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Rashid Al-Idrisi, the engineer who extracted uranium from phosphates


It was mentioned in the book “Dr. Abdel Hadi Tazi in the History of Taza” by Muhammad Al-Alawi Al-Bahi, Rabat 2014 edition, translated by the engineer Moulay Rachid Al-Idrisi, who originated from “Utat Al-Hajj” located south of Taza, which is affiliated with the territorial influence of the Boulman region.

Engineer Rachid El Idrissi is the first Moroccan chemist who was able to extract “uranium” from phosphates, as long as his specialty was “nuclear energy.”

Abd al-Hadi al-Tazi recalls that in 1964, in the youth house in the new city of Taza, which was located on Muhammad al-Qasbawi Street, he was dazzled with a group of young people, including this young engineer, who was 25 years old at the time, and who was visiting the area with a group of personalities. Development experts from UNESCO. He was the one who asked to sit with these young men, and introduced himself to them as an engineer in chemistry, and it was found that he carried out educational, social, cultural and agricultural achievements with the help of the people of Taza, especially in his hometown “Otat Al-Hajj”. Building a secondary school and distributing books and school supplies, the people of the country remember them with great pride. This creative energy and raging fire will be extinguished on Monday, October 18, 1971, following a traffic accident on the Bouregreg bridge between Rabat and Salé, in an operation orchestrated by external parties.

The death of a 32-year-old ambitious young man, following a premeditated assassination and murder, is definitely a great loss for Morocco.

It is noteworthy that Moulay Rachid Al-Idrissi was born in 1939 in the area of ​​Utat Al-Hajj. He studied primary there and secondary schools at “College Beer Beer previously” (Tariq bin Ziyad now). His research and university studies, which led to his attaining a state doctorate in nuclear chemistry.

He rejected Western temptations, and returned to contribute to the advancement of his country and his homeland with a high patriotic spirit at the political, trade union, social, economic and cultural levels. He also continued his scientific research, and, to my regret, he conducted laboratory research that culminated with great success, represented in the discovery of a high percentage of uranium in Moroccan phosphates, the pillar of the Kingdom’s economy, and as soon as his statements came out into the open from research through the press, and international news agencies spread it as a young Moroccan specialist in atomic energy. (At the end of the sixties) 72 thousand tons of uranium were produced annually from phosphates, at a low price, after painstaking research and studies in the field of chemical engineering and atomic industries, after obtaining the National Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technology in France, until the media praised him by highlighting his data Its numbers, chemical formulas, accurate calculations and impressive results were derived from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is based in Vienna.

What brought him the deception of the malevolent forces of scientific progress in the third world and the Arab Islamic in particular. His discoveries were monitored by the Zionist intelligence and kept monitoring his movements until he died in mysterious circumstances (through an unexpected traffic accident) on his way from Rabat to his birthplace on October 18, 1971. (Utat al-Hajj), at the entrance to the city of Salé.

His colleague and companion, the engineer (Muhammad Ait Kaddour), says about him: “He fell victim to his involvement in establishing an Arab defense project based on possessing knowledge, knowledge and ability.”

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