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Clarification About the beginning of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, 1437 A.H.

 

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Clarification about the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadhan, 1437 AH

To our dear believers in North America,

After our announcement about the beginning of the holy month of Ramadhan, there have been inquiries about sightings in southern regions of the United States. We would like to inform our dear believers that as part of our deliberation we collect reports of possible sightings and once their authenticity is verified based on religious standards, we make the announcement accordingly. By the time of sunset in San Diego, we received reports that sightings were attempted but the crescent moon was not seen even though the sky was in clear conditions. Therefore, the announcement was made that Tuesday, June 7th, is the 1st of Ramadhan.

As time progressed, we saw some reports circulating about sightings in southern regions. We would like to advise that in such a case, if the individual believers have contentment and certainty with these reports, it becomes a religious obligation for them to act upon it for themselves.

As per Ayatullah Sayyid al-Sistani’s multiplicity of horizons ruling, the impact of a confirmed sighting in a location would be limited to the moon sighting visibility curve of that area only and would have no necessary bearing in the rest of North America for whom Tuesday still remains as the 1st day of the holy month of Ramadhan.

As always, we urge the respected believers as well as honorable scholars, to report their sightings as soon as they see the crescent moon to info@imams.us so that the committee can verify the reports and make the appropriate declaration.

By the grace of Allah SWT, and all praise is due to Him, the Crescent Committee is proud to have worked to unify the Shia community since its establishment in 2007.  Therefore, we hope that all the members of our community work hand-in-hand to keep this unity strong and to stand together against disunity and division.

We ask Allah (swt) to accept your fasting and good deeds in this holy month and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (ajfs).

 

Click here to view the original announcement concerning the
Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadhan, 1437

 

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.

 

June 6th, 2016

Ramadhan, 1437 A.H.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadhan, 1437 

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 Monday, June 6th, 2016, is the last day of Sha’ban, 1437 A.H. and that Tuesday, June 7th, 2016, will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadhan, 1437 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, June 5th, 2016, in any region of North America.

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

Important Islamic events in this month:   

6 Ramadhan (June 12): Allegiance to Imam Ali al-Ridha (as), (201 A.H.)
10 Ramadhan (June 16): Death of Lady Khadijah (as), (3 B.H.)
12 Ramadhan (June 18): Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (1 A.H.)
15 Ramadhan (June 21): Birthday of Imam al-Hasan ibn Ali (as), (2 A.H.)
17 Ramadhan (June 23): The Battle of Badr, (2 A.H.)
19 Ramadhan (June 25): Attack on Imam Ali (as) in Masjid al-Kufa, (40 A.H.);
1st Observance of Night of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) – Starts on the evening of Friday, June 24th
20 Ramadhan (June 26): The Conquest of Mecca by the Muslims, (8 A.H.)
21 Ramadhan (June 27): Martyrdom of Imam Ali (as) in Kufa, Iraq, (40 A.H.);
2nd Observance of Night of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) – Starts on the evening of Sunday, June 26th
23 Ramadhan (June 29): 3rd (Final) Observance of Night of Destiny (Laylatul Qadr) – Starts on the evening of Tuesday, June 28th

 

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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