The Algerian government hosted a special celebratory reception for Imam Walid who went viral across the world for his act of kindness with the cat. Imam Walid was leading the Taraweeh prayers when the cat jumped on him. Instead of hushing the cat away, Imam caressed the cat. His act of showing kindness and affection to the cat made waves globally.
Imam continued to lead the Taraweeh prayers despite the cat jumping on him. He caressed the cat with his hand as seen in the live broadcast of the prayers.
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The viral video gave him fame overnight. His video appeared on the leading global media outlets garnering him praise and appreciation from both the Muslim and Non-Muslim communities.
Imam has been identified as Walid Mehdas from Algeria. Later, the Algerian government hosted a special reception for Imam Walid. Minister of Religious Affairs in Algeria, Dr. Youssaf Belmahdi hosted the reception for Imam Walid and commended him for his act of kindness.
Source: Global Village Space