Anyone who is an animal lover wants to help abandoned or injured animals. Who never wondered to adopt another kitten, but then remembers already having 16 pets at home. Joking apart, the stories of people trying to help stray animals always deserve attention.
So, let's tell the story of Mustafa Efe, an Imam who became famous in social networks for opening the doors of his mosque for stray cats in Istanbul.
How it all began
Stray cats are extremely common in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. The number of felines is so high that some people call it 'Catstantinople'. In this ancient city once ruled by sultans and emperors, the real kings are the felines. However, despite being pleasant to look at, the cats do not always have a saucer of food and a warm place to sleep.
Mustafa Efe is an Imam responsible for the superior activities of a Mosque. He has decided to do something to help the animals. He started letting the cats take shelter in mosque during the winter of 2015. The experience was so successful that he decided open up his mosque to the stray cats and kittens, so they can eat and safely rest their heads away from the dangers of the streets.
This tale of kindness has spread across the globe and people began to come to mosque especially to visit its furry inhabitants. Many have posted pictures of the cats on social media. Now his mosque is well known in Istanbul, and his Facebook page has almost 90,000 followers.
Imam Mustafa Efe calls the cats "guests" of the mosque, and they have made themselves quite at home. They rest on the plush carpets as worshippers pray around them. According to him, this decision is the natural result of his religious belief and the great hospitality of the city for the animals. Cats are considered ritually clean in the Islamic tradition. The Prophet Muhammad told his followers that cats should be part of a family.
Since then, cats have dominated the space and have become accustomed to the large influx of locals. Even during Mustafa Efe's sermons, kittens seem to pay attention to everything. One cat liked the mosque so much so that she brought her kittens in the building in one-by-one, by the their necks and raised their there.
Besides being respected for his religious position, now he won the affection and admiration of many people around the world. He campaigns on his Facebook asking for donations to the kittens and also asking for more love for the street cats. He says, "If you cannot help with money, give the animals water and love, it costs no money".
Do you agree that the world needs more people like him so we can restore faith in humanity? As said by Plato “Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others”.