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Investigating drivers of qardhul hassan financing acceptance in the time of COVID-19: a Malaysian breadwinner perspective

Hanudin Amin (Labuan Faculty of International Finance, Universiti Malaysia Sabah – Kampus Antarabangsa Labuan, Labuan, Malaysia)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 9 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study was conducted to examine factors that could determine breadwinners' willingness to accept qardhul hassan financing in the time of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing upon ‘Attitude, Social Influence and Self-Efficacy’ (ASE) model, this study examined the effects of attitude, subjective influence and self-efficacy on qardhul hassan financing acceptance during the pandemic. The sample size was 294 respondents who were all breadwinners and sourced from group bottom 40 or B40 in Malaysia.

Findings

The results obtained acknowledged that attitude, subjective influence and self-efficacy shaped the formation and development of breadwinners' acceptance to take up the facility during the pandemic at best for well-being.

Research limitations/implications

Future studies should include samples from other geographies in Malaysia along with new variables relevant to extend the findings.

Practical implications

The results obtained offer new action plans for Islamic social financial institutions to better plan the offered qardhul hassan financing to society at large.

Originality/value

There are two originalities drawn from this study. First, this study is a pioneering work in Malaysia examining the importance of qardhul hassan financing in the time of COVID-19. Second, this study used the ASE model in examining the breadwinners' acceptability of the financing facility in meeting basic needs and requirements.

Peer review

The peer review history for this article is available at: https://publons.com/publon/10.1108/IJSE-06-2022-0420.

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Acknowledgements

This research is funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia (MOHE), FRGS/1/2021/SS01/UMS/02/1.

Citation

Amin, H. (2022), "Investigating drivers of qardhul hassan financing acceptance in the time of COVID-19: a Malaysian breadwinner perspective", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSE-06-2022-0420

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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