For eight centuries, the conquest of Constantinople, now Istanbul Turkey was a dream for the Muslim commanders. Ever since the era of the revered companion, Mu`aawiyah Ibn Abu Sufyaan, there had been many attempts to conquer it, but none had succeeded.
Every Muslim commander wanted to be the conqueror praised in the narration in which the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “You will conquer Constantinople. Its commander is the best and its army (that will conquer it) is the best.”
Who was then the person about whom the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) gave glad tidings? It was Muhammad Al-Faatih may Allaah have mercy upon him son of the Ottoman Sultan Murad II.