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 Saturday , April 6,2019is the firstday of the month ofSha’aban 1440H
Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Sha’aban 1440H.will be born on Friday April 5,2019 A.D. at 8:50 international time; that is 11:50 Beirut time.
The crescent can be sighted, by the aid of telescopes in north, central and south America , which are regions we share with a part of the night with. Thus the first of the month of Sha’aban is Saturday , April 6 in all the regions which sharea part of the nightwith the regions where the moon can be sighted,and the following day , Sunday, April 7, in the regions which do not share a part of the night with , 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 it a blessed month on the Muslim nation, and to increase the reward of the believers and ward off any harm that might inflict them. He is the Most Merciful.