Economic Difficulty Doesn’t Dampen Ustaz Cece’s Passion in Teaching Quran

Despite being busy earning a living to support his family's economy, Ustaz Cece never takes the children's Quran learning off from his house. For him, learning the Quran cannot be abandoned only for economic reasons.

Ustaz Cece
Ustaz Cece teaches the Quran to his students. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SUKABUMI – Cece Supriatna consistently guides and teaches the Quran recital to children in Cisarua Village, Cikole District, Sukabumi. For him, teaching the Quran is an obligation that can’t be abandoned for economic reasons.

In addition to teaching Quran, as a breadwinner, Ustaz Cece also used to sell chocolate bananas from school to school. The job had been done since 2007. However, due to the online learning implementation, Ustaz Cece’s business went bankrupt.

“It’s only my cart that is left. I no longer have the capital as the schools have been closed down. Previously, I used to get IDR 150 thousand as my highest income within a day,” said Ustaz Cece to ACT Sukabumi team, Sunday (10/24/2021).

Ustaz Cece doesn’t want to give up. He then strives to seek other jobs to support his family. Now, he works as a construction worker with uncertain income as the job is only done by request.

“My wage is about IDR 80 to 120 thousand per day. It is not enough to meet my daily needs, but I still have to be grateful for whatever I get. The most important thing for me is for my family to be healthy,” said the father of two.

Despite being busy earning a living to support his family's economy, Ustaz Cece never takes the children's Quran learning off from his house. For him, the Quran learning activity is not burdensome as it is done after the Isya prayer.

Responding to Ustaz Cece’s spirit and struggle in teaching the Quran to the children, ACT provided financial assistance for him through the National Movement for Indonesian Preachers' Prosperity on Sunday (10/24/2021). The movement is initiated by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in order to assist preachers across the country.[]