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Editorial

Dear Brothers,
The holocaust of Chechen Muslims by
President Boris Yeltsin, the so-called Father
of Democracy in Russia is the worst
genocide of human history in Caucasus
region. The Chechens are still putting up a
fierce resistance against the fury of the
advancing huge Russian armed force.
Despite the Russian superiority in terms of
military equipment and technology the
brave Chechens are still defiant. We firmly
believe that Russians shall never succeed.
Death and destruction have failed to weaken
the Chechen resolve. They have created a
unique history. Let us pray for our brothers
who are sacrificing their lives in this blood
feud.
Ma As Salam.

CHECHNYA: THE ISSUE OF THIS DECADE

In 1722 Peter The Great invaded Daghestan,
but the inhabitants did not accept him
gracefully. They fought against those
Russian invaders for about hundred and
fifty years and still they are fighting.
Muslims under the legendary leadership of
Sheikh Mansoor built up a fierce resistance
against Russian military incursion in
seventeenth century. Mansoor died in the
closing days of the eighteenth century. The
Daghestani mujahids under the leadership of
Imam Shamyl and with the assistance of
Imam Jhilum Khan continued to resist
Russian incursion (1839—1859). In 1859
mass agitation and political unrest prevailed
in the whole Caucasia when the Russians
arrested Imam Shamyl. The Caucasian
Muslims established an independent state
named Daghestan. Turkey, Germany and
later Russia recognized Daghestan. In 1921
at the initiative of Soviet leader Joseph
Stalin a conference was held in the capital of
Caucasia. It was then decided that the hilly
region of Caucasia will be an independent
republic and it will be ruled according to
Islamic Laws and Caucasian culture. The
republic was formed and Imam Shamyl was
accepted as the national hero. But within
few years the communists in violation of the
territorial integrity and sovereignty of
Daghestan, through treachery, destroyed
mosques and madrasas, killed the ulama and
entrepreneurs. As a result in 1937 Caucasia
had begun a war of liberation. The
communist leaders subjugated this upheaval
with military might. One million Muslims
were killed and million of Muslims were
exiled in Siberia.
The area of Caucasia is 1,66,177 square
miles and the population is about twentyfive million. Caucasia is in the Central Asia.
Russia always had a desire to invade the
Central Asia. Russia occupied almost the
whole of Central Asia between 1885 and
nineteenth century. In 1916 the Kazakhs
rebelled. But Russia subjugated them
ruthlessly. The interests of the people of
Central Asia were never in accord with
those of Moscow. In this situation a Muslim
government was formed in Kokand. But the
Red Force of Soviet Union subjugated this
government with an iron hand.
Lenin uprooted the Khiba rulers in 1919
and the Khans of Bokhara in 1920. The Red
Force faced a life threatening protest from
the Basmachi guerilla supporters of Khan
rulers. The national hero of Turkey Anwar
Pasha sacrificed his life in this crusade.
The people of Daghestan started a war
against Russia for freedom in 1999. The
Russians, to make Daghestani efforts void,
started mal propaganda. They attacked
Chechnya in this excuse that the Chechens
were helping the Daghestanis. Russia
started this invasion as a retaliation of the
war of 1994. The national hero of Chechnya
Shamyl Bashayev is fighting staking his life.
It is our moral duty to help those freedom
fighters in this jihad.
In this context a question rises. What we are
doing for our Chechen brethren? In general
we, Bangladeshis, have a view that we have
nothing to do staying so far away. In fact we
are afraid of being in acrimonious relation
with Russia and therefore the government
of Bangladesh failed to protest the ongoing
atrocities and violation of human rights in
Chechnya. It is a matter of great shame and
regret that the Muslim Ummah, particularly
OIC, has not made any meaningful protest
against the Russian aggression. The leaders
of the Muslim governments across the globe
are the camp followers of the West. We have
no identity and are not having a desire to
possess any identity. We are the so-called
Muslims and use our Muslim names only to
rule over the Muslim nations. Muslims
today are not afraid of being questioned on
the day of judgement by Allah for being
inactive in a situation like this. We look for
guidance from the West if any issue arises.
We can conclude saying that we do not have
as much spiritual strength as our ancestors
had. We Muslims are not united and we
have become the blind followers of the West.
Probably we have forgotten the saying of
our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him), “ Muslims are like a body, if a part of
the body is hurt, the whole of the body is
afflicted with pain.” Indeed now we have no
other alternative than to help Chechen
mujahids. The Muslims are not less than
anyone in prestige and spirit. If we can
strengthen our spiritual power i.e., Iman
and do fulfil our responsibilities we will
inshAllah be successful. Muslims should
break silence and help Chechens as well as
take necessary steps to enliven Islam there.
History testifies that a nation so determined
can not be defeated or destroyed. Let us
therefore speak in one voice expressing our
solidarity of Muslim Ummah with the just
struggle of the Chechen people so that
further loss of life and property can be
avoided. This is the moral duty of Muslims
now. That day is not far away when
Muslims will rule over the whole world
inshAllah provided we make sincere efforts
imbued with the spirit of Islam.

Written by: Hasanul Karim and Mostafa Khaled