In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1440 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر محرم الحرام

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 Tuesday, September 11th 2018, will be the first day of the month of Muharram, 1440 A.H. for the entire region of  North America.


  • The Day of Ashura will be on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

This determination is based on the fact that there were reported sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye during the sunset of Monday, September 10th, 2018, from many locations.

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:
2 Muharram (Sep 12) Imam Hussain (p) arrives in Karbala (61 A.H.)
10 Muharram (Sep 20) Day of Ashura; Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (p) (61 A.H.)
13 Muharram (Sep 23) Burial of Imam Hussain (p) & his companions in Karbala (61 A.H.)
25 Muharram (Oct 5) Martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (al-Sajjad) (p) (95 A.H.)


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.