Hilal Update: Muharram 1431AHIn: TAIA (Team for Advice on Issues of Astronomy)
The following data has been recorded by moonsighting.com from regions around the world, where sighting conditions were actually more favourable than the UK.
Australia (majority of Australia falls in the region where an Optical Aid would be needed to find the crescent. However, according to some astronomers, it could be seen with an Optical Aid, and may be seen with the naked eye.)
Not Seen: Engr Manzoor A Mian (MCW member) from Melbourne
Not Seen: Zahid Hafeez (MCW member) from Canberra, Australia
Not Seen: Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (MCW member) Imam of Rooty Hill Mosque Sydney After the confirmation that no one has sighted the moon in any state, the Moonsighting Committee and Majlisul Ulamaa’ of Australia have hence declared that the month of Muharramul Haram 1431 will commence from Saturday, 19th December 2009.
Bangladesh (the same applies as Australia.)
Not Seen: ABM Ruhul Hassan (MCW member) from Dhaka
Indonesia (more favorable than Australia and Bangladesh as according to some astronomers, the crescent can be visible by naked eye if conditions are perfect.)
Not Seen: AR Sugeng Riyadi (MCW member) from Surakarta, Java
Iran (this region is similar to Australia and Bangladesh; AND the crescent as predicted by astronomers, could be seen with an Optical Aid. Unfortunately, this observer who has many years of experience in moonsighting was unable to see the crescent with the naked eye.)
Seen w/Binoculars: Alireza Mehrani (MCW member) from Sofeh Mount, Esfahan
Jordan (the same applies as Iran)
Not Seen: Ahmad Abu Zaid (MCW member) from Amman
Pakistan (same as Australia and Bangladesh)
Not Seen: Muhammad Yousuf Rajput (MCW member) from Bahawalpur
Not Seen: Sultan Alam (MCW member) from Karachi reported: Today, on my request, nearly 300 persons (members of the moon-sighting committees of our institute “JAMIA-TUR-RASHEED” + my friends + their companions) tried to sight the moon all over Pakistan at more than 30 places but the moon could not be sighted. Weather was clear at many places especially in Karachi & western-most areas of Pakistan. Chairman of central official moon-sighting committee of Pakistan “Mufti Munee-bur-Rahman” told me on my mobile phone that as he did not receive any positive report of moon sighting from all over Pakistan, therefore he has officially announced that Friday 18 December 2009 is the 30th Zulhijjah and 1st Muharram 1431 will fall on Saturday 19 December 2009.
Sri Lanka (as per Indonesia mentioned above)
Not Seen: Nular Bary (MCW member) from Colombo
United Arab Emirates (as per Indonesia and Sri Lanka, where the crescent should be visible if conditions were perfect)
Not Seen: Jafor Abu Saleh (MCW member) from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
In view of the reports above and according to our discussions with experts of pre-sunset sightings, we have not been able to achieve the reasonable certainty (Itmi’naan) required that the crescent in the UK could be seen either before sunset or at sunset.
The Executive Committee (EC) of The KSIMC of London