The Muslim Who Died Saving Christians

When a 25-year-old, known just as Riyanto, entered the Eben Haezer Church of Pentecostal Assembly in East Java on Christmas Eve of 2000, he did not know that his life was about to end. He had been aware, however, of the risk he was taking by being there altogether, particularly on Christmas Eve. As a member of the Banser — the youth wing of Indonesia’s largest Muslim cultural organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) — he had already made the choice to sacrifice personal safety to protect Christians from falling prey to radical Islamists.