I took a loan at 25 and continued repaying it till 59 – Story of an Expat

Mohammed Mustafa Rasheed who is an Indian Nations and belongs to the Kollam district of Kerala was only 25 when he arrived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to fulfill all his dreams. This story dates back to 1983.

Now Rasheed is 59 years old. The 59 years old Rasheed has left for India now but has disclosed his heartbreaking story. He lived for 34 years in Saudi Arabia and never, not even once, went back to meet his family!

Rasheed worked as a driver and plumber in his initial years. Soon he left these services and started his own business. He took loans from people he knew in the kingdom and initiated a business. His Saudi sponsor also provided him with financial help.

His business ran into losses. He needed help, he needed money to cover up his losses and had to repay the loans as well. Adding to his misfortune, his sponsor died!

The sponsor’s legal heirs had personal disputes which proved unlucky for Rasheed, they did not owe Rasheed’s sponsorship. Poor Rasheed could not find a new sponsor and his Iqama (the residency permit) expired.

Alas! Rasheed lost all hopes and became an illegal expatriate in Saudi Arabia. He had been living in the Kingdom as an illegal resident since 1993. He would undergo unstable and odd jobs to pay off the loans he took when he was only 25.

His life was miserable, he could not earn enough to pay off the loans all these years, his family could not see him for 34 years, his youth expired while repaying loans, he could not send a single penny back home!

He has now departed to India, his homeland. We hope that Mohammed Mustafa Rasheed’s life would take a great turn! All the best strong man!

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.