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In North America, the moon's age was between 26 and 30 hours.
Its angle was 13 degrees or more all over N. America.         (Usually it is seen when its angle is 12 degrees or more)
 
BUT its altitude was only 1 to 4.5 degrees above the horizon at the sunset   (Usual limit is 10 degrees or more)
 
(it was 1-4 degrees BELOW the horizon by the time it could be sight-able.)
One of the critical factor is the LAG between sunset and moon-set (50 minutes, for Babylonian and 42 minutes for Dr. Ilyas)
In the evening of August 7, 2013 the LAG was only 2 (Toronto), 17 minutes in LA and 20 minutes (Miami)

 
Surprisingly, many lay witnesses from southern California claimed a sighting where the lag was 16 minutes (LA) or less.
How could they see such a Hilal?

Eid on Thursday??
Many Muslims in N. America celebrated Eid on Thursday, August 8, 2013
despite the fact that Shawwal moon was impossible to see in the evening of August 7.
1. Many followed ISNA's pre-calculated date without questioning;
2. Some did it because Saudi Arabia also did it on Thursday (Saudis don't want TWO KHUTBAS on the same day (Eid and Jumu'ah);
3. Some did it because Sharia Boards of Chicago, New York, California, Toronto etc. declared Eid on Thursday;
4. Some did it because their local Imams found Muslim witnesses who claimed they saw a non-existent crescent moon;
5. Some followed the announcements on their favorite moon-sighting webs;\
 
Dubious Moon-sighting claims came from New Jersey, Chicago, Texas, Arizona, Wisconsin, southern California, etc.
Many lacked credibility as there was NO moon in the sky in their area to look for; others were BEFORE the sunset or
immediately after the sunset (when the horizon is very bright to discount and discredit any sighting).  
One witness attached a photo in which the moon was shown shining in bright sunlight. One cannot see a crescent moon
when the sun is shining in the sky.
 
May Allah accept our Siyam, even if we violated the Prophet's Sunnah, and celebrated Eid on the LAST Day of
Obligatory Fast.