During the weekend, President Nana Akuffo Addo commissioned Ghana’s new National Mosque. The newly-constructed mosque is in Nima, Accra. This mosque is currently the second-largest mosque in West Africa. The largest mosque is in Dakar, Senegal. The Massalikoul Djinane mosque in Dakar is a 30,000 capacity mosque.
Equally important was the entourage of dignitaries at the ceremony. The current and immediate past Presidents of the Republic of Niger, their Excellencies Mohammed Bazoum and Mahamadou Issoufou, and Professor Ali Erbaş. Also other dignitaries assisted in the inauguration ceremony of the $10-million mosque. They were the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, and the President of the Directorate of the Religious Affairs of Turkey, Professor Dr Ali Ebras.
Additionally, Ghana’s new National Mosque has a seating capacity of 15, 000. The mosque has a Turkish Islamic civilization architectural signature. Within the National Mosque are: a school, library, dormitories, workers and guest residences. Also, the Natinal Mosque has within it a clinic with a pharmacy, an Islamic morgue as well as office complexes for both the project developer (the National Chief Imam) and the project managers, Diyanet, GANADER and HUDAI.
The president in his speech, spoke about the importance of a mosque in the theological architecture of Islam. The President had this to say about the mosque:
“To this day, the Prophet’s mosque in Medina continues to be a site of pilgrimage for devotees from across the world. The mosque is not just a place of prayer, it is the hub for social and cultural activities. In other words, a mosque is supposed to bring people together and not divide them,” he added.