Preaching Islam on Indonesia's Outer Islands

For over a month, Ade Nursyamsi, who was sent in July, has been performing his duty as a dai (Islamic preacher) in Alor Islands, East Nusa Tenggara.

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Ade Nursyamsi (left) who was sent by Aksi Cepat Tanggap last July to serve and teach Islam to the residents of Alor Islands, East Nusa Tenggara.

ACTNews, ALOR ISLANDS - Nearly 90 days Ade Nursyamsi has stayed in Alor Islands Regency, East Nusa Tenggara. He has been teaching in Timuabang, Pulau Pura Subdistrict, more than 2,000 kilometers away from Mahad Aly An Nuaimy, Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, where he studied for three years.

Ade has been teaching students in grades 4, 5, and 6 at MI (Islamic Elementary School) Daarussalam Timuabang. "I teach the Quran, hadith, Arabic language, the history of Islamic culture. In total, I teach 54 students, "Ade said, Saturday (10/26). Additionally, Ade also holds Islamic study circles for MI Daarussalam teachers.

Ade also teaches at Quranic School Al-Idzah Timuabang. Around 40 children in Timuabang Hamlet, Maru Village, Pura Subdistrict, are his students. "The children in this village have a high enthusiasm for learning the Quran," said the Ade who is from Majalengka.

The subjects taught by Ade are fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), tajwid (rules of reciting the Quran), tawheed (creed), Arabic language, teaching how to read Arabic letters. "The book I use for teaching fiqh is Safinatunnaja; for tajweed, I use the book Tuhfatul Athfal; For teaching Tawheed I use the book Aqidatul ‘Awam; to teach the children how to read Arabic, I use Iqra books. For junior high school and high school students, I also teach Arabic grammar," he explained.

In addition to teaching and preaching, Ade also takes part in the village’s community service. For example, he helps the locals in the construction of Timuabang mosque.

"I take part in the community service activities every Sunday building Darussalaam Mosque to fill my weekend. This is one of my missions as a Da'I (Islamic preacher). One of our duties is interacting with people. Teaching Islam in the society is not only about preaching on the pulpits, but we can teach Islam through any other activities at any time," said Ade confidently.

Ade says he keeps trying to maintain his enthusiasm for his da’wa (Islamic mission). He believes preaching is one way to be a useful human being.

"On this Pura Island, there still needs for resources to support this da’wa. We realize that we are still in need of help. For that, we ask you all for your generous support," he said.

Dai Tepian Negeri (Preachers for Indonesian Outer Islands) is one of the Global Zakat-ACT programs. Global Zakat, in collaboration with Mahad Aly An Nuaimy, sent 10 preachers to a number of remote parts of Indonesia for a certain amount of time to teach Islam to the locals. The preachers were dispatched to East Nusa Tenggara, Mentawai Islands, Maluku and Sulawesi. []