This newspaper delivery boy finds more time for prayer during Ramadan

This newspaper delivery boy finds more time for prayer during Ramadan
Nisar Kadavinabagilu. - KT photo by Ryan Lim

Abu Dhabi - Nisar uses the holy month of Ramadan to worship God more and do charity.


Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Wed 30 May 2018, 10:51 PM

Nisar Kadavinabagilu, a 29-year-old newspaper boy, has been distributing Khaleej Times in Abu Dhabi city for 10 years now.
But not once has the demands of his job prevented him from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. In fact, the Indian expat says, he finds fasting very easy because his duty starts early morning and ends before afternoon.
"Generally, my work during Ramadan is the same as the other months and I don't face any difficulty fasting," said Nisar. "My duty starts from 1am to 7.30am. I deliver about 250 copies of the newspaper in Al Najdah Street area every day."
On some days, from 9am to 11am, after circulating the newspapers, he goes out to offices of some clients to collect payments or cheques as instructed by his boss.
After he's done with his daily duties, the Indian delivery boy returns to his accommodation room and get some rest. "I sleep for a while and only wake up to perform the afternoon prayer. I then go back to bed since it's a relaxing time," he said.
At 5pm, after the Asri prayer, Nisar prepares his Iftar meal that includes samosa, chicken biryani and other foodstuff. "I always have my Iftar at home with some of my roommates," he said.
Nisar, who uses the holy month of Ramadan to worship God more, attends the Taraweeh prayer every day after Iftar. "To me, Ramadan means love and care for each other, doing good deeds and charity," he said.
"Ramadan means increased worshipping. I always ensure to perform Taraweeh prayers every day. It brings me closer to my lord. Also, I read a few chapters of the Holy Quran at least every night, for it's among the good deeds which the almighty Allah loves most," he said.
He sleeps for two hours after the Taraweeh prayer and wakes up towards 1am to start his day.
Despite being a low-income earner, the father of one is proud of his thrifty lifestyle and even helps out the poor. "I always save part of my salary and remit it back home to buy food for and feed the poor, needy people in my village during Ramadan. That is something that makes me very happy."
Hailing from the city of Mangalore, Nisar says the unity and togetherness of Ramadan with his family, is something that he misses the most. "Ramadan back home is always fun and happiness, as the family pray and enjoy Iftar meals together. I miss them during this month."

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