In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Shaban, 1439 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر شعبان

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 the crescent moon of the month of Shaban, 1439 A.H. was sighted in the southern regions of the United States during the sunset of Monday, April 16th, 2018. Based on the opinion of Sayyid Sistani regarding Multiplicity of Horizons, the first of the month of Shaban, 1439 A.H will be as follows:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, for all the areas under the horizon visibility curve starting from Philadelphia, passing through Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, all the way to Vancouver (see red and orange shaded areas in graphic below).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, for the rest of North America.

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Important Islamic Events this Month:
3 Shaban (April 19)  Birth Anniversary of Imam Hussain ibn Ali (p), (Year 3 A.H.)
4 Shaban (April 20)  Birth Anniversary of Abu Fadl al-Abbas (p), (Year 26 A.H.)
5 Shaban (April 21)  Birth Anniversary of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (p), (Year 38 A.H.)
15 Shaban (May 1)  Birth Anniversary of Imam al-Mahdi (p), (Year 255 A.H.)


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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 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.