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EIGHT ulemas from various parts of the archipelago spread Islam to different corners of what is today known as Indonesia. Faced with many challenges, such as stormy seas and isolation in their new homes, they worked to preach the religion, embracing communities that did not share their faith with their knowledge and wisdom. Like the wali (saints) before them, these ulemas promoted a peaceful and compassionate Islam.
Amid the deadly pandemic, several individuals and communities are refusing to sit still and wait for the government to take action. Using simple ideas, they lend a helping hand to those affected by the pandemic. These people are gathering resources and working hard in order to move swiftly and accurately to fight the pandemic, whose end is not yet in sight. Acts of solidarity, such as the ones performed by these members of the Indonesian public, will persist even amid the worst of disasters.