Role of the Sūfis During the Pandemic in a Society: COVID-19 in Nigeria as a Case Study

Abdur-Razzaq Mustapha Balogun Solagberu*  -  Kwara State College of Arabic and Islamic Legal Studies, Ilorin, Nigeria

(*) Corresponding Author

COVID – 19 is the code given to an infectious disease called Corona virus disease. It was on 31st December 2019 that World Health Organization (WHO) was kept informed of its discovery. It was speculated that the disease was first discovered in the Republic of China. It then spread from there to other countries of the world including Nigeria. In an attempt to halt its spread in the country i.e. Nigeria, multiple efforts were put in place.  One of such was to lockdown the country. The pandemic as well as lock-down had multifarious effects on the society and its people in multiple way, as a result of that, people found themselves in the state of frustration and anxiety, looking forward for remedy and solution. This paper therefore determines to examine the role of the Sūfis during this kind of situation with the hope of bringing the role of the Sūfis into lime light and to put it on record the Sūfi resilience and effort on the spiritual being of the Sūfi adherents at a particular time. The method adopted in this research is based on interpretative approach in line with the disciplines of Islamic Studies especially Sufism and history.  The main result of the study reveals that the pandemic has both positive and negative effects on the people generally. Finally, Sufism, through its teachings provides resilience to the public especially its adherents

Keywords: COVID 19; Nigeria; Sufism

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