Below is a translation of a February interview with the amir al-umara' (leader of leaders) of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, a collective of various separatist groups composed of indigenous Muslims in the Caucasus, Dokku (Dokka) Umarov. The video (in Russian) and English translation are reproduced below, without edits. Members of groups associated with the IEC include both Salafis and Sufis (Muslim mystics traditional to Central Asia, the Caucasus, and many parts of the Muslim world). Hardline Salafis of the jihadi trend have taken issue with the IEC's tacit endorsement of a kind of regionalized Caucasian Muslim nationalism.
I seek refuge with Allah from the cursed Satan!
In the Name of Allah, The Merciful, The Compassionate!
Praise be to Allah the Lord of the worlds! Peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family, his companions on the true path.
I am Dokka Umarov, the Emir of Caucasian Mujahideen. I received questions which the brothers asked me to reply. And, God's willing, with the help and the will of Allah, I will try to answer these questions.
The first question concerns rhetorics on Russian TV, radio and other media outlets about the "elimination" of me personally and the "elimination of all Mujahideen in the Caucasus" and the allegations that "this is last winter for the Mujahideen."
This question I would like to answer for well-wishers and ill-wishers. For Ill-wishers, I say: "Wipe your snots".
For well-wishers, brothers, I would answer this question this way: we are all mortal. Human life is in the hands of Allah. And if the Almighty wants to summon me, I will, God's wiling, be ready for that.
The Almighty only decides when the soul is ordered to leave this world. The main thing for me is that my soul is a soul of a free man and that my soul leaves this world without humiliation. Humiliation means a disbelief for my soul. In this world, my body would kneel only before the Almighty.
The main thing for the people is to know that one is ready for his death. And I believe that, God willing, I am ready for it.
Every day I spend in this world brings disappointment with those Muslims who because of their slumber, because of their sleep, hypnosis that they have been thrusted on them lost the greatness of Islam. Glory be to Allah that we are not among them.
Putins, Kafyrovs (AKA Kadyrovs) and other Putin's dogs on the spot say that for us, the Mujahideen, "it is the last winter". These words are words of mendacious dogs that we have been hearing over the past 11 years.
So this winter, too, comes to an end. There were a lot of such winters. All the talks of these dogs come from impotence. The master beats the dog on the rump with a stick and demands. And in order to satisfy their masters in the Kremlin, the dogs bark in every direction. Therefore we will not pay attention to them.
Only Allah decides when we leave this world. The main thing is that our luggage is to be filled with deeds pleasing to Allah in order to get a reward for our deeds on this earth, to gain the Paradise. Let's hope on this, and do the Jihad, God's willing!
The second question concerns the creation by Russia of a so-called North Caucasian District and the exclusion of the Krasnodar Territory from it. Basically, I would answer this question that way that I do not care about their petty intrigues. I don't care a damn what "districts" they are create, what obligations they take, what shifts in their government they make, what "presidents" they appoint.
This is a policy of infidels, a policy of our enemy. But in this issue, I would like to stress one important thing. Through the creation of the "North Caucasus District" the Kremlin wants to show that the Krasnodar Territory does not belong the Caucasus.
The Krasnodar Territory, as infidels call it, is in fact the land of our brothers, the best brothers and the best Muslims in this world. This is the land of Adygs, the land of Abazins, the land of Circassians.
So I want to state with full responsibility and I bequeath it to the Mujahideen who will come after us, God's willing, they will come, there is no doubt about it, that this is the land of our brothers. And it is our sacred duty to liberate these lands from infidelity. And, God's willing, we will do it, we will achieve this goal.
Therefore, we will never exclude a Caucasian land from the Caucasus.
Moreover, after we liberate the land of our brothers, coreligionists and Caucasian Muslims, we will, God's willing, liberate other lands that are now occupied by Russia. They are Astrakhan and the Volga lands that are now under the heel of Russian infidels.
Therefore, God's willing, we are not going to exclude the lands of our brothers Adygs, Abazins and Circassians from the Caucasus.
The third question which concerns our brothers is a question about the number of the Mujahideen.
My answer to brothers is that we in the Caucasus are in such numbers that it is possible to say today that there are 10,000, and 20,000, and 30,000 Mujahideen. This is true, dear brothers.
Today, by the will of Allah and to the delight of Muslims, young men are very active and so conscious that they understand that the Islamic Ummah can be liberated from the slavery of infidels only with weapons by means of the Jihad.
We have therefore under arms as many as it is allowed by our means, our resources and our finances.
Today we do not have enough means for all the Mujahideen who want to go to the Jihad for the sake of the Word of Allah on the Earth, for the sake of the liberation of the Ummah. Neither our means, nor our resources permit to put all these Mujahideen under arms.
That is why I ask again brothers not to worry about the numbers. Numbers are like a sorcery, and people practice witchcraft with these figures.
I say to you: today there's enough Mujahideen who are needed for the Jihad at this moment. And if we are true slaves of Allah, then today our situation is determined by the will of the Almighty.
Today Allah wants to keep us at this level. By His will, God's willing, the Almighty is able to change quickly this situation, and this is our hope and expectation.
So the numbers of the Mujahideen are sufficient today. And if there are funds, if there are resources, God's willing, the number of Mujahideen could be increased 5- or 10-fold. There is no doubt about that.
And glory be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds!
This is the English transcript of a video interview given by the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate Dokka Abu Usman on 6 Rabi' Al-Awwal 1431 (19.02.2010). The interview was translated from Russian by the Kavkaz Center.