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 of Rabi’ Ath-Thani 1444H. Following is the text of the statement:
The new crescent (central conjunction) for the month of Rabi’ Ath-Thani ,1444H will be born on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 10:49 (GMT) that is 13:49, Beirut time.
As noticed in the picture above: on Tuesday evening, the crescent can be sighted except in regions we do not share a part of the night with. This means that Wednesday is the 30th day of Rabi Al-Awal. On Wednesday evening the crescent may be seen by the naked and armed in many regions as follows:
- 1. The crescent can be seen easily by the naked eye in all of South America and some parts of North America and most of Africa.
- 2. The crescent can be seen by the naked eye provided that the weather is clear and the viewer is experienced in some of the regions of North America, as well as certain regions in Europe and Asia.
- 3. It can be seen with the armed eye (telescopes), in many parts of Asia and Europe and the eastern hemisphere.
Therefore, Based on the possibility of sighting in addition to the passage of 30 days, Thursday, October 27, 2022, is the first day of the month of Rabi’ Ath-Thani, 1444H. in the regions we share a part of the night with, according to the jurisprudential opinion of His Eminence, the late Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) who deems it enough to sight 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. There is no difference, in this respect between the western and the eastern hemispheres.
We ask Allah, The Most Exalted, to grant us success to do what pleases Him and to relief the burdens of the Muslim Nation. He is the Most Merciful.