IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(3): 183-188 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.343

Al-Yaqin in Critical Thinking: The Perception of Muslim Engineering Undergraduates in Malaysia

Mohd Nuri Al Amin Endut, Abdur-Rahman Mohamed Amin, Zulqarnain Abu Bakar, and Raja Ahmad Iskandar Raja Yaacob
Abstract—The element of certainty or al-yaqin in the context of Islamic critical thinking deals with the Islamic epistemology, which normally relates to the certainty of knowledge. This element is deemed as the highest criterion of an Islamic epistemological state of knowledge that is engaged in the critical thinking process as well as its aimed result. Thus, the objective of this study was to analyze the perception of Muslim engineering students in Malaysian higher education institutions towards the concept of al-yaqin as an essential element of Islamic critical thinking. The study employed a survey-based descriptive research and the data were analyzed using a descriptive analysis. A total of 557 Muslim engineering undergraduates from six Malaysian universities participated in this study. The findings revealed that Muslim engineering undergraduates in the Malaysian higher learning institutions have rather good comprehension and consciousness of the element of certainty or al-yaqin. It also revealed that the students’ perception on the theoretical context is better than their perception in the methodological context of al-yaqin.

Index Terms—Certainty, engineering education, epistemology, Islamic critical thinking.

The authors are with the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia (e-mail: nuriend@petronas.com.my, urrahman_amin@petronas.com.my, zulqab@petronas.com.my, iskandar_yaacob@petronas.com.my).

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Cite: Mohd Nuri Al Amin Endut, Abdur-Rahman Mohamed Amin, Zulqarnain Abu Bakar, and Raja Ahmad Iskandar Raja Yaacob, " Al-Yaqin in Critical Thinking: The Perception of Muslim Engineering Undergraduates in Malaysia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 183-188, 2014.

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