In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
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 Monday, May 6th, 2019 will be the first day of the month of Ramadan, 1440 A.H. for the United States and southern parts of Canada.
This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 from many locations in southern and western states.
Ramadan Mubarak! 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, General-Secretary
|Important Islamic Events this Month:|
|6 Ramadan||(May 11)||Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Ridha (p), (Year 201 A.H.)|
|10 Ramadan||(May 15)||Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)|
|12 Ramadan||(May 17)||Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.)|
|15 Ramadan||(May 20)||Birthday of Imam Hasan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)|
|17 Ramadan||(May 22)||The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)|
|19 Ramadan||(May 24)||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 Thursday, May 23rd.
|20 Ramadan||(May 25)||The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)|
|21 Ramadan||(May 26)||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 Saturday, May 25th.
|23 Ramadan||(May 28)||3rd (Final) Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Monday, May 27th.
A Friendly Reminder
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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.