Ustazah Opi's Tremendous Spirit to Teach Qur'an to Local Children

“I lost my report cards and other important documents required for school enrolment. Another reason why I wasn’t accepted in public schools was that I use a wheelchair,” said Ustazah Opi when ACT Subang met her at her home in Karanganyar Village in Subang

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Ustazah Opi (far right) with her students and mother (far left). (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SUBANG – Indonesia’s Capital City of Jakarta often becomes a destination for people from all around Indonesia to move and make a fortune. For this very reason, Opi Susilawati (27)’s family moved all the way from Subang to Jakarta in the late 1990s.

Unluckily, a big flood drowned the house in which they lived a few years later. Pieces of furniture and important documents were washed away by the deluge and were unable to be retrieved.

After the unfortunate incident, Ustazah Opi and her family moved back to their hometown with the hope that she could continue her education there. However, with her report cards and important documents washed away by the ferocious Jakarta flood, she was unable to continue her schooling.

“I lost my report cards and other important documents required for school enrolment. Another reason why I wasn’t accepted in public schools was that I use a wheelchair,” said Ustazah Opi when ACT Subang met her at her home in Karanganyar Village in Subang Regency, Friday (10/1/2021).

She has been paralyzed since the age of three. Hence, she needs a wheelchair to support her mobility.

Because no schools were willing to accept her, she has dropped out of school ever since. However, this didn’t stop her from benefitting her local community by being a Qur’an teacher for children. Her mother turned a shed next to their house into a simple classroom where local children can learn the Qur’an.

“If I taught at the mosque, I would burden my mother because she would have to push my wheelchair to get there. My mother isn’t young anymore,” Ustazah Opi added.

For her Qur’an class, she never charges her students. It is her students’ parents and guardians who willingly give her some money for her service. To make ends meet, Ustazah Opi and her mother open a small shop at their house.

Ustazah Opi doesn’t want the sound of children reciting the Qur’an not heard again in her neighborhood. She will never give up teaching despite her limitations. “Alhamdulillah, I have been studying at a Special School for four years. It really improves my teaching knowledge,” she said. []