Mustafa Efe & His Tender Care for Istanbul’s Stray Cats

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Stray cats make their home in historic Istanbul mosque

ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency

Mustafa Efe, the young imam at the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque, went viral after his tender care for Istanbul’s stray cats made headlines

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–>A young, sweet-voiced Turkish imam recites the Quran while leading dawn prayers at a historic Istanbul mosque.

In contrast to his intense concentration, a grayish-colored cat alternates between licking its fur and looking detachedly at more than 300 early-bird worshippers. It seems unmoved by the congregation’s devotion or their youthful imam.

However, neither the imam nor the worshippers are offended by the presence of the cat inside their place of worship; they follow their rituals as usual.

A peaceful cohabitation exists inside the mosque as if cats and worshippers have struck an agreement.

In fact, this harmony has been in place…

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