In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Ramadhan, 1438 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر رمضان المبارك

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, May 27th, 2017, will be the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadhan, 1438 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Friday, May 26th, 2017, from many locations.

We ask Allah, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Important Islamic events in this month:

 6 Ramadhan (June 18) Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Ridha (p), (Year 201 A.H.)
 10 Ramadhan  (June 1)  Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)
 12 Ramadhan  (June 5)  Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.),
Brotherhood Day
 15 Ramadhan  (June 7)  Birthday of Imam al-Hassan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)
 17 Ramadhan  (June 10)   The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)
 19 Ramadhan  (June 12)  Attack on Imam Ali (p) in Masjid al-Kufa, (Year 40 A.H.);
1st observance of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Tuesday, June 13th.
 20 Ramadhan  (June 14)  The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)
 21 Ramadhan  (June 15)  Martyrdom of Imam Ali (p) in Kufa, Iraq, (Year 40 A.H.);
2nd Observation of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Thursday, June 15th.
 23 Ramadhan  (June 16)  3rd (Final) Observance of the Night of Destiny (Laylat al-Qadr) –
Starts in the evening on Saturday, June 17th.

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, please click here.


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