In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Jumada al-Akhirah 1439 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 Saturday, February 17th, 2018, will be the first day of the month of Jumada al-Akhirah, 1439 A.H. for the entire region of North America.
This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye during the sunset of Friday, February 16th, from many locations.
We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).
|Important Islamic Events this Month:|
|3 Jumada-II||(Feb. 19)||Martyrdom of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (p), 11 A.H. (according to a different narration)|
|13 Jumada-II||(Mar. 1)||Death of Lady Umm al-Banin (p), mother of al-Abbas (p), 64 A.H.|
|20 Jumada-II||(Mar. 8)||Birth of Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (p), 5 B.H. or 8 B.H.|
Fatimah al-Zahra (p): An Example for Humanity– When we look at Islamic history, we find an excellent example of someone who showed us what it was to be a caring individual, in the personality of Fatimah al-Zahra (p). Click here to read more.
Racial Equality and Islam– It is common to hear in the news about the millions of pilgrims who perform the hajj annually. These are people from all over the world, with distinct ethnicities, speaking different languages. However, in the sight of the believers, they are all one people and they are all the same. Click here for more.
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.