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Ṣadaqah (charity) attitudes of muslims during Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown: an interpretative phenomenology

Busari, Saheed Abdullahi and Sitiris, Miszairi and Adebiyi, Jelili Adegboyega (2023) Ṣadaqah (charity) attitudes of muslims during Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown: an interpretative phenomenology. International Journal of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh Studies, 7 (1). pp. 78-87. E-ISSN 2600-8408

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The COVID-19 pandemic triggered global disruption, with many casualties recorded across different socio-economic groups. The surge seems to have affected vulnerable people more with the closure of most businesses and socio-economic activities. Despite significant government efforts to maintain lockdown order, vulnerable people from the B-40 community appear to have found it challenging to comply because of their inability to cater to their basic needs. The majority of the B-40 community with livelihood activities that require regular physical presence have difficulties accessing work and stores. Despite the government and non-governmental intervention packages for the vulnerable people, certain individuals have also volunteered in charity donations and distribution of basic socio-economic needs and health relief packages during the lockdown, but little is known about the Ṣadaqah attitude of Malaysians during the lockdown. This study explores the Ṣadaqah (charity) attitudes of Muslims during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown to cater to the basic needs of the vulnerable members of society. This study employs the interpretative phenomenology approach of the qualitative method to analyze the semi-structured interview data. This study found that despite the anecdotal evidence suggesting that many people may be discouraged from giving Ṣadaqah due to socio-economic challenges during the COVID-19 lockdown, religiosity and psychological motivations have propelled many Ṣadaqah givers towards alleviating the socio-economic challenges of the vulnerable people. The analysis shows that the challenges of limited income and restricted socio-economic activities do not prevent some Malaysians from donating Ṣadaqah during the pandemic lockdown. The study recommends overarching government policy for an effective and transparent standard operation of the Ṣadaqah activities during emergencies.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ṣadaqah, Attitudes, Muslims, COVID-19 Lockdown, Phenomenology.
Subjects: BPH Islamic Economics > BPH104 Islam and poverty
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Saheed Abdullahi Busari
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 14:11
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2023 14:12
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/103507

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