The Juristic Office of the Institution of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah (ra), issued a statement concerning the beginning of the month of Ramadan, 1442H. Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Ramadan, 1442H will be born on Monday April 12, 2021 at 02:31 (GMT) that is 05:31 Beirut summer time.
On Monday evening, sighting by the naked eye is easily possible in regions we do not share a part of the night with, and provided the weather is clear in regions we share a part of the night with such as many parts of the two American continents. It is possible with the armed eye in some of the regions of south America and some of those in north America and the south western part of Africa. Therefore, Tuesday, the 13th of April, 2021 is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan in the regions with which we share a part of the night with , and in both Western and Eastern regions, 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; in addition to the fact that the month of Sha’ban would have completed 30 days.
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to bless for us the month of Ramadan and make it a month of good and Mercy. We pray that He would make us succeed in fasting and praying in its days and nights, accept our deeds and bless us by His mercy and forgiveness, relief us from any harm and grant us victory against our enemies. He is the Most Hearing and the Most Merciful.