Muslims around the world are today celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan.
For the first time in Ghana’s history, this year’s event will be without the usual mammoth congregational prayers, given the Coronavirus disease which has wreaked havoc globally.
In compliance with the ban, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, has directed all Muslims to observe Eid-ul-Fitr at home and strictly observe social distancing as they make merry.
He has also cautioned the youth against the use of motorbikes for mass celebration since that act is in violation of the social distancing protocols.
Spokesperson for the Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shaibu urged Muslims to observe the safety protocols put out by the health authorities during the festivities.
The celebration of Eid from home means, popular places such as the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park and the Black Star Square in Accra and all major social centres across the country that usually host the Eid will be deserted.
The euphoria, merrymaking and other social activities that characterize Eid-ul-Fitr will be absent Monday, May 25.
Also, one key element of the Eid celebrations, known as “Zakat al-Fitr”, an Islamic ritual of giving money to the poor who throng venues of the congregational prayers, will be absent as well.
The National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu is expected to lead Virtual EID Prayers live at Broadcasting House in Accra. Guest of honour will be President Akufo-Addo.
The programme will be broadcast at 9 a.m. live on Ghana Television, Uniiq FM and all GBC’s Regional FM stations around the country.