The leader of the people known almost universally in the Western press as Chechen “independence fighters,” Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris (Shamil Basayev), has issued an appraisal of the last year of jihad in Chechnya. His statement, “Nothing Can Stop This Jihad,” can be found at the Muslim Kavkaz Center site (with thanks to Nicolei).
Here are some excerpts that offer an insight into the motives and goals of jihadists around the world “” motives and goals identical to those I explicated in Onward Muslim Soldiers:
In the name of God, Most Benevolent, Most Merciful!
(Bismillah Rahman Rahim!)
Praise Allah, the Lord of the worlds, Who created us Muslims and Who blessed us with Jihad on His Straight Way. Peace and blessing of Almighty Allah be on Prophet Muhammad, his family, his disciples and all of those who follow the Straight Way until the Day of Judgment!
By the Mercy of Allah the past year of 2003 was very successful and very good year for us because for the past year our Mujahideen (fighters) managed to inflict great damages on Kafirs (infidels) and Munafiqs (hypocrites — national traitors) and to deal crushing blows on the enemy.
According to my information, for the year 2003 all Mujahideen in Chechnya and on the enemy soil have conducted over three thousand blasts, destroyed and disabled over 1,000 units of military vehicles including armored vehicles, shot down 31 helicopters, eliminated over 8,000 Kafirs and over 700 Munafiks (national traitors) who cooperated with the invaders” regime.
Praise Allah, this year was also marked by the expansion of the zone of combat operations and of the territories where the Jihad against aggressors is being conducted, as well as by the creation of new military sectors. For instance, the newly-created sectors are: the Ingush Sector, the Ossetian Sector, the Aukh Sector, the Stavropol Sector, and the Dagestani trend was activated as well. The Kafirs themselves had to admit that over the year 2003 they have suffered much greater casualties than they did in the previous two years.
Even though the Russian leadership is trying to make it look like there is no war, and that only one Brigade of Shaheeds Riyadus Salihiin is actually fighting the war, I am quoting these details in order to report that today there are several thousand of active Mujahideen fighting in Ichkeria and outside of the country. The Jihad is continuing and the attempts that Russia is making to hush it up look like the acts of a child who closed his eyes and thinks he is hiding. . . .
Some are using the terms like ‘the first war’, ‘the second war’, ‘the 400-year war’, but for us it is the everlasting war for our Freedom and Independence. And the main thing — this is the war for our Faith, which came from our fathers and our forefathers, and which we will be waging until we become masters of our own lives and our own destinies.
I am hereby stating that whichever attempts the Kafirs would be making, nothing will stop this Jihad, which is becoming more and more active each day, because the dead and the wounded are being replaced by the new generation. Insha Allah (God Willing!), we have no problems with replenishing our forces. If Russia is degrading and dying out, the Chechen population is increasing in spite of the war, – and this is also a contribution of ordinary Chechens into the cause of Jihad. So, praise God (Alhamdulillah), we have no problems with our fighters.
Besides, many representatives of oppressed nations of Russia are rising to the Jihad. The past year was a graphic example, when many nations of not just Northern Caucasus, but nations of many regions inside Russia took part in Jihad as well.
Today the leadership of Russia is making miserable attempts to discredit the just cause of the fight of the Chechen people by trying to present the Chechen national liberation war as ‘international terrorism’ and by trying to tie all events in the world to us. In this regard I would like to remind that our people have been conducting their historical fight for Freedom ever since the times when there was no Russia as a state, let alone other fighters against ‘international terrorism’. Throughout its entire history the Chechen nation has been fighting for the Faith, Freedom and Independence. Insha Allah (God Willing!), we will keep fighting this war as long as Allah wants us to, until final victory. . . .
Today by the Mercy of Almighty Allah our Resistance is not only continuing, but it is getting even stronger. I would like to remind the words of the Most High, Who says in the Holy Koran that He is with those who are patient. Today the main thing for us is patience and unity. I am calling for even stronger unity, for increasing the discipline and for asking Allah for help by prayer and perseverance.
Almighty Allah says in the Holy Koran that He will not leave the believers without help. I swear by Allah, we can feel His help each day and each hour. . . .
We are all walking under God. And sooner or later we will all die. A death of one of us will change nothing. Because we are seeking a death of a martyr on the way of Allah, while Kafirs (infidels) and Munafiks (national traitors) are trying to extend their good-for-nothing lives. The Jihad will be continuing. Our entire history is the evidence.
There was a time when the Kafirs were hoping that by killing the first President of CRI J. Dudayev they would be able to have something changed. But after President Dudayev became a Shaheed (a martyr), the Jihad only increased and the Mujahideen (fighters) got even stronger. Nothing will change if President Maskhadov, myself or any other leader becomes a Shaheed.
Thank God (Alhamdulillah!), we are not afraid of death and we are not trying to escape it. But if Kafirs want me to die so bad, I can make them an offer: let them give me some more money, about 10-20 million more, and I will give that money to Maskhadov to continue the Jihad, and I myself will buy me a good KAMAZ truck and will drive right up to them.
The term for each one of us has been prescribed by Almighty Allah and no one will ever avoid this term. Almighty Allah says: Â«Death will befall ye, even if ye hide in the towers that ye have erectedÂ». For Muslims it is the Truth.
Praise God (Alhamdulillah!), we are dreaming of dying in Jihad, we are dreaming of dying on the way of Allah, so that we could earn Paradise and Mercy of Allah. Our dead are in Paradise, and your dead are in Hell. And our victors will also be in Paradise, and your losers will be humiliated and aggrieved.
By Mercy of Allah we have gone through another year of the war. I am calling on the Mujahideen to get even more consolidated and unite around our leadership even firmer, to strengthen the discipline, to strengthen the Nizam, to be steadfast and patient.
The victory is near! And may Allah help us on His Straight Way!
Allah Akbar! (God is Great!)
Abdallah Shamil Abu-Idris,
Amir of Brigade of Shaheeds Riyadus Salihiin