In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadan, 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 Wednesday, May 16th, 2018, will be the last day of the month of Sha’ban, 1439 A.H. and that Thursday, May 17th, 2018, will be the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, 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 Tuesday, May 15th, 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:|
|6 Ramadan||(May 22)||Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Ridha (p), (Year 201 A.H.)|
|10 Ramadan||(May 26)||Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)|
|12 Ramadan||(May 28)||Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.), Brotherhood Day|
|15 Ramadan||(May 31)||Birthday of Imam al-Hasan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)|
|17 Ramadan||(June 2)||The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)|
|19 Ramadan||(June 4)||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 Sunday, June 3rd.
|20 Ramadan||(June 5)||The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)|
|21 Ramadan||(June 6)||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 Tuesday, June 5th.
|23 Ramadan||(June 8)||3rd (Final) Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) – Starts in the evening on Thursday, June 7th.|
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.