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-Awal1441 H. Following is the text of the statement:The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi Al-Awal 1441H will be born on Monday, October 28, at 03:38 (GMT) that is05:38, Beirut summer time.
As noticed in the figure above, on the eve of Monday,the crescent can be sighted by the naked eye in north and south America (the regions colored in pink), provided that the weather is clear and the citer is experienced, It can also be seen by the armed eye in Africa and in all the regions colored in navy blue. And since the regions of sighting are regions we share a part of the night with, Tuesday October 29, 2019 ,is the first of the month of Rabi’ Al-Awal, 1441H. in our regions andin the regions that share a part of the night with the sighting areas; 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. Thus the month of Safar would be incomplete thatis of 29 days only.
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to grant ussuccess in all our days in seeking nearness toyou and unify the Muslim nation on the path of guidance of Your Holy Prophet (p.).