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Lunar Visibility Alert:
Rabi I 1434 Hilal will be visible in N. America in the evening of Sat. Jan. 12, 2013 making Jan. 24 the date of Maulid al-Nabi. The earliest visibility will start from somewhere in Arabian Sea, east of Saudi Arabia/Yemen. From Australia to India and central Asia the moon will be seen next evening on Jan.13. 2013
Saudi Aramco lunar dates from this year appear to be by ACTUAL Visibility in Saudi Arabia. For January 2013 Saudi Aramco calendar shows Jan. 13 as the first of Rabi I and Jan. 24 as the date of Maulid al-Nabi. We earnestly hope and pray that Saudi Umm al-Qura calendar will also be adjusted to the "Sighted in Makkah" rule, in place of the present: "Moonset after the Sunset' on the Conjunction date. This will bring UQ calendar closer to what Allah SWT has asked the Muslim to base their calendar (2:189) and how the Prophet (PBUH) practiced in his life and the Muslim Ummah for the last 1400+ years.
No reports of Safar Hilal
sighting were received in the evening of Thursday, December 2012,
though it was likely to be seen in Hawaii and beyond.