Sharing a hotel room

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Q: A hotel lets out its rooms on a per person charge basis. Zaid books a room for three nights on the basis of one person staying and accordingly only pays for one person. Later he decides to share the room with his brother Amr. Zaid claims that he is entitled to the use of any amount of water, lights etc. when he paid for one person, so by now sharing the use of these facilities with Amr is in actual fact an extension of the benefits that Zaid is entitled to. Please advise with explanation if it is permissible for Zaid to do this?


A: Yes, it is permissible. However, we discourage this practice.

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


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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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