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Moon sighting report of Mahe Zilhajj 1434 Hijri

The Zilhajj moon sighting report, declared by The Saudi Press agency has caused confusion around the globe this year. Saudi authorities have claimed of moon sighting in the evening, on 5th Oct, 2013.But astronomically it was impossible to see even in the clear sky. Analyzing the sighting data we get the following result.

Sighting report on 5th Oct, 2013


Values found in Makkah Shareef

Values were required to see the moon

Moon’s Age

15 hours 40 minutes

17 Hours above

Moon’s Altitude

1° 53 ‘



07° 14’


Lag Time (Difference between sunset and moonset)

15 minutes

42 Minutes

The values of the criteria automatically prove that the moon was not sighted in the horizon of Saudi Arabia. In support of our information we can provide the sighting report of Saudi astronomer Saleh al-sab which was sent to ICOP (Islamic crescent Observation Project)
"Not Seen: ICOP member Mr. Saleh Al-Saab from Al bosor Near Buraydah City in Algasseem 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."

Moon sighting is an important issue in Islam. The most compassionate Allah Pak declares in Kalamullah Shareef that “they ask you (Ya Rasul Swall-Allahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) about the new crescent. Say: they are signs to mark fixed periods of time for mankind and for the pilgrimage”. (Suratul Baqarah, 189).

Akhiri Rasul, Habibullah, Huzur-Pak Swall-Allahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam has ordered us to start the month after seeing the crescent in naked eyes (without any optical reinforcement).

But every month we face a chaos to start Islamic month on the basis of actual sighting. Someone likes to follow blindly Saudi Arabia whereas someone believes in local sighting.

In Hadis Shareef, Saiyeedul Mursaleen Imamul Mursaleen Khwatamun Nabiyeen, Noor-i-Mujassam, Habibullah Huzur-i-Pak Sallallahu 'alaihi wa Sallam ordered, “Start fasting at the sight of the crescent and also discontinue after sighting the next, but if the sky remains cloudy obscuring the moon then complete the number of thirty.” (Bukhari Shareef).
And Allah Pak declared “Of course Nasi or shifting month forward or backward, increases the Kufri” (Surah Tauba) that means shifting forward or backward is extreme Kufri and Haraam, which is now practiced by many governments as well as Saudi Arab.

Few words about “Majlisu Ruiatil Hilal”:

“Majlisu Ruiatil Hilal” is a moon sighting committee established in the month of Zilhajj,1427 Hijri, by the guideline of Mujaddidu A’aazam, Imamul Aimmah, Muhyus-Sunnah, Kutubul ‘Aalam, Awladur-Rasool, Saiyeeduna, Imam of Rajarbag Shareef Mamduh Hazrat Murshid ‘Qibla Mudda Zilluhul ‘Aalee.

Majlisu Ruiatil Hilal is functioning as a national moon sighting committee since January, 2007 but to gather information about the crescent observations to start Islamic month throughout the world, Majlisu Ruiatil Hilal wants to extend their activities.

Any individual or organization can participate in this committee. Membership is open to all regardless of gender, location and nationality. But we encourage only Sunni Muslims for sending their sighting reports which are not done by any optical aid.

Our Objectives:

To inform people around the world of the first day of every Islamic month so that they can perform rituals accurately that is related to that month.

We also want to inform people about the true beliefs and real teachings of Islam.

Your Duty:

All members are requested to provide us crescent sighting report at the first hour (beginning) of every Islamic month.

To know the right answer of a Shariah related issue, you can ask different questions to dailyalihsan@gmail.com and you are also welcome to visit www.al-ihsan.net.

How to do it:
  • Find a westerly facing spot with a clear view of the horizon.
  • Wait for the sun to set, and then look for the crescent.
  • Use only your bare eyes. Don’t use binocular and telescope. (If you want to locate the crescent then it is allowed but make sure you see the crescent by the bare eyes.)
  • Make sure you see the crescent, not any cloud or vapor trail.
  • Make a note, where you were, the date and time of your observation, the weather condition and how many people were with you.
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