I was talking with my dad yesterday, and as a concerned parent, he was trying to make me more aware of the Ebola outbreak that exists outside the secluded world of the High Point University campus. He told me that Ebola is spreading in some western African countries because of the Islamic burial practices. I looked into it a little. When a Muslim dies, it is traditional for the family to wash and cleanse the body, then dress it for burial. However, Ebola is still very contagious from the fluids of a dead body. This has created a great risk of transmitting the disease to entire families and whoever else they may come in contact with. On the contrary, not preparing the body in the traditional way creates a great risk for the soul of the diseased no making it into paradise. It is difficult to understand the conviction of the Muslim families who have lost someone to the Ebola outbreak that they would risk endangering so many more people to carry out a traditional burial. Yet, by not doing that, I realize, they fear they are condemning their deceased loved one. Can there be a compromise when so much is at risk?