On the right: Abdul-Halim Sadulaev, Chechen President, shahid (insha Allah)

“The President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, Abdul-Halim Sadulaev, with whom I had the happiness to work together for a whole three years after the Russian-Chechen war (1994-1996), has died a hero’s death on the path of Allah. Contact with Abdul-Halim brought me and my comrades enormous pleasure, as through his sermons and the personal example of his life he fortified our iman. He was not in the habit of interrupting others, even when a small child talked with him. He was an astonishingly honest person, who through the divine gift of his speech attracted the Chechen youth. People came from other towns and villages across the Chechen Republic to Dzhokhar for his Friday sermons.

“Tall, slender, beautiful, he reminded many of his heroic predecessor Sheikh Mansur, who also died on Allah’s path. Today it will be hard for us to get used to the thought that Abdul-Halim Sadulaev will no longer be with us. However, we should not feel too distraught, knowing that our brother Abdul-Halim is in Paradise, as a person who sacrificed his life on the path of Allah.”

First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, Ilyas Musaev