Abdulsamet Cakir, 33, imam of the Dedeman Mosque in the district of Sariyer, came up with this concept of reaching out to the needy through the place of worship after Turkey had halted mass prayers in mosques before the possibility of an epidemic had gone.
At the entrance to the Mosque, racks normally reserved for the shoes of the faithful are lined with pasta packets, oil cans, biscuits-like a store, destined for the needy, who are hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
The sign on the mosque window requests those who may give anything and suggests only anyone who need should take anything. The mosque has been delivering facilities for two weeks and serves 120 individuals in a day. And there are around 900 individuals on the list.
A maximum of two men wearing masks and gloves can access the mosque to take what they require, while others are waiting outside, standing a few paces from each other. The mosque does not allow financial donations and accepts food packets only. The mosque shelves are full of products from all over Turkey and even abroad.