The Muslim community will today Thursday, March 26 continue to observe fasting and prayers to seek Allah's intervention as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.
The fast is part of a directive from the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, asking Muslims to add one more day to the national day of fasting and prayer declared by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
A spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu said the Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu believes the fasting could be extended to today [Thursday] to give Muslims the opportunity to intercede on behalf of the nation.
“The Chief Imam requested that ones we are in a situation of crisis, and we are seeking a means of drawing closer and closer to God to invoke God's compassion, Chief Imam saw that we could continue to use the fasting as a means of interceding on behalf of the nation,” he said.
The President declared the national exercise over the weekend when he gave his third national address to update citizens on measures taken to tackle the outbreak of the disease in the country.
In that address on Saturday, March 21, 2020, President Akufo-Addo pleaded with Ghanaians to pray whilst adhering to the measures outlined to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
“Whilst we continue to adhere to these measures and ramp up our efforts to defeat this virus, I urge all of us also to seek the face of the Almighty. So on Wednesday, 25 th March 2020, I appeal to all Ghanaians – Christians and Muslims to observe a national day of fasting and prayer. Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic,” he said.