Algeria celebrates Youm Al’Ilm (knowledge Day)

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ALGIERS- Algeria celebrated, Friday April 16th, Youm Al’Ilm” (Day), to commemorate the departure of the pioneer of scientific, religious and cultural renaissance, the founder of the Association of Algerian Muslim Scholars, Imam Sheikh Abdelhamid Benbadis, who passed away on this day in 1940.

On this occasion, the governorate of Constantine organized a remembrance visit to the tomb of Sheikh Abdelhamid Benbadis, in the presence of local civil and security authorities, members of the family of the scholar and many representatives of the revolutionary family. A wreath of flowers was placed on his tomb and Al-Fatiha was recited on his soul.

On another level, President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, sent a message on the occasion of the celebration of Knowledge Day that coincides the 16th April, which was read on his behalf by the Minister of Culture, Malika Bendouda, during a ceremony organized at the National Library (Algiers).

The President started his message by saying: “Knowledge Day is one of the most important days in the national memory, which coincides with the first blessed days of the holy month of Ramadan, so congratulations to all of us on both occasions. Last year, at such a date, we were deprived from the joys of seeing our sons and daughters repeating – as they are used to – the poems of the reformer Abd al-Hamid Ibn Badis and immortalizing his exploits.”. The message went on saying: “Thanks to Allah, today, after a year of patience and continuous effort, and following the decline of the spread of Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), better conditions allow our people today to celebrate this occasion as a glorification of knowledge, as well as an appreciation of thought and culture, and an appreciation of Algerian scientists, researchers, thinkers, intellectuals and artists in all fields of creativity.

In his message, the President also called upon Algerian people to express their opinion freely in choosing their representatives in coming legislative elections.

“The democratic process is the choice of free and sovereign Algeria and, in addition to the consolidation of the foundations of peace and security, it is among the objectives related to the supreme interests of the country that we aspire to achieve through the combined efforts of the State institutions, the political class and civil society actors,” President of the Republic added in his message.

The president of the Republic said he is “confident that the Algerian people will move forward to take this major step in the building of a new Algeria.”, adding that Algerian people’s determination cannot be challenged by the manoeuvres of those who seek to sow destabilization and division.

President of the Republic concluded his message by saying: « On the occasion of Knowledge Day, I do urge my young daughters and sons, pupils and students in schools, universities, institutes and training centres to make their way towards success through diligence, knowledge and moral virtue.

The knowledge Day “Youm El-Ilm” is commemorated every year, on the 16th of April to promote and seek knowledge, in memory of the leader of the Islamic Reform Movement in Algeria, Sheikh Abdel Hamid Ben Badis who devoted his life to reforming religious practice and education and spreading knowledge and science in the Algerian society.

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