Müslüm Çiçek, who lives in the capital, has been feeding cats in the courtyard of Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque every morning for about 6 years. Cicek, also known to locals and nicknamed the “Muslim father of cats”, says he has a special connection with cats.
Müslüm Çiçek, who resides in the capital, has been coming every morning to the courtyard of the Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque for about 6 years and feeding the cats there. Cicek, well known to nearby citizens and merchants, is also known as the “Muslim Father of Cats” due to his bond with cats. On the other hand, Cicek gave names to nearly 20 cats one by one and asked citizens to be sensitive. Stating that sometimes domestic cats are also left here, Çiçek said that they adapt very hard to the conditions outside the house and called for domestic cats not to be left on the streets. Pointing out that the cats in the courtyard of the Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque, which receives many visitors during the day, also become the center of attention of the guests, Çiçek noted that the families are also interested in instilling the love of animals in the children. children.
“Even if I am masked, they will come running when they see it”
Emphasizing that thanks to the bond she has forged with the cats, Çiçek said that the moment she entered the courtyard of the mosque, all the cats came running towards her saying: “We come in the morning and we feed these cats. They are our souls, they are our friends, we have to take good care of them.” They all have names and when you call them, they all come. Even if I am masked, they come running from there when they call me. see. They know me. I have 5 cats of my own.”
“Be sure, we cried with the children at home for 4-5 days”
Stating that her interest and curiosity in cats started with her cat, which she owned and loved about 6 years ago, Çiçek said, “How did the curiosity in cats start? A white cat came to our garden. It was a winter day and it was very cold. If I’m not mistaken, that was 5-6 years ago. We took her home and “It was very obvious that he was a house cat. We raised him. We were very sad when he died. Rest assured, we cried with the children at the house for 4-5 days. I even made a grave and buried him in the garden. After that, there was a special love for cats,” he said.
“This place has a sultan, our daughter “Nazli””
Cicek, who gave names to almost all of the twenty cats and called them by their names, said the cats recognized him and immediately distinguished him from other people, adding: “They know, as I said, that “they show a little more closeness to us because they are used to it. There are about twenty cats that we constantly watch. But it happens a little more in winter, there are those who come from outside. There there is a sultan here, our daughter “Nazlı”. She too has a baby who has just given birth. Hazelnut, Pistachio, Almond, Nazli, Smoke, Cinnamon, Çakır, Damla, Yağmur, they all have different names. There in a,” he said.
“They see that cats do no harm, they get used to it over time”
When asked how the visitors to the Hacı Bayram Veli Mosque are and how the citizens react to the cats, Çiçek replied, “Some of them respond very positively. But some of them seem afraid, saying “What if the cat or the moon or something. “As long as it doesn’t hurt, they get used to it over time. Usually, most come in the morning. Other than that, they come around noon, they come in the afternoon, and they are about to leave in the evening, we give food and they leave,” he said.
“Fortunately, a few friends also help and we take care of the food needs together”
Noting that they provide the food they donate to feed the cats from their own means, Çiçek said, “Fortunately, a few friends also help and we take care of the food needs together. They bring the cat home from here, they bring home cats and leave them here. They hardly get used to these external conditions, they are very miserable. My request is that if there are cat groomers in the house, they shouldn’t take them and leave them on the street. In other words, if they have adopted him, they should view these puppies as a child, just as they care for a child at home. For, “He who has mercy on the people of the earth, the people of heaven will also have mercy.” said the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam’.