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The Internet Loves This Imam Who Lets Stray Cats Live At His Mosque

Imam Mustafa Efe opened up his mosque to a family of felines in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Posted on January 16, 2016, at 6:02 a.m. ET

The Turkish city of Istanbul is well-known for being home to a very, very large population of stray cats.

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There really are ~a lot~ of them.

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The cats are popular with tourists and locals alike. The internet is full of pictures of them.

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But one man, Mustafa Efe, has taken his love of the street cats to another level.

Efe, who is Imam at the Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in the historical district of Üsküdar, lets stray cats live in the building to keep warm during the cold winter months.

The cat-loving Imam even shared this video of a cat carrying her kittens into the mosque.

View this video on YouTube

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According to the Daily Sabah, Efe described the feline family as "our mosque's Friday guests."

And he shares pictures of the mosque's cats on his Facebook page.

Facebook: hafizmustafaefe

Others have also shared pictures of the cats at the mosque.

Tüm dostlarımıza Hüdayi Hz.'nin sofrasından hayırlı, bereketli, güzel bir Cuma dileriz :) @hafizmustafaefe

The Imam has gained a fan following on social media for his kindness.

The doors of the mosque in cold weather has been opened for stray cats by Turkish Imam Mustafa Efe @MuslimMatters

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Mustafa Efe for comment.

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