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Today was the 30th day of Dhu al-Qidah (Zilqad) in the US and Canada.

Saturday, June 8, 2024, in the US and Canada is the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah (Zilhaj). 

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1445 A.H.

 اضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر ذي الحجة الحرام ١٤٤٥ هـ

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America announces that Saturday, June 8th, 2024, will be the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1445 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were no verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Thursday, June 6th, 2024 in any region of North America. Therefore, Friday, June 7th, 2024 will be the last day of Dhu al-Qidah, 1445 A.H.

We ask God, the Most High, to accept your fasting, grant success in performing good deeds, and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Moon-Sighting Committee
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Toronto
Sayyid Mehboob Mehdi Abidi, Chicago
Shaykh Ahmad Bahrani, Potomac, Maryland
Shaykh M. Jafar Bangloori, Miami, Florida
Shaykh M. Taqi Zakeri, Springfield, Virginia 

https://www.imams.us/news/the-crescent-moon-of-the-month-of-dhu-al-hijjah-1445-a-h/

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9th of Dhu al-Hijjah marks the Day of Arafah, on Sunday June 16, 2024 in the US and Canada. Other countries might be on a different day.

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According to a hadith attributed to Imam Sadiq (p), the Day of Arafah is “the day of supplication and making requests from God” [“Ilal al-sharai,” v. 2, p. 73]. Here is a simple guide to help you get ready for this once-a-year opportunity. 

Try to fast
Fasting on the Day of Arafah is recommended (mustahabb) unless it makes one too weak to make dua. Imam Ali (p) is reported to have said, “If one fasts on the Day of Arafah seeking its reward, it is as if he has fasted for all of time” [“Daaim al-islam,” v. 1, p. 284].

Ghusl
Making ghusl at noon is recommended, “wherever you may be,” per a hadith attributed to Imam Sadiq (p), so not just for those at Arafat while on Hajj [“Wasail al-Shia,” v. 3, p. 309]. Sayyid Sistani mentions the ghusl of the Day of Arafah among the ghusls that are firmly established, and thus, it takes the place of wudu.

The duas of Arafah of the third and fourth Imams (pbut)
There are two beautiful duas referred to as “the Dua of Arafah,” one attributed to Imam Husayn (p), which can be found in books of dua like “Mafatih al- Jinan,” and the other to Imam Zayn al-’Abidin (p), which can be found in “Al-Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya.” Since they are both longer dues, you may not have time to recite both, but try to read at least one of them, as they are lessons in monotheism and servitude toward God. 

The dua the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hp) reportedly taught Imam Ali (p)
It's reported that the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hp) taught Imam Ali (p) the following dua for the Day of Arafah:

There is no god but God alone, with no partner to Him. To Him belongs dominion and to Him is praise. He gives life and causes death, and causes death and gives life, and He is Ever-Living and does not die. In His hand is good, and He is over all things Almighty

“There is no deity but God alone, with no partner. To Him belongs the autonomy and the praise. He gives life and causes death, and He lives and does not die. In His hand is all good, and He is over all things powerful.”

O God, praise be to You. You are what you say and better than what those who say say. O God, you are my prayer, my religion, my life and my death, you are my heritage, I am around you, and my strength is from you.

“O God, all praise is for You as You say, and better than what anyone can say. O God, to You belong my prayer, my faith, my life, my death, my legacy, my strength is through You, and from You is my power.”

Oh God, I seek refuge in You from poverty, from the compulsions of the chest, from the distraction of affairs, from the torment of the Fire, and from the torment of the grave.

“O God, I seek refuge in You from poverty, from the whispers of the chest, from disorder in affairs, from the punishment of the Fire, and from the punishment of the grave.”

Oh God, I ask You for the good that the winds bring, and I seek refuge in You from the evil that the winds bring, and I ask You for the good of the night and the good of the day.

“O God, I ask You for the good that the winds bring, and I seek refuge in You from the evil that the winds bring. I ask You for the good of the night and the good of the day.”
[“Man la yahduruhu al-faqih,” v. 2, pp. 542-43]

The Prophet's ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hp) dua before sunset on the Day of Arafah
Imam Sadiq (p) reportedly said that when the sun was about to set at Arafat, the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hp) would recite this short dua:

Oh God, I seek refuge in You from poverty, from distraction, and from the evil of what happens day and night I seek refuge in Your security, and my humiliation becomes refuge in Your glory, and my mortal face seeks refuge in Your everlasting face, O the best of those who are asked and the most generous of those who give Cover me with your mercy, clothe me with your health, and avert from me the evil All of your creation

“O God, I seek refuge in You from poverty, from disorder in affairs, and from the evil that occurs by night and day. My wrongdoing seeks refuge in Your pardon, my fear seeks refuge in Your security, my humiliation seeks refuge in Your honor, and my mortal face seeks refuge in Your eternal face. O best of those who are asked and most generous of those who give, cover me with Your mercy, clothe me with Your well-being, and ward off from me the evil of all Your creation.”
[“Wasail al-Shia,” v. 13, p. 559]

Imam Sadiq's (p) dua
Imam Sadiq (p) reportedly told Abu Basir to recite this dua at sunset on the Day of Arafah:

O God, do not make him the last of the covenant from this standing and we have ever. The best of what the day is turned on, one of you, and the hugs of your mind, and make me today Blessing, well -being and mercy And contentment and forgiveness, and bless for me whatever I return to, whether family or money, little or much, and bless them for me.

“O God, do not make this my last visit to this place, and grant me the opportunity to return here as long as You keep me alive. Allow me to depart today fortunately, successful, my prayers answered, with Your mercy and forgiveness with the best return that anyone can have today from among Your visitors and pilgrims of Your Sacred House. And give me the best you've given any of them in goodness, blessings, well-being, mercy, contentment, and forgiveness. And bless for me whatever I return to, whether family, wealth, a little or a lot, and bless them through me.”
[Shaykh Tusi, “Al-Nihayah,” p. 251]

https://imam-us.org/the-day-of-arafah

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On 6/7/2024 at 10:49 PM, ShiaChat Mod said:

Saturday, June 8th, 2024, will be the first day of Dhu al-Hijjah, 1445 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

https://www.imams.us/news/the-crescent-moon-of-the-month-of-dhu-al-hijjah-1445-a-h/

Salam. Look for the new crescent moon tonight. Tomorrow might be the Holy Month of Muharram in the US and Canada. 

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13 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

Salam. Look for the new crescent moon tonight. Tomorrow might be the Holy Month of Muharram in the US and Canada. 

Salam. The announcement came that Sunday, July 7, 2024 is the first day of the Month of Muharram in all of North America. 

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Announcement Concerning:

The Crescent Moon of the Month of Muharram, 1446 A.H.

 اضغط هنا لملاحظة بيان هلال شهر محرم الحرام ١٤٤٦ هـ

To the respected believers in North America,

Peace be upon you.

The Moon-Sighting Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America announces that Sunday, July 7th, 2024, will be the first day of Muharram, 1446 A.H. for the entire region of North America.

This determination is based on the fact that there were verified sightings of the crescent moon by the naked eye at sunset on Saturday, July 6th, 2024 in many locations.

We ask God, the Most High, to accept your fasting, grant success in performing good deeds, and to hasten the Return of Our Master, Imam Mahdi (p).

Moon-Sighting Committee
Sayyid M. Rizvi, Toronto, Canada
Sayyid Mehboob Mehdi Abidi, Chicago, Illinois
Shaykh Ahmad Bahrani, Potomac, Maryland
Shaykh M. Jafar Bangloori, Miami, Florida
Shaykh M. Taqi Zakeri, Springfield, Virginia 

https://www.imams.us/news/the-crescent-moon-of-the-month-of-muharram-1446-a-h/

Arabic:

https://www.imams.us/wp-content/uploads/1446_Muharram_Arb.pdf

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For those who are in England, the Islamic Centre of England has nightly Muharram Majalis activities.

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Hay'at Baqiyatollah kindly encourages believers to attend the majlis of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام).

Talks delivered by Shaykh Ali Safdari

Recitations by Haji Mohamed Baqir, Mulla Noureddine Al Kathemy & Mulla Ammar Al Nashed

Dates: From tonight 08/07/2024

Time: 9:30pm

Location: Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, W9 1QB

https://www.aimislam.com/

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