In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1438 A.H.
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, October 2nd, 2016, is the last day of Dhil Hajjah, 1437 A.H. and Monday, October 3rd, 2016, will be the first day of the month of Muharram al-Haram, 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 Saturday, October 1st, 2016, in any region of North America.
The Day of Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as), will therefore be on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
We ask Allah (swt) to give us victory and success in gaining the maximum benefits this month as we honor the Ahl al-Bayt (as) and we ask Him as well to increase their remembrance among ourselves, our family, and our friends. Finally, we ask Allah (swt) to hasten the Return of our Master, the Awaited Imam (ajfs).
Important Islamic events in this month:
| 1 Muharram
||(Oct. 3):|| First Day of the New Hijri Year 1438
|2 Muharram||(Oct. 4):||Imam Husayn (as) arrives in Karbala, 61 AH|
|10 Muharram||(Oct. 12):||Day of Ashura; Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (as), 61 AH|
|13 Muharram||(Oct. 15):||Burial of Imam Husayn (as) and his companions in Karbala, 61 AH|
|25 Muharram||(Oct. 27):||Martyrdom of Imam al-Sajjad (as), 95 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.