WATCH: Imam continues leading prayer during deadly Indonesia earthquake

Published: August 6, 2018
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The video which was recorded on a smartphone shows him supporting himself against the wall as the room violently shudders while some worshipers can be seen fleeing in the backdrop. SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

The video which was recorded on a smartphone shows him supporting himself against the wall as the room violently shudders while some worshipers can be seen fleeing in the backdrop. SCREENGRAB: YOUTUBE

Footage of an Indonesian imam leading evening prayer in a Bali mosque during a deadly earthquake struck the neighbouring island of Lombok has gone viral, with people praising him for his indomitable faith.

The video which was recorded on a smartphone shows the cleric supporting himself against the wall as the mosque violently shudders while some faithfuls can be seen fleeing in the backdrop during the 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Sunday.

Some 900 tourists were being evacuated from Indonesia’s tiny Gili Islands after a powerful quake struck Lombok, killing over 90 people and injuring hundreds.

Over 90 killed by 7.0 quake in Indonesia’s Lombok, Bali islands

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told reporters that some 200 “domestic and foreign” tourists had already been taken off the islands.

“There are 700 more tourists still waiting to be evacuated,” he added.

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents. On Lombok, thousands fled from their homes to gather in emergency shelters in open spaces, the agency said.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 6, 2018 - 11:51PM

    what a fine speciman of a leader .Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Aug 7, 2018 - 1:59AM

    What if God forbid that mosque had fallen? Is it not the Imam’s responsibility to safely evacuate the congregation lest their lives be endangered?Recommend

  • Shahzad
    Aug 7, 2018 - 8:46AM

    Subhan Allah… an unprecedented action shown by the Imam and Namazi’s…… May Allah bless all Muslims with such faith…Recommend

  • Rehan Ahmed
    Aug 7, 2018 - 9:33AM

    Islam values life highly and advocates acts for its preservation. The rational response to this would have been to lead the jamaat to a safe location and then continue the prayer from there. To my understanding, Islam does not advocate the continuation of prayer in-case of imminent danger.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Aug 7, 2018 - 10:55AM

    Amazed to the see the courage of this young Imam.

    He knew that there was no sin in breaking the prayer and leaving for security, but still his courage and believe made him keep on praying!Recommend

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