Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dokku (Dokka) Umarov, Amir al-'Umara of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, Claims Moscow Subway Attacks

Dokku (Dokka) Umarov, the chief leader (amir al-'umara, "leader of leaders") of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, has claimed Monday's double kamikaze attacks on the Moscow subway. In a video issued by the IEC, he said the attack is in retaliation for recent Russian government crimes. Russian forces have recently killed two senior leaders of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, the young preacher Sa'id Abu Sa'd (Sa'id Buryatskiy) and the IEC's mufti (chief jurist), Amir (leader) Sayfullah (Saifullah, "Sword of God"), whose real name was Anzor Astemirov.

Sa'id Buryatskiy

Amir Sayfullah, Anzor Astemirov

The video is embedded below, as is a summary of Umarov's video statement from KavKaz Center, a media outlet associated with the IEC.

Dokka Abu Usman: Moscow metro attack is a retribution for Russian crimes in the Caucasus (March 31, 2010)

The Kavkaz Center editorial staff has received a video statement made by the Caucasus Emirate's Emir Dokka Abu Usman, who stressed that the attack in the Moscow subway on March 29, 2010 had been organized under his personal order.

In his video statement, reordered on March 29, 2010, Dokka Abu Usman said that the attack had been a retaliation and a retribution for the massacre by Russian invaders of the poorest residents of Chechnya and Ingushetia, who were picking wild garlic in the Arshty village on February 11, 2010, to feed their families.

He stressed that the killing of the most poor part of local residents had been deliberate, because the criminal FSB special forces finished off innocent civilians with knives, and then mocked on their corpses.

Dokka Abu Usman indicated to all his accusers that the Moscow attack was a legitimate act of retaliation for continued killings of civilians in the Caucasus.

The head of the Caucasus Emirate said "he treats with a grin" all those accusations of terrorism, including those made by politicians and journalists, because none of them accused Putin of the massacre of civilians in Arshty, which was carried out under Putin's orders.

Dokka Abu Usman also said that attacks on Russian territory would continue. He promised new retaliations to the Russians, "who send their gangs to the Caucasus and support their security services, who carry out massacres".

In conclusion, Dokka Abu Usman reminded that he had earlier promised to the people of Russia that they would no more "idly watch the war in the Caucasus on their TV sets, watch it quietly, with no reaction to excesses and crimes committed by their gangs, which are being sent to the Caucasus under the leadership of Putin".

"Therefore the war will come to your streets, and you will feel it with your own lives and skins", the Caucasus Emirate's Emir Dokka Abu Usman warned.

Department of Current News,

Kavkaz Center

Afghanistan Taliban Photography Magazine, "In Fight, #15" (March 2010)

The March 2010 (fifteenth) issue the Afghan Taliban photography magazine In Fight, which reproduces photographs of the ongoing insurgency in Afghanistan between the United States, NATO, and an ever-expanding Pashtun insurgency, led by the Taliban and several other groups, particularly those headed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani. These type of photographs are not frequently published in most mainstream U.S. media.

In Fight #15 (March 31)
In Fight #15

Monday, March 29, 2010

My Guest Piece on Prof. Juan Cole's "Informed Comment" Blog: Islamic State of Iraq, "The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State"

"Islamic State of Iraq: Hope of the Ummah [Muslim nation] and its Coming Glory...(the) Portal to Liberation for the Land of Palestine..."

I'm excited to write that today I have a guest editorial on Informed Comment, the widely-read blog of Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's Department of History, who is a noted expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, with a specialty in Shi'i Islam. The short essay is entitled, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State":

The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State

Christopher Anzalone writes in a guest editorial for Informed Comment entitled, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State:"

On February 12, the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) released an audio message from its shadowy amir (leader), Abu ‘Umar al-Baghdadi, lambasting the country’s then yet-to-be-held national elections. Al-Baghdadi, who has never appeared on film, has released numerous audio messages via the ISI’s media outlet, the Al-Furqan Media Foundation. The ISI is an umbrella organization for several of the most violent jihadi-takfiri insurgent groups operating in the country, the largest of them being Al-Qa ‘ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI), which was founded by the late Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi. Founded in October 2006 as the successor to the Mujahideen Shura Council, the ISI has seen its fortunes decline since late 2007, following the United States military’s “surge” and the emergence of the so-called “Awakening Councils” from among many of Iraq’s Sunni Arab tribes. The ISI’s response to the recently-held Iraqi national elections is a further sign of its decline since the “golden age” of the Iraqi insurgency from 2003 to 2007. .............READ THE REST AT INFORMED COMMENT.

The Lionesses Have Roared - Tribute to Sisters who Attack Russia (Cyber Jihadi-takfiri Poem)

*Below is a poem, in English, by cyber jihadi-takfiri Asadullah al-Shishani (Lion of God, The Chechen). It is run without edits and with the original artwork and font colors/style. He praises Monday's double kamikaze bombing on the Moscow subway by two women kamikaze bombers, which killed at least 38 people and wounded 60 others. The attack is believed to be in retaliation for the recent killings of two major leaders of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, the young preacher Sa'id Abu Sa'd (Sa'id Buryatskiy) and the IEC's mufti (chief jurist), Amir (leader) Sayfullah (Saifullah, "Sword of God"), whose real name was Anzor Astemirov.

Sa'id Buryatskiy

Amir Sayfullah, Anzor Astemirov

Assalaamu alaykum,

In tribute to the two Lionesses of Islam who raided Moscow on March 29th. May God accept them from amongst the Shuhada and grant them Jannat At Firidaws.

Two Lionesses have roared
Striking fear into the hearts of the Kuffar
And healing the wounded hearts of the Believers

Their blood in a fragrant red show
Their flesh, their bone, their very soul
Bore witness that there is not god but Allah

As you have sent your planes to bomb us
So have we sent to Lionesses to bomb you
Ours are legendary heroes, yours are cowards

Yes, we are terrorists and we are proud of it
We are proud to be terrorists if it is for the sake of God
Because we fight for God, you fight for Satan, and your abode he Hell

Asadullah Alshishani gives you a thousand salutes
My dear Lionesses, you are more of a man than I
Then let God will it to be that I may follow you and we meet in the Gardens

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hizbul Islam in East Turkestan: New Statement on Democratic & Secular Turkestani Parties

"We're coming, O' Beloved East Turkestan"

Hizbul Islam Turkestani [Turkestan Islamic Party; HIT], a radical Uyghur religious-nationalist group which reportedly has established ties with non-Uyghur transnational jihadi-takfiri groups such as Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) has released a new statement about "democratic and secularist Turkestani" political parties via its media outlet, Sawt al-Islam (Voice of Islam). It is embedded below.

يوضح فيه موقفه من الأحزاب الديمقراطية والعلمانية التركستانية (March 28)

"Forgotten community among the [Muslim] Nation, East Turkestan"

Why is Chechen blood cheaper than Palestinian?

"Lions of Chechnya" (from left): Khattab, Abu al-Walid al-Ghamdi....Abu Hafs al-Urduni (second from right) and Shamil Basayev (far right), before he converted to Salafism and grew a long, unkept beard.

*Editorial, run without edits, run by KavKaz Center, a media outlet associated with the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus.

Why is Chechen blood cheaper than Palestinian ?

Publication time: 19 March 2010, 19:42

An Australian journalist Brett Stephens asked the following rhetorical question - why the whole world pays great attention to the Palestinian-"Israeli" conflict, and virtually has no interest in what is happening in Chechnya.

Stephens indicated that the so-called "counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya" and the second Palestinian intifada had broke out almost simultaneously.

Victims of the latter, including civilian casualties as a result of a military invasion of Zionists were counted and they make about 6 thousand people.

As for Chechnya, there are no solid figures for the number of killed civilians. Estimates range from 25,000 to 200,000, the journalist writes.

The Chechnya's population, at a little more than one million, is about one third or one fourth of Palestine's.

That makes between 25 and 200 Chechen deaths per 1,000 as against 1.5 to two Palestinian deaths per 1,000.

Keeping in memory the fact that in both cases Muslims are being killed by non-Muslims, Stephens typed the words Palestine and genocide into Google. Search engine found in the Internet 1, 630, 000 results satisfying the search query.

At the same time, the combination of Chechnya and genocide gives only 245,000 results.

Comparing the number of deaths per 1 thousand of the population with the number of results in Google, Stephens came to a conclusion that Palestinian victims of the conflict get 28 times more attention than the Chechen.

Stephens is again convinced that "every Palestinian death is worthy for the world, and nobody cares a damn a Chechen one".

The Australian journalist doesn't accept the argument that Palestinians are abundantly supplied from the outside world with pictures of the results of "Israeli" military operations, demonstrating martyred old people, women and children, while Russian authorities have imposed an information blockade on Chechnya.

Stephens says that to feel the full horror of what is happening in Chechnya, there is no need for video clips.

As a very simple example, he cites evidence of Russian military about the execution of a so-called "Chechen sniper" [note : the brutal murder of the 18 years old chechen sister, Elza Kungaeva, by the Colonel Yuri Budanov and 2 of his men. She has been tortured and raped], published in the Los Angeles Times (by the way the article is here):

"We just tore her apart with two armored personnel carriers, having tied her ankles with steel cables. There was a lot of blood, but the boys needed it".

So talkings that the world supposedly does not know what is happening in Chechnya is a lie. The world is well aware of the Russia' atrocities and the crimes of Russian troops in Chechnya.

Stephens again raises questions to which he cannot find answers:

The "Israeli"-Palestinian conflict inflames the Muslim world in a way the Russian-Chechen does not. But why is it so, when so many more Muslims are being victims of the Russians?

Why to make "solidarity" pilgrimages to Ramallah but not to the Chechen capital of Jokhar?

Why do British academics organize boycotts of "Israel" but not of Russia? Why does every "Israeli" prime minister invariably become a global pariah, when not a single person among 1,000 knows the name of Putin's viceroy in Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, a man who, by many accounts, keeps a dungeon near his house to personally torture his political opponents?

Stephens puts forward his hypothesis:

Maybe the world attends to Palestinian grievances but not to Chechen for the sole reason that Palestinians are, uniquely, perceived as victims of the "jewish state". Or being expelled en masse from Kuwait. Or being excluded from the labor force in Lebanon", the journalist writes and concludes that as for the Chechens, too bad for their cause that "no jew is ever likely to become president of Russia".

These words, obviously, are to be understood assuming the current president of Russia, according to Stephens, is presumably an ethnic Russian (ethnic Russians know well he is a jew - KC), which may challenge many Russian nationalists.

However, as it seems, Stephens' hypothesis still seems uncertain. And it was not that natural attention of the Muslim world is focused on Palestine because the Zionists, with the support of modern Western crusaders, occupy the third holiest site in Islam - Al-Aqsa Mosque and the city of Al-Quds (AKA Jerusalem).

The reason why the world does not notice Russian crimes in Chechnya is not in a presumably "Russian" nationality of the man in the Kremlin, but in much more prosaic motives.

Russia is a great country, it has nuclear weapons, it has great energy resources (the Russians steal them in Siberian countries they illegally occupy - KC) , which are much needed in Europe (and not only there), Russia is still being afraid. And the so-called "Islamic world", presented by puppet regimes operating as puppets of Western democracies, always united against every move to establish the Sharia.

As for the current Palestinian leaders, the national democratic Mahmoud Abbas, his Fatah and "extremist" Hamas, led by the national-Islamists, they have no intention to establish the Sharia. Moreover, the same Hamas had immediately executed Palestinian Muslims, as soon as they demanded to introduce Sharia.

So Hamas has successfully passed a test for democracy.

Ruslan Sinbarigov,
Kavkaz Center

"A Call to Jihad": Anwar al-'Awlaqi (Awlaki)


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"A Call to Jihad"

Imam Anwar al-Awlaki (may Allah protect him)

All praise is due to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his family and his Companions.

Peace be upon those who follow the Guidance.

To the American people I say:

Do you remember the good old days, when Americans were enjoying the blessings of security and peace? When the word 'terrorism' was rarely invoked? And when you were oblivious to any threats?

I remember a time when you could purchase a airline ticket from the classified section of your local or college newspaper, and use it, even though it was issued to a different name, because no one would bother asking you for an ID before boarding a plane. No long lines, no elaborate searches, no body scans, no sniffing dogs, no taking off your shoes and emptying your pockets.

You were a nation at ease.

But America thought that it could threaten the lives of others, kill and invade, occupy and plunder, and conspire, without bearing the consequences of its actions. 911 was the answer of the millions of people who suffer from American aggression. And since then, America has not been safe.

And nine years after 9-11, nine years of spending, and nine years of beefing up security, you are still unsafe, even in the holiest and most sacred of days to you: Christmas Day. So do you expect to transgress against others and yet be spared retribution?

Your decision-makers, the politicians, the lobbyists and the major corporations are the ones gaining from your foreign policy, and you are the ones paying the price for it.

Following 9-11, the American people gave George W. Bush unanimous backing to fight against the Mujahideen, and gave him a blank cheque to spend as much as needed to fulfil that objective. The result: he failed. And he failed miserably.

So if America failed to defeat the Mujahideen when it gave its President unlimited support, how can it win with Obama, who's on a short leash? If America failed to win when it was at its pinnacle of economic strength, how can it win today, with a recession at hand?

The simple is: America cannot, and will not, win. The tables have turned and there's no rolling back of the world-wide Jihad movement. On the eve of 9-11 it was Afghanistan alone. Today it is Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the list is growing.

How many more body-bags are American families willing to receive?

How much more can the US Treasury handle?

9-11, the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and then operations such as that of our brother Omar al-Faruq, which could have not cost more than a few thousand dollars, end up draining the US Treasury billions of dollars, in order to give Americans a false sense of security.

For how long can the US survive this war of attrition?

What benefit is it to the American people to suffer for the sake of supporting Israel, and what benefit is it to the American people to suffer for the sake of the al-Saud family, and the Gulf monarchs?

Our brother Omar Faruq has succeeded in breaking through the security systems that have cost the US government alone over $40 billion since 9-11.

Obama has promised that his administration will be one of transparency, but he has not fulfilled his promise. His administration tried to portray the operation of brother Nidal Hassan as an individual act of violence from an estranged individual. The administration practised the control on the leak of information concerning the operation in order to cushion the reaction of the American public. Until this moment, the administration is refusing to release the emails exchanged between myself and Nidal.

And after the operation of our brother Omar Faruq, the initial comments coming from the administration were looking the same: another attempt at covering up the truth. But al- Qaida cut off Obama from deceiving the world again; by issuing their statement claiming responsibility for the operation.

However, we are transparent and open in proclaiming our message to the world: our objective is to bring back Islam to life, we seek to remove the tyrannical and parasitical rulers of the Muslim world, and replace them with men of God, who know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.

We seek to apply the rule of Qur'an, and make the Word of Allah supreme over all other, and God willing, we will strive to achieve these goals with all what we possess, and we fight to the last man against whoever stands in our way.

We the Muslims do not have an inherent animosity towards any racial group or ethnicity.

We are not against Americans for just being American, we are against evil. And America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil. What we see from America is the invasion of two Muslim countries, we see Abu Ghraib, Bagram and Guantanamo Bay, we see cruise missiles and cluster bombs, and we have just seen in Yemen the death of twenty-three children and seventeen women.

We cannot stand idly in the face of such aggression, and we will fight back and incite others to do the same.

I for one, was born in the US, I lived in the US for twenty-one years. America was my home. I was a preacher for Islam, involved in non-violent Islamic activism. However, with the American invasion of Iraq, and continued US aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the US and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that Jihad against America is binding upon myself, just as it is binding on every other able Muslim.

Nidal Hassan was not recruited by al-Qaida. Nidal Hassan was recruited by American crimes, and this is what America refuses to admit. America refuses to admit that its foreign policies are the reason behind a man like Nidal Hassan, born and raised in the US, turning his guns against American soldiers. And the more crimes that America commits, the more Mujahideen will be recruited to fight against it.

The operation of our brother Omar Faruq was in retaliation to American cruise missiles and cluster bombs that killed women and children in Yemen.

It is true that we are facing the arsenal of the greatest army on earth with our simple, modest means, but victory is on our side. Victory is on our side because there is a difference between us and you: we are fighting for a noble cause.

We are fighting for God, and you are fighting for worldly gain.

We are fighting for justice, because we are defending ourselves and our families, and you are fighting for imperialistic goals.

We are fighting for truth and justice and you are fighting for oppression.

You have your B-52's, your Apaches, your Abrams and your cruise missiles, and we have small arms and simple improvised explosive devices. But we have men, who are dedicated and sincere, with hearts of lions, and blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the world.

Americans need to stop looking at themselves from their own lens, but look at themselves from the lens of the world. They will then see the ugly face of America. America is not despised only by Muslims, but by many millions of people around the world, and in America itself.

America may be obstinate in believing that the animosity of a few million Muslims wouldn't really harm them. They would say "we have the most powerful army in the world, and we have the strongest economy in the world".

But don't you think that such a belief is a bit outdated?

Don't you think that such a belief was more suitable to the days of patriotism that swept over America following 9-11 than it is now, with the American army admitting its inability, and the American economy going through intensive care?

But imperial hubris is leading America to its fate: a war of attrition, a continuous haemorrhage that would end with the fall and splintering of the United States of America.

If George W. Bush is remembered as being the President who got America stuck in Afghanistan and Iraq, it's looking like Obama wants to be remembered as the President who got America stuck in Yemen. Obama has already started his war on Yemen, by the aerial bombings of Abyan and Shabwah, by doing that he has waged a publicity campaign for the Mujahideen in Yemen, and within days accomplished for them the work of years.

As the popularity of the Mujahideen in Yemen sky-rocketed the popularity of Obama in America is plummeting. The corrupt Yemeni government officials and some of the tribal chiefs, who claim to be your allies, are having a ball these days.

The word being passed around among them is that this is the time to extort the gullible Americans. Your politicians, military and intelligence officers are being milked for millions.

The Yemeni government officials are giving you big promises, and handing you big bills: welcome to the world of Yemeni politicians!

I would like to close my message to you with an invitation to Islam. We were all created by God on this earth to worship Him, and then after death it is either Paradise or Hell-fire for eternity. So the matter is not one to take lightly. It is your future. I invite you to read the Book of Allah, the Qur'an, you do not have to take anyone's word for it, decide for yourself whether it is the Truth or not.

To the Muslims in America I have this to say: how can your conscience allow you to live in peaceful co-existence with the nation that is responsible for the tyranny and crimes committed against your own brothers and sisters? How can you have your loyalty to a government that is leading the war against Islam and Muslims?

The Muslim community in America has been witnessing a gradual erosion and decline in core Islamic principles, so today many of your scholars and Islamic organisations are openly approving of Muslims serving in the US Army, to kill Muslims, joining the FBI, to spy against Muslims, and are standing between you and your duty of Jihad.

Slowly but surely your situation is becoming similar to that of the embattled Muslim community of Spain after the fall of Granada. Muslims of the West, take heed and learn from the lessons of history: there are ominous clouds gathering in your horizon. Yesterday America was a land of slavery, segregation, lynching and Ku Klux Klan and tomorrow it will be a land of religious discrimination and concentration camps.

Don't be deceived by the promises of preserving your rights from a government that is right now killing your own brothers and sisters. Today, with the war between Muslims and the West escalating, you cannot count on the message of solidarity you may get from a civic group or a political party, or the word of support you hear from a kind neighbour, or a nice co-worker. The West will eventually turn against its Muslim citizens!

In closing, I pray that Allah guides us to the Truth, and grants us steadfastness on the Straight Path, and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions.

Peace be upon those who follow the Guidance.

Interview with Afghanistan Taliban's General Commander of the Mujahideen, Mullah 'Abdul Razzaq Akhund

*Translated from an article in the Afghanistan Taliban's monthly Internet magazine, Al-Samoud (Al-Samood).


An Interview with the General Commander of the Mujahedeen Mullah Abdul Razzaq Akhand regarding Combat Abilities
of the Mujahedeen in Marja

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Question: Esteemed Mullah Abdul Razzaq, please provide the readers of al-Emarah website with information regarding recent progress in the Marjah district.

Answer: In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, protector to the Mujahedeen, blessings and peace be upon the Leader of the Mujahideen, his family and companions and all guided by him. Allah Most High says:

“Yea, if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels making a terrific onslaught.” (Al-i-Imran Aya 125).

Praise be to Allah, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate in Helmand province, especially in the Marjah area are in high combat readiness and strong morale and spirit in face of the crusader occupiers. We had previously undertaken these military preparations under the supervision of gifted military leaders on the military committee of the Islamic Emirate, and we did not start these preparations now with the start of the attack, reckoning that an assault like this was expected from the crusader occupiers, in order to repel their attacks and force them to withdraw.

Question: From the point of view of the Mujahideen present in the field at Marja, is the attack of the enemy occupiers just a normal attack, with no innovation from a military standpoint?

Answer: Based on specialized experience, I consider this battle to be a propaganda battle, and not a military battle. Because right now there are entire districts like Baghran Baghneen, Dishu and Washir in the hands of the Mujahideen and under their complete control. Likewise there are wide areas in the province center and vast swaths of this province (Helmand) at the disposal of the Mujahideen, to the point that, in some of them, the enemy can only reach them by air.
The enemy is completely incapable of controlling those areas. There were operations there codenamed Tiger Claw and Dagger which ended in July of last year without any result. The enemy, with the intent of drawing a curtain over their past defeats and losses and to avoid the new Mujahideen operations which will begin next Spring, have announced two months before Spring the attack on the Marja region.
Marja is a normal area of the Bad Ali district in Helmand province, in that the enemy has so far been unable to extend his occupation there and dedicated a military center there. In terms of the area, this region is very small and limited. But at the same time, it is a fertile agricultural region. Located to the north of Marja is the Nawar historical district belonging to the Nad Ali district. To its south is Garmsir district and to its west Nawah district. In the east are the districts of Khansheen and Delaram.
As I said, it is a small region in terms of the area, but the enemy in his propaganda magnifies this small region, like it’s a command center for the Mujahideen in the south and west of the country. In order to pressure the Mujahideen in this area, the enemy has been conducting war propaganda for a week, acting as if they sympathize with residents, and have asked them to leave Marja and have dropped from the air pamphlets upon the residents and the Mujahideen. They have employed western media at every moment to publicize pre-prepared results and have made the maximum effort to reap the media and propaganda fruits of this battle.
Their basic goal from this huge media propaganda is to restore the standing and status of the defeated military general Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan, even by temporarily seizing one small village in Helmand and showing it to the western world via television shots.
This is because they have become greatly disturbed by the victories of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan. The continuous defeats of their soldiers before the Mujahideen have brought their status and prestige into question. Their people have become doubtful and suspicious about their military and defensive capabilities. Therefore McChrystal and the rest of the generals in the defeated crusader alliance, for the sake of restoring their lost prestige, have begun the seizure of a very small and limited area in Helmand and have announced the Marja propaganda campaign.
If Marja is not a propaganda battle, then why did the enemies not announce the seizure of the rest of the districts of this province which possess greater military and strategic importance than Marja? These are entire districts, as opposed to Marja, which is a small area of one district.

Question: What are your military preparations opposing the enemy attacks in the field?

Answer: With the aid of Almighty Allah, we have employed effective tactics of war to destroy the enemy and trap him in this area. I can disclose a portion of them:

a. We have furnished all public and private roads to Marja with timed mines. For the sake of the local civilians, we have appointed Mujahideen to watch these roads.

b. We have employed martyrdom-seeking squads of Mujahideen in places determined as possible enemy assembly areas.

c. In order to target moving and mobile targets, we have distributed heavy and long-range weapons.

Question: This means you are using frontal tactics against the enemy in the battle of Marja?

Answer: We execute our tactics against the enemy in accordance with the flow of the battle and the situation on the ground during the Marja battles, according to our previous experience not only in Marja but in all areas of the country. The Mujahideen have reaped great benefits through the use of “hit and run” tactics.
The landscape of Marja and the location of its agricultural channels are advantageous for these kinds of battles. Here there are safe places from which the Mujahideen can ambush and launch surprise assaults against the enemy, and later return to. During the resistance we employ those tactics that gives us the capability of achieving more victories.

Question: How confident are you that you will win this battle?

Answer: Here I leave the matter to the knowledge of Allah Almighty. All of the decisions of our success or failure are linked to His Almighty Will. In the matter of our success, we feel safe in Divine aid and assistance, not in our military strength or combat preparations. Almighty Allah has guided us in His Book saying:

“If Allah help you, none can overcome you: if He forsakes you, who is there, after that, that can help you? In Allah then, let Believers put there trust.” (Surah Al-i-Imran, Aya 160).

If victory comes only through material and military capabilities, then the Americans and British should have control over all parts of Helmand. In order to seize this province of 58,584 square kilometers, they have plunged into dozens of battles with tens of thousands of soldiers armed to the teeth with the most devastating military equipment and most destructive technology on the face of the earth. They are supported by advanced Tornado, Apache and F16 aircraft and by Abrams and Chieftain tanks. Trained American marines and British special forces have taken part in these battles, and they possess the most advanced means of intelligence and surveillance.
Additionally, they have launched an extensive propaganda campaign to give spirit to their fighting soldiers. Nonetheless, the defeats that have been their lot have come at the hands of Mujahedeen which are empty of advanced equipment. At the end of every battle, we see a large number of enemy soldiers dead and wounded, and many of their vehicles advanced machines destroyed, and funerals and sorrow for their slain in the streets of Washington and London.

Question: How many active Mujahideen are in Marja?

Answer: Because of some combat considerations, I do think it is appropriate to here define the number of our active Mujahideen. But in sum, I can say that we have enough Mujahideen to confront the enemy well. The resistance to the enemy in all parts of the country and especially Helmand has reached the stage where the people are entirely standing with the Mujahideen. The number of Mujahideen in each area is determined in reality by the number of residents in that area. Meaning, with every increase in the number of residents in an area, the number of Mujahideen in that area also increases. In light of this fact, we have in Marja two types of Mujahideen: armed Mujahideen and unarmed Mujahideen.
Our armed Mujahideen are occupied with facing the enemy according to organized tactics in determined and parallel groups. As for the unarmed Mujahideen, they are the youth of the area who are based in their houses in view of their lack of weapons of combat training. They are ready to assist and cooperate with the armed Mujahideen at any moment. They are therefore reserves and we use them at the necessary time. The number of those reserve Mujahideen reaches thousands of youth.
From another aspect, all the Mujahideen of Helmand province participate in a practical fashion in the defense of Marja. With the assault on Marja, they immediately began to target fixed and mobile enemy targets with strike, attack their military bases and assault their military convoys by detonating timed road-side bombs.
This is with the understanding that the Military Committee of the Islamic Emirate has found this level of solidarity and cooperation throughout the entire country, and that they have been put to practical and active use in Helmand province for the past six years with great results.

Question: As a military commander – why do the crusader occupation forces place all this importance in Helmand province, deploying to this province the largest number of forces in the country?

Answer: There are military, political, security and economic aspects to the increasing concern of the Americans and British towards this province. I will briefly point to them here:

1. Helmand province is close to the border with Iran. The British and Americans want to have military and spy bases on the border with Iran in order to monitor and threaten its military, security and espionage establishments.

2. Helmand province is considered a big center for heroin on a global scale. American and British mafia companies are developing narcotic production there and re smuggling it outside Afghanistan on English aircraft, then providing it to the markets. The Americans and British are exerting their utmost efforts to, after controlling all areas of Helmand, control all centers of heroin production, so that its production is under its complete control. They will develop it and reap fantastic profits from it.

3. Helmand province is situated close to Pakistan as well as Iran, especially the Pakistani province of Baluchistan, where a big naval harbor is being built in the Jawadar region of that province in cooperation with China. There are also other big projects being implemented. This port has great economic importance to the rival economy of China and, at the same time, it is an appropriate site for Britain and America in Afghanistan to obtain a path to the sea. The Americans and British are thirsty to find a shorter road to the sea to supply their forces in Afghanistan. America’s expansionist economic desire to dominate Asia, and especially Central Asia, is connected to this sea port. The easiest way to reach this path is through complete control over Helmand province.

4. In addition to the strategic position of Helmand, it has huge natural resources, including uranium supplies, so that the English occupation forces are now conducting quick, illegal mining operations. One of the officials in ministry of mines under the Karzai administration revealed this to the media under the condition of anonymity. According to eye-witness accounts among the local populace, the English forces have brought to Sinjin district huge digging equipment, and have actually begun extracting uranium. A large number of English transport aircraft have been seen in the field on a daily basis.

5. The three southwest provinces - Qandahar, Oruzgan and Helmand – are the areas from which emerged the leadership of the Islamic Emirate and some of its most important members. Likewise, the Islamic Emirate was established there. The Americans and British want to seize Helmand to control the three provinces and, according to their claims, fundamentally paralyze the capabilities of the Islamic Emirate in order to be able to control the rest of the country with ease.
These are some of the incentives that have spurred the Americans and English to increased interest in Helmand province. But all of their endeavors and interests are misplaced initiatives, because there is no possibility that they will achieve their sinister goals either inside Helmand or in the country adjacent to Helmand. The residents of Helmand are Muslims with a great sensitivity towards the presence of British and American occupiers in their province. Every youth and old man in this province is ready to defend inch by inch the soil of Helmand and wage jihad against the occupiers.

Question: How do you assess the fighting morale of the Mujahideen in Marja?

Answer: The Mujahideen of Marja are standing in the gaps of glory and pride, their combat and fighting morale is very high, and each one of them is repeating in the trenches of Jihad the saying of the Almighty:

“Yea, if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels making a terrific onslaught.” (Al-i-Imran Aya 125).

They request that all their Muslim brothers remember them in their prayers, and beseech Allah on their behalf for steadfastness and integrity in this encounter and pray for them that the Pharaonic tyrant of the age falls at their hands.

Question: According to news reports, for the past three days there have been continuous battles with the enemies in different fields of Marja. It is said that the enemy has landed his paratroopers in some fields. Can you provide some general information about military revelations and Jihadist victories in recent days there?

Answer: Yes, for the past three days the enemy occupier has attacked Marja a number of times. However, through the grace of Allah, each time he has sustained huge losses and been forced to retreat. In the beginning the enemy gathered his forces in the Sistani desert and the enemy attacked them with rockets. On the second day, the enemy attacked from Tarikh Nawar and Jar Rahi Shrin Jan and his forces advanced. And here a number of his military vehicles were successively destroyed by land mines and his infantry troops were also destroyed.
It is worth mentioning that in the past few days dozens of enemy infantry were killed as a result Mujahideen attacks and explosions in the areas around Marja such as Abad Allah Qalaf, Shamlan and Qari Sadi. Likewise a number of their military vehicles and minesweepers were destroyed, and their attacks were thwarted and they were forced to withdraw. Through the grace of Almighty Allah, few of our Mujahideen were martyred in these battles.
In the battles of the past few days the enemy has failed to advance on the ground and in face-to-face combat. He has sustained great losses as a result of the heroic Mujahideen resistance and has been forced to change his strategy. He has conducted night raids like he did last year and a number of his forces landed at night in the Lawi Jar Rahi area, something for which our Mujahideen had been on the alert. The Mujahideen immediately attacked them and resisted them and the battle remains ongoing but the enemy has been unable to advance from that area in any direction. This is the last stratagem to which the enemy has resorted. If he tries initiatives like this, he will expose his soldiers to danger and encirclement, and will achieve nothing, Allah willing.

Esteemed Leader Abdul Razzaq! We thank you for giving us this opportunity to speak with you during these critical moments of battle. We beseech Almighty Allah to grant you success and victory over your enemies.

Commander Abdul Razzaq: I also thank you.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Enjoining the Right & Forbidding the Wrong: Taqi al-Din Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah

Ghazan Kahn (1271-1304) converts to Islam (1295)

Below is an embed of a monograph by the influential medieval Sunni Hanbali jurist Shaykh al-Islam Taqī ad-Dīn Abu 'l-ʿAbbās Ahmad ibn ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm ibn ʿAbd as-Salām Ibn Taymiya al-Ḥarrānī (1263-1328), a native of Syria, concerning "enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong," a key concept in Muslim belief: امر بالمعروف و نهى عن المنكر. Known more commonly as Ibn Taymiyyah, he has been much maligned as the "father" of modern Sunni Muslim radicalism. He is also reviled and attacked by Shi'i Muslims because of his highly critical views of Shi'i religious beliefs and practices, which he argued were outside the boundaries of Islam. Ibn Taymiyyah is frequently the subject of Twelver Shi'i polemicists and preachers. Many of those who speak about him or are ignorant of the historical context that certainly influenced his writings. Living in the immediate aftermath of the Il-Khanid Mongol conquest of Iraq and Syria, Ibn Taymiyyah was suspicious of the conversion of later descendants of Hulagu, one of Jenghiz (Genghis) Khan's grandsons. His famous juridical opinion (fatwa) permitting the Sunni Mamluks of Egypt to wage war on the newly-Muslim Il-Khanids based in what is now modern day Iran was issued partly due to this suspicion. He was critical of the Il-Khanids' decision not to use Islamic law (Shari'a) and their retaining of Mongol tribal law (Yasa).

Enjoining Right and Forbidding Wrong
Taqi al-Din ibn Taymiyyah

Q&A with Sayfullah, Qadi of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus

The Questions and Answers by Emir Saifullah, the Qadi of the Emirate Caucasus and the Wali of Province KBK

Publication time: 6 February 2010, 18:44

- Why are you not fighting against pagans nationalists who instigate hatred among Muslims? Isn't fighting them more important than killing policemen?

- In the name of Allah the Merciful, the Gracious!

Praise to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessing upon His Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions!

Nationalism and the incitement to enmity between the Muslim peoples is of course wrong. Calling to revive long-forgotten pagan rituals in the guise of national traditions is also wrong. And these evils must be fought.

But be aware that paganism has types and categories. And first of all, we must fight the most dangerous and dominant forms of paganism.

In our society, the main and dominant is a form of paganism of serving Russia, its constitution and other laws, practicing these pagan rites and rituals, such as an oath of allegiance to Russia (in the army, police, political parties, etc.), an oath to the constitution, receiving internal passports, placing wreaths on the graves of "the heroes of Russia" who killed Muslims in Afghanistan and in the Caucasus etc. Also a widespread pagan tradition is a participation in elections of deputies of a "parliament".

Paganism is not only the worship of stones and trees. An idol can be a living person whom people endow with divine features. God created people and only He has a right to set boundaries for people of good and evil, only He knows what is good and bad what is true and what is not. God not only created people. He also sent them guidances and laws to regulate all aspects of life. But the people gave themselves the right to decide what is lawful and what is criminal while the Law belongs only to Allah. They believe that the laws invented by philosophers and lawyers and then approved by deputies in a parliament are more useful to society than the laws of God. Anyone who really thinks so is not a Muslim, even if he performs prayers and fasts (keeps uraza).

The pagans of Mecca who fought against the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and welcome, believed in the existence of God but they worshiped their idols, they thought that the law makers were their tribal leaders such as Abu Dzhahl and the like.

Many modern Pagans also believe in the existence of God and that He is the Creator but they worship (deify, give divine qualities) various idols: presidents, parliaments, judges etc.

So we think the priority is to fight against this form of paganism as the most dangerous to the society.

Paganism was imposed on us by fire and sword. So the main reason for the spread of polytheism among our peoples is the occupation.

The problem of occupation is not only in the Russian military presence in the Caucasus but also in the fact that infidels chased Muslims and settled on their lands. The main problem is a cultural and ideological expansion.

The consequences of this expansion are disastrous:

Alcohol is unhamperedly sold and people fall into drinking. Drugs are officially banned but in fact anyone can buy them with virtual impunity. Debauchery is not punishable by law and that is why it destroys the family. Witchcraft is also not prosecuted. That is why the number of mentally sick persons is increasing.

The modern form of paganism preached permissiveness in almost everything, including the economy. The criminal system of the government legalized usury (extortion, bank interest), legitimized the turnover of funds, unsecured by gold and silver. Their laws permit speculation in the energy, grain and other basic products that are necessary for life. In addition, the system legalizes quite a number of other criminal schemes.

Power in modern pagan nations actually belongs to holders of big money. They appoint presidents and other officials. They order the laws they need from parliaments. Elections are just a fiction.

The role of priests manipulating the minds of the people is now played by the media and by state-controlled religious leaders. The system corrupts minds starting from schools.

A call for monotheism is a direct threat to these criminal regimes. Unlike ordinary people, the holders of power understand that Islam is their main enemy.

We saw that as an example in some local officials. Previously, we naively believed that they quarrel with Muslims because they simply didn't know the religion. But when we tried to establish a peaceful dialogue with them, they openly told us that will not allow us to call people for Islam, and they will fight it. These pagan leaders do not hide their hostility to monotheism. In the public, they call themselves supporters of traditional Islam and appeal only to fight "terrorism", "extremism" and "Wahhabism" but they do not hide their true beliefs in private talks.

For example, the chairman of the local parliament, Zaurbi Nakhushev,told us that "the authorities do not allow young people to study the Koran. He also said: "We do not want our young people to go to a mosque and read the Koran. He also said: "We do not need Muslims here. Point". Nakhushev didn't conceal his hatred of Islam.

The same attitude to our religion has another well-known bureaucrat, Khauti Sohrokova who openly declared: "Why do we need Islam? Our ancestors were pagans. Russia is a Christian country, and nobody here will allow the growth of Islam. The prosecutor Ketov even tried to justify repressions against Muslims: "What can we do? The whole world is at war with Islam. So we are forced to fight it."

They follow the orders of their new leader, Putin, who openly said to the world that he would destroy Muslims "with their God."

Policemen are the same adepts of a pagan cult as their masters. They swear allegiance to the constitution and fight against monotheists.

We know that some of them are sympathizers of Muslims. But we judge by external signs. And according to these signs, policemen, prosecutors, military personnel and judges are adepts of polytheism.

If each member of a criminal community is to be justified by the fact that in his heart he respects the laws of God, then nobody will ever bear the deserved punishment. Of course, we try first of all to kill the most zealous enemies of Islam but it does not mean that the others can feel safe.

We repeatedly warned local residents serving in the police and other similar agencies that, if they do not want to loose life, they are to limit their activity to protecting public order. We informed them that our main enemy is the Kremlin's mafia and asked them not to interfere and not to hinder our fight. Many of them at first agreed with us and even said that in case of large-scale hostilities they would turn their weapons against Russia. But as the time passed by, most of them took a firm anti-Islamic stance under the influence of the Russian propaganda.

Let me give two examples that illustrate the essence of these people.

Once, during an interrogation, one of the policemen in the rank of a major began shouting: "Stalin, you need Stalin!". I told him that Stalin was a tyrant who deported entire peoples. He replied: "So, they deserved it." I asked him: "And what do you think our guilt is?" He said: "You work together with the jamaat" Yarmuk ".

I said: "And did the jamaat do against you personally? They told you that when they return from Georgia they won't touch anybody from the locals. They would spent a winter here and then they would leave for Chechnya."

He replied angrily: "You ask me what they did? In Ossetia they killed a platoon of the GRU special troops!". I asked: "Why do you care? You say that you a Circassian and Muslim, and the riot police for whom you are so worried about are giaours, the spiritual heirs of the enemies that almost completely destroyed your people in the 18-19 centuries".

He replied that "the Russians did the right thing and that Kabardians themselves were to blame. It was their fault that they attacked the Russian. If Circassian behaved well, the Russians would have never touched them".

So we are fighting against such traitors. These people understand only the language of force. That why Allah Almighty ordered us to fight them with our lives and property.

Another example. Our brother Amir Moussa Mukozhev (may Allah have mercy to him) was summoned for a regular "talk" to the Interior Ministry. He was interrogated by a Kabardian, the head of the department for fighting religious extremism. He began the talk by saying:

"I know that if you come to power, the first thing you do would be to shoot all poor prostitutes and drug addicts!" Musa replied: "Sharia does not envisage execution of drug users. And in order to accuse a person of adultery four credible witnesses are needed who personally witnessed the act of adultery. So only such a men and such a woman can be executed who committed adultery, without shame, in front of people."

The policeman said: "Here, you see, you admitted it yourself! You want to kill these poor women! "Musa said to him:" These women are somebody's daughter, somebody's sister. We do not want such a shame either for us or for the other. Then, as an officer do you allow your wife to cheat you? "
The police officer calmly replied: "We are in a free country. By the law, spouses may have liaisons on a side."

I could go on giving such examples but I think you came yourself in touch with such people. And most surprisingly, they are insolent enough to call themselves traditional Muslims!

These pagans can not be buried at Muslim cemeteries in accordance with the Islamic ritual, if they didn't repent before dying. There was such a case in the Altud village. A man died, and old men who gathered to wash his body saw that his chest had a tattoo with the word "atheist". They refused to wash.

Relatives of the deceased tried to justify him: "He worked in the KGB and was forced to make such a tattoo, they enlisted him to serve in the secret police, but in all other ways he was a Muslim." But the old men refused to bury him saying that giaours have no place in a Muslim cemetery.

- Do you have any connection with the attacks against the leaders of Circassian public organizations? How can you explain the fact that young people who consider themselves supporters of pure Islam help police and hamper opposition rallies. I am a Muslim myself and we call neither for paganism, nor for a war with Balkarians or Karachai, and we do not want a confrontation between different peoples. We defend the interests of ordinary people and stand for a just solution of the land question. We demand the resignation of Kanokov. I think that you, as the spiritual leader of Muslims, have to assess what is happening, especially on issues related to land.

- In the name of Allah the Merciful and Gracious!
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon His Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions!

Nobody of us had anything to do with the beatings of the leaders of public organizations and to the dispersal of the meetings.

I can't exclude that the colonial administration could have used these young people belonging to groups of praying Muslims.

We repeatedly expressed our attitude to Kanokov and to other officials of the colonial administration.

We never supported Kanokov and do not support him today. We don't fight to replace the "president of the CBD," because he does not solve anything here alone.

As far as I remember, it were the very Circassian organizations you speak that actively supported Kanokov. The leaders of these organizations condemn us that we kill Circassians who serve in the police. It is clear today from the statements of these leaders that they consider themselves loyal subjects of Russia and they respect its constitution.

After the events of October 2005, one of those leaders traveled to Circassian villages in Turkey and intentionally misguided people by campaigning against the Mujahideen.

In some villages, he said that "the mutiny in Nalchik was raised by a bunch of bandits and drug addicts who were hired by Kokov to undermine the credibility of the new Circassian president Kanokov. He also added that "this bunch of bandits defeated and destroyed heroic Circassian policemen.

In other villages, he presented another picture. There he said that it was really a Muslim insurgency that was allegedly provoked by the Minister of Internal Affairs Shogenov in order to harm Kanokov. That was the way he presented the situation to Turkish Circassians.

He also suggested to our countrymen living outside the Caucasus that the Circassians in the whole world "should support the new president who will help to the problems of Circassians.

You say that the Circassian public organizations do not act against Balkars and Karachays or do not want to cause conflicts among the peoples. You also say that you support the interests of ordinary men and advocate a just solution of the land question.

But the same is told by the representatives of these organizations.

The same is told by the supporters of Kanokov.

Everyone says he wants better life for his people and neighbors. The only problem is that everyone has its own interpretation of justice. Everyone understands that we need a dialogue, but two things hinder this dialogue.

On one hand, emotions and a superiority complex blank out the reason. On the other hand, occupation and Russian laws were imposed on our people. Young people are interested in the emotional side of the issue, and those who are older are stuck in the maze of Russian legislation.

If we speak about Russian laws, then I am to say first that the laws in Russia are stupid, The Russians admit it themselves. Especially confusing and stupid are their laws relating to land.

Secondly, even these laws do not work and are not implemented because Russia has no independent courts. They make decisions either under the orders "from above" or if nothing came "from above" - for a bribe.

In this land issue the decision was taken nobody knows how and nobody knows by whom Who stays behind this decision is unclear. The decision was registered as coming from a conciliary commission, although everybody knows that this commission was just a cover. That is the way Moscow usually chooses when it expects unpleasant consequences. If you do not succeed to suppress a popular uprising with force, then Moscow sends a proxy to find and punish a "scapegoat".

Our position in this matter is as follows:

If national organizations rise against Russia (it does not matter whether against local puppet or against Moscow), we won't mix.
If these organizations call for a war against other Muslim nations, we will have to intervene to prevent a conflict.
My call for Muslims not is to become obedient instruments in the hands of those who are trying to use you to fight the political rivals. All efforts should be directed against the main devil, and that is Russia.
As far as the land problem is concerned, a just solution is possible only by the Sharia, but it is impossible to solve this difficult issue the occupation. That is why we should fight against the invaders of our land.

- Why did you not intervene in a conflict related to land? This issue could have been settled according to Islamic laws.

- The name of Allah the All Merciful and Gracious!

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon His Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions!

Theoretically, we could try to solve the land issue even under the occupation. You could gather a conciliary commission consisting not of deputies and officials but of the really respected the people. It were possible to invite to the commission the people who know the Sharia, to draw up a list of controversial questions and, if necessary, to send these questions to authoritative Muslim scholars.

But it is only in theory. In the practice, it is unlikely that it could be implemented. The problem is that Russia is sensitive to everything connected with the Sharia. Imagine this scene: Russian courts could not decide, and decision was made under the Sharia. This undermines the foundations of the constitutional order in Russia.

To make it clear of what I am talking about, I'll tell you about my experience in this matter.

Until 2004, we regularly handled cases in the Sharia. Very different kinds of people addressed to us. There were even police officers and lawyers. I can't say that they loved Islam and Sharia but they simply had no other place to apply to because other courts simply did not exist in Kabarda and Balkaria. The institutions that existed could not be called courts because everything was bought and sold there.

A rumor quickly was spread among the people that a normal court appeared. The colonial administration and Russia's security services saw this as a threat to their power. We were arrested and taken to Pyatigorsk.

When I was detained in prison, I was summoned for questioning to a man who introduced himself as a lieutenant colonel in KGB Lubyanka headquarters in Moscow. He told me:

"I hope you realize that such concepts as" democracy "and" human rights were "invented to deceive fools. You probably know that we can fabricate any accusation against you, and you will remain in jail for the rest of your life. I asked him why and he replied:

"You are potentially dangerous for the Russian State because you preach Islam in Kabardino-Balkaria, and this could lead to the separation of the Caucasus from Russia."

I asked: "And why do you think Islam is dangerous for Russia?" He replied: "Because of your propaganda on the streets of Nalchik, there are many young men wearing beards, many women wearing head scarves, mosques were in every district. Because of this the Russian population fled. The second reason is that in your lectures and sermons you say that Muslims should live according to Sharia. Thus, you are putting under question the Russia's constitution. And the number of those who want to live according to Sharia increases all the time. This can lead to the separation of Kabardino-Balkaria from Russia . So, either you promise in writing that you will not tell people about the Sharia or you will be in prison.

I asked him: "And what am I to do during my lectures listeners ask the question: should the Muslims strive to live by the law of God, whether you want build an Islamic state? What should I say? "
He said:" you should say: we are the citizens of Russia and our law is the Constitution of Russia. I said that I will not give any promises and that I prefer to be in prison rather than distort the Quran in favor of the FSB, to which he replied: "Then we will be forced to destroy you." I was almost sure that I receive a minimum of 25 years of imprisonment on falsified charges, but suddenly and our Emir Moussa Mukozhev were released.

The reason for this was that by the grace of God an unrest occurred in Kabarda and Balkaria. For Russia at that time there was a difficult situation in Chechnya, and the infidels have decided not to aggravate the situation in Kabarda and Balkaria. But as soon as the enemies of Islam had some military successes in Chechnya, they began to kill and kidnap persons in Ingushetia, and then in Kabarda, Balkaria and the West Caucasus. In Nalchik and other towns and villages mosques were closed. Several attempts to kidnap or kill (murder in an "accident") imams and preachers.

Another reason why the solution of the land issue according to Sharia is difficult under the occupation is the fact that Sharia law provides a flexible mechanism for regulating the land use. And in terms of occupation, when there is no legitimate Islamic government, there is nobody to regulate land matters- Decisions of the occupation authorities are not considered legitimate under the Sharia.

Under the Sharia, pastures and grasslands can not be given as private property or as a collective property to a definite clan, tribe or ethnic group. Pasture, water and fuel are common heritage of Muslims living in the area, regardless of their ethnic or racial identity. The procedure for using such lands is specified by a government that rules according to the Law of Allah. It must be taken into account the traditions prevailing among the people, pastoralists in the area. All outstanding issues are resolved by the court.

Theoretically, the Sharia Court of the Caucasus Emirate may take up this matter but practically, we can not enforce a court decision in a "Darul Kufr at Tari", i.e. on the territory occupied by infidels. In such circumstances, the primary task is the struggle for the liberation of territory and the restoration of the Islamic law.

- Bismillahirrahmanirrahim! Al Hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alemin!

Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu, Emir Saifullah! I appeal to you, my Emir, because I can't tolerate what is happening in our Kabarda.

Recently, I noticed many times that Muslims have become distracted from the external enemy who occupied our land more than 200 years ago. The evidence is the recent rally in which there was a confrontation essentially between two fraternal peoples, united by one faith, who grew up and are living side by side for centuries. For how long will this go on? Most of our religious society treat you, Saifullah, with great respect and trust. Young people read your sermons and learn the true Islam from you, our Islam without any pro-Jewish western tricks.

Unfortunately, our muftis and other Muslims have become as rabbis and bow before the Kremlin. Who now heads national Kabardinian organizations? The people who work in these structures only for their own advertising and enrichment. We are losing many of our brothers in vain.

We have actively raised the issue of the construction of the Elbrus hotel complexes and all kinds of resort infrastructure. In a year Kanokov will buy up the whole country and turn its population into his hired workers. The people understand this, and now is time to support ordinary people, and they will support us.

There is no authorities left in the country who could organize resistance. (...)

Without ties with common people they may soon begin to forget their leaders. After all, if we look at the scripture, only the return of the Prophet to Mecca made him a true leader of the whole Muslim Ummah and placed thousands of men under the banner of Islam (...)

Advise us how to profit best from the moment before we lose it. There will be another rally in the near future. (...) We should make sure that the people follow one way, and nobody knows which. Everyone is waiting for an authoritative word. Answer us.

- The name of Allah the All-Merciful and Gracious!

Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, peace and blessings be upon His Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions!

Dear brothers

Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

Allah will reward you for your active stance and the desire to make great the word of God.

I want to make you happy telling you that the situation with the Mujahedeen in our provinces and their power increases with each passing day. Over the past six months, by the grace of Allah, our modest arsenal has increased several times. Many brothers attended training. By the grace of God, our commanders' staff is fully restored and our new Emirs successfully fulfill their duties. Praise be to Allah, we are not alone. Our brothers in other provinces of the Emirate Caucasus inflict great damages to infidels.

It is a war, and there are inevitable losses, but this does not prevent us from confidently pursuing our object in accordance with the plan. Barakat of martyrs and their blood are fueling the Jihad.

Today, the entire Caucasus is boiling. Russia demonstrates its inability to control the conquered territories. It is a system's crisis. In Russia, there is no state ideology. An ideological vacuum was formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The state attempted to fill in the ideas of Western democracy and Russian nationalism. The peoples living under the rule of Moscow did not accept democracy. And the spread of nationalism leads to the collapse of the state. Dagestan is on the verge of chaos and anarchy. In Chechnya and Ingushetia, Russian power is maintained only with great difficulty and only by terror. Tensions are rising in Kabarda and Balkaria.

We are pleased that the people of Kabarda and Balkaria not want to be the slaves of this government. But we have to explain to the people that there is no sense to replace a puppet "president" for another one. It is necessary to consider the problem in a different plane and explain that the situation won't change whoever is appointed by Moscow to this post.

Until now, the pagan authorities, managed to deceive people through their priests. But today, people seems to have awakened from sleep, and are willing to accept the truth. So the main thing at this stage is to encourage them for monotheism. But this should be done properly, in strict accordance with the methodology of the Prophets and the Messengers. In less than a week, inshaAllah, we are going to publish a translation of the book by Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, "Religion of Abraham and the call of the Prophets and Messengers". I think that this book will radically change the situation of Muslims in the entire post-Soviet space. After reading it, you'll learn what the Islamic Call should be.

In your letter, you said: "Without ties with common people, people may soon start to forget about their leaders (...). Only the return of the Prophet to Mecca made him a true leader of the whole Muslim Ummah and placed thousands of men under the banner of Islam."

Also, you said: "We must make sure that the people went one way ..."

We try to keep in touch with the people and closely monitor the situation. We try to provide education and we want that people go one way. We know that a correct call would certainly lead to a split in the society that does not live according to Islam. We must remember that before the prophet United Nations, he first introduced a split between the people. Thus, Pagans said about him: "He called us fools, he discredited our fathers, he disgraced our religion, he introduced a split in our community and cursed our gods."

So we have now to explain to the people the viciousness of the pagan system. We should make fun of all their laws, the constitution, courts and parliaments and to show our contempt for them.

Before we enter into this struggle, each of us must have a clear idea of what he is fighting for. A Muslim should know this is not simply a struggle for land or for some other resources. He must understand that it is a struggle between monotheism and paganism. But today people are in deep ignorance. They do not know the basic foundations of their religion. Invaders deceive them with false notions such as patriotism, tolerance, democracy. They are brainwashed every day through television and newspapers. And those who are not susceptible to brainwashing and do not believe in all this nonsense, they are just intimidated. They try to make people believe that the very idea of fighting against Russia is equal to a suicide.

Our task is to expose these propaganda myths, to ridicule paganism in all its ugly forms, and to make people intolerant to evil.

We must explain to people that love for a homeland (the place where a person was born and raised), or the love for a mother tongue and for the people who speak it are natural feelings. But these feelings should not be elevated to a position of a religion or a state ideology.

We should also explain to our peoples that we are a part of the Islamic Ummah and that there should be no borders between Muslims. Muslims should not recognize these borders drawn by the invaders. Land can not be Kabardian or Balkar. If a certain piece of land belongs to a specific person named Hassan, we say: this is the land of Hassan. In case of pastures, we say that the right to graze livestock on these pastures belongs to this or that specific individuals who are residents of some villages. By distributing land, we take into account the number of inhabitants in a village and not their nationality. We have villages where Kabardians and Balkars live together. And it doesn't any no longer matter who lived on this land three hundred years ago.

Also, we have to explain to the people that social inequality is a consequence of the barbaric rule of the capitalist laws. Islam does not prohibit the holders of capital to hire other people. We do not consider this exploitation. The problem of capitalism in the other plane. Capitalism is based on usury. And lenders (bankers) are the enemies of Allah, as stated in the Koran.

I recently read that inhabitants of our villages complained that the capitalists have bought all the land, and now, if a young person wants to build a house for his family, he should buy land in his own village for a lot of money.

Explain to the people that in Islam wealthy owners are to donate a part of their land for the construction of houses for the needy. Even if these rich people pay zakat (tax), they are still obliged to share what God has given them.

Scientists say that if one of the neighbors has a bucket while the other does not and he needs a bucket to collect water from a well, the first neighbor is obliged to give it to him to collect water. If he fails to do so, the neighbor has the right to take the bucket without his permission.

As far as the meetings are concerned, you should know that they are dominated by emotions. And we need not an outburst of emotions but a serious, balanced approach. And the willingness to work hard in the way of Allah. The maximum what can be done at a rally is to call for Tawheed. But this is not enough.

As for the force, the force is not in the rallies but primarily in the weapons.

Great and Almighty Allah said:

"Prepare against them as you can (military) force and of horses tethered, with the help of which you will instill terror the enemies of Allah and your enemies."
(Al-Anfal, 8:60).

"Power is shooting," as our Prophet said, peace be upon him and welcome. So prepare this force. And may God help us all! Amen

Wassalamu Alaykum wa Rahmat Allahi wa Barakatu.

Your brother Saifullah.