In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1444 A.H. (v2)

(Note: The first announcement was sent about 40 minutes after sunset in San Diego on Sunday. The committee then received reports later confirming the sighting occurred and issued a new statement. The committee asks believers to submit reports without delay in the future.)

 اضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ذي الحجة الحرام ١٤٤٤ هـ

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 sighting of the crescent moon was confirmed by the naked eye in Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California at sunset on Sunday, June 18th, 2023. 

Therefore, based on the multiplicity of horizons ruling, the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1444 A.H. will be on:

  • Monday, June 19th, 2023, for all the cities extending from Miami, Florida; and passing through Atlanta, Georgia; Arkansas City, Kansas; to Seattle, Washington.
  • Tuesday, June 20th, 2023, for the remaining Eastern and Northern regions of North America.

We ask God, the Most High, to accept your fasting, grant success in performing good deeds, and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Moon-Sighting Committee
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Toronto, Canada
Sayyid Mehboob Mehdi Abidi, Chicago, Ilinois
Shaykh Ahmad Bahrani, Potomac, Maryland
Shaykh M. Jafar Bangloori, Miami, Florida
Shaykh M. Taqi Zakeri, Springfield, Virginia 

Important Islamic Events this Month:

(Click here for a note about varying dates for Islamic events)

  • 7 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Martyrdom of Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (p), (Year 114 A.H.)
  • 8 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Imam Hussain (p) left Mecca for Iraq (Year 61 A.H.)
  • 9 Dhu al-Hijjah: Day of Arafah / Martyrdom of Muslim ibn Aqil (p) (Year 61 A.H.)
  • 10 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Eid al-Adha
  • 15 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Birth of Imam Ali al-Naqi al-Hadi (p) (Year 212 A.H.) (Date according to a different narration)
  • 18 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Eid al-Ghadir
  • 24 Dhu al-Hijjah:  Day of Mubahila


  • This announcement from the Crescent Committee is per the request of numerous community members across North America to help in identifying the beginning of the Hijri months.
  • To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.
  • To read Frequently Asked Questions about the Announcements of the Crescent Committee, click here.

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.

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