In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

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

إضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر صفر 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 Friday, September 18th, 2020 will be the last day of the month of Muharram, 1442 A.H. for most of the United States and that Saturday, September 19th, 2020 will be the first day of the month of Safar, 1442 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

Therefore, the Day of Arbaeen will be on Thursday, October 8th, 2020.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Thursday, September 17th, 2020, in any region of North America, and per the certain possibility of moon-sighting at sunset on Friday in all of North America.

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:

7 Safar(Sept 25)Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (p), 50 AH
7 Safar(Sept 25)Birth of Imam Musa al-Kadhim (p), 128 AH
17 Safar(Oct 5)Martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Musa al-Rida (p), 203 AH
20 Safar(Oct 8)Arbaeen – The Anniversary of the 40th day of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (p), 61 AH
28 Safar(Oct 16)Death Anniversary of Prophet Muhammad al-Mustafa (pbuh&hp), 11 AH


  • 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.