ACTNews, KUTAI KARTANEGARA – More and more children are coming to learn the Quran at Al-Muttaqin Mosque in Sungai Merdeka Village, Samboja District, Kutai Kartanegara Regency. The mosque that is painted green is located on Jalan Soekarno Hatta. It was established in 1990 and was renovated 15 years later.
Ustaz Ismail was among those who initiated the construction of the mosque. In the first year after its construction, there were only two children who learned the Qur’an, his own sons Muzakkar and Khalid who now help him teach the students at the mosque. Though there were no students at the beginning, he was steadfast in preaching and teaching Islam to the locals.
“After my children went to the Islamic boarding schools, no one would attend any Islamic classes that I held. The mosque was empty except during the time of obligatory prayers. The congregants aren’t that many. There were three people at most. Around the year 2000, there were children who came to the mosque to study the Qur’an although there were only two or three of them,” said Ustaz Ismail, Tuesday (8/31/2021).
Over time, the number of students continues to increase. Currently, there are a total of 60 children who study the Quran under Ustaz Ismail and his two sons.
"I'm getting older and no longer in my prime. There are more and more students coming here, so I have to involve more teachers and divide the classes into two, one every late afternoon and one every early evening,” he said.
Abd Khaidir Ali from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) East Kalimantan said that the increasing number of students who study the Qur’an at Al-Muttaqin Mosque is a result of Ustaz Ismail's persistence in taking care of the students to maintain the mosque. The students who study at the mosque are free of charge.
“Parents trust Ustaz Ismail and his sons to teach their children. In addition, they don’t have to pay for it. We can learn a lesson that da’wah is a long work. It takes strength and patients, and we will be tested if we will be persistent if the result is not as we hope it will be, "he concluded.