New sermon from 'Alī Abū Muḥammad al-Dagestanī the Qāḍī‎ of the Caucasus Emirate: "Patience"

As-Salam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. We are the Mujahideen of Wilayah Dagestan. Today, our guest is Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Daghestani, the Qadi of the Caucasus Emirate. And today, on this occasion, our Qadi wants to make an appeal to all CE Mujahideen. And the theme of today’s speech is ‘Sabr’ (Patience).
AlhamduliLlah …. There is a regularity, which Allah has established on this earth and that has not changed. This is that the salve of Allah will be tested by Him, before he obtains strenght on this earth. Allah the Almighty said in the Qur’an:  “Alif, Lam, Meem. Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried?But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars.” (Surat Al-`Ankabūt  : 1-3)
Allah also said in the Qur’an: “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said,”When is the help of Allah ?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. (Surat Al-Baqarah : 214 )
And He said:  “Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while Allah has not yet made evident those of you who fight in His cause and made evident those who are steadfast?” (Surat ‘Āl `Imrān : 142)
The Imam Shafi’i (ra) was asked: “What’s the best between test or strenght ? He replied: “There will be no strenght until a test comes.”
As the Almighty added: “And [mention, O Muhammad], when Abraham was tried by his Lord with commands and he fulfilled them. [Allah ] said, “Indeed, I will make you a leader for the people.” [Abraham] said, “And of my descendants?” [Allah ] said, “My covenant does not include the wrongdoers.” (Surat Al-Baqarah : 124)
Know, my brothers, that what has befallen upon us, such as destruction, torture and punishment in the way of Allah is nothing else except the elevation and honor on this earth. As well as the augmentation of ‘Ajr (recompense) in the next world (Paradise). As stated in a Hadith transmitted by Ibn Abi Waqqas:  “I asked the Prophet (saws), who among the people most of all will be tested? He answered : “Those who face the toughest trials and hardships are the Prophets, then those who are nearest to them (i.e., in terms of faith) and a person will be tested according to the strength of his faith.” (Tirmidhi)
Yes, we are confident, [because we know that] this hatred and the revenge [desire] against us, exist only because we believe in Allah the One, because we said that our Lord is Allah and because we perform our duty before Him, by protecting the weak. We just want to establish Justice on this land. Allah said: “And they resented them not except because they believed in Allah , the Exalted in Might, the Praiseworthy.” (Surat Al-Burūj : 8) and “[They are] those who have been evicted from their homes without right – only because they say, “Our Lord is Allah .” And were it not that Allah checks the people, some by means of others, there would have been demolished monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques in which the name of Allah is much mentioned. And Allah will surely support those who support Him. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might.” (Surat Al-Ĥaj : 40)
I don’t understand those people who disown their loved ones and relatives in favor of the infidel’s system. Yes, these infidels are trying to give a ‘color’ to this Jihad – to this opposition – they come up with different reasons: political, economical, racial, nationalistic, etc… But by Allah, it’s not true, it’s all a lie. We fight in the way of Allah and endure all those punishments and sufferings on this path, only because we want to raise the word of Allah on this earth. [Only because] we want the laws of Allah being implemented on this land without giving Allah associates, to worship Allah alone.
And those Jaheel (ignorant people) – I don’t know how to call them otherwise – disown their children from their own families, only because they [these childrens] believe in Allah alone. Because they want to establish the law of Allah on this land. If we try, we can understand these Jaheel, but it’s quite impossible to understand those of scholars or these so-called scholars, who belittle the Mujahideen with their tongue, their evil tongue. Instead of helping and supporting the Mujahideen, they betray them and affect their honor.
Lately it became clear that what’s the Mujahideen do in the way of Allah caused the elevation of His religion and thus, Allah humiliated the infidels and the polytheists from among the crusaders and Jews. And He showed ther futility and destroyed the myth of their invincibility. “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers. If a wound should touch you – there has already touched the [opposing] people a wound similar to it. And these days [of varying conditions] We alternate among the people so that Allah may make evident those who believe and [may] take to Himself from among you martyrs – and Allah does not like the wrongdoers.” (Surat ‘Āl `Imrān : 139-140)
I also want to speak to the brothers who are in captivity – in the hands of the infidels and the polytheists – and suffer in the way of Allah, ‘tasting’ all kinds of torment and humiliation. My brothers, don’t weaken, be steadfast and know that this is the way of our Messengers and our righteous Predecessors. If Allah was to give victory without trials and hardships, [then] Allah would have gave it to our Prophet Muhammad (saws), because he was the best out of people, he was the lord of all the sons of Adam and he deserved this reward more than anybody else. But along with this, he suffered more than anyone in the way of Allah, he was banished from his homeland and tasted all sorts of torment and suffering in this way, such as the economic blockade. And the best of the Companions, the righteous Predecessors and Imams were killed on the way of the Call. This proves that the one who engage himself in the cause of Allah, will certainly tast what the other Predecessors endured.
Know that if you get killed on this path, it will be Martyrdom for you, if they torture you, it will be as a cleansing of your sins. And if you are expelled from your homes, then it will be Hijra (emigration) in the way of Allah. [So] you just go from one benefit to another. As stated in the Hadith: “Wondrous are the affairs of the believer. His affairs are all good, and this is only the case for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is thankful, and it is good for him. When something harmful happens to him, he is patient, and it is good for him.” (Sahih Muslim)
And I want to appeal to the acting-Mujahideen brothers… Don’t weaken, and go ahead with the blessing of Allah and don’t let you be withheld by what has befell upon your – and our – brothers.  Yes, recently there were losses among the Mujahideen. Our Amir Sayfullah, Hassan Abu Sufyan and other brothers passed away. Yes, this is a test is in the way of Allah, it should not withheld us, AlhamduLillah, there is no shortage of quantity (he speaks about the brothers). AlhamduLillah we have many brothers who want to move out, but we simply refuse them, then we don’t have the opportunity to welcome them properly. But Insha’Allah, we strive to provide them everything they need so they can join the Mujahideen throughout the Caucasus. And be like those people, those righteous slaves about which Allah speaks in the Qur’an: “And how many a prophet [fought and] with him fought many religious scholars. But they never lost assurance due to what afflicted them in the cause of Allah , nor did they weaken or submit. And Allah loves the steadfast.”(Surat ‘Āl `Imrān : 146)
And ponder the words of Allah: “Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.” (Surat ‘Āl `Imrān :144)
We ask Allah to strengthen our footsteps on this path, may He accept our actions and reward us with Martyrdom in His way, and elevate us together with the Prophets, the Martyrs and the righteous Predecessors.
Translation with adaptations, from VDagestan, by the Kavkaz-Jihad blog.