𝙁𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙝 Sultan Mehmet II is given the title 𝙁𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙝 (The Victorious) – the one who conquered the capital of the Byzantine Empire, 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲, 𝗶𝗻 𝟭𝟰𝟱𝟯, and marked the end of the mighty Byzantine Empire.
The Ottomans had long eyed “𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲” which would provide them a safe passage into Christian Europe and would also crown them as 𝗿𝘂𝗹𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. Mehmet’s conviction found firm grounds in the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) prophecy about the city; ‘‘𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐫 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐛𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 𝐰𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐞!’
A true heir to the Ottoman legacy, Mehmet was a 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗼𝗺𝗮𝘁, 𝗮 𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿 above all. He wished to fulfill this prophecy and engaged all his resources towards the planning and strategy of what will eventually be one of the most historic events in the course of history. In a thousand years the city had been besieged around twenty three times, including the famous siege by Muslims in the 7th century, during which the Prophet’s (SAW) companion Hazrat Abu Ayub Ansari (RA) breathed his last.
Sultan Mehmet eventually did, fulfill the prophecy, immortalizing himself as the 𝙁𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙝 (the Victorious) of the Muslim world, for centuries to come.