There was unmistakable outrage among Muslims in the country, when Prof Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, suggested that, Muslim leaders in the country should consider using text messages to call their members to worship, instead of the usual megaphones.
This, according to the Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations Minister, will help reduce noise pollution in the country.
He made the pronouncement, on Tuesday April 10, when he who took his turn at the Meet the Press series.
He said, “In the house of worship, why is it that the noise will be limited to the house of worship…and again maybe from the mosque, why is it that time for prayer would not be transmitted with text message or whatsapp so the Imam will send whatsapp message to everybody that the time for prayer is up so appear…,” he suggested.
Research and development (R&D) have remained the catalyst most nations use in their effort to expand the frontiers of growth and knowledge. The main purpose of research is to inform action.
In Ghana, we make suggestions and take decisions, without the benefit of empirical evidence or data.
The Minister was completely out of line, when he made the suggestion that, text messages and Whatsapp, should be used to call people to prayers. Islam is not made of renovation for us to be tweaking with it anytime we want.
For the information of the Minister, who was obviously ignorant of what he was talking about; in Islam there are no specific denominational mosques that capture certain categories of worshippers.
Wherever a Muslim gets to, he prays in any available mosque where the azan (call to prayer) is called. So how do these “stranger worshippers” get information about a call to prayer?
Muslims are also concerned about the harm pollution is causing to the environment, and will be part of every effort to ensure that, we reduce pollution, whichever form, it comes, but such a lame and lazy suggestion by a Professor, cannot be countenance.
How do you send a text message to Muslims to come to the mosque during Zuhr (dawn) prayers, when they are sleeping.
The joke is too much in this country, we expect leaders to lead, not to be joking with serious issues.