President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commissioned the National Mosque of Ghana complex.
He was joined by other high-profile dignitaries including the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu to officially open the complex to public use.
The event took place on Friday, July 16, 2021, and saw a lot of Ghanaians, mostly from the Muslim community present.
Sited at Kanda, the complex houses a 15,000 capacity seater grand mosque.
The building also contains several facilities including offices, an office complex for the National Chief Imam, a research complex, a senior high school, a clinic, an administration block and a conference centre.
“The minaret of this mosque is very visible from many parts of Accra. For me, it is not just the beauty that it adds to Accra’s skyline that excites me, necessarily. I am even more excited by the fact that, as a Christian-majority country, a symbol of Islam can beautifully adorn our landscape, and expose the beauty of religious harmony that we enjoy in Ghana, and which continues to be the envy of the rest of the world,” the President said.
Acknowledging the importance of a mosque in the theological architecture of Islam, he noted that Prophet Mohammed’s Mosque in Medina continues to be a site of pilgrimage for devotees from across the world.
The mosque, President Akufo-Addo explained, is not just a place of prayer, stressing that “it is a hub for social and cultural activities. In other words, a mosque is supposed to bring people together, and not divide them”.
He, thus, urged the National Chief Imam and members of the Muslim fraternity to use the occasion of the commissioning of the complex to foster, even further, the unity of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana, and, by extension, the unity of the Ghanaian people.
“This beautiful Complex is a replica of the famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, which has become one of the most visited mosques in the world for the purposes of tourism. I expect that we should also nurture and take care of this mosque, and build its profile as a tourist destination for travellers to our country,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo continued: “Fortunately, our Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture is a devout Muslim and an astute businessman, and I expect him to craft an appropriate strategy to make this beautiful edifice a place of pilgrimage”.
On his part, the President pledged to continue to serve Ghanaians diligently.
“I shall continue to be faithful to my presidential oath, and, hopefully, I can count on your support and the support of the Ghanaian people to make our country great and strong,” he added.
Alleged to cost about $ 10 million, it was funded by the Turkish government.