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Coronavirus Pandemic: National Chief Imam declares 2-day fasting for Muslims

The National Chief Imam Sheikh Dr.Usmau Sharubutu has called on Muslims to observe the national day of fasting and prayer declared by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the nation battles the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

According to the directive, Muslims are to observe the fasting on Wednesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Per a statement from the office of the National Chief Imam, the directive is in line with Islamic doctrine and the directive by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

In a statement the Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu called on all Muslims to comply.

“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 25th 2020 as National day of fasting and prayer,” said the statement.

“…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 26th March 2020 in line with the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W),” the statement added.

“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.”

Ghana has so far confirmed 53 cases with 2 deaths.

Written by Opoku Asiedu

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