In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Rajab, 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 in North America announces that Sunday, March 18th, 2018, will be the last day of Jumadi al-Akhirah and that Monday, March 19th, 2018, will be the first day of the month of Rajab, 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 Saturday, March 17th, 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).
|Important Islamic Events this Month:
|1 Rajab||(Mar. 19)||Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), 57 A.H.|
|2 Rajab||(Mar. 20)||Birth of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 212 A.H.|
|3 Rajab||(Mar. 21)||Martyrdom of Imam Ali al-Hadi (p), 254 A.H.|
|10 Rajab||(Mar. 28)||Birth of Imam Muhammad al-Jawad (p), 195 A.H.|
|13 Rajab||(Mar. 31)||Birth of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (p), 23 B.H.|
|15 Rajab||(Apr. 2)||Death of Sayyida Zainab bint Ali (p), 65 A.H.|
|25 Rajab||(Apr. 12)||Martyrdom of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 183 A.H.|
|27 Rajab||(Apr. 14)||Day of Mabath, 13 B.H.|
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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.