ISLAMIC SCHOLARS’ PERCEPTION OF COVID-19 AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS ITS VACCINATION IN NIGERIA

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2021

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СДУ хабаршысы - 2021

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Abstract. Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria and other parts of the world constitutes a serious health challenge hampering development of almost all spheres of lives. To rescue the situation, many steps have been taken globally and communally to contain the pandemic. A significant aspect of the steps towards containing the pandemic is the introduction of vaccines against the deadly disease. However, the issue of vaccination against the pandemic has generated series of mixed reactions and attitudes. This study was however carried out to investigate Islamic scholars’ perception and attitudes towards Covid-19 and its vaccination in Nigeria. The study was a descriptive one. The stratified random sampling technique was employed to select the participants based on creedal affiliations across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. A researchers’ designed questionnaire was employed. T-test and ANOVA statistical tools were used to analyse the data collected at alpha level of 0.05 level of significant. The findings showed that most of the respondents agreed that Covid-19 is Islamically categorised under Rijz, Ta'un, and Waba’. The restriction of movement, hand washing, using of nose/face mask, social distancing etc. and other measures to curtain the spread of COVID-19 are in tandem with the teachings of Islam. In addition, most Islamic scholars disposed negatively to the vaccination against COVID-19 due to ambiguity surrounding the vaccine. It was recommended that government needs to constitute health professionals to carry out more researches on the content and safety of the vaccines, publish the outcomes and sensitise masses on the need to get vaccinated. Islamic scholars should organise workshops and revisit the issue of permissibility of Covid-19 vaccines form the point of Islam. Government should provide convincing clues about vaccination. If found safe and Zalal, Islamic scholars should change their mind set and attitudes towards vaccination and endeavor to encourage their subjects.

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Covid-19, Islamic, Nigeria, Perception, Scholars, Vaccination, СДУ хабаршысы - 2021, №3

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Aliyu Yunus , Abdur-Rafiu , Jamiu / ISLAMIC SCHOLARS’ PERCEPTION OF COVID-19 AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS ITS VACCINATION IN NIGERIA / СДУ хабаршысы - 2021