I have been rooming with a muslim girl during my college time (I am an atheist) for a few months and she was a wonderful person. Living with her was no different than living with anybody else and we got along just fine. There was one thing about her that I still remember: her attitude about food. She used to say that we are blessed to be given enough to eat by Allah, and we should not disrespect his gift. So she never threw away food that was still good (not even leftovers) but would rather give it to homeless and street animals, she never played with it, didn’t curse while eating and didn’t even put grocery bags on the floor. I vaguely felt that it is the right thing to do (especially while so many people are starving in the world) and absolutely respected what she did. We never had any religious issues and are still in touch. So my experience of having a Muslim roommate was a good one.
By the way…
(real) Muslims have no negative feelings about any other religions. In fact, they have great respect for Jesus and Moses.
Despite the common misconception, men and women are considered equal in Islam and violence is strongly condemned.
Islam requires maintaining high level of personal hygiene (which is a big plus for any kind of roommate).
Reading a prayer (namaz) 5 times a day is mandatory for a muslim, but each prayer takes about 5 minutes to read, you don’t have to say it out loud (only loud enough to be able to hear yourself) and there are usually no special requirements for doing it, like complete silence or isolation or anything else, so namaz can be considered 100% roommate friendly.
Oh, and also, muslim people don’t eat pork and feel strongly negative about it (here is where you say “duh!” and roll your eyes with a sigh). As a matter of fact, majority of religions prohibit eating pork and more and more health expert admit that pork meet is unhealthy.
I never had any Jewish roommates but I have quite a few Jewish friends, and when I asked them what would it be like to share an apartment with them, and what possible religious issues might arise I got puzzled stares and a “Umm… What?” in response, so I guess you shouldn’t worry about having problems if your roommate is Jewish.
The biggest issue with having a Jewish roommate might take place in the kitchen, as kosher diet is an important and one of most observed aspects of Judaic religion. The issue might arise because according to kosher laws, you can’t use the same cookware and appliances (including a dishwasher) for prepairing, storing and cleaning meat and dairy.
Also if you decided to give your Jewish a roommate a bottle wine as a gift, make sure it’s kosher, as grape products made by non-jewish are considered non-kosher, thus, can not be consumed.
On the other hand, most of Jewish people (especially if they choose to have a non-jewish roommate) are pretty flexible and accomodating about co-existing with others, believeing that only core beliefs and commandments of torah matter.
Hindu and buddhism are closely connected and have similar concepts and values and in general, Hinduism is considered to be world’s oldest religion.
Hinduism is a way of life as opposed to a religion, so you probably won’t get involved into any righteous religious disputes with them.
The best thing about a deeply religious Hindu roommate would be their belief in Karma (did you guess why?). The worst thing would probably be their vegan diet, as some vegans feel uncomfortable with their non-vegan roommates eating habits, but, again, there is always a way to make things work for all.
Hinduism worships life in all it’s forms, as a living being is considered to be a divine creation, so If your roommate is a devoted Hindu, he/she won’t start screaming if there is ever a bug or a roach in your apartment, but will probably pick it up gently instead and remove it from the apartment in a careful and respectful manner rather than killing it.
Just as I said at the beginning, it looks like in a modern world, especially in the metropolitan life, color, race and religion don’t matter as much as personality, energy and attitude, but to those who are still doubtful, my personal opinion is, that for someone who belongs to religious minority sharing an apartment is a big step too, so they are probably far more concerned about getting along with their roommate than anybody else and are eager to make it work. It might even be better than rooming with a non-religious roomate, because any religion in general teaches peaceful co-existance and tolerance.