A Muslim sheikh on Tuesday surprised people during the commemoration of this year’s World AIDS Day Commemoration when he asked God in his prayer to forgive only those people living with HIV who got it through other means than sex.
Sheikh Abdullah, in his dedication for people living with HIV, or dead from HIV-related illnesses, pleaded for forgiveness on behalf of people living positively with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“Oh God, we ask you to forgive all those people who got HIV through other means than sex. These people are innocent, Oh God, and we ask you to please forgive them; they committed no sexual sin,” said Abdullah.
He was one of members of the clergy who offered prayers at the event, also attended by President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Malawi joined the rest of the world to commemorate World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1 every year since 1998. It also marks the launch of new AIDS programmes that run for one whole year, beginning December 1 to November 30 of the forthcoming year.