A professor of Islamic Studies, Abdulrasaq Abubakre, says it is against the tenets of Islam to receive salary for the period one has not worked.
Abubakre said this in Ilorin on Tuesday while speaking with the newsmen against the backdrop of the ongoing national strike by the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).
JOHESU is demanding an upward adjustment of CONHESS Salary Scale, arrears of skipping of CONHESS 10 and employment of additional health professionals.
JOHESU is also asking for implementation of court judgments and upward review of retirement age from 60 to 65 years.
But the don, who recently retired from the University of Ilorin, said unions in Nigeria should find ways of resolving grievances with the government rather than resorting to strike.
“”If you pay zakat on the salary you received and did not work for, you will not receive the intended reward from God.
“The perspective of Islam is that of trust, trust is very crucial in Islam. JOHESU members are entrusted with the concern and care of patients across hospitals in Nigeria.
“Money is important but it is secondary, secondary in the sense that your primary role is to save lives.
“Health workers must understand that it is God that heals and they must have this at the back of their minds,” he said.
He also said the country must develop a culture of responsibility and response, urging government to also be alive to its responsibilities.
The don condemned JOHESU’s demand for parity with medical doctors, saying it was unreasonable.
Abubakre said the foundation of JOHESU’s strike was weak, urging its leaders to be serious and reasonable in their negotiations.
He, however, called on the Federal Government to be proactive and always prevent strikes from happening rather than finding solutions to industrial disputes.