Permissible Methods of Calling People to Islam

Is it okay to make da'wah in our own style except the style or the way of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) or which is ordered according to Qur’an? I mean the best of word is Word of Allah and the best of way of life is the life of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Except this, is there any way or is that okay to make da'wah to people who are not in the right path?

The question as to methods of calling people or explaining to people Islam, whether these methods are limited to those employed by the Prophet (ﷺ) or whether we can use other methods. As in our time, the internet wasn’t around 1400 years ago. So the Prophet (ﷺ) didn’t use the internet. So, do we say then, since the Prophet (ﷺ) did what he was commanded by Qur'an, that we cannot use the internet as a means to convey the message of Islam to others? No, we don’t look at it in that limited sense. What we look at is that the Prophet (ﷺ) used whatever means were available to him to convey that message. Whatever means which didn’t involve haraam, he utilized them, whatever was available at his time.

So therefore if there are other means which become possible now, the telephone, the television, the internet, these other various forms of media, then we utilize it. The Prophet (ﷺ) in his day, when he wanted to convey the message to his people, he climbed up on top of a mountain, called the people and the people gathered. This was his means of media communication. On top of the mountain, everybody could see him and he could say the message to everybody. That’s the best that he could do at that time. Now we have a television which will broadcast it across the world. We don’t question, since the Prophet (ﷺ) didn’t use television so therefore we shouldn’t use television today. So, what we do is utilize whatever media means are available to us. However, when we find principles, not media but principles wherein people try to convey the message in a way which contradicts the way of the Prophet (ﷺ), here we say: No. We do not want to use that method because it is not keeping with the method of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). So for example, if it was suggested to us, in order to win over the hearts of some of the people in our community, we go to their temple and participate in their acts of worship in order to get closer to them and to build friendship so that they may come into our place of worship and learn about the message, we say: No, That method is not acceptable, and so on and so forth.

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