In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Safar, 1436
To the respected believers in North America,
Peace be upon you.
The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America would like to announce that Monday, November 24, 2014 will be the first day of the month of Safar 1436 for the entire region of North America.
This determination was made due to reports of verified sightings of the crescent moon at sunset on Sunday, November 23, in many regions of North America.
Thus, Arbaeen, the anniversary of the 40th day of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (as), will be on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
We ask God Almighty to give us success and help us in reaping the fullest of benefits from honoring the sacred signs of the Ahl al-Bayt (as) and to increase their remembrance among ourselves, our family, and our friends. Finally, we ask Allah Almighty to hasten the return of our Master, the Lord of the Age and Time (ajfs).
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.
- Sayyid Nabi Raza Abedi, San Francisco, CA
The Moon-Sighting Committee
The Moon-Sighting Committee was established in 2005 by the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in 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 Fourteenth Conference of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America held in Detroit in August 2014.
To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.