In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1439 A.H.

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 of North America announces that Monday, August 13th 2018, will be the first day of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1439 A.H. for the entire region of North America.


  • The day of Arafah will be on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018
  • The day of Eid al-Adha will be on Wednesday, August 22nd, 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 Sunday, August 12th, 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:
7 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 19) Martyrdom of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 114 A.H.)
8 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 20) Imam Hussain (p) left Mecca for Iraq (Year 60 A.H.)
9 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 21) Day of Arafah
Martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (p) (Year 60 A.H.)
10 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 22) Eid al-Adha
15 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 27) Birth of Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (p) (Year 212 A.H.)
(Date according to a different narration)
18 Dhu al-Hijjah (Aug 30) Eid al-Ghadir
24 Dhu al-Hijjah (Sept 5) Day of Mubahila


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.