Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 133–147 | Cite as

Dissolving the Engineering Moral Dilemmas Within the Islamic Ethico-Legal Praxes

  • Abdul Kabir Hussain SolihuEmail author
  • Abdul Rauf Ambali
Original Paper


The goal of responsible engineers is the creation of useful and safe technological products and commitment to public health, while respecting the autonomy of the clients and the public. Because engineers often face moral dilemma to resolve such issues, different engineers have chosen different course of actions depending on their respective moral value orientations. Islam provides a value-based mechanism rooted in the Maqasid al-Shari‘ah (the objectives of Islamic law). This mechanism prioritizes some values over others and could help resolve the moral dilemmas faced in engineering. This paper introduces the Islamic interpretive-evaluative maxims to two core issues in engineering ethics: genetically modified foods and whistleblowing. The study aims primarily to provide problem-solving maxims within the Maqasid al-Shari‘ah matrix through which such moral dilemmas in science and engineering could be studied and resolved.


Engineering moral dilemma Bioethics Whistleblowing GM food Maqasid al-Shari‘ah Objectives of Islamic law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdul Kabir Hussain Solihu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdul Rauf Ambali
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General Studies, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human SciencesInternational Islamic University MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Administrative Science and Policy StudiesUniversity Technology Mara, UiTMShah AlamMalaysia

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