A Message To All Muslims From Former Emir of the Caucasus Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani
08 May 2015
By Markaz Kavkaz
On Wednesday (22/4/2015), the last message to all Muslims from Asy
Syahid Sheikh Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani – Former Emir of the Caucasus
(may Allah have mercy on him)- released by Dagestan Emirate media. Asy Syahid
was martired on Monday (20/4) at Gerei-Avlak village with Al-Akh Syamil Al-Bulakhani.
May his powerful words become his best message for all of us who seek Allah's
mercy in this dictatorship era. Insyaa Allah.
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم
In the name of Allah the most merciful and compassionate. Praise be to Allah,
the Lord of the Worlds, peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and
all of his family and companions, thereafter:
This is a message from Abi Muhammad (may Allah have mercy on him), (former)
Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, to all Muslims. Allah's peace and mercy and
blessings be upon you. In the beginning, I would like to announce our
ideology, our ideology with which we worship Allah. It is the same ideology
of the forefathers of the Islamic Ummah and its imams from the Suhaba
(companions) and those who followed them compassionately.
It is the following what was indicated in the Book of Allah (Quran al Karim),
and the tradition of Allah's Messenger, Allah's blessings and peace be upon
him, and the actions and sayings of the scholars in that regard. So whoever
agrees with the Book of Allah and the (Sunnah) tradition of Allah's
Messenger, we will accept him and rule in his favor, and whoever disagrees,
his disagreement will be referred to him.
This is the source, which Allah advised us in His Book when he said, ''Oh you
who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority
among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer to Allah and the
Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day.
'' Interpreters agreed that to refer to Allah is to refer to His Book and the
tradition, but this is not the place to explain it. Jannah and hell were
created and they exist, they are present and they do not perish. The
believers will behold their Allah with their eyes and Judgment Day the same
way they behold the moon on a full night clearly and without any difficulty
in seeing it.
And we believe that our Prophet Muhammad, Allah's peace and blessings be upon
him, is the seal of the prophets and messengers. The faith of a worshiper
can't be held true until he believes in the message of Muhammad, and bears
witness to his prophethood. The best of Muhammad's nation is Abu Bakr al
Siddiq, Umar al Faruq, Uthman Dhu Nurayin, Ali al Murtada, the rest of the
ten, the people of Badr, the people of al Shajarah, the people of Ridan's
pledge of allegiance, and the rest of the companions, may Allah be pleased
In addition, we mention the merits of the companions of the Messenger,
Allah's peace and blessings be upon him, we approve of them, we ask for
Allah's pardon for them, we abstain from their evil deeds and we reduce to
silence about the quarrels that took place among them.
Moreover, we believe that their kind act is an application of Allah's words,
''And those who came after them saying forgive us and our brethren who were
before us in faith and place not in our hearts any rancor towards those who
believe. Our Lord thou art indeed full of kindness, most merciful.''
And we ask Allah to be pleased with the mothers of the faithful, those who
are cleansed from every evil. And we acknowledge the miracles of the pious
men and what they witness from visions. However, they do not deserve what
Allah deserves, and they are not asked to perform what Allah only can
perform. And we do not vouch that a Muslim will go to Jannah or hell, except
those whom the Messenger of Allah, Allah's peace and blessings be upon him,
We have hope in the benevolent and we are apprehensive for the bad. We do not
accuse any of the Muslims with infidelity because of a sin and we do not
exclude him from the circle of Islam, except those whom Allah and His
Messenger deemed as infidel.
We see that jihad is proceeding with each Imam whether pious or immoral.
Congregational prayers led by Imams are permissible, and jihad has been going
since Allah sent Muhammad, Allah's peace and prayers be upon him, until the
last day of those who are in this nation fight the Dajjal. Jihad will not be
annulled either by the injustice of the oppressive or the justice of the
We believe in the necessity of obeying and listening to the Imams of the
Muslims whether they are pious or miscreant, as long as they do not give
orders to disobey Allah. And whoever assumed the responsibilities of the
Caliphate, people agreed on him and he claimed victory his sword until he
became Caliph, he has to be obeyed, and it is prohibited to revolt against
We opine that heretics should be abandoned and opposed until they repent, we
should judge them by what is apparent and entrust Allah with their secrets.
We should consider any bida' (innovation) in religion a heresy. We consider
faith to be words of the mouth, application of the pillars of Islam and a
belief in paradise. Faith is augmented by obedience and dwindled by sin. It
is about seventy something branch, the highest branch is the testimonial that
there is no God but Allah and the lowest branch is preventing from harm. We
consider that there is a necessity in preventing vice and promoting virtue,
according to the righteous Islamic law of Muhammad.
We do not believe in democracy, and we consider it as an act of infidelity.
And we do not accept anything except Allah's law, and we declare that
governorship should be attributed to Allah only. We make every efforts to
enforce the law of Allah and establish the Rashidun Caliphate that follows
the ideology of the prophethood as mentioned in the prophetic tradition of
the Prophet, Allah's peace and prayers be upon him.
The Messenger of Allah, Allah's peace and prayers be upon him, said ''Prophethood
will remain among you as long as Allah wants them and he will end it. Then
Caliphate on the lives of the Prophethood shall commence and remain as long
as Allah wills then corrupt monarchy would take place and it will remain as
long as Allah wills. After that despotic kingship would emerge, and it will
remain as long as Allah wills. Then, the Caliphate shall come once again
based on the precept of prophethood. And then he became silent.'' The
establishment of this Caliphate should be based on people's consultation and
We are followers, and we are not inventors. We follow our scholars, we mean
those who follow the approach of the deceased and living people of ''As
Sunnah wa al Jama'a,'' especially the scholars of jihad, like Ayman al
Zawahiri, Abi Muhammad al Maqdisi, Hani as Siba'I, Abi Qatadah al Filistini,
Abdulaziz al Tarifi, Tariq Abdulhalim, Sulayman Ulwan, and others. We do not
claim impeccability of anyone, except for the prophets. This is a summarized
ideology that we issued so that people can see what we have, and Allah is our
We fight the strongest country in the world that bewildered America and the
world, it is the country of the cunning and the coward Shiites. This country
has rockets that are more than the machine guns that the mujahidin have.
In addition to that, we are small in number, and we do not have scholars or
experienced people. Most of us are young men who are new to Islam. Our
weapons are very simple, we move with difficulty and we cannot meet in one
place for a joint operation. We lost popularity because of the short
sightedness of some of the mujahidin, and the severity of violence of the
Russian and their agents.
In general we are in the worst situation, but thank Allah for everything. We
have hope in Allah's mercy, and we believe the future will be for Islam and
the Muslims. The only thing that we enjoyed was our unity and assembly under
one leadership even if it was ceremonial, but that was torn apart by the
State of al Baghdadi, may Allah pardon him. Suffice to us is Allah and to him
we lodge a complaint. Is this the way you recompense and reciprocate us after
what we offered you?
Despite that, when jihad started in Syria we were the first ones to respond
to that call, and we sent our young men to help our brothers in Syria. We
asked them to join the group that follows the ideology of the people of the
tradition of Muhammad and the companions. At that time Jabhat al Nusrah met
the requirement, as we mentioned in the previous message. To this day there
are those who go to the land of jihad in Syria and there are many of them in
the State. It is clear to everyone that the land of al Sham and Iraq is
filled with the blood of the mujahidin of the Caucasus.
Allah knows that we did not want any group there to be under the name of the
Caucasus Emirate, due to our keenness to keep unity of the mujahidins' rank.
At that time I was not the Emir, in order to force them to do that. Abu
Uthman, Allah's mercy be upon him, was the one who ordered them to form
Caucasus Emirate there without consulting with us.
We used to pray for the mujahidin in the world, we shared their happiness and
grief. We sued to support the Islamic State at the beginning of the matter.
We also used to defend the Islamic State and we loved them in Allah, and
that's why we advised them, and that's why we gave them an honest advice when
the sedition happened, but they did not accept our advice.
When the sedition happened in Syria, we asked them to avoid that sedition by
applying the hadith of the Messenger of Allah, Allah's blessings and prayers
be upon him, until the truth is clarified. Subsequently, al Adnani revealed
the stance of the Islamic State and its ideology, and accused its leaders
with infidelity because they do not accuse tyrants with infidelity and they
are after majority. More, he claimed that the infidelity is among the people
of the tradition of Muhammad and the companions, even though the Islamic
State did not announce it. When this happened, we warned our young men
against the Islamic State.
When the Islamic State announced a Caliphate that did not follow Sunni Islam
and without meeting the conditions that were mentioned by the Sunni Muslim
scholars and the companions in the past and recently, we did not acknowledge
it, not because we have a desire to establish the caliphate, but because we
follow the right path.
What is our material and moral loss if we agree with the Islamic State
regarding that matter? We will not lose anything except the following of the
right path, righteousness is very precious to us. Certainly, we would have
gained and achieved many things and this is known. Our approach is to bring
the truth to light no matter where it is, and to say the trust without being
scared of critics on the Day of Judgment.
Allah willing, we are following that approach, and if I stand alone I will
not change until Allah governs justly between us, and He is the best judge.
Ibn Mas'ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said ''The group is what is in
accordance with trust even if you are alone.'' If the Islamic State corrects
its mistakes I will be, Allah wiling, the first one to kiss the feet of the
The following are our most prominent disagreements with them: Making takfir
on Muslims, their complacency in shedding innocent blood, announcing the
establishment of the Caliphate without consulting with Muslims and their
dissatisfaction with restoring to arbitration between them and the mujahidin.
This is what we have and what we presented to you Emir of the Islamic State.
Can you send one Iraqi soldier, and I am not saying ten soldiers, just one to
help us, while you claim that you are a Caliph for every Muslim. You ask all
Muslims to pledge allegiance to you! However, you do not want to offer
anything in return. Did you forget the hadith of the Messenger of Allah,
Allah's blessings and peace be upon him. ''A commander is a shield for them;
they fight behind him and they are protected by him.''
I challenge you Baghdadi to send us one soldier to help us! If you can't do
that, then how come you ask us to pledge allegiance to you! Oh you Mu'tasim!
Oh you Baghdadi! ''May Allah have mercy on a man who knows his own worth.''
The Islamic State sought with seriousness to divide our ranks, and it
succeeded in some places and was able to numb the minds of some young
simpletons, and we say to them ''Enjoy yourselves, for you are going to
I say that it is unfair when some people to claim that money and the love of
leadership are the reasons behind the pledge of allegiance done by some of
the Caucasian mujahidin of the Islamic State. No, I swear that this is not
what we think, but they left their homes and set their minds on establishing
Allah's law and the return of the stolen Caliphate. The Islamic State
announced that project and then they announced their pledge of allegiance to
the Islamic State thinking that they are on the right path, and without
consulting with any of the scholars. This indicates their ignorance and their
lack of knowledge.
Oh, the leader of the Islamic State, what are you benefiting from those? Oh
Allah! Oh Allah! We complain to You from this sedition. In the end, we ask
Allah to grant you and us steadfastness in regards to our faith and to grant
us insight regarding our faith. May Allah grant you and us a criterion by
which we can differentiate between righteousness and falsehood, right and
wrong, temptation and discretion, guidance and perversion. May he grant us
light that guide us and protect us from confusing rightness with falsehood
and misconception and confusion. ''He to whom Allah has not granted light,
for him there is not light.'' Allah's peace and mercy and prayers and
blessings be upon you. The Lord's peace and blessings be upon Muhammad and
all his family and companions.