PANAMA CITY, Florida – Every year, Muslim women from Bay County Islamic Society gather to prepare food bags to the needy. However, this year’s event witnessed a unique combination of Muslim and Jewish women who decided to work together and give example of unity.
“The power of middle aged women having breakfast that’s basically what you’re looking at here!” laughed Alia Adhal, News Channel 7, WJHG.com, reported on Wednesday, November 16.
Adhal was referring to the unity between women from the Islamic Society and the Jewish Temple B’nai Israel, who teamed up for an interfaith, charity organization
They call themselves the Interfaith Saddqa/Tzedakah Group, Arabic and Hebrew, respectively, for “charity.”
Gathering on Wednesday night, the ladies worked together to pack 100 bags of food for local children in need during the Thanksgiving break.
Ladies at the mosque have been doing the backpack program for local schools regularly and were happy to have the women from Temple B’nai Israel step in.
“I think intercultural understanding is the most critical need in the world today,” said Lisa Rahn, the Temple’s sisterhood leader.
“The Jewish woman really wanted to reach out to our Muslim sisters and show our support to them,” Rahn said.
The event was planned after meeting up several months ago and deciding to use the power of their similarities for good.
“Just goodwill toward everyone and I think that that’s really a message we really need these days,” Adhal said.
“When they see people of different religions coming together and doing this, then really anything is possible.”
“I think when women join forces to do things in the world,” Rahn said, “fabulous things happen.”