ACTNews, CENTRAL JAKARTA – Ustaz Mahfudz (63) has been preaching for 25 years, starting from taking care of the mosque and orphans around his house in Kalibata Village, Pancoran District, South Jakarta, then teaching the Quran to children at the mosque, to becoming an imam for the five-time prayers.
There is no certain salary for his services. For Ustaz Mahfudz, if he receives payment, it is not his salary but an appreciation from surrounding residents as well as sustenance from Allah that must be grateful of.
“Salary has a certain amount of money that must be received by me. However, mine is uncertain. Sometimes, it is IDR 75 or 125 thousand per week, or if there is none, I didn’t receive any money at all. Therefore, it is only a form of appreciation,” explained Ustaz Mahfudz when interviewed by ACTNews in the Main Office of Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Wednesday (9/15/2021).
For Ustaz Mahfudz, his activities in taking care of the mosque, starting from turning on the lights, mopping, calling to prayer, and being an imam are his devotion to Allah. The mosque is Allah’s house that must be maintained and revived. He believes that if he devotes himself to Allah, He will also help him.
“These are all merely my worship so that people can pray comfortably. It doesn’t matter if there is no payment. If the mosque or the toilet is dirty, it will be uncomfortable for people to pray at the mosque. It wouldn’t be good if the mosque becomes a dirty place of worship,” said Ustaz Mahfudz.
Mahfudz is a preacher that was recommended by MUI to receive honorary assistance from Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). the assistance was delivered on the day of the launch of the National Movement for Indonesian Preachers' Prosperity (GNSDI), Wednesday (9/15/2021).