The Juristic Office of the Institution of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), issued a statement concerning the beginning of the month of Rabi Al-Awal 1440H,Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi Al-Awal1440 will be born on Friday November 7, 2018, at 16:02 (GMT) that is, at 18:02, Beirut time.
On the eve of Thursday The crescent cannot be sighted in Beirut, neither with the naked eye nor with the aid of telescopes ,since the conjunction takes place after the sunset. it cannot also be seen, neither with the naked eye nor with the aid of telescopes, in any part of the world, except in certain regions that we do not share a part of the night with. Therefore, the month of Safar iscomplete and Thursday is the 30th of this month ,and Friday November 7, 2018 is the first of Rabi Al-Awal 1440 H. in both western and eastern hemispheres,according to the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who deems it enough to sight the crescent, whether by the naked eye or by the aid of telescopes, in any region with which we share a part of the night.
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to make this month a month of worship and full obedience to Him and to grant the believers success in doing what pleases and satisfies Him by virtue of theintercession of our Prophet (p.). He is the Most Merciful.
we notice in figure one that it can be seen by telescopes in the areas west of longitude 120, because it is not conditioned that it should be seen on land. Apparently those who maintain that it cannot be seen anywhere in the six continents are talking about seeing it with the naked eye, since they does not validate sighting through telescopes; provided that the sighting occurs on land and not on uninhibited islands or in the oceans where no one is found to sight the moon. But this is true only to those who demand actual seeing and not the possibility of seeing.