ACTNews, BEKASI – The pandemic has hit the people’s economy including Ustaz Kardi, a Quran teacher in TPQ (Quran Center) Al-Mukhtariyah, West Bekasi, Bekasi City. To ease the burden of Ustaz Kardi, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance on Friday (7/16/2021). The man who also peddles rice also suffers due to the lack of buyers during the pandemic.
The customers of Ustaz Kardi are mostly lower-middle class people who only buy around one to five liters of rice. The number of people who cannot work and have their income decreased has affected the purchasing power of Ustaz Kardi's customers, which also decreases.
"Maybe they (customers) are also having a hard time. Some have been laid off, their merchandise doesn't sell well, or the lack of motorcycle taxi customers, so those who usually buy rice from me can no longer buy them. Some haven’t paid for the rice yet," said Kardi.
Kardi continued that before the pandemic happened, he used to get IDR 400 thousand for his daily income. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has reduced his income up to 50%. However, Kardi keeps on selling his rice passionately. For him, sustenance is not only in the form of money but also the entire blessings from Allah.
After selling his rice, Kardi teaches the Quran to his 98 students. He divides the learning time into three shifts; after Dhuhr and Asr prayer for children, and after Maghrib prayer for the teenagers.
Apart from those three shifts, Kardi also carries out Quran assembly after Fajr prayer. The assembly is specified for students who stay at Ustaz Kardi’s house. Kardi does not charge fees for his Quran teaching. “That’s okay, I am happy to see their willingness to learn the Quran. They can pay according to their ability. I should not force my students to pay me if they can’t. The most important for me is their willingness to learn Quran,” he said.