Ghana’s National Chief Imam has declared a two-day prayer and fasting period for Muslims as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Ghana has, so far, recorded fifty-three cases with two deaths.
In a statement, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharabutu’s spokesperson, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, said: “The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu wishes to draw the attention of all followers of the Islamic faith in Ghana that the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has declared Wednesday, March 25, 2020, as National day of fasting and prayer.
“…Muslims of all sects are entreated to support the presidential call… Beyond tomorrow’s [Wednesday] special national fasting, the National Chief Imam has further urged Muslims to observe another fast on Thursday, March 26.”
“The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) used to fast on Thursdays, and the Chief Imam said Thursday’s special fast will be in line with the tradition of the Prophet, as the nation takes steps and also prays to God for a solution to the pandemic.”
“Additionally, the National Chief Imam would like to entreat Muslims of all denominations to fast on Thursday, 26 March 2020 in line with the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W),” the statement said, adding: “It is important to note that the fasting to be embarked upon on those two days is intended to enhance our collective spiritual struggle to win the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 popularly known as coronavirus”.
“It is our hope that all will cooperate.