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Validation of a sejahtera living index using the Rasch model

Abdullah, Muhammad Faris and Nordin, Mohamad Sahari and Hussien, Suhailah and Mohd Alwi, Norhayati and Rabe, Noor Suzilawati (2023) Validation of a sejahtera living index using the Rasch model. Intellectual Discourse, 31 (1). pp. 7-30. ISSN 0128-4878 E-ISSN 2289-5639

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The Maqasid al-Shari'ah is a framework of divine values and beliefs that govern the life of a Muslim. It contains clear guidelines on how to live the good life the way the religion sees it and on what constitutes quality of life, happiness, and wellbeing for the Muslim. In more precise terms, the Maqasid al-Shari'ah guides Muslim in regard to how they can achieve a sejahtera life. Although sejahtera living is a fundamental and a highly imp0rtant concept, it is not widely researched or addressed in the current body of empirical literature. One can see that there is a paucity of empirical data on sejahtera living. To address this research gap, this study first developed a scale to measure sejahtera living and subsequently examined its validity. It also estimated the index scores of sejahtera living among students and employees of a public university in Malaysia. This ariicle reports on the findings of this validation exercise which involved a sample 1,057 lecturers, non-academic staff, and postgraduate and undergraduate students. Data were collected using a content validated 34-item questiomiaire created based on the dimensions of the Maqasid al-Shari'ah. The results of the Rasch measurement analysis provided evidence for the validity of the sejahtera living construct in terms of the good fit of the items, reliability and separation indexes, response category functioning, dimensionality, and construct validity. The extracted logit interval scores were used to construct linear measures of the baseline sejahtera living index. The findings support the need for instructional interventions and training to sustain and improve the quality of sejahtera living among Muslims.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sejahtera living, Muslim well-being, Maqasid al-Shari'ah, Rasch analysis, validation study
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics > HA154 Statistical data
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM831 Social change
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Social Foundations & Educational Leadership
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Muhammad Faris Abdullah
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2023 10:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2023 10:47
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/105561

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