In the Name of Allah , The Compassionate , The Merciful
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 ofShawwal, 1440 H. in which it announced thatTuesday, June 4, 2019, is the first day of the month ofShawwal.
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Shawwal 1440 H. will be born on Monday, thethird of the month ofJune 2019 A.D. at 10:02 GMT that is, at 13:03, Beirut time.
As we notice from the attached picture , the sighting is possible on the night of Monday, as it can be seen by the armed eye(telescope)in some regions of southern North America and several regions in South America,(regions colored in navy blue)such as Chile,Argentine,Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and others, But it cannot be seen in other regions .
Therefore,and since we share a part of the night with the regions the crescent can be seen inand according to the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who deems it is sufficient to be able to see 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),Tuesday 04-05 -2019, is the first day of the month of Shawal, 1440. As for the regions we do not share a part of the night with, such as Australia,Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and China ,the first day of Shawal is on Wednesday , the fifth of June.
We invoke Allah, the Most Exalted, to make this this Eid andreturn it on the Islamic nations with His blessings, victory and unity. May Allah, The Most Exalted, accept our deeds.He responds to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Him.