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 Muharram1441 H. Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Muharram 1441H will be born on Friday at 10:37 (GMT), that is13:37, Beirut time.
On the eve of Friday,the crescent can be sightedin some regions, whichweshare a part of the night with, as shown in the map1. This map also shows that:
1- In the green coloredregions, the crescent can be seen easily by the naked eye. Nevertheless, they are remote regions, which we do not share a part of the night with.
2- The crescent can be seen by the naked eye provided that the weather is clear in the regions colored pink, such as the western parts of North America.
3- The navy blue areas are the regions in which the crescentcan be seen with the armed eye (telescopes), such as most of the Americas and a small part of western Africa.
Therefore, Saturday,August 31, 2019 ,is the first of the month of Muharram, 1441H. in the regions that shares a part of the nightwith the regions where the moon can be sighted, while Sunday, September 1, is the first of the month of Muharram in the regions that do not share a part of the night with the sighting 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 shares a part of the night with.
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to make this year a blessed one for the Muslims,and may Allah make your reward great for your grief on the martyrdom of Al-Hussein(a.s.), his family and companions.