Translated by: Manal Samhat
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 Tuesday, November 1, 2016 is the first of the month of Safar 1438 H., 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 Safar 1438 H. will be born on Sunday, October 30, 2016 A.D. at 17:38 p.m. (GMT); that is, at 19:38 p.m. Beirut time. On Sunday evening, the crescent cannot be sighted neither by the naked eye nor by the aid of telescopes in any region in the world. Therefore, Monday, October 31, 2016 A.D. is the thirtieth, and hence the last day of the month of Muharram, and Tuesday, November 1 is the first of the month of Safar 1438 H. in the eastern and western hemispheres.
We invoke Allah to flourish this year with His blessings and graces and mark it with dignity, guidance and victory for the believers, He is All-Hearing and Responsive.