The Perseverance of Komarudin in Preaching

“My village does not have many people. The children rarely want to recite the Quran because there is no one to teach. If no one starts to teach the Quran, then none of them will learn. I know a little bit about reciting the Quran, so I encourage myself to teach,” said Ustaz Komarudin.

Ustaz Komarudin
Ustaz Komarudin, a beneficiary of assistance from the Friend of Indonesian Muslim Preacher, teaches in the mosque. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BENGKALIS — A house in Jalan Soiya, Batu Bata Hamlet, Semunai Village, Pinggir District, Bengkalis Regency, Riau Province, looks brand new. The walls of the house were made of brick, and the exterior had not been plastered. The roof is covered with tin, and the floor is not tiled.

The house measuring 6x7 meters is divided into two parts. The inside area is for the bedroom and kitchen, and the outer part is for the terrace. The terrace's size is as big as the inside area of the house.

“In the front area, I make it wider because it is for the recitation of village children. This is where I sleep and cook here,” said the owner of the house, Komarudin (25), while showing the mattress and stove located in the corners of the room, Wednesday (5/26/2021).

Komarudin said the construction of his house was stopped because his savings were not enough to continue the construction. Komarudin's income is from teaching the Quran from mosques and madrasa.

Komarudin does not get a fixed salary because the children’s parents are only allowed to pay voluntarily. "Alhamdulillah, I earn IDR 300 thousand to 500 thousand from the children’s parents. I have to be grateful," he said.

He teaches in several places. The distance between RT and other RT is quite far, separated by oil palm plantations and fields. It is impossible if the recitations are done in one place.

“I teach from one mosque to another. I ride a motorbike if the distance is far. If not, I will walk. If the recitations are done in one place, it is not possible. I feel sorry for the children," he said.

Komarudin had no other activities other than teaching the Quran and preaching at the mosques around Semunai Village. Even though he is underprivileged, he admits that he has no plans, such as working or migrating. For him, he should convey the knowledge he got from the Islamic boarding school.

“My village does not have many people. The children rarely want to recite the Quran because there is no one to teach. If no one starts to teach the Quran, then none of them will learn. I know a little bit about reciting the Quran, so I encourage myself to teach,” he said.

To support the struggle of Komarudin, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance. Komarudin expressed his gratitude for the aid and will use it to meet his needs during preaching.[]