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On October 4, 2022, the Free Caucasus YouTube channel uploaded a video address by "Abu Hamza," a senior member of the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus calling for the "liberation" of the Caucasus from Russia, in light of Russian weakness due to the war in Ukraine. He called on the Muslims to unite and to choose a unified leadership in order to take effective steps to "liberate" the region and to establish the rule of shari'a law.
Abu Hamza: "We are witnessing great geopolitical changes that are unfolding right before our eyes. We have witnessed the two Russo-Chechen wars, with the second Russo-Chechen war later developing into a Russo-Caucasian war. We are also witnessing how the best of us, our brothers and sisters, became martyrs, defending their religion, their honor, their homeland and their people. May Allah grant them Paradise.
"For the past seven months, we have been watching, as our eternal enemy – the Russian Empire – started another treacherous war, and attacked its neighboring independent state – Ukraine.
"Today, we can see that the Russian Empire is losing its former power and it is getting weaker right before our very eyes in terms of military, economy, and everything else. So my appeal to all the true brothers and sisters: We know that we've lost our last battle, but we haven't lost heart.
"The war is not over, inshallah, and we believe that we will win this war. Therefore, I call on all true brothers and sisters to begin immediate preparations, [and conduct] a dialogue between our brothers and our jamaats. To date, we know that in many wilayat there are jamaats that have already undergone certain preparations and participated in battles. We urge them to once again inspect their ranks, and purify them from the dubious elements, from the brothers with weak faith.
"Allah calls us to be united. Those people, who now reside in our ancestral lands, we call upon them to leave their differences and quarrels concerning the division of borders, or other issues, which our enemy has sown among us in order to divide and rule us. All this must be forgotten for the time being and put aside.
"[We must be ready] at any minute to march to liberate our lands and our homeland, to establish the religion of Allah and the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet. We do not recognize other laws, and we have never recognized them. Shari'a law is the law for us, and we will not allow other laws.
"We will fight for Islam and for the shari'a, by any means that Allah allows for us. May Allah help us in this and lead us towards the straight path."