The Juristic Office at the Institution of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) issued a statement in which it declared thatSunday ,November 19,2017 is the first of the month of Rabi Al-Awal1439 H , according to the jurisprudential opinion of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra).
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi Al-Awal 1439 H. will be born on Thursday, November 19,2017A.D.at 11:42 (GMT): that is 13:43 Beirut time. The crescent can be sighted by the armed eyeonly, in certain regions of Canada, North and Central America. Since all these regions we share a part of the night with , then Sunday ,November 19 , 2017 A.D. is the first of the Month of Rabi Al-Awal1439 H. while Monday the following day is the beginning of Rabi Al-Awal of all the regions of sight that do not share a part of the night with, in accordance with thejurisprudential opinion of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra)who considers that the beginning of the month is established if the crescent can be sighted in any region with which we share a part of the night , whether by the naked eye or by the aid of telescopes .
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to bring us together and unite us over the good, guidance and piety, and to bless the Islamic nation with unity, pride and dignity and make it triumphant over its enemies; He is All-Hearing and Responsive.