Hilal Statement: Shawwaal, 1433AHIn: TAIA (Team for Advice on Issues of Astronomy)
The next new moon occurs on Friday 17th August, 2012, at 16:54 BST. On this day it cannot be seen anywhere in the world by an unaided eye. On Saturday, 18th August, 2012, it can easily be seen in Southern Africa, Central and South America. On Sunday, 19th August, 2012, it can be seen in Europe and the rest of the world.
A rationale for the beginning of Shawwaal, 1433AH, has been agreed by Hilal Advisory Team of the Council of European Jamats and has been forwarded to Najaf for guidance from His Eminence Ayatullah ul-Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him). Depending on guidance from Najaf, we will publish a statement either on Saturday, 18th August, 2012, or on Sunday, 19th August, 2012, after Maghribayn.
For the Muqallideen of Ayatullah ul Uzama Syed Sistani (May Allah Protect him) expect 1st Shawwaal, 1433AH, to be on Monday, 20th August, 2012.
For the Muqallideen of Marhum Ayatullah Al-Khoe (May Allah Elevate his status), 1st Shawwaal, 1433AH, will be on Sunday, 19th August, 2012.