ACTNews, PANDEGLANG – Ustaz Karna (57) has been teaching children to recite the Quran in Ciburial Village, Cimanggu District, Pandeglang Regency, Banten, for 20 years. He never asked his student to pay. All he did solely because of his devotion to Allah.
Since he was in his thirties, he was still physically fit to go around asking the children to recite the Quran. Not only children but the young people were also invited to study religious knowledge such as fiqh and Tawheed in the mosque. In the last two years, Karna has been unable to do so. He slipped once which caused pain in his leg and back. Now, he uses the crutch to walk.
“When I was still able to walk, I was the one who asked the children to recite the Quran together in the prayer room. Now, I use the crutch to walk. It is hard to go around inviting the children to recite the Quran. Hence, the children come to my house to recite the Quran,” he said, Tuesday (6/1/2021).
He added the number of children who recite the Quran at his house is increasing. Before, only 10 to 15 people attended the mosque. Now, it can reach 20 children who come to recite the Quran at his home. Karna said maybe this was the result of his struggle for 18 years.
“I am surprised that many children come to my house to learn the Quran. Maybe Allah has moved their hearts. I am more excited to see the children’s enthusiasm. My illness is not a difficulty but Allah allows me to rest more,” explained Karna.
Apart from teaching the Quran, Karna is an honorary teacher in one of the vocational high schools in Cimanggu. He is paid IDR 30,000 per hour for 20 hours per week. He uses the money to meet his daily needs. "Alhamdulillah, my salary is enough, and I am grateful for it," he said.
Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance to strengthen Karna’s struggle. Through the Friend of Indonesian Muslim Preacher program, Global Zakat-ACT wants to accompany the struggle of preachers in remote areas who sincerely serve or are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.