World Bulletin / News Desk
Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, said that he took Fatih Sultan Mehmet, one of the Ottoman sultans also known as Mehmet the Conqueror, as an example to himself. Shalah told AA that Fatih Sultan Mehmet was one of the Islamic heroes he took himself as an example.
Noting that he had a column in a newspaper which had been published in Gaza in the past, Shalah said that his alias had been "Fatih Sultan Mehmet" while he was writing articles in the column.
Shalah said that his articles drew great interest.
Shalah also expressed hope that a person like Fatih Sultan Mehmet would rule the Islamic ummah (community).
Fatih Sultan Mehmet led the Ottoman army to take Istanbul and brought an end to East Roman empire when he was 21 in 1453.
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