Meet the expat who serves Iftar to over 300 workers every day
The Kerala native has not missed a day of Ramadan fast for nearly 10 years
He is in charge of one of Team Iftar’s most populous locations
Team Iftar serves over 20,000 Iftars in 49 locations
He has been serving Iftar to workers for 4 years now
During Ramadan, the holy month, Muslims take part in a fast for the duration of the 30 days, and this fast is normally not fully understood, and sometimes not respected by expats in the UAE. That’s where Ranjith Rajari is different.
Though the UAE is a Muslim country, it has its fair share of expats. Rajari, the Kerala native though has not missed a day of Ramadan fast for the last nine years. He chooses to do this to show solidarity with his Muslim friends.
"I first fasted to understand how my Muslim friends could stay without food and water for so long. It was a very good experience." He told Khaleej Times.
Not only has he not missed a day of Ramadan fasting in the last nine years, but the non-Muslim also serves Iftar to over 300 workers a day, something he has been doing for four years. He works with Team Iftar – which serves over 20,000 Iftars in 49 locations. Rajari is at the helm of Sharjah’s Sajjah Industrial Area, where he gives out biryani and other foods to workers gathered outside a small mosque.
"I come here around 4pm daily. I distribute the Iftar meals among these workers and as the Maghrib call for prayer goes off, I end my fast with them. After clearing the garbage, I leave around 7.30pm," Rajari says.
When asked what drives him, Rajari says: "Serving people makes me happy. I can't imagine spending Ramadan in any other manner. I intend to do this forever."