Palestinian Islamic scholar Yousef Makharzah said in a video that was posted on May 30, 2022 on the website of the Hizb ut-Tahrir-run Al-Waqiyah TV, that monkeypox is a punishment from Allah for homosexuality. He explained that it is a disease that affects monkeys and their "homosexual lookalikes", and that it is "caused by homosexuality", adding: "Since you behave like animals and beasts, Allah wanted to afflict you with the maladies of animals and beasts."
Yousef Makharzah: "Eighty thousand homosexuals gathered in the Canary Islands, where they committed acts of abomination. They also had such get-togethers in other places. So Allah inflicted some of them with a disease called 'monkeypox.' This [variation] of smallpox afflicts monkeys, as well as their homosexual lookalikes. Since you behave like animals and beasts, Allah wanted to afflict you with the maladies of animals and beasts. After this disease appeared, they ran some tests and concluded that it is caused by homosexuality."