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A Chechen jihadi calling himself Musa Abu Yusuf ash-Shishani has posted an explanation of why he left Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and joined first Umar Shishani’s former jamaat, then helped the Caucasus Emirate (likely from Turkey), then joined the Islamic State in Syria.
The piece argues that Chechens in Syria and Turkey cannot use as an excuse for not swearing bay’at to the Islamic State and al-Baghdadi the fact that they have previously sworn an oath to the Caucasus Emirate, a statement aimed primarily at Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar.
Musa Abu Yusuf says that Caucasus Emirate Emir Ali Abu Muhammad should only expect Caucasians to swear private, temporary oaths to him and that he should submit to Baghdadi and the Caliphate.
He adds that he believes there are few prospects for jihad in the Caucasus outside of joining the Islamic State.
The piece is a response to accusations made against Musa that he has been disloyal because he has moved between different jamaats. The piece discusses the fact that Musa has made bay’at to three different Emirs: first to an AQAP Emir, then Umar Shishani, then Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and asks whether this is acceptable; also whether one can trust a jihadi who has switched jamaats, with the implications of going against unspoken rules of kinship and loyalty. Musa explains that it is acceptable for him to have sworn an oath to AQAP, Umar Shishani’s former jamaat, and the Caucasus Emirate because these are temporary, situational oaths, whereas his oath to Baghdadi is all-consuming.
The piece is also interesting because (if genuine) it tracks the progress of one Chechen jihadi via AQAP, to Umar Shishani’s former jamaat Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, to the Caucasus Emirate, and back to IS — showing the mobility of Chechen jihadis, and how at least this individual interprets Sharia in this regard.
If this is a widely accepted view, it could pose problems for the Caucasus Emirate, in that it subordinates loyalty to the CE to loyalty to the Caliphate/ IS for those North Caucasians who swear bay’at to Baghdadi.
A translation is below, with the caveat that it is not possible to verify whether this is a genuine account.
On who Musa Abu Yusuf Shishani is:
@joaska_ his is trustworthy one from Russian speakers in side slamic state delivers news to especially post soviet country's he is top man
— Mu1aheeD (@Mu1aheeD) August 21, 2014
They say, “how can you trust someone who has already broken a bay’at given by him three times, and who has “skipped” several times from one jamaat to another?”
Those who have wicked tongues and sick hearts have not been able to find anything else except to blame me for the fact that this is not the first time I am making such a move and accordingly that there is no basis to believe what I am writing about the real situation in the Islamic State.
For those who aren’t in the loop about what’s going on, let me bring you up to speed:
1. First, I went to jihad about 4 years ago, and having gotten to the Arab Peninsula I gave a battle oath personally to Sheikh Abu Basir al-Wuhayshi, the Emir of AQAP.
A few months after I got there, military operations began against us and after fierce fighting, airstrikes, and a ground offensive by hordes of infidels and apostates, there came an order from the Emirs to retreat.
The next 9-10 months we spent in the mountains and foothill villages, hostilities were practically suspended except for rare, small ops, needed to repulse the infidels. 90% of the foreign fighters had already departed, some to Syria, some home, and after a year and much deliberation and meetings with the brothers, I decided to follow their example and wrote a letter to Emir Abu Basir and the military Emir ar-Raymi to allow me to go to Syria, they did me a favor and freed me from the oath.
The reason for my decision was that AQAP started to change its strategy from positional battles to a partisan type of military action. Foreign fighters were not suitable for this strategy since their white faces didn’t blend with the crowd.
Everyone understood that we were just a burden for the Ansars, but out of respect and love for the foreign fighters they didn’t pay that any heed.
This is the tale of my “jumping” from the jamaat and my “breaking” my first oath.
2. After a couple of months I was in Syria, and after a short while of neutrality and analysis which took me about a month, I joined Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar, and gave Bay’at in battle to Sheikh Umar Shishani, and for about a year or 18 months personally submitted to him.
After Sheikh Umar gave a full, general bay’at to Imam Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, my bay’at to Umar himself was automatically annulled according to Sharia, since Umar had entered full submission to another person. We had to follow his example, but I refused a full oath to IS because of a few circumstances (the details of which I will reveal soon) and I went abroad, and that was about 2-3 weeks before the sahawat fell on IS.
The next day, after sahawat fell on IS, me and another brother tried to return but the Syria-Turkey border was under the harsh control of the Turkish army and we had to go back.
With events rapidly gaining momentum, the doubt being sown by the horns of evil and slander having done their job, my brother and I, being deluded, decided not to get involved in what is happening, for fear of accidentally shedding forbidden blood…
I decided not to hurry to go back to Syria, hoping to provide at least some assistance to the brethren in the Caucasus, being aware of their critical situation there.
3. And so, finally, my oath to Ali Abu Muhammad because of the “breaking” of which some “vegetables” have already called me a traitor…
And these vegetables who do not have even the most basic concepts of a Sharia oath; what it is, when and to whom it is given, to whom it obligates, etc…
With the intention of helping our brothers and making at least some contribution to the jihad in the Caucasus, we, expressing support for the new Emir, gave him an oath of support and battle.
So: the Bay’at that we give the CE, is called in Shari’ah as a private, temporary and part-bay’at, which is given for battle and to help to achieve certain goals, in this case:
1) Liberation from occupation of the Caucasus
2) The establishment of Sharia there.
An Emir who was given such an oath has a limit to his powers. He has the right to order a subordinate only in that which does not extend beyond the boundaries of the conditions that subordinate voiced during the oath.
For example, if someone gave bay’at in battle, he is obliged to obey and submit to their Emir in all regards in this battle, until it is completed.
Or, for example, someone gave bayat to an Emir to assist in any particular case, in that case, he listens and obeys the Emir in all that relates to that particular assistance, but no more.
As for the full, total oath which we now give Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, it is a lifetime oath of obedience and submission, whatever pleases or displeases you, however easy or hard is it to you.
This oath obliges you to follow your Emir in all that is not contrary to the Shariah as long as you do not see a clear kufr in it.
This form of oath is given only to a Caliph, and in the absence of the Caliphate, scholars ruled one could give such an oath to the Imam-ruler of an independent state, but under the condition that he has a real power and influence in this country.
Giving a similar kind of oath to the Emir of various organizations and Jamaats is considered newfangled…]
1) a temporary, private oath given by us to the Emir of Mujahideen in any land, does not oblige us to anything other than obedience and submission in what we gave in the oath, and the Emir has no right to demand anything beyond that.
And if a mujahid gives an oath to fight and help, he does so in accordance with his capabilities, and no matter where he is, and what is important is that he will help and fight, as he had promised.
And I swear by Allah, I personally do not see a lot of help and great prospects for the Jihad in the Caucasus, except in association with the Caliphate and the private bay’at should in no way deter us from this association.
2) Ali Abu Muhammad, as well as its predecessor Dokka Abu Usman (may Allah have mercy on him) is the Emir of the Mujahideen of the Caucasus Emirate, but not the Sharia ruler of all the Muslims of the Caucasus, and does not have the rights of an Imam to complete, total oath.
In order to become one, he must have real power and authority on those lands in which he urges people to listen to and obey him.
But even if we assume that he is such, and he has his independent state which was announced at a time when there was no Caliphate, after the proclamation of the Caliphate, and its extension to his domain, he becomes obliged to swear allegiance to the Caliph for the unity of the ranks of Muslims and to avoid fitnah.
The same thing applies to each of his subordinates, even if they were under full bay’at to their ruler, they are obliged to submit to the new Caliph and swear allegiance to him, if his army is close to their borders.
And if this is the position of complete bay’at to a legitimate Sharia ruler-Imam, then what about the private bay’at to an Emir of the Mujahideen?
These are basic things, in order to know all of the above, you don’t have to be Shaykh al-Islam of the century, just open any of the books on Sharia politics […]
Is it logical to leave without assistance a real Islamic State located around the corner from you, justifying it by the fact that you’re under oath to a private Emir of the Mujahideen of the Caucasus, who is thousands of miles away from you, and to whom it is impossible to get to?
So where is the reason of the brothers in Syria or in Turkey to leave the Caliphate without support, with the excuse that they were under oath at this or that Emir of the Mujahideen, which is on the other side of the planet?!
And even more so, where is the brains of those who accuse brothers who support the Islamic State and swear to the Caliph, of violating a private oath they gave this one time to the Emir of a Jamaat?!
The questions are rhetorical as usual…
Just for fun — and to illustrate a common theme in the North Caucasian jihadosphere, here is a cultural interlude — khilafa.org, the website of the North Caucasian jamaat in the Chechen-led Syrian brigade Ansar a-Sham featured a poem sent in by one Muhammad Abu Barud Dagestani of the Shamilkalin Sector of Dagestan. Continue reading