Translated by: Manal Samhat
The Juristic Office of the Institution of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), issued a statement in which it announced that Tuesday, February 28, 2017 is the first of the month of Jumada II 1438 H. based on the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra).
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Jumada II 1438 H. was born on Sunday, February 26, 2017 A.D. at 14:58 p.m. GMT, that is, at 16:58 p.m. Beirut time. On the evening of Sunday (Monday eve), the crescent cannot be sighted neither by the naked eye, nor with the aid of telescopes in any region of the world except for some islands to the west of the Polynesian Islands with which we absolutely do not share a part of the night. Thus, Monday marks the last day of the month of Jumada I (the thirtieth), and Tuesday, February 28, 2017 is the first of the month Jumada II in the eastern and western hemispheres.
On the evening of Monday (Tuesday eve) the sighting is possible and easily in North America, South America, Europe and West Asia, which means that Tuesday, February 28, 2017 is the first of the month of Jumada II even for the countries in which Monday marks the twenty ninth of Jumada I.
We invoke Allah to bring the believers together over goodness, guidance and piety; Allah is sufficient for us, He is the best disposer of affairs.