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.)


From the Marja: Click here to read the Advice of the Supreme Religious Authority to the preachers and public speakers in the month of Muharram. Spread the message of 'Who is Hussain?' to those who may not know him: Who is Hussain son of Ali? Why do we need to know about him? Why is it important to know about the Battle of Karbala? Why is it important to know about it today? These are just a few of the questions that this short booklet intends to answer. Order a copy to give to your friends, co-workers, or neighbors, by clicking here.
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.