In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan, 1442 A.H.
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 Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, 1442 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 Monday, April 12th, 2021 in any region of North America. Thus, Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 will be the last day of the month of Shaban.
Ramadan Mubarak! May Almighty God accept your fasting and good deeds. We ask God, the Most Merciful, to end the pandemic and grant a quick recovery to all those afflicted. And as always, 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:|
|6 Ramadan||(Apr. 19)||Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Ridha (p), (Year 201 A.H.)|
|10 Ramadan||(Apr. 23)||Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)|
|12 Ramadan||(Apr. 25)||Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.)|
|15 Ramadan||(Apr. 28)||Birthday of Imam Hasan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)|
|17 Ramadan||(Apr. 30)||The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)|
|19 Ramadan||(May 2)||Attack on Imam Ali (p) in Masjid al-Kufa, (Year 40 A.H.);
1st Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Saturday, May 1st.
|20 Ramadan||(May 3)||The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)|
|21 Ramadan||(May 4)||Martyrdom of Imam Ali (p) in Kufa, Iraq, (Year 40 A.H.);
2nd Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Monday, May 3rd.
|23 Ramadan||(May 6)||3rd (Final) Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Wednesday, May 5th.
A Friendly Reminder
Feed the Fasting in Need – Click here to learn how you can gain what the Holy Prophet (pbuh) promised before you miss the opportunity, by feeding the fasting in need.
Islamic Laws of Fasting – Click here to get your copy of FASTING: A Haven from Hellfire, an excellent gift for your friends, family, and children.
Fidyah and Kaffarah – Click here for a reminder on some of the most important rulings regarding Qada (make-up) fasts and offering Fidyah and Kaffarah (expiation for missing fasts).
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.