In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhil Hajjah, 1437

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ذي الحجة

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 Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, will be the first day of the month of Dhil Hajjah, 1437 A.H. for the entire region of the United States and southern parts of Canada.

Based on this announcement:

  • The Day of ‘Arafa will be Sunday, September 11, 2016.
  • The Day of Eid al-Adha will be Monday, September 12, 2016.


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, September 2nd, from many locations.

We ask Allah (swt) for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (ajfs) and to return all of those performing Hajj to their lands and families safely.


Important Islamic events in this month:   

7 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 9) Martyrdom of Imam al-Baqir (as), 114 AH
8 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 10) Imam Husayn (as) left Mecca, 60 AH
9 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 11) Martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqeel (as), 60 AH
9 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 11) The Day of ‘Arafah
10 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 12) The Day of Eid al-Adha
15 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 17) Birthday of Imam Ali al-Hadi (as), 212 AH
18 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 20) Eid al-Ghadeer, 10 AH
24 Dhil Hajjah (Sept. 26) Eid al-Mubahalah, 10 AH


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

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.