These are low income and low educated conservative families, struggling to make ends meet. Working at manual semi-skilled jobs or as farmers.
Walk with Me
What’s the world coming to? Every day in the news there’s violence and trouble everywhere. It’s as if the war between religions and within religions hasn’t stopped, but has become even more violent. There is only one God and He teaches us what is right and what is wrong. All this talk about modernity and secularism makes no sense to me. The right way to live is easy to follow, it is all in the Quran. Thieves should have their hands cut off. A woman’s place is at home. What’s so difficult to understand?
I work from sunrise to sunset, six days a week as a gardener at the local kretek factory. I pray five times a day. I know that God is on my side. This is what our ustadz in our mosque teaches us. That’s what I teach my family, my friends, my neighbours too. Without the help we get from Ria’s father I must confess it would be difficult to make ends meet but that’s what family’s for.
On Sunday afternoons we meet in the village square for our weekly round of chess. That’s if it’s not raining. Sitting with the boys, drinking endless cups of tea and smoking my discounted kreteks is a special treat. We never fail to attract passers-by. The kids play their football matches and we keep an eye on them, in between our moves. It’s the one time that the women get to catch up with each other while everybody is away from home.