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The Islamic State (IS) released a video of a Russian fighter calling on Muslims to travel to and join the group, and defending the IS from accusations that it brands Muslims as infidels.

The 6 minute, 10 second, Arabic- and English-subtitled video was produced by the IS’ al-Hayat Media Center, and was distributed on Twitter on November 2, 2014. The Russian-speaking fighter featured in the production, Abu Muhammad ar-Rusi, sits outdoors with a group of men behind him, and directs a message to Muslims promoting the IS and urging they join its ranks. He said: “Do not wait for the path leading to us to be blocked. Do not wait for death. Perform hijrah [immigration] to us, for hijrah is obligatory. Read any book on 'aqidah [creed] to know that hijrah from darul-kufr to darul-Islam is obligatory. Do not delay. Do not say you will perform hijrah tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The path leading to us might be blocked. Or Allah might set a seal upon your hearts.”

In particular, Abu Muhammad rejected the accusation that the IS brands Muslims as infidels without evidence in order to abuse them or kill them, and remarked that those who cast such charges are “abandoners of jihad”. He also gave a message to captive Muslims, telling them that the IS has not forgotten their plights.

Following is a transcript of the video:

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In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
A Message from Brother Abu Muhammad ar Rusi

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[Abu Muhammad ar Rusi]

I direct this message to the Muslims who speak the Russian language, to those who understand what Islam is and how the slave should submit to his Lord, to those who know what the human must endure for the sake of the religion.

We are Muslims speaking to you from the land of Khilafah, which was announced not so long ago. When we came to Sham over a year and a half ago, we would see the flag of 'la ilaha illallah' [there is no god but Allah] fluttering over the checkpoints and would almost cry. But Allah blessed us with something greater than we were expecting. Allah [the Great and Almighty] granted us victory over large land by His mercy, as He said in His great book, "Allah has promised those who have believed among you and done righteous deeds that He will surely grant them succession [to authority] upon the earth." [An-Nur: 55] This is the promise of Allah, and who is truer to his covenant than Allah?

As for the Islamic State, the Khilafah, and the numerous accusations we've been accused of by the abandoners of jihad or those who do nothing to support Allah's religion except for their prayers while thinking that by merely this they've supported Allah's religion without jihad, then we say to them, rather you save yourselves by jihad (not Allah's religion) for everyone who abandons jihad today and does not support us will be asked about his desertion on Judgment Day.

Some people accuse of being khawarij [renegades]. So the question that is asked is... When did we make takfir [infidel-brand] of someone for a sin less than major kufr [disbelief]? Don't accuse Muslims of deviance. By Allah, we have not seen since the arrival of the Islamic State any case where it made takfir of someone except in accordance with the methodology of the Salaf [ancestors]. If you see someone making takfir of another person, then do not rush to accusing him of being khariji. Review his proof. You claim a lot that we kill Muslims, and that we [are] killers and spillers of blood. Did not the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions spill blood? Did you not read his sirah [life story] such as that written by Ibn Hisham which mentioned that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) killed 700 prisoners after one of the battles? This is our Prophet and this is our religion.

As for your religion, then I do not know from where you got it. When we bring proof from the Qur'an, Sunnah, and Ijma' they began to say that so and so of those who they claim to be scholars had said such and such about the State. They also claimed that no major scholar has supported the State. First, who is the major scholar? According to what scale do you weight the scholars? Why do you not need? [Allah is the One to whom we seek help] How can you consider the abandoners of jihad as major scholars? They have even abandoned jihad against the original kuffar [disbelievers], those who they've made takfir of in their verdicts. They never carried arms in their lives, [Allah is the One to whom we seek help]. Consult the Qur'an and Sunnah. See what Allah said about he who does not perform jihad for His sake and about he who says words and does not act according to his words. Al-Fudayl Ibn 'Iyad (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, "The scholar will continue to be ignorant until he acts according to his knowledge. If he acts according to his knowledge, then he becomes a scholar." As for he who speaks a lot, even if he has closets full of books which he has memorized...

Next, we supplicate [unto] Allah for our imprisoned brothers and sisters. We ask Allah to release you from the hands of the tyrants. We also ask him to grant you patience. O brothers, be patient and hold on to your religion. Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) informed us that there were amongst the former nations before us people "who were combed with metal combs separating their flesh from their bones, and yet that did not turn them away from their religion." O brothers, hold on to your religion. Do not surrender or submit to the tawaghit [tyrants] and different kinds of kuffar. Hold on to your religion. The support of Allah is near.

By Allah, we will not forget the prisons that contain our brothers and sisters. We will not rest nor enjoy life while our brothers and sisters [are] in the prisons of the tawaghit.

Next we address all Muslims and say, join the Islamic State, join your brothers. Do not wait for the path leading to us to be blocked. Do not wait for death. Perform hijrah [immigration] to us, for hijrah is obligatory. Read any book on 'aqidah [creed] to know that hijrah from darul-kufr to darul-Islam is obligatory. Do not delay. Do not say you will perform hijrah tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. The path leading to us might be blocked. Or Allah might set a seal upon your hearts. We seek refuge with Allah.

This is what we have to say. We remind ourselves first then you. Allah knows best. May Allah send blessings upon our prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions.

 

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