(The Moroccan daily newspaper "Al Alam" published in its number 18918 of march 3, 2002 an article of Kacem Zhiri, commemorating almost day for day the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Saïd Hajji)

Six decades elapsed since march 2, 1942, date on which Saïd Hajji died on the following of an incurable disease. The news of his death had a deep repercussion on the patriotic, intellectual and political milieus throughout all the country, not only because he was at the same time director of the daily newspaper "Almaghrib" with its literary supplement and founder of the institution in charge of editing and publishing, but because he was also, among the leaders of the National Movement, one of those who, in liaison with the other members of this movement, largely contributed to the fight against the "Dahir of may 16, 1930" as well as to the elaboration of the "Book of the National Claims."

He was one of the very few representatives of the authors who distinguished themselves by their creativity in the field of the writing and belonged to the category of the most eminent thinkers, and more especially of those among them who were promoted to a radiant future. But the death removed him whereas he was hardly 30 years old. But, he achieved in less than a decade many of his aims, and his writings testify all what he realised since he came back from the Middle East, the cup full to overflowing.

The city of Salé organised his funerals in an atmosphere of dignity and deep meditation. In front of his tomb, speaches have been made by the following personalities:

In the name of the dignitaries of the city, the jurisconsult Abou Balkr Zniber,

In the name of the National Party, Mohammed Ghazi,

In the name of the writers and the men of letters of Morocco the poet Abdelghani Skirej,

And finally, in the name of the friends and the sympathizers of Saïd Hajji, the most faithful of his companions in the struggle for liberty and socio-political reforms the patriot Abou Bakr Kadiri.

With the departure of Saïd Hajji, his noble family and the country as a whole, all together, lost a worthy representative of the National thought and one of the first tenors of the Moroccan patriotism.

Kacem Zhiri