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 Ramadan 1439, in which it announcedWednesday 16-05-2018 , is the first day of the month of Ramadan.
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Ramadan1439 H. will be born on Wednesday 16, 2018 A.D. at 11: 48 (GMT) that is, at 14:48 , Beirut time.
On the night of Wednesday(Tuesday evening) the crescent can be seen by the aid of telescopes in some of the regions of north and central America and in most of south America. Therefore, (according to the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who deems it is 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)Wednesday , May 16, 2018 is the first of the month of Ramadan in the regions that share a part of the night with the regions where the crescent can be sighted(most of the regions of the world except the far east)and Thursday May 17 is thebeginning of Ramadan in the regions that do not share a part of the night with the regions where the crescent can be seen.
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. He is the Most Merciful.