Try and Error


Oleh : Dr. Siti Sarah binti Amran, Kuliah Perubatan Ain Shams University


Failure. It happens to the best of us. It is perfectly a part of life and learning. Many successful people on earth have also suffered setbacks in their time. The difference is they bounced back and learn to find out that they are wrong about something. It is actually not a failure, but it is enlightment and the path to finding the right way.


[Al-Fateh led the way]

The opening of Constantinople was among the greatest Islamic conquest. Many caliphs and sultans attempted to open it before, they exerted a great effort and directed their troops to do it, however, the did not make it. It was surrounded by among the greatest person in Islamic history ; from the days Ali radhiyallahu anhu till the caliphate of Hisham Ibn Abdul Malik, but all the attempts was unsuccessful. However, the previous trials by the great Muslim’s leaders was not the reason to stop Al-fateh from trying.

Al-fateh had worked out his plan and preparation before the conquest. Besides, he learned about the astronomy because the Romans had belief’s in which Byzantine will fall to the Muslim’s hands during eclipse. Thus, he intentionally chose the date near to the predicted eclipse to occur, as an indirect way to drop the spirits of Romans.

When the Muslims soldiers tried to enter the city via the sea route, they find out that the entrance was blocked with a long chain called The Golden Chain, where it is lowered and allowed only for ships from Europe to enter Constantinople. The Ottoman fleet tried many times to get into the city through sea, but they faced numerous failures. The soldiers even tried to secretly break the chain which was 4 to 5 feet below sea level, but got killed in the process. Muhammad Al-Fateh did not stop there. He never ask his soldiers to step back. In his mind, they did not fail, it is only ways they had used that do not work. He tried another way to get inside the city, he ordered his armies to bring up the naval ships on land and pulled them over the hills at the eastern side of Constantinople. Over 70 ships were pulled on rails made by wood from the trees surrounding the hills and animal grease was spread on the woods to ease the transport of the ships. This intelligent and seemingly impossible task was completed by his soldiers for a distance of over 16 kilometers in only one night. The conquest was the rise of Ottoman Empire and brought an end to the Byzantine Empire.


[See it in the positive light]

Persistence and aspiration are keys to success, that is the treasure they left for us. As clearly said by the great writer Abdul Wahab Azzam.

وإن الأمر الصعب يسهله الأمل والعمل، وإن أصعب الصعاب: اليأس، وأكأد العقاب: التردد في الأمر والتمريض فيه

“Indeed, difficult thing becomes easy with ambition and effort. The most difficult difficulty is despair. The greatest forfeit is hesitant to perform a task and look it as impossible to be done.”

People who give up too soon will never find ways to success. Take failure as a trial and see it in positive light. Think it is just simply another stepping stone on the road to success.





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