Video: Indonesians continue to pray as earthquake shakes mosque

Video: Indonesians continue to pray as earthquake shakes mosque
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06 August, 2018
An Indonesian imam continued leading prayer despite an earthquake shaking the mosque from side to side.
Many were amazed at how the Imam kept prayer [Twitter]

A video of an Indonesian imam stoically reciting evening prayers in Bali as a deadly earthquake struck neighbouring Lombok has gone viral on social media, with internet users praising him for his unwavering faith in God

The white-robed Islamic leader was preaching on Sunday night at a mosque in Denpasar on the holiday island of Bali when the shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck.

Footage of the imam, recorded on a mobile phone, showed him 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.

The powerful quake has 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 on neighbouring Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim majority nation.

The clip of the imam's prayer quickly went viral after the mosque posted it to Facebook, with 130,000 plays as well as views on YouTube and Twitter.

"I am crying... he did not even flinch, even though it is allowed to leave your prayer during an earthquake," said Indonesian cleric Yusuf Mansur, who shared the clip to his two million followers on Instagram. 

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