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Brother Burhan, Assalamu Wa Alaikum

I am an expatriate working in Saudi Arabia in a small organization which deals with Industrial Equipment. After gaining the knowledge in this field i have started my own business in similar field without consent/knowledge of my sponsor/owner. As per saudi arabian labor law its illigal to do business/work if i am working under one sponser and joinging with other sponser for such activitees. Since i am working under my presence sponser and doing the similar business without his knowledge with other sponsor i confused whether it is halaal or haraam to do. Please claryfy according shariah my earnings from this business is halaal or haraam? 


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First and foremost, Shariah Law does not prohibit one from taking two jobs to earn their livelihood, if they wish to do so. But because you have a specific agreement and understanding with your current employer that you will not work in any other job other than his organization….it would only be piety and righteousness in the Sight of Allah that you fulfill the terms of your contract with your employer.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 29:

29 O ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good-will.


Secondly, because holding two jobs, or holding a job and running one’s own business is against the law of the land….and you would have to practice deceit and fraud and lie to the government regarding the operation of your side-business….it would obviously not be permissible, not only in accordance with the law of the land, but also in Shariah Law; for the practice of lies, deceit and fraud of any kind and type are absolutely and categorically unlawful in Shariah Law.


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