Announcement Regarding The Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawal 1435 AH | I.M.A.M.

Announcement Regarding

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Shawal 1435 AH

إضغط هنا لقرآءة النص بالعربية
In The Name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful

To all of the believers in North America,
As-Salamu Alaykum (Peace be upon you)

The Crescent Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces that Monday will be the last day of the Holy month of Ramadan and Tuesday, the 29th of July 2014, will be the first day of Shawal 1435 AH for the United States and parts of Canada from Halifax to Vancouver.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no reported sightings of the crescent moon of Shawal during the Sunset of Sunday, the 29th of Ramadan (July 27th, 2014) from any location by the naked eye.

Eid Mubarak, and we ask Allah Almighty for success in performing good deeds and the hastening of our master Imam al-Mahdi (a.s.)


The Crescent Committee

  • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada.
  • Shaykh M. Reza Bagheri, Montreal, Canada.
  • Sayyid Bassem al-Shara’, Detroit, MI.
  • Sayyid Mahboob Mehdi Abedi, Chicago, IL.
  • Shaykh Ja’far Banglori, Miami, FL.
  • Sayyid Nabi Raza Abedi, San Francisco, CA
  • Sayyid Rashid Saberi, New York, NY.

Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem

Sallam Alykum,

The glorious day of Eid al-Fitr is soon among us inshAllah. The Holy and Blessed month of Ramadan has ended for this year, but what have we gotten from it? InshAllah we have benefited from it and have changed at least one thing in us for the good.

For some of us, may Allah (swt) Forgive us, we either did not read the Qur’an or read only a few pages this month. For some, may Allah (swt) Forgive us, we recited dua only on Laylatul Qadr if even that. For some, may Allah (swt) Forgive us, we did not visit the mosque or if we did it was for a night or two. For some, may Allah (swt) Forgive us, we neglected our prayers by either not praying or procrastinating the prayers till they were late. For some, may Allah (swt) Forgive us, we did not abstain from sins, and if we did abstain from sins while fasting we went back to them after breaking fast at night.

For many of us, we feel as if we have wasted this month away. The month is blessed and it did not shortchange us but we neglected it. It is a month in which the doors of Pardon were wide open but we chose not to step inside. 

Maybe we can still benefit from this Holy month even though we neglected it. Let us reflect on our shortcomings and where we erred. Then let us resolve these issues by attempting to do that which we neglected this Holy month.

Let us build good habits starting from now so that if Allah (Swt) grants us the opportunity to fast next shahr Ramadan, we can do so without having regretted on missed opportunities. 

Let us also remember that Islam isn’t only in the month of Ramadan. We as Muslims are supposed to pray on time every day of the year. We are supposed to supplicate and read Qur’an as much as we can. We are supposed to look after our achlaaq every day of the year. Shahr Ramadan can be looked at as an ideal month in which we are to carry over to all other months. 

InshAllah we do our best as being Muslims. 

Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad

Organ Donation According to Sayed Sistani

Question: Are we allowed to donate our organs upon our death? For example our heart, liver, kidneys? Is the soul still attached to the body once we are dead, or is that not true?
Answer: It is permissible, but it is not permissible, as a measure of precaution, to cut an organ of a dead Muslim if he bequeathed, unless a Muslim’s life is in danger.
A man came to the Commander of the Faithful and said: Commander of the Faithful, I am a poor man, with no money and no children.
ʿAlī replied: Have you not heard God’s words in his Book, {Ask forgiveness of your Lord: He is ever forgiving. He will send down abundant rain from the sky for you; He will give you wealth and sons; He will provide you with gardens and rivers.} [Soorah Nuh 10-12]
Teach me how to ask God for forgiveness, said the man.
ʿAlī answered: Say this:
I seek your forgiveness, God, for every sin that my body committed using the fortitude you gave it; for every sinful act my strength acquired using the favors you bestowed upon it; for every sinful thing my hand stretched out to grasp, fortified by your sustenance; for every sin I hesitated at but committed anyway, relying upon your patience, believing in your forgiveness, and trusting that you would not strike me in your wrath.
I seek your forgiveness, God, for every sin by which I betrayed my trust, or short-changed my soul, or transgressed upon my body, or gave precedence to my pleasures, or preference to my desires, and for the times when I answered roughly any who would try to stop me.
I seek your forgiveness, God, for every sin that you knew I would commit, but that I entered into of my own will, perpetrating it blithely, and coming to it through my own desires. I tried to deceive you, lord, but could not vanquish you. You disliked my disobedience, but had prior knowledge about me, and so were patient. You did not force me to sin, nor push me into it. No, you did me no injustice there. Forgive me, God. None can forgive sins but you.
- `Alī b. Abī Tālib (Dastur Mu`alim al-Hikam, 5.10)