This Lovely Mosque from Istanbul Welcomes Stray Cats with Love

April 22, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Inspirational

The Aziz Mahmud Hudayi Mosque which is in the city of Gulfemhatun Sokak | Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey always warms and welcome the stray cats during the winter, all thanks to its current Imam Mustafa Efe.

Imam Mustafa Efe with the Cats

It was during a Friday Sermon, the cats surprised him and that he calls them ‘Friday Friends’. The Imam has only kind words to say about the cats and as quoted from his Facebook; “The Kitty has Found The Heart of Compassion and Mercy”.

The mosque welcomes the cats not only in the winters but 7 days a week and they can be seen roaming freely and getting cozy with the Mosque-goers too.

The Cats getting cosy in the Mosque
A peaceful arena for the cats
Imam Mustafa Efe welcoming the cats with Love in the Mosque

The Aziz Mahmud Hudayi Mosque was built in 1594 by Ayse Hanim Sultan, the daughter of Mihrimah Sultan and the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasa, for Aziz Mahmud Hudayi who served as Qadi in Edirne, Egypt, Sham(Syria) and Bursa. He was a murid and khalifah and wrote about thirty works, seven of which are in Turkish. The mosque is part of a complex (Turkish: kulliye) that consists of a soup kitchen, a tomb, a library, a chamber for Sultans, a fountain, dervish rooms, a house for the sheikh and a bakery spread out over a total area of 10,000 square meters. More PHOTOS & TRIP ADVISE here.

  1. iL0VEhanqover said on May 4, 2019 10:58 pm:

    I love cats. So nice, the mosque welcomes them. I’m sure they are all blessed with love.