The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1440 A.H.
In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
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 announces that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye from many locations in Southern California during the sunset of Thursday, August 1st, 2019. Therefore, the first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1440 A.H. will be on:
Friday, August 2nd, 2019, for all areas under the horizon visibility curve from Richmond, VA to Seattle, WA (as seen in the orange and red areas in the diagram below).
We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).
On behalf of the Crescent Committee,
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Secretary General
|Important Islamic Events this Month:|
|7 Dhu al-Hijjah||Martyrdom of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 114 A.H.)|
|8 Dhu al-Hijjah||Imam Hussain (p) left Mecca for Iraq (Year 60 A.H.)|
|9 Dhu al-Hijjah||Day of Arafah
Martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (p) (Year 60 A.H.)
|10 Dhu al-Hijjah||Eid al-Adha|
|15 Dhu al-Hijjah||Birth of Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (p) (Year 212 A.H.)
(Date according to a different narration)
|18 Dhu al-Hijjah||Eid al-Ghadir|
|24 Dhu al-Hijjah||Day of Mubahila|
- This announcement from the Crescent Committee is per the request of numerous community members across North America, however, it is not intended as an official verdict and there is no religious obligation to follow it.
- To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.
- To read Frequently Asked Questions about the Announcements of the Crescent Committee, click here.
The Moon-Sighting Committee was established during the seventh annual conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, and has been providing monthly sighting announcements to the North American Shia Muslim communities since 2007. The Council adopts/renews its members on an annual basis.
To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.