Ustaz Rifa'i's Preaching Struggle Convinces the Sakai Tribe

His background as a convert to Islam made Ustaz Rifa'i's preaching reap the pros and cons in the community. Even so, he remains persistent in convincing the public that he has no other mission than to ensure that Islam is the true religion.

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Ustaz Rifa’i teaches how to read the Quran to children of the Sakai Tribe. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BENGKALIS — Doing Islamic preaching is not easy. Even the Prophets also experienced difficulties and rejection from the community in conveying the religious teachings of Allah. It takes persistence, sincerity, and tenacity to remain strong despite many obstacles.

This is also what Ustaz Muhammad Rifa'i Sitorus is currently experiencing. Ustaz Rifai preaches to the Sakai Tribe at the Dua Jurong Bridge, Farmer Village, Bathin Solapan District, Bengkalis Regency, Riau.

Previously, there was no Ustaz or Muslim preacher had entered the area to consistently spread Islam. So that the presence of Ustaz Rifa'i is very much needed by the residents and children of the Sakai Tribe to learn the Quran and know the religion of Islam.

“When we strive, it doesn’t always run smoothly. We must not give up, even though rejection will always be there. I ask for prayers and support so that I can continue to convince the public that I have no other mission than to convey that Islam is the true religion," said Ustaz Rifa'i, Friday (5/27/2021).

Currently, Ustadz Rifa'i's activities are prospering the mosques such as the call to prayer, becoming an imam, and teaching children the Quran in the Sakai Tribe of Jembatan Dua. He does the activities voluntarily.

Ustaz Rifa'i teaches the Quran. (ACTNews)

To meet the needs of the family, Ustaz Rifa'i goes to the forest to look for firewood. He earns IDR 50,000 per day, and it is not enough to meet daily needs. Despite living a difficult life, he admits that he will continue to preach because what he is doing is pure because of faith in Allah.

Alhamdulillah, so far, I have survived. It's all because of Allah. The pressure (to preach) here, Masha Allah, is extraordinary. In my opinion, this is due to a lack of education and also da'wah from outside," he said.

Supporting Ustaz Rifa'i's preaching struggle, Global Zakat-ACT provides financial assistance. Through the Friend of Indonesian Muslim Preacher program, Global Zakat-ACT is determined to accompany the struggle of the preachers.[]