The Influence of Local Culture and Religious Knowledge on Halal Food Selection: Studies at the Secondary School in Lahad Datu, Sabah

Pengaruh Budaya Setempat Dan Pengetahuan Agama Terhadap Pemilihan Makanan Halal: Kajian Di Sekolah Menengah Harian Di Lahad Datu, Sabah

  • Redzuan Muhamad Pelajar Siswazah
  • Mohd Anuar Ramli Senior Lecturer
Keywords: Halal, Food, Culture, Religious, Consumer

Abstract

Choosing halal food is a religious obligation for a Muslim. However, in a real life, this practice is influenced by various factors around humans. The interaction of homogeneous community consists of multi ethnic, cultures as well as religions creating a special social relation. The overlapping functions of culture and religion in society render against the selection of halal food. As such, this study was conducted to identify the influence between local culture and religious knowledge towards the chosen of halal food in the multi ethnic communities. The sample of this study is attained from 350 students from all high schools in Lahad Datu, Sabah by using a questionnaire. To achieve the objective, inferential statistics method, known as correlation is used. From the analysed data, it is obvious that the cultural constructs (M=2.54) were at medium level, while religious knowledge constructs (M=4.46) and halal food constructs (M=4.05) were at the high level. There has no significant between local culture with selection of halal food (r=0.031, p>0.01). The research shows that there has a positive and less significant result between religious knowledge and the selection of halal food (r=0.219, p<0.01). Therefore, as conclusion there are other elements influence the selection of halal foods among students.

Abstrak

Memilih makanan halal menjadi kewajipan setiap Muslim. Namun, pemilihan ini dipengaruhi oleh pelbagai faktor di sekeliling manusia. Kehidupan masyarakat homogen yang terdiri daripada pelbagai etnik mewujudkan pertindihan fungsi budaya dan agama dalam pemilihan makanan seharian. Sehubungan itu, kajian ini dijalankan untuk mengenal pasti pengaruh budaya setempat dan pengetahuan agama terhadap pemilihan makanan halal dalam kalangan pelajar multi etnik. Sampel kajian terdiri daripada 350 orang pelajar dari semua sekolah menengah harian di Daerah Lahad Datu, Sabah  dengan menggunakan soal selidik. Bagi menjawab objektif kajian, statistik inferens iaitu korelasi digunakan. Dapatan kajian menunjukkan konstruk budaya (M=2.54) berada pada tahap sederhana, manakala konstruk pengetahuan agama (M=4.44) dan konstruk pemilihan makanan halal (M=4.05) berada pada tahap yang tinggi. Tidak terdapat hubungan yang positif antara budaya setempat dengan pemilihan makanan halal (r=0.031, p>0.01). Terdapat hubungan yang positif dan rendah yang signifikan antara pengetahuan tentang konsep makanan halal dengan pemilihan makanan halal (r=0.219, p<0.01). Oleh itu, berdasarkan dapatan kajian ini, dapat dirumuskan bahawa terdapat elemen-elemen lain yang mempengaruhi pemilihan makanan halal dalam kalangan para pelajar sekolah.

Author Biographies

Redzuan Muhamad, Pelajar Siswazah

Jabatan Fiqh & Usul, Akademi Pengajian Islam, Universiti Malaya

Mohd Anuar Ramli, Senior Lecturer

Jabatan Fiqh & Usul, Akademi Pengajian Islam, Universiti Malaya

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Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
Muhamad, R., & Ramli, M. A. (2020). The Influence of Local Culture and Religious Knowledge on Halal Food Selection: Studies at the Secondary School in Lahad Datu, Sabah. Al-Qanatir: International Journal of Islamic Studies, 20(1), 1-9. Retrieved from http://al-qanatir.com/index.php/aq/article/view/280