Welcome to CrescentWatch Australia, the official website for the Australian National Crescent Sighting Coordination Centre (ANCSCC)! This website will provide Muslim Australians with access to monthly crescent sighting results covering all regions of Australia. The website will also be an online resource for data, information and guidance, which will help understand the obligatory nature of crescent sighting every month to establish the Islamic Lunar Calendar.
Muharram 1436 Sighting Information
The topocentric New Moon Conjunction for the lunar month of Muharram will occur on Friday, the 24th of October 2014, at 07:52 AEDT (7:52am Sydney time). The correct date to observe the crescent of Muharram is upon sunset of Friday, the 24th of October, 2014. Read More»
Ramadhan Moonsighting in the Age Newspaper
Last evening more than 70 teams around Australia took up the task. Australian National Crescent Sighting Co-ordination Centre head Farah Jan Mohamed, who led the Sydney team, had just over an hour.
Official ANCSCC Statement
The Islamic Law has a clear methodology for determining the beginning of the lunar month for devotional purposes. Every month is to commence upon the initial physical sighting of the waxing crescent moon on the western horizon of the evening sky after sunset. The method for beginning the month of Ramadhan is no exception as the Messenger of Allah clearly said,“Begin your fast upon sighting [the crescent moon] and end your fast upon sighting [the subsequent crescent].” The four schools of Sunni Islam hold that this is an unambiguous, clear textual proof that is not open to subsequent interpretation.
ANCSCC adheres to this Prophetic methodology. With the assistance of an experienced international team of crescent observers, we endeavour to share with the Muslim community information concerning the beginning of the lunar months, with special attention paid to the months of Ramadhan, Shawwal, and Dhul Hijja. God willing, we will continue to provide this service to the Australian Muslim community.