"To Professor Abderrahmane Benbouzid, Minister of Health,
Population and Hospital Reform,”
Peace and Allah’s Blessings be upon you.
I address this message to you and through you, to the executives and directorates of provinces under your ministry, to the entire medical and paramedical staffs in both the public and private sectors, as well as to the corporation of pharmacists and medical laboratories, in cities and countryside, throughout the territory of our beloved homeland.
Our country is facing the ordeal of a pandemic that is new to humanity, unidentified and spreading rapidly, which has intrigued the World Health Organization (WHO) and overwhelmed the scientific and technological capacities of the most developed countries in the world. They are powerless and incapable of stemming the spread of a pandemic that has spared no region in the world.
We, as Muslims, our Faith and Religion teach us to consider everything our Creator decides as positive.
The human being, prone to tyranny and megalomania, remains a vulnerable being and is obliged to preserve his life because is he is the vicar of Allah on earth.
I must confess that I have often wished to be physically present among you in the field alongside the specialist, the doctor, the resident, the on-call doctor, or even the doctor on duty, the nurse in the emergency department, in laboratories, hospitals and clinics, or with the ambulance driver and all health workers and administrators, mobilized day and night.
You are my brothers and sisters, my daughters and sons, a source of pride for all of us; because you are often there with insufficient means but you continue to wage a bitter war, armed with unlimited iron will, against this deadly and virulent pandemic.
In order to save lives and not to pay the high price, I invite you to redouble your efforts and keep the mobilization of the health sector high. Be confident that the people believe in you and support you.