In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Predicting the Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawwal, 1441 A.H.

إعلان تمهيدي بشأن هلال شهر شوال ١٤٤١هـــ

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

According to astronomical data, the crescent moon of the month of Shawwal can easily be sighted with the naked eye, during the sunset of Saturday, the twenty-ninth of the month of Ramadan, May 23rd, 2020 in most regions of North America. Accordingly, Sunday, May 24th, 2020 will have a greater possibility of being the first of the month of Shawwal, 1441 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

As soon as the first sighting of the crescent moon is verified, the Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America will announce the first of Shawwal.

May the peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you.

On behalf of the Crescent Committee,
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Secretary-General

A Friendly Reminder

Zakat al-Fitrah: The estimated recommended value of Zakat al-Fitrah for 2020 in the United States is $10.00 per eligible person. Click here to learn more.


  • To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.
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