In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1442 A.H.

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر محرم الحرام ١٤٤٢ 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 the first day of Muharram, 1442 A.H. will be on:

Thursday, August 20th, 2020, for the cities on and below the curve starting from New York City, passing through Detroit, Chicago, and continuing to Seattle (orange and red areas in the diagram below.)

Friday, August 21st, 2020, for all other cities and Canada (in the yellow, blue areas, and beyond, as shown in the diagram below.)

This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020, in Houston, Texas. 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, Secretary-General

Important Islamic Events this Month:

2 Muharram Imam Hussain (p) arrives in Karbala (61 A.H.)
7 Muharram Water is cut off from Imam Hussain (p), his family, and his companions (Year 61 A.H.)
10 Muharram Day of Ashura; Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (p) and his companions (61 A.H.)
13 Muharram Burial of Imam Hussain (p) and his companions in Karbala (61 A.H.)
25 Muharram Martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Hussain (al-Sajjad) (p) (95 A.H.)
  • 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.