In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1440 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 Thursday, November 8th, 2018 will be the last day of the month of Safar, 1440 A.H. and Friday, November 9th, 2018, will be the first day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal, 1440 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, November 7th, 2018, in any region of North America.
We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).
On behalf of the Crescent Committee,
Sayyid M. Rizvi, General-Secretary
|Important Islamic Events this Month:|
|8 Rabi al-Awwal||(Nov 16)||Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari (p), 260 A.H.|
|12 Rabi al-Awwal||(Nov 20)||Arrival of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp) to Yathrib city (al-Madina) marking the start of the Islamic calendar.|
|17 Rabi al-Awwal||(Nov 25)||Birth Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh&hp), 53 B.H.|
|17 Rabi al-Awwal||(Nov 25)||Birth Anniversary of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (p), 83 A.H.|
|18 Rabi al-Awwal||(Nov 26)||Establishment of al-Nabawi Masjid (Mosque) in the city of al-Madina in the first Hijri year.|
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.