Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel
I have an e-learning platform where I collaborate with colleagues to create courses that include physics laws like conservation. Is it necessary for me to include a preface that says, “Note from the Founder: Natural Laws Mentioned in This Course All Operate under the Will of Allah”?
My organization and audience include non-Muslims; how can I word this note in a subtle way that demonstrates Allah is the cause of all things and all laws operate under His will while also not discouraging disbelievers from the course’s useful knowledge?
Is it necessary for me to mention Allah after each law mentioned, or is the preface sufficient?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.
I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your thoughtful question.
One does not have to mention the note under every law considering your non-Muslim colleagues who are part of creating the course and the wider public who might have faith or no faith. I would suggest the preface note can be: Natural Laws Mentioned in This Course All Operate under the Will of God.
Write the course with the intention of Daʿwa to Allah and Islam via His beautiful creation. You will be rewarded, and hopefully, some guidance and enlightenment will come out from it.
“Invite all to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord alone knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is rightly guided.” [Quran, 16:125]
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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.