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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.
Nadirsyah Hosen observes that the Indonesian public has been split into two major groups as the country grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic.