Amir Dokka Umarov answers the opponents of the Caucasus Emirate

Part 1


24 Shawwal 1428 (4 November 2007)

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed shaytan.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful!

Verily, all praise is for Allah, we praise Him and seek His help, guidance and forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the wickedness of our own deeds. Whomever Allah guides, cannot be led astray and whomever Allah misguides, none can guide him. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. To proceed:

as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatu-Llahi wa-Barakatuh!

I am the Amir of the Mujahideen in Caucasus and I address this message to all those who ascribe themselves to the representatives of the Mujahideen of Caucasus in different countries. Today is the 24th day of the month of Shawwal, year 1428.

More than a week ago I received an e-mail from some meeting or a round table, I don’t know how to call it, the meeting of people who must represent the Mujahideen of Caucasus in different countries. I must say straight away that it was not easy for me to listen to what was said and spoken at that meeting, because some speeches contained blatant mocking at the Jihad and the Shari’ah.

That meeting was triggered by my statement to the Muslims, that I read out on the 25th of the month of Ramadan. Some outsiders who had nothing to do with our issue were present at the meeting but there were also those who in their time went away as Mujahideen, led Jama’ahs and called people to Islam. Therefore I consider it my duty to answer them, but I want to warn them that this is the last discussion on this topic.

I will read my statement again and let nobody have unnecessary conjectures. Long ago the time has come to have some responsibility for words one utters. It is my duty to adhere to this Islamic rule and I will hold responsible everyone who talks on behalf of the Mujahideen or represents them.

On 25 Ramadan I issued a statement to the fighting Mujahideen of Caucasus and oppressed Muslims of Idel-Ural, Siberia and other lands occupied by Rusnya. Two responsible representatives were charged with publishing that statement. Instead of carrying out their mission without delay they submitted my order, the order of the Amir, to the democratic referendum of some meeting. This disobedience will not be left without consequences and those two people will be properly punished according to the Shari’ah.

Now regarding the meeting. The panic that prevailed on that meeting visibly prevented the speakers from bringing reasonable arguments and speaking in a logical manner. What in my statement caused such panic and confusion of those people who call themselves Muslims and consider Jihad fard ‘ayn for everybody?

I will briefly remind the meaning and content of what I said. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful! I said: La ilaha illa Allah, all Muslims are my brothers, and all kuffar who wage war against the Muslims, especially those who wage the war today, are my enemies, because they are the enemies of Allah.

La ilaha illa Allah requires from a believer denial of any taghut, therefore I deny any authority and any law that are not from Allah. I deny any rules and systems thrust on Muslims by kuffar, and I don’t recognize borders which are used by kuffar to divide Muslims. This is all I said.

I said intelligibly enough. So a question occurs to me: how could people who call themselves Muslims arrange a referendum regarding these words? How come those people reached a point where they managed to criticize “La ilaha illa Allah”, allegedly basing their criticism on the Shari’ah?

One of the main accusations brought against me by the meeting was that I did not co-ordinate my statement with the so called ‘ulama’ that participated there [at the meeting]. It is true, I did not co-ordinate the statement with them. The words that I said do not require anyone’s approval. They are prescribed by Allah and everyone who considers himself Muslim is obliged to say and repeat them. And even if the whole world will stand against me, I will not renounce these words, Inshaallah.

Not only my appeal and my statement were approved by the Mujahideen, but caused an open rejoicing among them. They said: “At last we have clearly determined under which banner we wage Jihad, we fight”. Al-hamdu Lillah.

I would like to note that the participants of the meeting, judging by their speeches, are so far away from the real events and from the Mujahideen, from the comprehension of the situation, from the reality of Jihad, that it can can cause nothing but regret. Today thousands of Mujahideen of the multi-ethnic Caucasus went to Jihad against the infidels. Bases of the Mujahideen have spread out along the whole Caucasus Ridge: from Azerbaijan to Abkhazia. Generation of Mujahideen has been replaced in a short time, today the overwhelming majority of those who take part in Jihad are Islamic youth. These young Mujahideen, praise be to Allah, can’t imagine that it is possible to follow anything except the Quran and the Sunnah, they can’t imagine that it is possible to venture under a banner other than the banner of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). And they know exactly that they went for Jihad not to establish democracy of Ichkeria, but to establish the Shariah in the Caucasus.

Now regarding the “ulama” who appeared on that meeting. All three of them separately sent me audio recordings containing edifications and accusations. From their verbose conglomerations I couldn’t catch logic of their sermons. As far as I understood, 13 years of Jihad against the infidels is not a cause to declare the infidels our enemies.

As for the message from one of them, it puzzled me a lot, he tried to frighten me that Allah would punish me in the Judgment Day for my words. For what? For I said “None has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone”, “La ilaha illa Allah”, and for my striving to apply it in practice. As far as we know, the punishment will befall the one who does not stick to this formula. In the end I caught a frank phrase: I should be punished because my words can cause problems for his quiet life abroad. And the same problem troubles most of all all representatives who were present at that round table.

In order to finish the talk about the ‘ilm and ‘ulama’ I will say that there were ‘ulama’ who participated in this Jihad. Most well-known among them: Abu ‘Umar, Abu Junayd (may Allah bless their Jihad). Nobody from the Mujahideen remembers that they called themselves ‘ulama’. The brothers told me that the teacher of Abu ‘Umar, ibn ‘Uthaymin, a scholar well-known in the Islamic world, called himself a student in the very beginning. ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “If a person has an admiration for his ‘ilm then he has enough ignorance, and if a person fears Allah he has enough knowledge”.

Among those who voiced dissatisfaction with my statement were people who are considered, so to speak, veterans of the Islamic movement in Caucasus. They were shocked that I called kuffar a despicable nation, but it is not my invention, it is said in the Quran, that a kafir is the lying impious najas, filthy[1]. Maybe those activists thinks that it is undesirable to quote some ayat of the Quran because of the international situation? And what gave them the idea that Allah treats Muslims and non-Muslims equally[2]? It is said in the Quran that the sustenance from Allah in this worldly life does not depend from one’s belief or infidelity[3], and it is said in the hadith that if Allah would value this dunya more than a mosquito’s wing, He would not give a kafir a drink of water[4].

Listening to the speeches at that meeting it was apparent that they ignored one of the main regulations of Islam, al-wala’ wa-al-bara’, love and hate for Allah’s sake. Some of the participants do not find kuffar stinking, moreover, they seek their friendship and recognition, they seek greatness from kuffar, forgetting that the greatness is exclusively from Allah.

It is said in the Quran (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as awliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but awliya’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them as awliya’, then surely, he is one of them. Verily, Allah guides not those people who are the zalimun (polytheists and wrong doers and unjust)”[5]. It is said: he is one of them.

It was most unpleasant that when someone who is “one of them” blatantly ridiculed the world-wide Jihad and the Mujahideen, repeating familiar accusations that we created a terrorist organization, nobody of the participants of that meeting condemned him and nobody was indignant.

One of the main accusations of that round table: it was early to declare an Emirate, [because] the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the beginning established a powerful base. It is hard to disagree. What did the power of that base in Madinah, established by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), consist of? The whole power consisted of approximately 120 Muhajirin and around 250 Ansar. The power did not measure in the amount of men or material resources, the power consisted of several hundreds of companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who were firm and unshakeable in their belief. Today we try to raise such men in Jihad. Inshaallah, they will constitute a base for the revival of Islam in the whole world.

Of course, today’s Mujahideen don’t reach the level of Sahabah, but it is worth noting that today’s hypocrites are not second in their hypocrisy to the hypocrites who lived during the time of the Prophecy. They meet the description given by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): when they speak they lie, when they are entrusted they betray, when they argue they transgress all boundaries[6].
I heard on that meeting threats against me, that they will make me pay and so on. I am not afraid of the threats but I am not going to ignore them either.

Now I want to make a warning.

First: anyone who will oppose the Mujahideen and try to propagandize and spread democracy will be considered an apostate, because democracy is kufr and the outcome of kufr. Those people can be deluded that they are unreachable for the justice and the punishment. I recommend not to hope on that.

If in the territories where there are Mujahideen who swore an oath to me, will emerge some independent amir, his beheading will be the first mission of the Mujahideen, as it is demanded by the Shari’ah and prescribed by the Shari’ah.

If there will emerge people who will negotiate with Russian kuffar, with Russian secret services without my consent, behind my back, it will be considered a betrayal, with all resulting consequences.

And now: I understood from your words at your meeting, someone was engaged in such negotiations, I will not mention his name, but that person knows himself, and I order that man, in the course of one month, at his own expense, to come here and appear in front of me. The countdown begins from the moment of receiving this message. I think that it is not a secret for anyone, we have an audio recording where that person himself bragged about meeting with secret services and negotiating.

as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatu-Llahi wa-Barakatuh!




1. ^ Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “It is only those who believe not in the Ayat of Allah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are liars” (Surat al-Nahl (the Bees), 16:105).

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And indeed We have sent down to you manifest Ayat and none disbelieve in them but fasiqun” (Surat al-Baqarah (the Cow), 2:99).

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “O you who believe! Verily, the mushrikun are najasun” (Surat al-Tawbah (the Repentance), 9:28).

2. ^ Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Is then he who is a believer like him who is a fasiq (disbeliever and disobedient to Allah)? Not equal are they” (Surat al-Sajdah (the Prostration), 32:18).

3. ^ Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And no moving (living) creature is there on earth but its provision is due from Allah” (Surah Hud, (Hud), 11:6).

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in this world, and We raised some of them above others in ranks, so that some may employ others in their work. But the mercy (Paradise) of your Lord is better than the (wealth of this world) which they amass” (Surat al-Zukhruf (the Gold Adornments), 43:32).

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Yet all this (i.e. the roofs, doors, stairs, elevators, thrones of their houses) would have been nothing but an enjoyment of this world. And the Hereafter with your Lord is (only) for the Muttaqun” (Surat al-Zukhruf (the Gold Adornments), 43:35).

4. ^ Narrated Sahl ibn Sa’d: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If this world was worth a mosquito’s wing before Allah, He would not give a disbeliever a drink of water” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, #2320, Hilyat al-Awliya’ by Abu Nu’aym, 3/253). al-Tirmidhi called this hadith authentic, al-Albani also called this hadith aithentic (Sahih Sunan al-Tirmidhi). Ahadith with similar meaning: Sunan ibn Majah, #3110, al-Hakim’s collection, 4/306, al-Mu’jam al-Kabir by al-Tabarani, #5921.

5. ^ Surat al-Maidah (the Table Spread with Food), 5:51.

6. ^ Narrated ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with both of them): The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever has the following four (characteristics) will be a pure hypocrite and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up. Whenever he is entrusted, he betrays, whenever he speaks, he tells a lie, whenever he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous, and whenever he quarrels, he behaves in a very imprudent, evil and insulting manner” (Sahih al-Bukhari, #34).



Part 2


2 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1428 (11 November 2007)


I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed shaytan.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful!


All praise is for Allah alone, peace and blessings upon the one, after whom there will be no more prophets.


as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatu-Llahi wa-Barakatuh!


Today is the 2nd day of the month of Dhu al-Qi’dah. I have delayed my first message, which must be published, because I have received additional messages and edifications from the participants of your round table. I have listened to all these audio messages, made some notes, understood the essence of your worries and anxieties.


As I understood, the whole world collapses if I will not renounce my statement. I want to warn you again: my declaration will not be revised. And the Mujahideen will adhere to this statement, all Mujahideen fighting in the North Caucasus.


You have confusion in your minds, you imagined that the Mujahideen who fight for the sake of Allah and endure all hardships, depend on you and your activity. Make no mistake, it is your activity which depends on the Mujahideen and our struggle. It is your activity which will lose its validity if there will be no sanctions from amirs of the Mujahideen of the Emirate of Caucasus. And how you carry out your activity as representatives of the fighting Mujahideen is a separate story. I will say only one and only thing: not a single cent, not a single kopeck, collected for Jihad, will not be left unaccounted for, either before me or after me, Inshaallah.


I have listened to your edifications and advices, now you listen to my admonitions for you. You have broken away from the fighting Mujahideen. Old warriors whom you knew partly became Shuhada’, partly moved away from Jihad or joined the apostates, and only a few of them remain today. Young Mujahideen have come. These young Mujahideen are 19-20 years old, you don’t know them and they don’t know you.


The first question asked by the young Mujahideen about a person is “what is his ‘aqidah?”. And I try not to lag behind them in studying the fundamentals of the Tawhid, and I tell you that the knowledge of ‘aqidah can be acquired only in Jihad.


I am not surprised by speeches of some of the participants of your meeting, who long ago crossed the border after which it is hard to ascribe them to Muslims. I am surprised by ‘ulama’ who threaten me with Allah’s punishment for my desire to put into practice “La ilaha illa Allah”. I am surprised that I can’t call my enemies kuffar who shed Muslim blood everywhere. Or, according to you, I must issue “political statements” which we heard on television from Hamas? Or Iraq and Afghanistan are internal affair of America, and Somalia is an internal affair of Ethiopia?


I never liked politics and everyone thought I am far from it. No. I just always despised politics where there are visible cowardice, hypocrisy and filth. And now I know that politics coming from kuffar is not worth a brass farthing. Only an ill person can believe that kafir Putin for his shedding of Muslim blood in Caucasus will be put under trial by kuffar of America, England and Israel, who shed Muslim blood all over the world. Only an ill person can believe it. I want to finish my admonition on this.


Now the main point. I want to remind all of you once more, that I am the Amir of the Emirate of Caucasus and the Wali of the wilayah of Nokhchicho. I did not resign as the Amir of Nokhchicho and I am not going to do that, Inshaallah.


And now my order to you: don’t submit my statements and addresses to any discussions and votings in the future.


I order the head of the Mukhabarat, Tarhan Gazi, to examine Ahmed Zakayev’s calls to disobey me, and his attempts to sow discord and cause dissent among the Mujahideen.


Anti-Muslim pronouncements by Ahmed Zakayev, his mocking of Islam and Shari’ah, his calls to kufr to be submitted for examination to the main judge of the Shari’ah court of the Emirate of Caucasus, Anzor Astemiri.


Representative of our brother ‘Abdullah, Shahid, Inshaallah, who announced that he was contacted by Russian secret services, is required to come to me in a month’s time for explanations.


I forbid all those who disagree with my statement, all those representatives who disagree with my statement, to act on behalf of the Mujahideen in the future. It is the final decision.


Glory be to You, oh Allah, and praise be to You, I testify that none has the right to be worshiped except You Alone, I ask You for forgiveness and direct to You my repentance.


as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatu-Llahi wa-Barakatuh!


Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!

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