Assalamu alaikum, I suppose I need to start my “moon bits” posts again. So what better time to start them than, well, now…
And again, there is a difference between various sites regarding moon sighting. Note the below from http://www.islamicmoon.com.
Visibility alert: The observers in N. America will NOT be able to see a crescent moon in the evening of Feb. 10 (Sunday) as the age (15-18 hours), angle (10-11
degrees), altitude (8-11 degrees), and lag (39-50 minutes) is on the very margin. The earliest visibility may start from Hawaii in the evening of Feb. 10.
However, via CrescentWatch:
Crescentwatch has confirmed reliable reports of the new crescent moon (hilal) being sighted on Sunday evening (Feb. 10th) by reliable moon-sighters in San Jose and Hayward, California. (See image to the right.) This marks the end of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal and the beginning of the month of Rabi al-Thani, with its first day occuring on Monday, Feb. 11th.
So hmmm. I checked http://www.islamicmoon.com to see if they’d updated their site since I checked them this morning, and it seems they have not.
I have to say, though, that I really have a problem with people saying one way or the other “the moon won’t be” or “the moon will be” sighted on a particular day. I mean, we can say “maybe it won’t be”, or “maybe it will be”. But the first sight just up and said, “hey you won’t be able to see the moon on this certain day” full stop. And I’d like to know how is that different, then, I don’t know, calculating and then months in advance going and declaring the start of a given month without even sighting the moon? I’m just sayin’. Sure can make things confusing when it seems even the “actually going out and sighting the moon” crowd doesn’t even agree, within the same country/region, on when a month is supposed to begin.
However I’m not confused lol. I’m just sayin’, there was a point in my life when this sorta thing would have confused me. And would have given me no end of grief. But I like CrescentWatch’s approach, the IslamicMoon.com sight has an air of self-righteousness about it that I’ve never quite felt comfortable with.