Room mates playing music

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1. I know that listening to music is forbidden in Islam. I reside in a hostel with 3 room-mates. Sometimes, they play songs, videos on loudspeaker and other students from different rooms also join them. In this case, what should I do? Since we live in secular country, I can’t tell them to stop as everyone is free to do anything one desires

2. My non-muslim friends say “Assalamalaikum wa….” sometimes, what should I say? They ask me why dont you say “Jai Shri Ram” as we say salaam?



1. If you can find a hostel that is deeni friendly then live there. Otherwise, try your best not to listen to the music and plug your ears with ear plugs.

2. Say ‘Wa alaik’.

Hindus may say that which is according to their customs and you will do what is according to our custom and culture.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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