An Imam, who turned a mosque into a shelter for the stray cats of the city, has won the internet.

Imam Mustafa Efe treats them like "guests" of the mosque, and even the cats made themselves quite at home, reports Daily sabah.

As the worshippers come to the mosque to pray, they find cats of many different sizes and colours sitting and roaming around the plush carpets.

Imam started this noble work of saving the cats from harsh weather in the winter of 2015.

Cemaatimizin kedi sevgisi... Yaratılana şefkat ve merhametin güzel bir misali...

Posted by Mustafa Efe on Friday, 27 November 2015

One of the cats took her kittens one by one inside the mosque and placed them at one spot.

Camimizin Cuma misafirleri, Bugün Hutbe de bizi bekleyen süpriz :)Kedicik şefkat ve merhametin merkezini bulmuş...

Posted by Mustafa Efe on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Serdar ÇELEBİ kardeşimizin Objektifinden...

Posted by Mustafa Efe on Sunday, 10 January 2016

The visitors too capture them during their visit to the mosque.

An imam orders opening the doors of a mosque in Istanbul for cats to protect them from the cold weather.

Posted by Mohammed Matter on Friday, January 15, 2016

The city of Istanbul is known for the number of cats residing in the city, it is so high that it was also called as 'Catstantinople'.

There are even Facebook pages dedicated to these fury creatures.

Bir uyku bastı ki... | Feeling so sleepy... ⛄️󾆸󾇆 via @edakehaleargun 󾌬 #catsofistanbul #istanbulkedileri #istanbul...

Posted by Cats of Istanbul on Wednesday, January 20, 2016