Using a local approach for Da'wah
Fatwa No: 84983

Question

Is it allowed to use the local dialect as well as the traditions and customs in our country as a prelude to Da'wah to non-Arabs living here?This is a field that attracts these foreigners more than anything else. So, we get to them by inviting them to a traditional dish, sitting with them in the tent and accompanying them on excursions in the desert. In these first meetings we talk to them about the local history and inheritance. This will be a door to their hearts. Some brothers do not feel good using such a means in Da'wah.

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

There is no objection to using the means you mentioned provided they do not include any forbidden things like a woman staying in seclusion with an alien man, or some of these foreigners being able to look at unveiled Muslim women, or the fact that a woman goes in what can be described as travel without being accompanied by a Mahram.
So, if this technique is free from all that Allah forbids then there is no harm to use it since the means take the rule of the intention and objective behind it. Know that the techniques of Da'wah are not limited to what is used in the era of the prophet as believed by some scholars.
In fact, it is legal according to Sharia to use any lawful means such as pamphlets, booklets, magazines, cassettes, seminars, lectures, exhibitions and the similar things that mostly did not exist during the era of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam). If the means of Da'wah were restricted to that which was mentioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah then these current means would be unlawful, and no scholar says this.
It should be noted here that the most appropriate way and the one that most suits Sharia is to limit the Da'wah of men to men and the Da'wah of women to women. Above all, since most of these foreign women are not veiled and they expose their adornments and Awrah. This could lead to the temptation of Daiya man who could be attracted by these things.
Allah knows best.

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