So, the Ottoman empire (may Allah reward them) did an amazing job in establishing Islam.
However, it wasn’t just this.
Many of us already know about his, we know that they conquered Constantinople.
But as I said, there is much that we don’t know.
For example, many of us aren’t aware of the time that Mohammed Al Fathih (rahimullah) fought against Dracula !
You’ve heard of dracula before? WhenI say Dracula, you probably thinking of a vampire. You probably be saying, “You’re telling me that Mohammed Al Fathih fought a vampire? What’s next? He fought superman?
Dracula was a real man. There was a real man named Dracula and he ruled over the southern part of the country of what we call today, Romania.
Now, Mohammed Al Fathih (rahimullah) as he began to advance into eastern Europe, for example, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary, all of these lands. The people of Walachia of southen Romania, they wanted to fight against the Ottomans.
However, they were very weak and so they had to make a peace deal with him. So, as a part of the peace deal Mohammed Al Fathih (rahimullah), he said to the ruler ,
“You have to send to me 2 of your sons and we will send him to Istanbul to be educated.”
So, the ruler agreed, and he sent his two sons, one was named Vlad and one was named Radu. Now, Vlad is the one who we know as Dracula, because the word Dracula it means son of dracul, which was the name of his father.
‘Dracul’ means Shaytan, it means a devil. So, he is the son of shaytan and this is actually quiet relevant.
Its rather fitting when you hear about this man!
What happened was they went to Constantinople , they studied about Islam, and his brother (Radu) actually became Muslim. So, the brother of Dracula, Radu became a Muslim, he memorized the Quran, he studied so much and even Dracula studied the Quran even though he wasn’t a Muslim, he spoke Arabic, he spoke Persian, he spoke Turkish and of course Romanian and other languages and later on he was sent back to his country where as Radu remained and he became the ruler of his country.
Because the Ottomans realized, they can’t send a Muslim to rule over the country because they are Christians. They wanted to send Vlad (Dracula) so that they could get him there and then defeat him in a war and they would rule the country.
Dracula decided he wasn’t going to do what the Sultan wanted.
The Sultan sent him emissaries to come and speak with him, and they said to him, ‘you must pay us the jizziya. Now that you are the ruler over the country, you have to pay is jizziya.
And so Dracula, he said to them.
“If you want to step inside of my court, you have to take off your turban’
And so, they said,
“No ! We won’t remove it for you! We are not going to remove it for a kafir (Non-Muslim)”
“Take it off!”
Again, they refused.
So, he commanded, he told someone to come with some very big nails and hammers and he said,
“If they refused to remove it for me, then, they will never removeit again.’
And he commanded that their turbans be nailed into their heads. And of course, this in fact, killed them.
So, this was an act of war. Dracula had decided that he wanted to go to war with the Islamic state and so Muhammed Al Fathih sent a massive army to go fight against them.
But Dracula because of his tactics and the fact that he knew the Ottomans very well he was able to defeat them on some occasions. Now what he did is what really makes him stand out as being an absolute devil.
Dracula, what he did is when they would kill a person, well sometimes they wouldn’t kill them, they would capture them, he did something which is called impaling.
Now, if you haven’t heard of impaling, it’s a pretty gruesome thing to start to describe. What they would do is they would get a very big stick, they make it sharp at one end, they would insert it through your backside (anus) pass it through your body until it comes out of your mouth.
They would impale them.
They would pass this through their body.
A lot of the time, they would be alive as well and this is how they would kill them. And then, they would put this in the grounds. Then impale the next person, and put him next to him!
And the Ottoman army, when they went to go check on their troops, they found than on one of the very long roads leading to the capital of this area, they found 20,000 Muslims impaled along the sides of this roads.
Seeing this, Muhammed Al Fathih decided to sent Radu.
And eventually Radu, he was able to actually catch up with his brother. This was after he commot so many more atrocities. Even the Christians, they started to back off from him.
Dracula actually said to the pope, he said, being a Romanian, he was an orthodox,
‘if you give me some more troops, I’ll become a catholic for you, anything you want, I’ll change my religion for you!’
He couldn’t care, he wasn’t a man of true belief. He was only a man of pragmatism on the battle field.
And so even the Christians started to distance themselves from him. However, the Muslims, they caught up with him and they faced him in battle, and it’s unclear if the Muslims killed him or it’s his own people turned upon him and killed him.
But either way, Dracula was killed and the Ottomans,the Muslim army defeated Dracula.
And so what they did was they removed his head and they took it to the city of Istanbul and they put it on a very large stick, they impaled his head and put it at the gates of Constantinople where it stood for about 2-3 months to say,
“if you want to be like this man, wage war against us.”
This was the demise of Dracula and again as Muslims most of us wouldn’t even know about this.