Bringing Hearts Together in the Ahmedim Mosque in Kababir

 As the first woman, Ada was invited to speak in the Ahmedim Mosque in Haifa.

“A wonderful thing happened to me last Saturday. On June 30, I was invited to speak in the Ahmedim Mosque in Kababir in Haifa, at their annual Conference. It was the first time that a woman was invited to speak and address the audience in their beautiful Mosque.

I wish all Moslems would follow the path of the Ahmedim whose motto is: love to all – and hatred to none!“

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In Ahmedim,  Poem of the Month for July, Ada sums up the event at the Conference:


By Ada Aharoni

The day I was invited

to greet the Ahmedim community

in their Kababir Mosque in Haifa –

I was sure it was a joke!

Me, a woman, to address these respectable Imams

in their beautiful Islamic Mosque! No way!

Impossible! Me, a Jewish woman!

I was doubly sure it was a joke.

But they called and reminded me

I was invited to address the

audience at their yearly Conference

on “Bringing Hearts Together”, in their Mosque.

On our tingling way to Kababir

I told my friends I was sure they would

tell me to speak in their backyard

but no way it could be inside the Mosque!

The Ahmedim talked about “Love to All – and Hatred to None,”

And suddenly, I was called to the Podium,

I couldn’t believe it, and yet there I was,

And I told them they are the hope of our region.

In the pictures of this unforgettable event,

I see the Imams at their table smiling behind me

while I quoted with excitement from my book bearing the

same title as their Conference – Kiruv Levavot.

I felt a fathomless joy, I was in heaven,

when the Ahmedim woman I didn’t know

came and hugged me and said –

You made history today!


2 replies

  1. Dr. Ada Aharoni; a poet and biographer; was born in Cairo, Egypt. She now resides in Israel. She lectures about the fighting between Israel and Palestine, and was recently co-president of The Bridge, a women’s symposium for peace. She was awarded the 100 Global Heroines Award.

    Dr. Aharoni’s view is that through poetry, people from both sides might come to understand each other better, and that this understanding can lead to lasting peace.

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