Coronavirus: Chief Imam urges Muslims to pray in their homes

Coronavirus: Chief Imam urges Muslims to pray in their homes

- Ghanaian Muslims have been barred from praying in mosques as coronavirus continues to spread around the African continent

- Ghana's national chief imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu asked the Muslims in the country to henceforth pray from home

- The order follows an earlier one by the president of the country, Nana Akufo-Addo, stopping all social gatherings

Muslims in Ghana must now avoid coming out to mosques to observe their prayers. This is part of a declaration by the country's chief imam as a result of the spread of coronavirus.

The Ghanaian national chief imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharubutu made the declaration just after the country's president, Nana Akufo-Addo, issued a ban on social gatherings for a month.

In Africa, like other continents, religion is a sacred area of existence. However, the virus which started in China and is currently spreading has resulted in major religious countries taking drastic decisions to curtail more infections.

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Coronavirus: Chief Imam urges Muslims to pray in their homes

Ghana's chief imam says no prayer is mosques
Source: UGC

Chief Imam Sharubutu also stopped all Islamic activities that would make people gather for any reason.

The revered Islamic scholar and cleric also urged the Muslim community to adhere to all directives from the government, in order to help in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus.

The chief imam made the call at a media briefing in Accra.

He also called on all Muslim clerics at the various mosques across the country to fix hand sanitizers at the entrance for members and ensure they used it before and after prayers.

He also urged political parties and politicians not to politicise the situation since the virus is no respecter of person.

The Chief Imam further urged Ghana’s health sector to ensure that most centres allocated for the treatment of COVID-19 cases were well equipped with the necessary logistics to enhance the fight.

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He called for the collaboration of all Ghanaians and advised the people to adhere to the precautionary measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ghana has recorded six confirmed as of March 15. earlier reported that a medical practitioner identified as Amade Emmanuel shared his testimony in church, saying he tested negative for coronavirus after a pastor prayed for him.

In a video on Twitter, Emmanuel said he was part of the first medical personnel that had contact with the first case of coronavirus in Nigeria. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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