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Ramadan 2018 / Ramadan 1439 Date

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Ramadan 2018

When does Ramadan 2018 Begin?


We are very glad to announce that Ramadan 2018 / 1439 will start on Wednesday, 16th May in North, Central and South America, as well as in a few countries of Africa and in French Polynesia. All the other parts of the world, mainly the majority of the countries in Africa and Oceania, all of Europe and Asia will start Ramadan on the next day, 17th May 2018, Insha Allah! Kindly see below the list of countries arranged as per the start date of Ramadan to get a better idea.

Please check the new moon visibility prediction for Ramadan 2018. The astronomical New Moon is born on Tuesday, May 15 at 11:47 UT. As is evident from the curve, except for French Polynesia and part of the Western Pacific, direct visibility of the new moon is not possible in most parts of the world. However, the direct visibility in Polynesia can be extended to the North, Central and South America as well as to some countries of Africa. Hence, based on the concept of the extension of the zone of the visibility, these countries can start Ramadan on Wednesday, 16th May 2018. Those who would like to get a better understanding about the concept of the extension of the zone of the visibility, are requested to read our Introduction to the Islamic calendar.

We now invite you to review the visibility curve for the next day, 16th May 2018. Most of the world is either in a green zone or a blue zone. This means, that all the remaining countries, comprising the majority of Africa and Oceania, all of Europe and Asia can start the Ramadan 2018 fasting on 17th May 2018, Insha Allah!

Those who would like to get more details about why Ramadan 2018 can start on 16th May in some countries and on 17th in other countries, are requested to read our introduction to the Islamic Calendar. They can also find answers concerning the questions about the concept of the extension of the zone of the visibility by reading the introduction.

On 15th May 2018, Tuesday and on 16th May, Wednesday, we will publish Ramadan 1439 live moon sighting reports along with photographs on this page of our website. Those reports will be sourced from moonsighting.com, icop.org and also from our astronomer friends around the globe. Thus, we invite you to visit our site towards the beginning of Ramadan in order to get updates about crescent sighting. We will also publish live crescent sighting reports on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, so please follow / like us on our social media account as well.

On the very auspicious day of Eid al-Fitr 2018, we will release country specific Islamic calendars for Hijri year 1440 and also for the Gregorian year 2019. So please keep visiting our site during the whole Ramadan month.

If you are not clear about our announcement of if you need additional information, please feel free to write to us on [email protected]

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

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A dozen countries have started the Ramadan fasting already on 16th May 2018. These are, to be precise: Angola, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Ireland, Kosovo, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Niger, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey.

In Istanbul, in Turkey, for example, the faithful have prayed Subh the morning of 16th May at 04:04 h in local time. It so happens that one of the earliest possibilities of seeing the new moon is at Papeete, in French Polynesia, on 15th May at 17:51 h, still in local time. Now, when it is 15th May 17:51 h in Papeete, it is already 16th May 06:51 h in Istanbul. Which means close to three hours after the time for praying Subh!

Amiably, we draw the attention of Muslims to the fact that such practice is forbidden in Islam. As proof, we cite the two following Hadiths and a verse from the Koran. 1st Hadith reported by Attarmidi: “Ibn Yasser has said: “Whosoever fasts on the day of doubt has disobeyed Abu El Kassim – that is to say the Prophet – on him salvation and benediction”. 2nd Hadith, reported by El Boukhari: “The Prophet – PBUH – has said, according to Abu Hurayra: “Do not precipitate Ramadan by fasting during the day, or the two days, that precede it.” Thirdly – the verse from the Koran – Surah 5, Verse 92: “Obey God! Obey the Messenger! Take heed!”

Such is the Religious Truth! Such is scientific Truth!

New Ramadan 2018 moon sighting Reports - 16th May 2018


Ramadan 2018 moon sighting reports - 16th May There are very good chances of crescent visibility in most part of the world today, 16th May 2018. We will publish sighting reports as soon as we get them. Kindly see our Ramadan announcement for more details.













LIVE! Crescent Sighting Reports - 16th May 2018


Sighting Reports without Crescent Photos

Australia:

1. MCW member Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW - Seen

MCW member Mr Abbas Aly from Annangrove NSW reported: The moon for the Holy month of Ramadhan has been sighted in Bathurst NSW Canberra, Brisbane and various other parts.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Brisbane City in Queensland State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Taymour Nabulsi from Brisbane City in Queensland State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, 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

3. MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW - Seen

MCW member Mr Moussa Khalife from Sydney, NSW reported: Today is Wednesday 16th of may 2018 , we have sighted the moon in sydney Australia at 5:38 pm. We were group of 4 people seen the crescent for 4 min by binoculars only. The weather was cloudy and it was really hard to see the moon for very short time.  Source: Moonsighting

4. MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW - Seen

MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: We were group of 4 people seen the crescent for 4 min by binoculars only. The weather was cloudy and it was really hard to see the moon for very short time.  Source: Moonsighting

5. MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW - Seen

MCW member Dr Shabbir Ahmed, President of Qubaa association of Western Sydney, NSW reported: Today, the 16th of May 2018, the Hilaal of RAMADAAN UL MUBAARAK – 1439 has been sighted in Brisbane.  Source: Moonsighting


Bangladesh:

1. MCW member Engr. Azizul Huq from Dhaka - Not Seen

MCW member Engr. Azizul Huq from Dhaka reported: I tried to see the Crescent moon personally after Magrib prayer from roof top but couldn’t reach home in time as was on traffic jam. Bangladesh Television announced that Ramadan moon was not visible at Bangladesh sky but the sky was clear.  Source: Moonsighting

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

ICOP member Mr. ABM Ruhul Hassan from Dhaka City in Dhaka 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

Mr. ABM Ruhul Hassan said: "The sky was cloudy all over the country and the crescent was not seen. "  Source: ICOP


Barbados:

1. MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown - Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammed Patel from Bridgetown reported: Mohammed Patel reporting from Jama Masjid in Bridgetown, Barbados for today, Wednesday 16th May, 2018. Crescent SEEN at approximately 6:15 p.m. local time .Orientation 3 o'clock to 7 o'clock.  Source: Moonsighting


Chile:

1. MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique - Seen

MCW member Mr Muhammad Sohail from Iquique reported: In chile the moon of Ramadan seen in Arica.  Source: Moonsighting


Ghana:

1. MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku - Seen

MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The crescent for Ramadan 1439/2018 has been sighted in Garu in the Upper East Region of Ghana today Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 18:40 local time. I saw the moon alongside my friends at the ASWAJ mosque here in Garu.  Source: Moonsighting

2. MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale - Seen

MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort; Wednesday May 16, 2018. Sighting location, Gambaga. I sighted the crescent by myself in this location while standing behind the Municipal Agric. Office. It was around 18:45 soon after Magrib Prayers. Clouds kept shielding the crescent intermittently but I was lucky to get two witnesses (Mahamadu Saiid from Nabaandaan-yiri Telephone: 0551945296, and Issifu Ibrahim of Mooga-yiri). I also confirmed from my friend Inusah Musah and his sister Hibatu in Bawku who also saw the crescent over there. Other towns like Kumasi and Accra have also been confirmed to have seen the crescent. Ramadan Mubaarak.  Source: Moonsighting


Guyana:

1. MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Rose Hall Town, Berbice - Seen

MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Rose Hall Town, Berbice reported: As expected the Hilaal for Ramadan was seen after sunset on Wednesday 16 May, 2018 by the members of Rose Hall Town Masjid. Due to rain/rainy clouds the entire day in Queens, New York on Wednesday 16 May, 2018 Hilaal observation was made impossible.  Source: Moonsighting


Hungary:

1. Dr. M. Al-Majari from M6 City in Tolna State - Seen

ICOP member Dr. M. Al-Majari from M6 City in Tolna 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


India:

1. MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi - Seen

MCW member Mr Yusuf Idara from New Delhi reported: Today Friday 16-05-2018 = 29-Sha‘ban-1439 Hijri. i tried to see the moon at my home from 07:10 pm to 07:40 pm the moon was not sighted because the horizon was too cloudy.  Source: Moonsighting

2.MCW member Mr Mohammed Mohsin Khan from Mumbai - Seen

MCW member Mr Mohammed Mohsin Khan from Mumbai reported: Today Wednesday 16 May 2018 / 29 Shabaan 1439 in India. Here in Mumbai Sunset was at 07:06 p.m LT and Moonset was at 08:06 pm LT but Crescent has not been sighted in Mumbai and in most parts of India , Moon-Sighting Committee have officially announced at 08:20 p.m L.T that in India.  Source: Moonsighting


Indonesia:

1. MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory in Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java - Seen

MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Rowasiya Observatory in Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten Central Java reported: The New (Waxing) Crescent of Ramadhan 1439 AH was NOT SEEN on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten and Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo, Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy. The new crescent was sighted by Mr. Rasywan from IAIN Bone, mr. Raja Muda from STIBA Makassar and mr. Hendro Setyanto from Pondok Bali Subang West Java.  Source: Moonsighting

2. 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 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging

Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The New (Waxing) Crescent of Ramadhan 1439 AH was NOT SEEN on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 from Rowasiya Observatory at Bendo Ketitang Juwiring Klaten and Assalaam Observatory at The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo, Central Java Indonesia. The sky was totally cloudy.

The new crescent was sighted by Mr. Rasywan from IAIN Bone, mr. Raja Muda from STIBA Makassar, mr. Hendro Setyanto from Pondok Bali Subang and Team.of LAPAN from Sumedang West Java.  Source: Moonsighting


Iran:

1. Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan 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

2. Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Khorusgelu City in Isfahan State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Khorusgelu City in Isfahan State mentioned that the sky was partly cloudy, the atmospheric condition was clear, 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

Mr. Hossein Janghorbani said: "In the name of God
Ramadan Crescent Observation Report
The Astronomy and Geophysics Center of Shahreza – The Crescent Association of Shahreza
Report by: Hossein Janghorbani (Najmosepehr-Sadrolmonajjemin) – Manager of Shahreza Crescent Association and Red Crescent’s Astronomy and Geophysics Center
Date: Wedensday, 05/16/2018
Location: 40 kilometers far from shahreza to Semirom called khorusgelu (latitude: 31° 38' N, longitude: 51° 42' E, elevation: 2581 m from sea level, time zone: +4.5 GMT)
Equipments: One sets of 15*70 binoculars , One compass.
Atmospheric condition: partly cloudy.
Horizon obstacles: 1.5°
Apparent sunset: 19:46
Results: Moon crescent was seen by 15*70 binoculars and by naked eye by Hossein Janghorbani at 19:54, for the first time. Other group members observed crescent by binoculars and by naked eye subsequently. Observers:
1.Kamran Sakhaee 2.Daryush Mirzaee 3.Hossein Janghorbani "  Source: ICOP

3. Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hossein Janghorbani from Shahreza City in Isfahan 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


Iraq:

1. Mr. Hasan AlSaaedi from مدينة الصدر City in بغداد State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Hasan AlSaaedi from مدينة الصدر City in بغداد State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, the crescent was seen by naked eye, the crescent was not sought by binocular, the crescent was not sought by telescope.  Source: ICOP


Kenya:

1. MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa - Seen

MCW member Mr Ali Mohamed from Mombasa reported: Today Wednesday 16th May 2018 after Maghrib Prayer, Mombasa Kenya. I myself and many others have seen the new moon of Ramadhan 1439.  Source: Moonsighting


Mauritius:

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

MCW member Mr Nissar Ahmad Ramtoola from Port Louis reported: Alhamdulillah New Moon of Ramadan has been sighted tonight Wednesday 16 May 2018 in different localities in Mauritius.  Source: Moonsighting


Morocco:

1. MCW member Mr Khalid Chraibi from Casablanca - Seen

MCW member Mr Khalid Chraibi from Casablanca reported: I am pleased to inform you that the Moroccan authorities have just announced that the new moon was observed this wednesday evening.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr. Walid Fedi from تاوريرت City in تاوريرت State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Walid Fedi from تاوريرت City in تاوريرت State mentioned that the sky was totally 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 sought by telescope  Source: ICOP

3. Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in الشرق State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in الشرق 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. Abdessamad Doukkane said: "رصدت جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر هلال رمضان مع مندوبية الاوقاف للشؤون الاسلامية بالناضور من صومعة المسجد الكبير بحي المطار وتعذرت الرؤية بمدن الجهة الشرقية نظرا للغيوم الكثيفة. وتلقت الجمعية هذه الصورة من الداخلة للأستاذ عبد الهادي أقرندو وأعلنت وزارة الأوقاف والشؤون الاسلامية أن غذا أول أيام شهر رمضان"  Source: ICOP


New Zealand:

1. MCW member Dr Wajid Hussain from Palmerston North - Seen

MCW member Dr Wajid Hussain from Palmerston North reported: On May 16, Wednesday, the moon has been sighted in New Zealand.  Source: Moonsighting

2. MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Abid Jafery from Auckland reported: The new crescent of Ramadhan 1439 Hijri was not sighted today on Wednesday 17th May 2018 from any regions of New Zealand, it has been cloudy weather with no clear sky at Sunset and no sighting reported from our sources of NZ and Fiji, JazakAllah.  Source: Moonsighting


Nigeria:

1. MCW member Dr Ismaila I. Ahmed from Osi, Kwara State - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Ismaila I. Ahmed from Osi, Kwara State reported: The Hilal of Ramandhan was though not sighted tonight, 16/05/2018 at Ilorin, Kwara state, Nigeria probably due to cloudy weather condition in the locality. However, announcement was broacasted, by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Head of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, on the sighting of the month of Ramadhan in many states of Nigeria.  Source: Moonsighting


South Africa:

1. MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban - Seen

MCW member Mr Rashid Motala from Durban reported: On the evening of Wednesday 16th May 2018, the Hilaal WAS sighted in South Africa.  Source: Moonsighting

2. MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town - Seen

MCW member Dr Abdurrazak Ebrahim from Cape Town reported: The Ramadaan 1439 H Hilaal was easily visible by naked-eye from my residence in the Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve, approx.. 25 km SE of Cape Town this Wednesday evening (16/May/2018 and the end of 29 Shabaan 1438 H). Time of first sighting: 18h10m, just after local Maghrib.  Source: Moonsighting

3. 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


Sri Lanka:

1. MCW member Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Suhail Patel from Colombo reported: Crescent for the month of Ramazan was not sighted anywhere in Sri Lanka due to bad weather.  Source: Moonsighting

2. MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Nular Bary from Colombo reported: Today 29th. Sha'ban 1439 H (16/05/2018) raining evening the Colombo western sky was cloudy, the new Moon of Ramadan was not sighted anywhere in country as it was raining evening in entire country, no positive sighting was reported to The Colombo Grand Mosque Hillal Committee, till 8 pm.  Source: Moonsighting


Saudi Arabia:

1. Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Almadina State - Seen

ICOP member Mr. Turki Alamri from Sewerqia City in Almadina State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was 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 seen by CCD Imaging

Mr. Turki Alamri said: "I had a hazy sky this morning during my crescent observation from my own observatory
AOD for 540 nm was 0.3
i used a 685nm filter
i had to wait until the crescent reached 30 deg altitude
to become more clear "  Source: ICOP


Tanzania:

1. MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar - Seen

MCW member Mr Hamza Rijal from Tiny Island of Zanzibar reported: The new moon for Ramadhan 1439AH was sighted in number of places in tiny island of Zanzibar even though the condition was hazy.  Source: Moonsighting


UK:

1. MCW member Mrs Jamilah Amal from Liverpool - Seen

MCW member Mrs Jamilah Amal from Liverpool reported: Sighted hilal for ramandan this evening at approximately 9:26, in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Orientation was from 1 o’clock to 7 o’clock. Horizon was quite cloudy but crescent appeared just above clouds in order to be seen by naked eye.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Zayd DePaor from Birkshire - Seen

Mr Zayd DePaor from Birkshire reported: I have sighted the moon for perhaps 10 minutes at about 5-8 degrees above the horizon...through 10x50 Binoculars and Photographed and filmed it with a Panasonic SDR-S50 camera. 16th May 2018 about 15 minutes after sunset, at Jubilee River/Dorney Wetlands Berkshire, UK a few miles west of London.  Source: Moonsighting


USA:

1. MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX - Seen

MCW member Mr Khalil Homafar from Houston TX reported: On Wednesday May 16th 2018, the Crescent was sighted by me in Houston Texas at 8:12 pm. The sky was clear. The crescent horn in clockwise direction was from almost 2 to 8.  Source: Moonsighting


New Ramadan 2018 moon sighting Reports - 15th May 2018


Ramadan 2018 moon sighting reports - 15th May As can be seen in the visibility curve, today, 15th May, most of the world is in black zone. As is evident from the curve, except for French Polynesia and part of the Western Pacific, direct visibility of the new moon is not possible in most parts of the world. We will publish live moon sighting reports on this page as well as our social media accounts today and tomorrow. Kindly read our Ramadan announcement above for to get more details about start of the Ramadan 2018.

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LIVE! Crescent Sighting Reports - 15th May 2018


Sighting Reports without Crescent Photos

Canada:

1. MCW member Mr S. Shahid from Mississauga, ONTARIO - Not Seen

MCW member Mr S. Shahid from Mississauga, ONTARIO reported: A group of 9 members from our local Masjid (Meadowvale Islamic Centre) including our Imam attempted to sight the moon this evening between 8.30-8.55PM until moonset time.  Source: Moonsighting


French Polynesia:

1. Roland from French Polynesia - Not Seen

Roland from French Polynesia reported: I am very sorry, but my observation of the crescent Moon could not be completed, the sky was clear, except for clouds hiding the horizon, about a height of 15 degrees, the moon was certainly behind these clouds, which are still there, this often happens in the tropics area I am deeply sorry and I had two observers with me to help me  Source: MakkahCalendar


Ghana:

1. MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Baba Abdulai from Tamale reported: Date of sighting effort, Tuesday May 15, 2018. Sighting location, Gambaga. The crescent was NOT sighted in this location. Time of sighting effort was between 18:05 to 18:22 and a little beyond. Sky condition was a little cloudy in the western horizon. With only about 6 and half hours after conjunction, I did not expect to see the crescent.  Source: Moonsighting

2.MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Malik Salifu Shaban from Garu Bawku reported: The hilaal for Ramadan 1439, 2018 has not been sighted here in Garu in the Upper East Region of Ghana today, Monday 15th May 2018 which is 29th day of Sha'ban. The sky was clear, sighting efforts were made starting from 18:20 local time but no sign of new moon from all neighbouring villages and towns around Garu and on live radio programme. I also called friends from Kumasi and Accra but no moon can be seen in Ghana today.  Source: Moonsighting


Guyana:

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

MCW member Dr Muhammad Hafiz from Rose Hall Town, Berbice reported: The members of Rose Hall Town Masjid tried to observe the Hilaal today May 15, 2018 after sunset. No Hilaal was observed, hence the 1st day of fasting for Ramadan in Guyana will be on Thursday 17, 2018. I tried to observe the Hilaal in Queens, New York today May 15, 2018 after sunset. Due to clouds on the horizon and a rainstorm observation was made impossible.  Source: Moonsighting


India:

1. Mr Rasheed Usman from Kerala, India - Not Seen

Mr Rasheed Usman from Kerala, India reported: Ramadan 1 is declared as on Thursday by completing Sha'aban 30 as no sighting took place anywhere in the State.  Source: Moonsighting


Indonesia:

1. MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory - Not Seen

MCW member Mr AR Sugeng Riyadi from Assalaam Observatory (The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo, Central Java Indonesia) reported: The New (Waxing) Crescent of Ramadhan 1439 A.H was NOT SEEN on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. This event was attend by CASA members, Students of HMJ Ilmu Falak Walisongo Islamic State University Semarang, Students of Isy Karima, Head of HAAS, Team of Gara Syariah Sukoharjo, Surakarta, Boyolali, and Moslems from over Solo Raya.  Source: Moonsighting

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

Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi from Surakarta City in Central Java 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 seen by telescope, the crescent was not sought by CCD Imaging

Mr. AR Sugeng Riyadi said: "The New (Waxing) Crescent of Ramadhan 1439 A.H was NOT SEEN on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 from Assalaam Observatory, The Modern Boarding School of Islam ASSALAAM, Pabelan Kartasura Sukoharjo, Central Java Indonesia.

This event was attend by CASA members, Students of HMJ Ilmu Falak Walisongo Islamic State University Semarang, Students of Isy Karima, Head of HAAS, Team of Gara Syariah Sukoharjo, Surakarta, Boyolali, and Moslems from over Solo Raya.  Source: ICOP


Libya:

1. MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Nuri Alfasi reported: The Ifta authority of Libya in the capital Tripoli made an official announcement that the moon crescent was not seen in Libya.  Source: Moonsighting


Morocco:

1. Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in الشرق State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. Abdessamad Doukkane from الناظور City in الشرق State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, 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. Abdessamad Doukkane said: "جمعية المبادرة المغربية للعلوم والفكر:صور مراقبة جهة الغرب بالناضور لحظة غروب القمر عند الساعة 19:13 بالتوقيت المحلي, وسوف تشارك الجمعية غذا في مراقبة هلال رمضان مع المندوبية الاقليمية لوزارة الأوقاف والشؤون الاسلامية بالناضور فوق صومعة المسجد الكبير بحي المطار"  Source: ICOP


Philippines:

1. MCW member Mr Shaykh Amir from Quezon City - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Shaykh Amir from Quezon City reported: The Moon was not seen here even with clear sky, across the country and other neighboring Asian Countries.  Source: Moonsighting


Saudi Arabia:

1. MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha - Not Seen

MCW member Dr Ayyub Patel from Abha reported: On May 15, Sighting was attempted by binoculars and naked eye at 6.30 to 7pm local time Abha KS. We report no sighting for 15th May 2018.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Ms. Ruba Alghamdi from الباحة City in الباحة State - Not Seen

ICOP member Ms. Ruba Alghamdi from الباحة City in الباحة State mentioned that the sky was clear, the atmospheric condition was superb, 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


Tunisia:

1. Mr. AlTayyeb AlSahili from حمام الأنف City in بن عروس State - Not Seen

ICOP member Mr. AlTayyeb AlSahili from حمام الأنف City in بن عروس 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


USA:

1. Dr. Ahmad Salamah (a retiree scientists of Jet Propulsion Lab. in California) from Fullerton CA - Seen

Dr. Ahmad Salamah (a retiree scientists of Jet Propulsion Lab. in California) from Fullerton CA reported: On May 15, 2018 (Tuesday), I and three other persons saw the Hilal using binocular/telescope. It was a difficult sighting.  Source: Moonsighting

2. Mr Mohammed Shaikh from Garland TX - Not Seen

Mr Mohammed Shaikh from Garland TX reported: The moon for the month of Ramadhan was not sighted in Garland, TX on May 15, 2018. Sighting attempts were made between 20:15 and 20:25 CT. Majority of DFW Metroplex is awaiting sighting reports from the west.  Source: Moonsighting

3. MMCW member Hamid Quraishi, Imam Islamic Center of Winona (ICW) MN - Not Seen

MCW member Hamid Quraishi, Imam Islamic Center of Winona (ICW) MN reported: On May 15, 2018, in Winona, MN, USA, the crescent of Ramadan 1439, was not visible with naked eye due to scattered cloudy condition.  Source: Moonsighting

4. MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Anaheim Hills CA - Not Seen

MCW member Mr Mirza Shahid Basravi from Anaheim Hills CA reported: On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, I went to my favorite spot in Anaheim Hills, well before sunset, which was at 19:44.. I set up my tripod, camera, and chair. I was also armed with two binoculars. The sky conditions on the western horizon was perfect. I was at that spot till after moonset, 20:10. However, I could not see the new crescent.  Source: Moonsighting


Sources:

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


Ramadan 2018/1439 country list


Below is the list of countries where Ramadan 2018 (1439) can start on 16th May 2018.

Africa [15]

North and Central America [23]

Oceania [1]

South America [12]

Africa [15]

  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cape Verde
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Togo

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

Oceania [1]

  • French Polynesia

South America [12]

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


Below is the list of countries where Ramadan 2018 (1439) can start on 17th May 2018.

Africa [39]

Asia [50]

Europe [48]

Oceania [14]

Africa [39]

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Asia [50]

  • Afghanistan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • East Timor
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • South Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Russia (Central)
  • China (Eastern)
  • Russia (Eastern)
  • Makkah/Saudi Arabia
  • China (Western)
  • Russia (Western)

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

Oceania [14]

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