This evening ended the Month of Rajab by the completion of 30 days. Sighting the moon was not a necessity and yet it is still enjoyable. Even more so with an afternoon like the one we had today. Absolutely perfectly clear skies, moderate temperatures up on top of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking a fog covered coast and the San Francisco Bay. The conditions were perfect for sighting the new crescent moon.
Sunset was at 8:31 pm PDT and by 8:41 pm I saw the first glimpses of the moon. Incredibly faint, it faded in and out of my sight for a few moments until it became stable. By 2o minutes in, it was a vivid white streak and an ever increasing colorful sky.
This moon marks the beginning of the month of Sha’baan 1433 AH. It is an important month that precedes Ramadan and is a month of preparation mentally, physically and spiritually. To all my Muslims readers, Sha’baan Mubarak!
Peace to you All.