The Crescent Moon of the Month Rabi al-Awwal, 1442 A.H.

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1442 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ربيع الأول ١٤٤٢ هـ

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 Sunday, October 18th, 2020, will be the first day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1442 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday, October 17th, 2020 in Miami and Orlando, Florida.

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:

8 Rabi al-Awwal(Oct. 25)Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari (p), 260 A.H.
12 Rabi al-Awwal(Oct. 29)The arrival of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp) to Yathrib city (al-Madina) marking the start of the Islamic calendar.
17 Rabi al-Awwal (Nov. 3)Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp), 53 B.H.
17 Rabi al-Awwal (Nov. 3)Birth Anniversary of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (p), 83 A.H.
18 Rabi al-Awwal (Nov. 4)Establishment of Masjid al-Nabi in the city of al-Madina in the first Hijri year.


  • This announcement from the Crescent Committee is per the request of numerous community members across North America to help in identifying the beginning of the Hijri months.
  • 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.