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.
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!