It is permissible to exchange visits with non-Muslims when necessary or if it will help Muslims to introduce Islam and giving some advice which is a noble purpose. The Prophet himself used to visit non-Muslims. 

Exchanging Visits with Unbelievers

Similar Questions

•    Visiting unbelievers and unbelievers visiting Muslims;
•    Muslims visiting unbelievers.

The Issue

When Muslims live in non-Muslim countries and mix with non-Muslims people may invite each other to their homes, as often happens between colleagues and neighbours. What is the ruling concerning such exchange of visits?


Exchanging visits with non-Muslims is permissible if needed or if it brings about something useful, such as Muslims introducing Islam to them or giving some advice. This is stated in the fatwas of the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa and by Shaikh Abd al-Azeez ibn Baz.[1]


The Prophet visited his uncle Abu Talib before his death and called on him to believe in Islam. He also visited a young Jewish man and asked him to accept Islamand accepted the invitations of Jews and ate with them, which is mentioned in numerous well known reports.

Calling people to Islam is a noble purpose and inviting them to visit and visiting them at their places are means that may serve this purpose. Means are given the same status as the objectives.


•    Fatawa by The Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa.
•    Salih al-Fawzan, Al-Muntaqa.
•    Abd al-Azeez ibn Baz, Fatawa Nur [ala al-Darb.
•    Mut’ib al-Qahtani (ed.), Is'af al-Mughtaribin bi Fatawa al-'Ulama’ al-Rabbaniyyin.
•    Khalid Abd al-Qadir, Fiqh al-Aqaliyyat al-Muslimah.


  1. Fatawa by the Permanent Committee for Research and Fatwa, vol. 2, p. 96, Fatwa No. 8,097; Ibn Baz, Fatawa Nur 'ala al-Darb, p. 371.