In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan, 1445 A.H.

  اضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر رمضان المبارك ١٤٤٥ هـ

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America announces that Tuesday, March 12th, 2024, will be the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, 1445 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Sunday, March 10th, 2024, in any region of North America. Therefore, Monday, March 11th, 2024 will be the last day of Shaban.

Ramadan Mubarak! We ask God, the Most High, to accept your fasting, grant success in performing good deeds, and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Moon-Sighting Committee
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Toronto, Canada
Sayyid Mehboob Mehdi Abidi, Chicago, Illinois
Shaykh Ahmad Bahrani, Potomac, Maryland
Shaykh M. Jafar Banglori, Miami, Florida
Shaykh M. Taqi Zakeri, Springfield, Virginia 

Important Islamic Events this Month:

(Click here for a note about varying dates for Islamic events)

  • 6 Ramadan (March 17): Allegiance of Imam Ali al-Rida (p), (Year 201 A.H.)
  • 10 Ramadan (March 21): Death of Lady Khadijah (p), (Year 3 B.H.)
  • 12 Ramadan (March 23): Welcoming of the Muslims in Madinah, (Year 1 A.H.)
  • 15 Ramadan (March 26): Birthday of Imam Hasan ibn Ali (p), (Year 2 A.H.)
  • 17 Ramadan (March 28): The Battle of Badr, (Year 2 A.H.)
  • 19 Ramadan (March 30): Attack on Imam Ali (p) in Masjid al-Kufa, (Year 40 A.H.);
    1st Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) – Starts in the evening on Friday, March 29th
  • 20 Ramadan (March 31): The Conquest of Mecca, (Year 8 A.H.)
  • 21 Ramadan (April 1): Martyrdom of Imam Ali (p) in Kufa, Iraq, (Year 40 A.H.); 2nd Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) – Starts in the evening on Sunday, March 31st
  • 23 Ramadan (April 3): 3rd (Final) Observance of the Nights of Destiny (Layali al-Qadr) – Starts in the evening on Tuesday, April 2nd

A Friendly Reminder

Feed the Fasting in NeedClick here to learn how you can gain what the Holy Prophet (pbuh) promised before you miss the opportunity, by feeding the fasting in need.

Islamic Laws of FastingClick here to get your copy of Islamic Laws of Fasting: According to the Rulings of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani.

Fidyah and Kaffarah Click here for a reminder on some of the most important rulings regarding Qada (make-up) fasts and offering Fidyah and Kaffarah (expiation for missing fasts).


  • This announcement from the Crescent Committee is per the request of numerous community members across North America to help in identifying the beginning of the Hijri months.
  • To learn about our basis for determining the beginning of lunar months and the theory about the unity of horizons, click here.
  • To read Frequently Asked Questions about the Announcements of the Crescent Committee, click here.

The Moon-Sighting Committee was established during the seventh annual conference of The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, and has been providing monthly sighting announcements to the North American Shia Muslim communities since 2007. The Council adopts/renews its members on an annual basis.

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