Imam Says Ebola Outbreak Is ‘God’s Punishment’ On Liberia

The cleric said the outbreak is a result of the indulgence of some Liberians in acts of lesbianism and homosexuality, armed robbery, wickedness, cheating, fornication, adultery and disrespect to constituted authorities, all of which are forbidden by God

An Imam in Liberia said the deadly outbreak of Ebola virus in the country is destined by Allah due to persistent violation of mankind's covenant to be one another's keepers in the society.

The Chief Imam of the Salafia Mosque, Salah Sheriff, said the Ebola outbreak in the country is not just the result of a broken covenant made to God, he sees the disease, according to the Holy Quran, as what he referred to as meaning punishment of God.

Sheikh Sheriff revealed this at Salafia Mosque Tuesday August 26, 2014 in Monrovia, describing the emergence of the deadly disease in the country as a signal of God's warning to all Liberians, regardless of religion, tribal or political connections.

The cleric said the outbreak is a result of the indulgence of some Liberians in acts of lesbianism and homosexuality, armed robbery, wickedness, cheating, fornication, adultery and disrespect to constituted authorities, all of which are forbidden by God.

the Muslim cleric maintained.

He added that since the emergence of the Ebola pandemic in the country, many people continue to die not only because of fear but also denial.

Regarding the adherence of citizens to Ebola preventive messages and awareness activities being brokered by the national Ebola task force, the government and international partners, Sheikh Sheriff maintained that sensitizing worshippers on the danger and prevention of the disease as some measures undertaken by his congregation to prevent the spread of Ebola in the country.

He, however, used the occasion to stress the need for total reconciliation amongst Liberians if the nation is to rise again in the comity of nations.

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