Did anyone try to see the moon locally in USA?
As salaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
Wondering if anyone had the opportunity to go and see the moon either yesterday or tonight before maghrib.
A brother and I went to a high location to try to spot the moon yesterday but were not able to see it. QadarAllah (It was the decree of Allah)
The local community here in Groton CT goes by the calculation method so they had already announced the ‘Eid will be today, Tuesday August 30, 2011.
Another brother informed me that the moon was sighted in Chili around 1am EST in South America. However, seems like it was a single occurrence and hence it was not given weight due to lack of other reports.
But today when we went to see the moon before maghrib, we were able to see it alhamdulillah with the naked eye. I had two other witnesses who also saw the moon with me and it was clearly the first day of the lunar month. The time was around 7:38 EST when we saw the moon. It looked exactly like it is shown in the chart below for the first of the lunar month.
The chart below confirms that the new moon will be sighted in the Northern Hemisphere today, August 30, 2011.
Here are some pictures I took with my phone but you can not see the moon in here. It was hard enough to see with the naked eye so its not visible in the pictures.
Here is a raw picture…..
Conclusion: I have decided, along with the 2 other brothers who saw the moon, that we will make up the day inshaAllah because we clearly made ‘Eid one day in advance. This was clear from the shape of the moon that we saw before Maghrib time, Tuesday, August 30 2011.
Comments are welcome on the issue.