In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhil Qa’dah, 1437

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهرذي القعدة


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 Thursday, August 4th, 2016 is the last day of Shawwal, 1437 and Friday, August 5th, 2016, will be the first day of the month of Dhil Qa’dah, 1437 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, August 3rd, 2016, in any region of North America.

We ask Allah (swt) for success in performing good deeds and hasten the return of our Master, Imam Mahdi (ajfs).


Important Islamic events in this month:   

11 Dhil Qa’dah (Aug. 15) Birth Anniversary of Imam Ali al-Ridha (as), 148 AH
29 Dhil Qa’dah (Sept. 2) Martyrdom of Imam Mohammad al-Jawwad (as), 220 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.