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Last updated on: Jul 18, 2023 @ 11:44 pm (NY/Toronto time)

Green Zone: July 19th, 2023 is the 1st of next month. The moon has been sighted in this area, or in another area which is applicable here.

Red Zone: July 19th, 2023 is the 30th of this month. The moon has not been sighted in this area, or any other area which could have been applicable here.

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Al-Ma’arif Foundation, in collaboration with the Crescent Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America, presents our new moonsighting tool for the North American community.

Using the expertise and guidance of the committee, we are able to disseminate accurate and filtered information in real-time to the community regarding the new Islamic month.

Please note that these confirmations are according to the rulings of the Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Ali al-Hussaini al-Sistani.

Click here for North American declarations by the Crescent Committee, or refer to your local Alim or your Marja.

Want to learn more about the process? View the informative video below which covers:

  • Link between the moon and the month
  • Methods of ascertaining the new month
  • Defining a ‘new moon’
  • Defining ‘visibility’ and ‘sighting’
  • The application of science and astronomy
  • The various factors of the crescent’s visibility
  • What are ‘sighting curves’?
  • The differing views of jurists
  • Question and answer session

Sighting Status: 1445 Muharram

Tuesday July 18, 2023