In a statement to Chechen press, Sheikh Dokku Khamatovich Umarov, Amir of the North Caucasus has declared the Islamic State of the Caucasian Emirate and the implementation of Shariah Law while acknowledging that the United States, the UK and Israel are all legitimate targets of the global jihad. Here is his statement, published here uncut and uncensored, as translated by JUS.
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Dokka Umarov's Statement Of Declaration Of The Caucasian Emirate
In The Name Of Allah The Most Gracious The Most Merciful
Assalamualeikum Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatu,
We, the Mujahideen, went out to fight the infidels not for the sake of fighting but to restore the Shariah of Allah in our land. Allah says that He does not change the condition of people until they change themselves. Today, as throughout history, our condition can only be changed with a weapon in hand. If Allah's Religion could be established on Earth using another method, then our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would not have engaged in twenty seven battles.
There is no power and no power acquiring except through Allah. At the same time Allah tell us to heed our cause and prepare our forces to wage war, as much as we can. This does not mean that we must have equal means to the kuffar. This is impossible at this time but don't be mistaken, the victory of Muslims will come, inshaAllah, not because of the numbers of warriors or an abundance of weapons; it will come because of our fear of Allah. And fear of Allah comes to a soul and alters behavior when a Muslim is afraid of violating limits of that which is permitted and forbidden as established by Allah. The most important prohibition is contained in the formula of the faith itself; La Ilaha Illa Allah. Repeating these great words is easy and simple, but putting them into practice is not. Achieving Paradise is not easy and not simple.
Allah the Most High warns us in the Quran that he will not forgive Shirk (the act of associating partners with Allah) but He may forgive anything other than this, if He wills. Muslims must be afraid of Shirk always throughout their lives. Therefore, we the Mujahideen, reject any laws, rules and establishments that do not come from Allah. Jihad against Russian kuffar has never stopped; it was revived sixteen years ago in Chechenistan when Jokhar Dudayev, may Allah have mercy on him, by the will of Allah became the leader of Chechen people. Since then several leaders have served. We ask Allah to bless their Jihad and all brothers who preceded us.
Whatever political slogans were pronounced and whatever words used to describe it, those who went out to fight against Russian kuffar spoke only of Jihad and martyrdom for His sake and each will be awarded according to their intentions, inshaAllah. Every leader of the Jihad spoke and acted according to his understanding of the religion and the situation. We, inshaAllah, don not condemn or criticize them, but ask Allah to have mercy on us and them.
By the will of Allah, praise be to Him the Most High, it was my destiny to leader of the Jihad. The Most High knows that I did not want this nor did I seek this responsibility for I never thought that I could carry such burden. But since it was my destiny, I will lead and organize the Jihad according to the understanding given to me by Allah the Most High.
I announce to all Muslims that I am waging a war against infidels under the banner of "La ilaha illa Allah". This means that as the Amir of Mujahideen in Caucasus I reject everything associated with taghut. I reject all kafir laws established in the world. I reject all laws and systems established by infidels in the land of Caucasus. I reject all names used by infidels to divide Muslims. I declare ethnic, territorial and colonial zones carrying names of "North-Caucasian republics", Trans-Caucasian Republics" and other such terms as outlawed. All lands in Caucasus, where Mujahideen who gave bayah (oath) to me wage Jihad, I declare states of the Islamic Caucasus Emirate including Dagestan, Nokhchiycho (Chechnya), Ghalghaycho (Ingushetia), Iriston (North Ossetia), the Nogay steppe (includes parts of northern Chechnya, Dagestan and Stavropol district) and the combined areas of Kabarda, Bulkar and Karachay.
I do not believe it is necessary to draw the borders of the Caucasus Emirate because Caucasus is occupied by kuffar and apostates and it is Dar al-Harb, the territory of war. Our first task is to make the Caucasus Dar al-Islam, establishing the Shariah throughout the land and expelling the kuffar. After expelling the kuffar we must reclaim all historical lands of Muslims, and these borders are beyond the boundaries of Caucasus.
I foresee objections of all educated and uneducated hypocrites, who will assert that we are establishing an abstract, virtual state. I would like to say, inshaAllah, the Caucasus Emirate is a formation that is more real than all artificial colonial zones existing today. We will methodically, step by step introduce and enforce the Shariah order in our land. The establishment of Shariah is an elevation of Allah's word, and it is the essence of Jihad.
Those who were staying behind and dodging the Jihad have an assortment of arguments. One of them is democracy that we previously left intact and did not attach enough importance to due to a misunderstanding. I accept this argument and we reject these names and titles. It is time coordinate our intentions, our words and deeds. On that horrible day, when we will stand in front of our Creator, I don't want to be accused when excuses will be looked for. I fear Allah's punishment and therefore will state once more the banner under which we went forth for Jihad. We went forth for Jihad to establish the Shariah of Allah and we will strive for His sake, and the result is Allah's.
I have said it earlier and repeat again; we are an inseparable part of the Islamic Ummah. I am saddened by the position of those Muslims who declare as their enemies only those kuffar who attacked them directly. And at the same time they seek support and sympathy from other kuffar, forgetting that all infidels are one nation. Today in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Palestine our brothers are fighting. Those who attack Muslims are our common enemies wherever they are. Our enemy is not Russia only, but also America, England, Israel and anyone who wages war against Islam and Muslims. They are our enemies because they are enemies of Allah. Once again I foresee condemnation of this position by the hypocrites and panic among the weak Muslims but not from the firm Muslims. Typical arguments in such cases include that it is a foolish policy, that we will set the whole world against ourselves. Subhanallah! It is as if the whole world of infidels and apostates is not already waging war against Muslims. In this regard, I would to say to the dissenters that the real and wise policy is that which is based on the Quran and the Sunnah. The foolish policy is based on hollow expectations, incomprehensible fantasies and fear of a visible power.
And I remind the Mujahideen who are fighting for the sake of Allah and on behalf of the oppressed and humiliated Muslims that as Amir of Mujahideen in Caucasus I am the only legitimate power in all territories where there are Mujahideen who gave their oath to me as the leader of Jihad.
All Muslims have an obligation to help Mujahideen in every way they can. Let it be remembered that the kuffar and apostates among the local collaborators are targets for elimination, and not subjects of authority.
Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!
Aleikumassalam Wa Rahmatulahi Wa Barakatu
Dokka Umarov Amir of Caucasian Emirate 19 Shawwal 1428 October 31, 2007(...more)