ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A mosque in Turkey has gained attention for showing hospitality to it's feline neighbors by allowing local cats inside the house of worship.
Imam Mustafa Efe of Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi Mosque in Istanbul posted photos and video to Faceobook of himself and other patrons interacting with neighborhood cats inside the mosque. One video even showed a mother bringing her kittens into the mosque for safety.
"Our mosque's Friday guests," Efe wrote on the Facebook post. "The kitty has found the heart of companion and mercy."
Efe is not the only one who enjoys the presence of the cats as he also posted photos of other members of the congregation taking time to play with the furry visitor.
"Our congregation love the cats," he wrote "They have created a beautiful parable of compassion and mercy."