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 Rabi Al-Awal 1443H. Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi Al-Awal 1443H will be born on Wednesday, October 06, at 11:05(GMT), that is 14:05, Beirut time.
On Wednesday evening, the new crescent can be seen by the naked eye if the weather is clear and the viewer is experienced in some regions that we do not share a part of the night with. It can also be seen by the armed eye in certain parts of southern North America and northern south. Therefore , Thursday, October 07 is the first day of Rabi Al-Awal 1443, with the regions which we share a part of the night with , 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 that shares a part of the night with the regions of sighting, or if the previous month has completed 30 days .
We pray Allah, The Most Exalted, would bless us and grant us success for what pleases and satisfies Him. He is the most Merciful.