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Video of Imam Leading Prayer During Indonesia Quake Goes Viral

JAKARTA – A video of an Indonesian imam praying in Bali as a deadly earthquake struck neighboring Lombok has gone viral on social media, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith.

“I am crying… he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed to leave your prayer during an earthquake,” said Indonesian scholar Yusuf Mansur, who shared the clip to his two millions followers on Instagram, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.

The imam was praying on Sunday night at a mosque in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck.

The video footage, shot by a cellphone, showed the imam supporting himself against the wall as the room shook violently around him and as some congregants fled the building.

Other worshippers can be seen stoically remaining in prayer as the mosque rocked from side to side.

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“The faith shown by the Imam and the worshippers is extraordinary,” a Twitter user Inyol tweeted to his 39,000 followers

The powerful quake killed at least 91 people and damaged thousands of buildings in Lombok. A number of mosques on that island have collapsed with worshippers inside them.

It was also felt strongly in the neighboring Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in the world’s largest Muslim majority nation.