ACTNews, BENGAKALIS – Kesumbo Ampai Village, Bathin Solapan District, Bengkalis Regency, is in the southwest Dumai City, Riau, or 29.3 kilometers northeast of Duri City, Bengkalis Regency. The majority of the population of Kesumbo Ampai Village are Muslim and part of the Sakai tribe, one of the Old Malay Tribes.
Although the majority are Muslims, the people of Kesumbo Ampai Village still lack religious mentors. The number of Muslim preachers is not evenly distributed throughout the village. Hence, people still need guidance from Muslim preacher who understands about Islam.
Seeing these conditions, Ustaz Bahrul decided to preach amid the community. It has been ten years since Ustaz Bahrul started to teach the community. Preaching in the community is a form of devotion and worship to Allah.
“People's houses are still separated by forests and oil palm plantations. Most of them work as oil palm farmers. Even though they are Muslims, they still need guidance and support to understand and practice Islam," said Ustaz Bahrul, Thursday (8/12/2021).
Ustaz Bahrul teaches for free. Ustaz Bahrul became a farmer with uncertain income and depending on the harvest to fulfill his daily needs.
“Alhamdulillah, I have enough food. The important thing is that Allah always gives health to us. Hence, we can continue to carry out worship smoothly,” he said.
To support Ustaz Bahrul's dedication, Global Zakat-ACT provided financial assistance, Thursday (8/12/2021). Global Zakat-ACT also assisted two other Muslim preachers.