BOOK REVIEW: Muhammed Al-Fateh


Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had said in a hadith that: “Constantinople will be conquered by the Muslims. How great is the commander who will conquer it and what a great army the army will be“.

This book is a super nice history book. Usually history books are bedtime story books, but when I flip these pages I truly get pleasure from the way the story is delivered. The book is published by PTS Litera Utama Sdn Bhd and written by Abdul Latip Talib — the number one history writer in Malaysia. Muslims had tried a long time to conquer  Constantinople which at that time was ruled by the Romans.

Khulafa Ar-Rasyidin‘s government tried to conquer the city under Saidina Ali bin Abi Talib‘s leadership but they were defeated. Subsequently, Bani Umaiyyah and Bani Abassiyah tried their best but they too lost.

Finally after 800 years the hadith turned into a reality when the Usmaniah government under Sultan Muhammad succeeded on 20 JamadilAwal in 857 Hijrah (29 May 1435 AD).

Muhammad was 19 years when he became the Usmaniah king and only 21 when he conquered Constantinople. Since he was small he had been taught to do good things. So although he was young when he became king, he was wise, respectful, good-looking, nice and humble. His charismatic personality  made his people love him.

After he conquered the city, he renamed Constantinople. He called it Istanbul, and he turned the Aya Sophia church into a mosque. He was called Sultan Muhammad Al-Fatah as he brought glory to his government. He died on May 3, 1481 when he was 49 years old because he drank a poisonous drink given by his personal doctor.

I give the book five stars. This book gave me a new perspective.

 Everyone should read this book and I guarantee you will never regret it.

By Maziah Mohd Amir
17, Malacca


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