ACTNews, SERANG — Mosque caretakers have a noble duty, which is to look after and care for places of worship so that people can worship serenely and comfortably. However, people rarely pay attention to the livelihood of mosque caretakers.
Many of them work for free with the intention of worship. Most of them are unpaid. Even if there's a form of payment, it is often small or uncertain. Jaya (54), a caretaker of Al-Ikhlas Mosque in Cidahu Village, Kopo District, Serang Regency, receives IDR 400,000 for taking care of the mosque. At times he earns less than that or even receives no payment at all depending on the amount of almsgiving from the worshipper.
"At most, I earn hundreds of thousands rupiah donated by the worshippers. Mostly, I get paid with just a pack of cigarettes," Jaya told ACTNews about his experience as a mosque caretaker, Tuesday (5/11/2021).
Jaya admitted that he would still be a caretaker of a mosque even though his income is uncertain. For him, being a caretaker of a mosque is not a job but devotion and worship to God. To fulfill his daily food needs, Jaya works as a construction worker or a farm laborer. The income is uncertain because it depends on the demands.
“I take care of the mosque for free and with the intention of worship. I work to make people pray comfortably by mopping and sweeping the floor, cleaning the toilet and the ablution place. I work as a porter or farm laborer to make ends meet,” said Jaya.
Jaya receives food packages and financial assistance. (ACTNews)
On Tuesday (5/11/2021), Global Zakat-ACT handed over the generous mandate in the form of Ramadan food packages to the caretakers of the mosques. Jaya, one of the beneficiaries expressed his gratitude. “Hopefully, the kindness of the benefactors will receive multiple rewards from Allah," he hoped.
Through the Friends of Indonesian Muslim Preachers program, Global Zakat- ACT continues its endeavors to accompany the devotion and struggle of the preachers, including the caretakers of the mosques to support their struggle and alleviate their burdens.