighting

Nigeria:

1. Dr. Sani Mustapha from kaduna City - Not Seen

ICOP member Dr. Sani Mustapha from kaduna City in kaduna State mentioned that the sky was totally 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

2. Mr. Qamaruddeen Muhammad from ILORIN City - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Qamaruddeen Muhammad from ILORIN City in KWARA 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.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Qamaruddeen Muhammad said: "It was a little hazy and cloudy at western horizon at ilorin and some other places where I got information from. However, observation information from Edo, Ikirun and Enugu confirmed Positive naked sighting while that of sokoto observation sighted the new hilal with telescope only. Ramadan Mubarak's to all Muslim."

3. Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City - Seen by others

ICOP member Dr. Usman El-Nafaty from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was totally 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.  Source: ICOP

Dr. Usman El-Nafaty said: "This period is the rainy season here so the weather today was very cloudy here in Bauchi and partly rainy. So the crescent could not be seen."

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

ICOP member Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was totally 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.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Yunusa Yakubu said: "In Bauchi it has Rain an hour before the setting time and up till sunset the western sky was cloudy"

5. Mr. Simwal Jibril from Sokoto City - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Simwal Jibril from Sokoto City in Sokoto State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was seen by binocular, the crescent was not seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Simwal Jibril said: "The western horizon was clear no clouds but hazy."

6. Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Yunusa Yakubu from Bauchi City in Bauchi State mentioned that the sky was totally 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.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Yunusa Yakubu said: "Asslamun Alaykum!!! a reliable information of positive Naked Eye Sighting by: - Thousands of people (Young and Old; Men, Women and Children)from Gombi Town, Gombi LGA of Adamawa State. Mallam Damina and many others from Jarmai Town, Kanam LGA of Plateau State. His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)has declared tomorrow 18/06/2015 to be 1st of RAMADAN, 1436AH "

Oman:

1. ICOP member Eng. Mundhir AlShibani from Muscat City in Seeb State - Not Seen

ICOP member Eng. Mundhir AlShibani from Muscat City in Seeb State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very hazy, 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 sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Eng. Mundhir AlShibani said: "The Crescent was not seen in this location, I started observing at 18:20 before sunset to 19:34 moonset UTC+4. The atmospheric condition was very hazy and dusty at the horizon with some clouds. However the Crescent was sighted in different location (Ibri and Mahaza) by other team members."

Pakistan:

1. Mr. Asif Hussain from Hyderabad - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Asif Hussain from Hyderabad reported: I tried to see that moon today, on Wednesday, 17th June 2015, 29th sha'ban 1436 hijra, but no success. Same was announced by central moon sighting committee of rge country.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Rizwan Shah from Gujrat - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Rizwan Shah from Gujrat reported: Today 17 June 2015 (29 Sha'ban) sunset in gujrat was 7:16 and moonset was 7:49pm. The sky was clear. I and my friend trid to sight the moon but failed to spot moon in the sky. It is also officaly annouced that moon was not sighted and 1st Ramzan will be on Friday 19 June 2015.  Source: Moonsighting

3. Dr Hisham Hamed from Riyadh - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Hisham Hamed from Riyadh reported: On Wednesday, June 17: From Riyadh, KSA. Moon Crescent was Not visible at sunset, or at best time, or thereafter.
Visibility was less than good, it seems. Venus first appeared at ~18:41:30, and sunset was at 18:44. This may have been due to high altitude clouds, to be honest. For a crescent on the Eve of the 31st night since the last confirmed sighting, it would be expected to be seen at sunset, or very shortly thereafter. The western horizon was overcast, the lower 8 degrees completely obscured by dark clouds.
In Riyadh, KSA, on Wednesday, June 17th, best time was around 19:06, and the sun was at 5' depression at 19:04 (MICA2.22), taking into consideration that Delta T = 1min 7.184s according > to IERS bulletin A, Jun 11th, 2015. At that time, twilight brightness was ~1 magnitude/arcsec2 brighter than the crescent, which means it would need a hefty 8" refractor to be seen. Naked Eye sighting was thus out of the question. Note that this was a 1.5% illuminated crescent at 3.446' of true altitude (Topocentric), with relative altitude < 8.5'. Temperature was ~40'C, Pressure ~1003.00 mb, and humidity ~ 8%.  Source: Moonsighting

Philippines:

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

ICOP member 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 group of devout Muslims headed by Hadji Satar Laguindab tried to observe the hilal after sunset, Wednesday the 17th, at the seashore of Binalbagan City, Central Philippines, where there was a good view of the western horizon.
Unfortunately,none of them saw the hilal, although weather was fairly good, lagtime was about 37 minutes and moon age was a little over 20 hours. They left the site after moonset.
Hence, based on actual sighting we decide to start Ramadhan on Friday, the 19th of June, insha allah. But the majority of the Muslims in the Philippines follow the dating of Saudi Arabia which starts Ramadhan Thursday, the 18th."  Source: ICOP

Saudi Arabia:

1. Mr. Saleh Al-Saab from بريدة City in القصيم State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Saleh Al-Saab from بريدة City in القصيم State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was hazy, the crescent was not seen by naked eye, the crescent was not seen by binocular, the crescent was seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging  Source: ICOP

South Africa:

1. Mr. Waheed Amanjee from Port Shepstone, KwaZulu/Natal - Seen

Mr. Waheed Amanjee from Port Shepstone, KwaZulu/Natal reported: On June 17, the moon has been sighted in Port Shepstone, KZN, South Africa. Various people have sighted the moon.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town City in Western Province State - Seen

ICOP member Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town City in Western Province 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  Source: ICOP

Dr. Abdurrazak Ebrahim said: "The Ramadaan Hilaal was sighted by naked-eye from various areas in Southern Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, and Lesotho."

South Korea:

1. Mr Zain Abbas from Seoul - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Zain Abbas from Seoul reported: Korean Islamic Cultural Exchange Association (KICEA) made two moonsighting teams. One from Seoul lead by Mr Yaqoub Al Sulemani (Saudia), Mr Abu Ammar, Mr Iftikhar Shah (Pakistan), Mr Ertiza Abbas (Pakistan). The other from Out of Seoul (BARAN, SOUTH KOREA), Mr Safdar Hussain Jafry (Pakistan) and Zain Abbas (Pakistan). On Wednesday, June 17, in Seoul, it started to rain and thunderstorm, hence moon was not sighted. In Baran, weather was full of clouds, and Out of Seoul team tried to sight from 7:45-8:17 pm as the sunset was 7:55 and moon set was 8:17 pm. But Moon was not seen anywhere.  Source: Moonsighting

Sri Lanka:

1. Mr. Nular Bary from Borella City in Colombo State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Nular Bary from Borella City in Colombo State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was hazy, 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

Mr. Nular Bary said: "Today 29th.Shahban 1436 (17/06/2015) cloudy evening in Colombo and almost entire country's sky was covered with cloud and it's a rainy day too. All the Moon sighting members right around the country reported negative sighting of Ramadan Hillal."

2. Mr. Abdul Rahman Razeen from Colombo04 City in Western province State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Abdul Rahman Razeen from Colombo04 City in Western province State mentioned that the sky was totally cloudy, the atmospheric condition was very 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.  Source: ICOP

Mr. Abdul Rahman Razeen said: "A.alaikum.In Srilanka sighting day for the month of Ramadan was on 17th evening of June 2015.The parameter's are as follows
Sunset:6:27pm,
Moonset:7:12pm,
Elongation:11deg 57mnt,
Altiutude: 9deg 13mnt
Illumination:1.09%
Iag:45mnt's
Distance 386000km
I went to my sighting place 20mnt,s before Sunset and the group's which was organized around our country was also asked to be in there respective places 20 mnt's before Sunset inorder to track the exact sighting place and to justify whether sighting will be possible after Sunset.
According to the v/curve map i guided them that if the crescent has to be sighted then the western horizon should be 100% clear without any obstructs and the sighter should have an experience in Moonsighting.The reason for these condition's was though the above parameter's show's that the crescent can be seen by everyone but in today's sighting condition it need's to be more careful due to the moon's distance from the earth.
But eventually the weather in all around our country was not favorable for sighting. Some places it was raining and some it was covered with thick clouds.So it was decided by the Colombo Grand Mosque Hilal Committee headed by Al-Alim Riyadh along with ACJU and MRCA that the month of Shaban will be completed 30 day's and the 1st of Ramadan falls on Friday."

Trinidad and Tobago:

1. Mr Umar Abdullah from Trinidad and Tobago - Seen

MCW member Umar Abdullah from Trinidad and Tobago reported: On June 17, the moon to begin Ramadhaan 1436 AH has been seen. The crescent moon to commence the month of Ramadhaan 1436 AH. Reports from the committees locally and regionally confirm that the moon WAS SIGHTED.  Source: Moonsighting

UK:

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

MCW member Mr Mohammad Ali Javed from Luton, Bedfordshire reported: The new moon was not sighted anywhere in the UK and Europe. But Markazi Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnah UK & Europe have decided 1st Ramadan 1436 will be on Thursday 18th June.  Source: Moonsighting

1. Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston - Seen by others

MCW member Mr Mohammad Ramtoola from Preston reported: On June 17, I did not see the moon. Sunset was at 9.44pm and moonset at 10.02 pm. Just found out at the mosque that 2 people have seen the moon at 9.55 PM around Bolton. Local masjid is doing 1st Ramadan tomorrow.  Source: Moonsighting

Zimbabwe:

1. Mr. Ayub Mahomed from Harare - Seen

MCW member Mr. Ayub Mahomed from Harare reported: Tonight, June 17, the Moon was sighted in Zimbabwe.  Source: Moonsighting

Ramadan 2015 moon sighting Reports - 16th June 2015


Ramadan 2015(1436) moon sighting reports On 16th and 17th June 2015, we will publish live reports of ramadan 2015 crescent sighting from various parts of the world. We do not expect any positive sighting reports on 16th June 2015 but on 17th of June, we should have positive crescent visibility reports from different parts of the world. We will try our best to obtain the photographs of new moon and will publish them as soon as we receive them. We have collaborated with moonsighting.com and the reports posted here will be either by MCW members of moonsighting.com or through our own circle of photographer friends.

You should like us on our Facebook page and Twitter page to get the updates about Ramadan 2015 crescent sighting. Mark your calendar and do not miss these sighting updates!


Crescent Sighting Reports - 16th June 2015


The new moon will be born today, Tuesday 16th June, at 14:05 UTC. As it will be born very late today, we do not expect any positive crescent sighting reports today, 16th June . The visibility curve above should provide good idea about the crescent visibility conditions all over the world today.

China:

1. Dr. Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province - Not Seen

MCW member Dr. Musa·Minhai from Linxia Gansu Province reported: This evening (June 16), I and ten Imams tried to see cresent from 20:15 to 20:45 (Beijing Time). We did not see it. Sunset time is 20:25 (I knew that creseng would not be seen today in China, becouse new moon time is Beijing is 22:05). There were some cloud in west sky. We tried to sight cresent with a 15*80 binocular and a telescope. So more Imams decided that 18 June is first day of Ramadan, but some Imams decided 17 June is first day of Ramadan .  Source: Moonsighting

Ghana:

1. Mr. Baba Abdulai from Tamale - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Baba Abdulai, Sighting community, Sagnerigu, Tamale. reported: The crescent was NOT seen in this location. I was at the sighting post from about 18:07 to about 18:26 local time but I did not see the crescent. It was drizzling quite heavily for the most part of the period of my sighting effort. Moon age after conjunction (as at sunset in Tamale) was only about 4 hours, with a moon lag time of about only 3 minutes; hence I really did not expect to see the crescent.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr. Malik Salifu from Garu Bawku - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The moon for the commencement of RAMADAN has not been seen in Garu and its ssurrounding areas of the upper East Region of Ghana. Though the weather is clear here today, sighting efforts were made between 5:45 and 6:30 local time. No moon was seen in any of the places here.  Source: Moonsighting

India:

1. Mr. Siddik Nadvi from Ahmedabad - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Siddik Nadvi (Nida-e-Haram), from Ahmedabad, Gujrat reported: Today Tuesday 16 June , 2015 = 28 Shaban 1436 Hijri , we tried to see the crescent of Ramdan 1436 Hijri at our Institute JAMIA KANZUL ULOOM at 7.15 pm to 7.35. The crescent was not seen.  Source: Moonsighting

Indonesia:

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 clear, 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 seen by CCD Imaging.
    Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The New Crescent of Ramadhan 1436 AH was NOT SEEN from Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Kartasura Sukoharjo-Surakarta Central Java INDONESIA.
    This event has been successfully hold in this observatory. Many people came to this observatory to involve in crescent observation. Many reporters also came to report this event. Mrs. Siti Aminah as the founder of Yayasan Majelis Pengajian Islam Surakarta and Mr. Uripto Yunus, M.Ed. as the director of PPMI Assalaam also attended on this great event. There were also some graduate students in astronomy from sevaral university also took part on this observation.
    Today, the crescent was set before sun sets. This results the crescent could not seen from this observatory. For educational reason, even the crescent was not seen, we told about crescent observation. We used Starry Night Pro 6 to simulate the position of the sun and moon when at the sunset.
    This event finished about one hour after sun sets. The were many people keep stay at the observatory in order to get more information regarding to the crescent observation. Some graduate students are planning to stay in this observatory till morning.
    Tomorrow the crescent's altitude will be 8 degree above horizon at sunset. We will hold crescent observation in order to introduce to the people who are not familiar yet with crescent observation."  Source: ICOP

Kenya:

1. Mr. Mahmood Essa from Mombasa - Not Seen

Mr. Mahmood Essa from Mombasa reported: I tried to look for the new crescent for the start of Ramadhan but could not see it. Alhamdullilah, we will complete 30 days of Sha'ban and inshaAllaah our first day of Ramadhan will be on Thursday 18/06/15.I take thus opportunity in wishing all Muslims , a Blessed, Fruitful and Happy Ramadhan. Aameen.  Source: Moonsighting

Kuwait:

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

ICOP member Mr. Mohammad Al-Harbi from العبدلي City in الجهراء State mentioned that the sky was clear, 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 sought by CCD Imaging.  Source: ICOP

Nigeria:

1. Mr. Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos - Not Seen

MCW member Mr. Zaid Ibrahim from Lagos reported: On June 16, Tuesday, the moon was not sighted in Surulere, Lagos.  Source: Moonsighting

Saudi Arabia:

1. Mr. Khurram Imtiaz from Riyadh - Not Seen

Mr. Khurram Imtiaz from Riyadh reported: On 16 June 2015, I have tried to look out the Ramdan crescent after Maghrib here in Riyadh (Nahda district). Sky was clear but didn't find the crescent anywhere.  Source: Moonsighting

Sources:

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


Ramadan Questions

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Comunità dei Musulmani della Liguria on June 16 2015: asalam alykum, I would like to know why is your salat timing (salat- isha’) different from islamicfinder. wassalam
Dear Friends,

Walaikum Assalam!

It is because we found that most sites give inaccurate prayer times that we undertook - with the help of Syed Khalid Shaukat of www.moonsighting.com.to calculate and publish on our respective sites very accurate prayer times for all countries in the world, and specially for higher latitudes. We invite you to read our introduction to prayer times on our site on the following link: prayer times introduction. We have described in detail how we calculate accurate prayer times. If you have any questions after reading our introduction then please feel free to write to us.

Ramadan Mubarak to all friends in Liguria from the Makkah Calendar Team



Verena Laamouri on June 15 2015: salam aleykum wa rahmatullah. please I need an important information:is it permitted to follow makkah prayer times even living in europe? thanks in advance for your opinion. amal,switzerland
Salam,

Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.It is not permitted to follow Makkah prayer times living in Europe. We request you to consult our well detailed prayer times introduction to get more details.

Prayer times on our website are very accurate, even for higher latitudes. We request you to get prayer times for your location by clicking Prayer Times

Ramadan Mubarak in advance!

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team


Gaksilyk on May 16 2015: Assalam alaikum, I am on your website for the first time ask the question: New Moon in June 2015 - June 16. Why is the beginning of Ramadan does not coincide with the new moon? Everywhere designated: the beginning of Lent on 18 June 2015.
Dear Brother,

You are asking us why Ramadan does not begin with the birth of the new moon on 16th June. No Islamic month can begin with the actual birth of the new moon, or with conjunction, as we say in astronomical terms. For the Islamic month to begin, the new moon has to be visible with the naked eye. In any given place this is possible only many hours after conjunction, say ten to twelve hours. There is enough separation then between the disk of the new moon and the sun, so that the new moon can be seen.

In the present case, the new moon can be seen no where on earth on 16th June, so Ramadan can begin nowhere on 17th June. It can only begin on 18th June because on the evening of 17th June, it will be visible everywhere on earth. We invite you to read our introduction to Ramadan 2015 to understand this more fully.

Hoping to have given you satisfaction with our reply,

Sincerely yours,
The Makkah Calendar Team

Ramadan 1436 country list


Below is the list of countries where Ramadan 1436 (2015) can start on 18th June 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 [44]

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • East Timor
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakstan
  • Korea, South
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russian Federation
  • 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 [15]

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