The National Chief Imam, His Eminence Sheikh Prof. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu has suspended Jumah prayers for Muslims following a directive by President Nana Akufu-Addo.
President Akufu-Addo during his second address to the nation on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country on Sunday, March 15, 2020, directed all public gatherings including religious activities to be suspended for four weeks.
“I have decided in the interest of public safety and the protection of our population to review the public gathering advisories earlier announced as follows: Firstly, all public gatherings including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities, such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four (4) weeks,” the President said.
A statement sighted by Citi News and signed by National Executive Secretary for the National Chief Imam,Alhaji Awaiso Bio said, “Jumah prayers in Ghana have been suspended beginning 20th March 2020 for the next four weeks.”
Jumah prayer is a congregational prayer session that Muslims hold every Friday, just after noon instead of the Zuhr prayer.