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 Rajab 1439
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rajab 1439 H. will be born on Saturday,March 17, 2018 A.D. at 13:12 (GMT) that is, at 15:17 , Beirut time.
The crescent cannotbe sighted on Saturday in any part of the world ,since it sets before the sunset and is born after its rise. Therefore, Sunday marks the last day of the (the 30th) of the month of Jamada 2. As such, Monday February 19, 2018 is the first of the month Rajab 1439 H. The crescent can easily be seen in the Americas, Canada, Africa,Europe and some parts of Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. This means that even if we assume that Sunday is not the 30th of Jamada 2and that this much is 29 days , then Monday also is the first of the Month of Rajab,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. He is the Most Merciful.