The Juristic Office at the Institution of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) issued a statement in which it declared that Monday 6, 2019,is the first of Ramadan 1440H according to the jurisprudential opinion of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra).
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Ramadan 1440H. will be born on Saturday May 4 ,2018 A.D.at 22:45GMT: that is, at 01:45AM on Sunday Beirut time .
The crescent cannot be sighted, Saturday evening, by the naked eye nor by the aid of telescopes whether in Beirut,or in any region in the world. Thus , the following day, Sunday May 5, is the day that completes the month of Shaa’ban(the thirtieth).Moreover,the crescent can be seen on Sunday evening by the naked eye or by telescopes in most regions of the world , ( view the attached picture.) Therefore Monday, May 6, 2019 is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan 2019 in all the western and eastern regions of the world,in accordance with the jurisprudential opinion of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who considers that the beginning of the month is established if the crescent can be sighted in any region with which we share a part of the night , whether by the naked eye or by the aid of telescopes.
We invoke Allah to make us succeed in fasting this blessed month of mercy and forgiveness,and bless the Muslim nation and bestow unity and victory on it . He is ever-near, responding to the call, and He is the Most Merciful.