Monkeypox is a viral disease described as a milder form of smallpox.
Besides fever and headaches, some visible symptoms include skin rashes and lesions.
A disease that occurs primarily in central Africa now has outbreaks in the West, mainly in the UK. Cases have also been discovered in other parts of Europe, including Spain.
What’s more, it has been linked to the homosexual community and its sexual practices.
London, May 17 (PTI) Gay and bisexual men are being urged to be alert to unusual rashes or lesions after four new cases of the monkeypox virus were confirmed by UK health authorities, taking the total number of infections in the country to seven since the first case emerged earlier this year.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Monday evening that all of the new cases, three in London and one in the north east of England, self-identify as gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men (MSM).
So this monkeypox is basically a homophobic disease.
But is there any link between homosexuality and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
And more generally, is there any link between sexual immorality (such as widespread fornication and adultery) and STDs?
Sexual Immorality and STDs: A Prophecy
The link between sexuality immorality and STDs is in fact a prophecy.
Indeed, the Prophet ﷺ said, as reported in an authentic narration in Sunan Ibn Majah 4019:
It was narrated that ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) turned to us and said: ‘O Muhajirun, there are five things with which you will be tested, and I seek refuge with Allah lest you live to see them: Immorality never appears among a people to such an extent that they commit it openly, but plagues and diseases that were never known among the predecessors will spread among them […]
Keep in mind that pretty much all civilizations have taken a stand against sexual immorality.
British anthropologist J.D. Unwin demonstrates in his 1934-study Sex and Culture, how a strong stance against sexual immorality is actually what makes a society. He does this by looking at dozens of “uncivilized” societies and dozens of “advanced” civilizations over many millennia.
So, being against sexual immorality seems to be something “universal.”
What makes the above ḥadīth unique though, is that the Prophet ﷺ makes a connection between sexual immorality and diseases.
Most STDs only appeared during the modern age.
Take chlamydia for instance, considered the most widespread STD – its symptoms including genital pain and discharge from the reproductive organ. In an academic article, we read:
Since the late 1990s chlamydia has been the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Europe and the United States.
Public health concern about the disease also derived from its seeming novelty and to uncertainties over its pathology. Chlamydia first became recognized as a specific STI in the 1970s, but it took until 1988 for it to become notifiable.
So it’s literally a “new” disease which was “identified” only decades ago.
Then there’s the human papillomavirus (HPV), which potentially causes cervical cancer. Italian surgeon Domenico Rigoni-Stern had linked cancer with sexual immorality as early as 1842 in a treatise he’d authored. However it’s only in 1985, with advanced research in genetics, that German virologist Harald zur Hausen would make this definitive connection. He was subsequently rewarded with the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008.
Gonorrhea is a disease that was found in ancient cultures, but it wasn’t something very widespread back then. Apart from gonorrhea though, all other STDs – such as trichomoniasis; genital herpes; and of course HIV/AIDS – had their first confirmed cases during the modern period. This is when sexual immorality became widespread.
Syphylis, another STD, is even considered “modernity’s disease” par excellence, having been contracted by individuals such as influential French poet Baudelaire and US gangster Al Capone. Baudelaire was known to frequent prostitutes, and Al Capone actually died from it. There are also many “suspected” cases, which include the likes of Hitler, Lenin, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche – which according to some, explains the philosopher’s dementia during his final years.
While some people had criticized sexual immorality, only the Prophet ﷺ made such a strong link between widespread sexual immorality and diseases, and specifically – new diseases.
To give you a better idea of how widespread STDs are, LiveScience posted an article in 2014 to quantify the extent of STDs in the United States alone, and how much it was costing them. These were the numbers:
Certainly the “rational” West, which grants such great importance to the materialistic and economic side of life (due to capitalism), should enact legislation to prevent STDs? And not for religious reasons, but simply due to the financial costs they ensue.
Unless the West is hypocritical – which is impossible, right?
Homosexuality And HIV/AIDS
Malik Badri (1932-2021) was a personal friend to Malcolm X. Some speculate that he may even be the reason Malcolm X chose to adopt the name Malik el-Shabazz after converting to Islam.
Badri was a Sudanese psychologist and is considered to be the father of modern Islamic psychology. He had an illustrious career teaching this subject in his native country Sudan, as well as Saudi Arabia and Malaysia. He eventually passed away in Kuala Lumpur.
Of his many popular books, one of the most famous is The AIDS Crisis: A Natural Product of Modernity’s Sexual Revolution, first published in 1997.
Our opening statement linked monkeypox with homosexuality. And the STD most associated with homosexuality, not only in academia but also as the overwhelming general perception, is of course HIV/AIDS. Many homosexual celebrity figures died from the disease, such as French philosopher Michel Foucault and British-Indian pop-singer Freddie Mercury.
Badri places this into a wider context – that of the sexual revolution; linked but not limited to homosexuality.
He writes on p. 25:
Simply stated, the AIDS plague is mainly a sexually transmitted pandemic. It is spread through the most intimate of human contacts, namely sexual intercourse, and thus it is the greatest threat to modernity’s dearest progeny: the sexual revolution. If one seriously contemplates the characteristics and modes of transmission of AIDS, one would be astonished by the clear fact that it is a syndrome specifically designed to curb this licentious revolution. It is becoming more and more obvious as the years drag on without a therapeutic breakthrough that the exploding pandemic cannot be halted without putting the brakes on this sexual abandon. Unlike other microbes, the AIDS virus, with its ‘specialised mission,’ does not infect by the usual ‘sinless’ contacts of most other germs. It is not transmitted by casual sharing of household utensils or bed sheets, by coughing or sneezing, by swimming pools or public transport or even by insect and mosquito bites, toilet seats, hugging or ‘dry kissing’ an AIDS victim. The retributive virus can only attack in the darkness of penetrative sex or the actual introduction of infected body fluids, such as contaminated blood in the case of intravenous drug addicts.
He then deconstructs the psychological and biological justifications for sexual immorality – notably the role played by psychologists such as Freud; and Albert Ellis, who wrote a book about Sex Without Guilt.
For Badri this approach to sexual ethics is rooted within liberalism and secularism.
Badri then proceeds to analyze the homosexual revolution within the sexual revolution.
He highlights the role played by the liberal élite, both in academia and the media, of popularizing sodomy.
He writes on pp. 77-78:
Modernity’s media has thus opened the door widely to the gay revolution with its innovative practices. It is true that its influence in changing the attitudes of people towards homosexuality cannot be overemphasised but the support of the academic literature to the gay revolution and its anal sexuality can be more damaging. Its ‘scientific’ flavour and the halo effect of its renowned authors are very convincing to the laity as well as the intelligentsia.
Since the AIDS dilemma was first discovered among male homosexuals, and since there are a number of theories linking the mutation of the HIV itself to anal intercourse, it may be of relevance to our study to reveal the enticement of the Western scholarly references and university textbooks to anal sex. However, in writing this material, the author finds himself compelled to expose obscene practices which may be offensive to some sensitive readers. I deeply apologise. I cannot show the relationship between this important aspect of the Western sexual revolution and the development of AIDS without this ugly exposition.
If one reads the professional literature of the American and European sexual revolution in the early eighties, just before the AIDS scare, he or she will be convinced that persuading people to practice anal sex with men or women was one of the major concerns of modernity’s ‘sex education.’ Professional university textbooks of the early eighties use all sorts of philosophical, psychological and sheer seductive approaches to lure the young and old to practice sodomy.
We can’t really go through his entire book within this article, but I would definitely recommend it warmly to MuslimSkeptic readers. It should aid in helping us adopt a more encompassing approach towards the sexual revolution and also “homosexualism” as an ideology.
For me personally, all of this just cements our belief in the truthfulness of the Prophet ﷺ.