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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 is the first of the month of Rabi’ I 1438 H.

Date: 29/11/2016 A.D 29/02/1437 H

Translated by: Manal Samhat

The Juristic Office of the Institution of His Eminence, the Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), issued a statement in which it announced that Wednesday, November 30, 2016 is the first of the month of Rabi’ I 1438 H. based on the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra).

Following is the text of the statement:

The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi’ I 1438 H. is born on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 A.D. at 12:18 (GMT) that is, at 14:18 Beirut time. On Tuesday evening, the crescent cannot be sighted by the naked eye; however, it can be sighted with the aid of telescopes in some of the regions of North America and Central America (see image 1). Therefore, the first of the month of Rabi’ I 1438 H. is on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 for the regions that share a part of the night with the regions where the sighting is possible, and on Thursday, December 01, 2016 in the regions that do not share a part of the night with the regions where the sighting is possible. This is based on the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who considers that it is enough to establish the possibility of sighting even if by the aid of telescopes in any region that share even a part of the night with the regions where sighting is possible.

We invoke Allah to make it a month of good and blessings, and to bless the Muslims on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (p.) in this month.

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