The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1439 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1439 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر محرم الحرام

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Thursday, September 21st, 2017 will be the last day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1438 A.H. and Friday, September 22nd, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Muharram, 1439 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, in any region of North America.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

  Important Islamic Events this Month:
  1 Muharram  (Sept. 22)   1st day of the New Hijri Year (1439 A.H.)
  2 Muharram  (Sept. 23)   Imam Hussain (p) arrives in Karbala (61 A.H.)
  10 Muharram  (Oct. 1)   Day of Ashura; Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (p) (61 A.H.)
  13 Muharram  (Oct. 4)   Burial of Imam Hussain (p) & his companions in Karbala (61 A.H.)
  25 Muharram  (Oct. 16)   Martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (al-Sajjad) (p) (95 A.H.)

 


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The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.

 

 

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ذي الحجة

 

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1438 A.H.  for the United States and southern parts of Canada.

Therefore,

  • The day of Arafah will be on Thursday, August 31st, 2017
  • The day of Eid al-Adha will be on Friday, September 1st, 2017

This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017from multiple regions in the United States.

We ask Allah, the Most-High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

  Important Islamic Events this Month:
  7 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Aug. 29)   Martyrdom of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 114 A.H.)
  8 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Aug. 30)   Imam Hussain (p) left Mecca for Iraq (Year 60 A.H.)
  9 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Aug. 31)   Martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (p) (Year 60 A.H.)
  10 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Sept. 1)   Eid al-Adha
  15 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Sept. 5)   Birth of Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (p) (Year 212 A.H.)
  18 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Sept. 9)   Eid al-Ghadir
  24 Dhu al-Hijjah  (Sept. 15)   Day of Mubahila

 

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity 

 

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhil Qa’da, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhil Qa’da, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ذي القعدة

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Monday, July 24th, 2017 will be the last day of the month of Shawwal, 1438 A.H. and Tuesday, July 25th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Dhil Qa’da, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Sunday, July 23rd, 2017, in any region of North America.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p)

Important Islamic events in this month:

11 Dhu al-Qa’dah  (Aug.4) 
 Birthday of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Ridha (p) – (148th year A.H.)
30 Dhul al-Qa’dah (Aug. 22)  Martyrdom of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p) –  (220th year A.H.)


The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.


 

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawwal, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawwal, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر شوال

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces, based on reports received much later during the night, that the crescent moon was sighted by the naked eye during the sunset of Saturday, June 24, 2017 in Southern California. Based on this sighting, and the opinion of Sayyid Sistani regarding Multiplicity of Horizons, the first day of the month of Shawwal, 1438 A.H (Eid al-Fitr) will be as follows:

Sunday, June 25, 2017, for all the areas under the horizon visibility curve from Orlando, FL, through New Orleans, LA, Phoenix, AZ, to Los Angeles, CA; including all areas in close proximity to this visibility curve.

Monday, June 26, 2017, for the rest of North America, thus completing the 30 days of the month of Ramadhan through Sunday June 24th.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p)

 

Important Islamic events in this month:

  1 Shawwal    Eid al-Fitr
  8 Shawwal    Destruction of al-Baqi’, 1344 AH
  25 Shawwal    Martyrdom of Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (p), 148 AH


The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.


ZAKAT AL-FITRAH 2017

The estimated minimum value of Zakat al-Fitrah, for 2017, in the United States, is US $10.00 per eligible person.

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The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadhan, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadhan, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر رمضان المبارك

 

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Saturday, May 27th, 2017, will be the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday, May 26th, 2017, from many locations.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

Important Islamic Events this Month:
6 Ramadhan
 (June 1)
 Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Ridha (p), (Year 201 A.H.)
10 Ramadhan
 (June 5)
 Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)
12 Ramadhan
 (June 7)
 Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.), Brotherhood Day
15 Ramadhan
 (June 10)
 Birthday of Imam al-Hassan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)
17 Ramadhan
 (June 12)
 The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)
19 Ramadhan
 (June 14)
 Attack on Imam Ali (p) in Masjid al-Kufa, (Year 40 A.H.);
1st observance of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Tuesday, June 13th
20 Ramadhan
 (June 15)
 The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)
21 Ramadhan
 (June 16)
 Martyrdom of Imam Ali (p) in Kufa, Iraq, (Year 40 A.H.);
2nd Observation of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Thursday, June 15th
23 Ramadhan
(June 18)
 3rd (Final) Observance of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Saturday, June 17th.

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

 

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.

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The Crescent Moon of the Month of Sha’ban, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Sha’ban, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر شعبان

 

To the respected believers in North America,

 

Peace be upon you.

 

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Thursday, April 27th, 2017 will be the last day of the month of Rajab, 1438 A.H. and Friday, April 28th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Sha’ban, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

 

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017, in any region of North America.

 

 

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

Important Islamic events in this month:

3 Sha’ban (April 30) Birth Anniversary of Imam Hussain ibn Ali (p), (Year 3 A.H.)
4 Sha’ban
(May 1) Birth Anniversary of Abu Fadl al-Abbas (p), (Year 26 A.H.)
5 Sha’ban
(May 2) Birth Anniversary of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (p), (Year 38 A.H.)
15 Sha’ban
(May 12) Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (p), (Year 255 A.H.)

 

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

 

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

 

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.

The 16th Annual Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America

In the Name Allah the All-Beneficent the All-Merciful 

The Closing Statement of:

The 16th Annual Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America

نص البيان الختامي للمؤتمر السادس عشر لمجلس علماء المسلمين الشيعة في أميركا الشمالية

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In the spirit of the Quranic verse “From within every group in their midst, some shall refrain from going forth, and shall devote themselves [instead] to acquiring a deeper knowledge of the Faith. and [thus be able to] teach their home-coming brethren, so that these [too] might guard themselves against evil” the 16th Annual Conference of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America commenced in Dearborn, Michigan.  A group of scholars, preachers and imams of Islamic centers from across the United States and Canada gathered from March 27-29, 2017 to discuss the most pressing issues facing Shia Muslims, and in particular those residing in the West, during a meeting titled “The Religious Authority (Marjaeya): Current State of Affairs, Ongoing Challenges, and Future Concerns”. The focus of the meeting was to address the ongoing challenges, vulnerabilities and hazards impacting Shia Muslims, which strike at the core of our faith and destabilize the bond and connection that exists between our 12th Imam (may God Almighty hasten his appearance) and our community of believers across this continent. Furthermore, the honorable attendees unanimously voiced a sincere and compassionate concern for the Shia Muslim youth. Therefore a significant portion of the discourse centered on their future and the development of a concerted strategy, which until now was lacking in several respects, to provide them with the guidance and support they need to fortify their faith and morals.

 

The attendees participated in general discussions involving the entire council as well as focused small-group “brain-storming” sessions. The objective of the former, among other things, was to provide each attendee with an opportunity to update those gathered on the current state of their community and describe how they envisioned the council could address and resolve not only the ongoing challenges they face but the ones encountered by others as well. On the other hand, the goal of the latter sessions was to discuss and refine the broad array of topics introduced in the main gathering, pare down to the most important issues, and then devise a concrete and implementable plan of action. As such, the following crucial resolutions were agreed upon:

 

  1. The need for preachers, religious speakers and imams of centers to put greater effort in exhorting all believers living in the West to turn to the religious authorities or marjaeya in the age of occultation and remind them of the practical necessity and benefit of seeking their guidance, not only for each individual person but for the whole community as well. This is because the marjaeya has defended and protected the religion from assault and corruption for over 1000 years and in doing so ensured the security and preservation of our societies. It is the beacon of faith and righteousness which has saved people from going astray and so it is a trust which must be upheld by each and every believer, especially the scholars and those tasked with serving the religion.

 

  1. The importance of community cohesion among the believers and a common approach by which a united front resists and prevents the introduction of false principles and notions which have no basis in Islam, righteousness or morality. Furthermore, this drive towards solidarity should prevent us from slipping into sectarian, partisan, ethnic or national strife in matters related to who believers choose to emulate as the religious authority. Rather, we must espouse a dependence upon the knowledgeable, wise and experienced specialists of the religious seminaries, who are whole-heartedly trusted by the believers, to clarify the circumstances and provide a clear-cut recommendation. The council should lead and be at the forefront of this effort due to its respected standing in the eyes of the western community as well as the religious seminaries not to mention its role as a bridge between the two. This is imperative because the council must strive to fulfill its responsibilities towards its constituent communities and serve their religious interests.

 

  1. After consulting with experts in the respective fields, the council will develop a series of “white papers”, or authoritative reports which provide religious information and edicts on specific issues which may be new or unique to the West (e.g. medicine, finance, banking, food/drink, societal trends, etc). These reports will be presented to the grand scholars and authorities of the religious seminaries for review and final approval so that a more robust standard of practice becomes available to the believers residing in North America.

 

  1. An improvement and refinement in the preaching activities which are focused on the youth and young people. The council recognized that Shia Muslims growing up in the West sometimes have a different approach to learning than those in the East. Thus, the need for progressive methods in relaying religious information was determined to be very important. For instance, short video clips on oft-encountered problems and their solutions, blogs describing how to face common social challenges like peer-pressure, or open-forum discussions via a webinar. An interim committee was formed to develop these ideas and produce a course of action for its fulfillment.

 

  1. The activities of the council shall be organized and administered by Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.). In turn, the council shall act as an advisory body and take the role of providing advice, guidance, support and accountability to I.M.A.M. in its position as a subsidiary, representative and legitimate agent of the supreme religious authority. Furthermore, this resolution is in accordance and full conformity with what was already agreed upon in principle at the 15th Annual Conference. 

 

The honorable attendees concluded the conference by expressing their gratitude to I.M.A.M. and its staff for sponsoring, organizing and managing the conference and providing all the necessary facilities, which they have done since 2004. Finally, they prayed to God Almighty to prolong the lives of our great maraji, especially His Eminence the Supreme Authority Grand Ayatollah Sayyid al-Sistani, and hasten the reappearance of the Imam of our time, peace be upon him, to fill the world with justice and equity.

 

Bidding all of you peace, mercy and the blessings of God.

On behalf of the council

Syed Tilmiz al-Hasanain Rizvi

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Rajab, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Rajab, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر رجب المرجّب

 

To the respected believers in North America,

 

Peace be upon you.

 

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 will be the first day of the month of Rajab, 1438 A.H. for all regions falling under the arc starting from New York City, and passing through Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, proceeding to the West coast. For all other regions outside of this arc, Thursday, March 30th, will be the first of Rajab.

 

This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Tuesday, March 27th, 2017, from multiple locations in the west coast of the United States.

 

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

 

Important Islamic events in this month:

1 Rajab (Mar 29) Birthday of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 57 A.H.)
2 Rajab (Mar 30) Birthday of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), (Year 212 A.H.)
3 Rajab (Mar 31 ) Martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), (Year 254 A.H.)
10 Rajab (Apr 7) Birthday of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p), (Year 195 A.H.)
13 Rajab (Apr 10) Birthday of Imam Ali (p), (Year 23 B.H.)
15 Rajab (Apr 12 ) Death of Lady Zainab daughter of Imam Ali (p), (Year 65 A.H.)
25 Rajab (Apr 22 ) Martyrdom of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), (Year 183 A.H.)
27 Rajab (Apr 24 ) The day of Mab’ath. (Year 13 B.H.)

 

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

 

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

 

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.

Jamadi al-Thani, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Jamadi al-Thani, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر جمادى الثاني

 

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Thani, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye during the sunset of Monday, February 27th, 2017 from multiple locations.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Important Islamic events in this month:

3 Jamadi-II (Mar 2) Martyrdom of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (p) – (11th year A.H.)
13 Jamadi-II (Mar 12) Death of Umm al-Banin (p) mother of al-Abbas (p) (Year 64 A.H.)
20 Jamadi-II (Mar 19) Birth of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (p) (Year 5 B.H.)

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.

Jamadi al-Awwal, 1438 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Jamadi al-Awwal, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهرجمادىالأول

 

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Sunday, January 29th, 2017, will be the first day of the month of Jamadi al-Awwal, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of the United States and southern and western parts of Canada.

This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye during the sunset of Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from many locations.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Important Islamic events in this month:

5 Jamadi-I (Feb 2)  Birthday of Lady Zainab, daughter of Imam Ali (p) – (5th year A.H.)
13 Jamadi-I (Feb 10)  Martyrdom of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (p) – (11th year A.H.)

 

The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York, NY.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Muhammed Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Shaykh Sabah al-Ebadi, Vancouver, Canada.

The Moon-Sighting Committee

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2007 by The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, which annually selects new members to serve on its behalf. It has offered its services to the believers in North America every month since. The current committee was appointed at the Fifteenth Conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America held in Chicago in August 2015.

To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, please click here.

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