In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

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

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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, April 6th, 2019 will be the last day of the month of Rajab, 1440 A.H. and Sunday, April 7th, 2019, will be the first day of the month of Shaban, 1440 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 Friday, April 5th, 2019 in any region of North America.

We ask God, the Most High, for success in performing good deeds and 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:
3 Shaban (Apr. 9) Birthday Anniversary of Imam Hussain ibn Ali (p)
4 Shaban (Apr. 10) Birthday Anniversary of Abu al-Fadl al-Abbas (p)
5 Shaban (Apr. 11) Birth Anniversary of Imam Zayn al-Abidin (p)
15 Shaban (Apr. 21 ) Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (p)


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.