Zakat Model For Countering The Adverse Impact Of Covid-19 Pandemic On Individuals In Bauchi State Nigeria
Keywords:adverse, bauchi, COVID-19, individual, model, zakat
The current menace of COVID-19 pandemic has already impacted almost each and every one across the globe directly or indirectly. The focus of world leaders and economist has now shifted from spread of the disease to the economic consequences which will bring hardship to the society in general and individuals in particular. The menace of the pandemic resulted shortage of production which will result into the shortage of supply and consequently will end as loss of jobs and employment for millions of individuals around the globe. The most important group of people to be considered in our society during any crisis are daily wage earners who will have to bear the major burnt of this crisis. The proposed integrated Model of collecting and distributing Zakat can help the government agencies and economic institutions to minimize the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on individuals in Bauchi State Nigeria. The present study explores the possibility of Zakat as a financing method to fight the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on poor individuals in the society. It provides the solution by proposing an Islamic Model of collecting Zakat and its well distribution. The qualitative approach which include review of related literatures and interview with relevant bodies on personnel’s have been adopted in the study. While inductive approach of thematic analysis was utilized for data analysis. The findings of the study reveal that Zakat as an Islamic finance model have immense potential to fight any kind of situation and pandemic in respect of location, era, people or religion. Zakat, if properly collected, well managed and accurately distributed can help to fight the adverse effect of COVID-19 pandemic on individuals in the study area. Practical Implications to be used as an effective way to support poor individuals during and after the period of COVID-19 pandemic in Bauchi State Nigeria. The study will contribute massively to the existing literature and will help the government, religious organizations and civil societies in fighting the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on individuals in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
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