Among the men of Souss whose star rose in the sky of finance and business, and who left his mark in every Moroccan home, is “Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abdullah bin Ahmed Al-Suwairi” or “Mall Brad Al-Hilal” in particular, who uttered his first screams in Beit Alam, and dug into the rock until He became one of the most important men of Souss.
Abdullah Souiri saw the light in 1927 in the village of Asaka, from the Ait Sawab tribe, in Chtouka Ait Baha, in the house of one of the well-known Souss scholars, “Mohamed Aqarid Al-Sawabi,” a scholar and jurist who studied under an elite group of Souss jurists, and began teaching in scientific schools such as the Tanalt School… Along with his brother Ahmed Aqarid.
In this religious atmosphere and scientific environment, Abdullah Al-Suwairi was born, and he was imbued with good morals until he reached the age of 10, when he was allowed to travel to practice and learn trade, as is the case for a group of children from Susian families.
But Abdullah’s destination was not Casablanca, as is usual. Rather, he went with his older brother, Abdel Rahman, to the city of Essaouira, so that he could learn the craft of goldsmithing. As time passed, he found himself less inclined towards this craft,
After a short time, it became clear to the young boy that the path of goldsmithing would not be his path, so he changed his path and took the path of commerce until he became known as “Brad Mall for Hilal,” which became popular among Moroccans as a Moroccan trademark, especially since his brother’s trade was “tea and sugar,” the two products that were united by each other. In the fridge.
His brother’s craft formed a school that taught him the fundamentals of trade. He was exposed to the field and practiced well and mastered its rules. He would not leave his brother when he traveled to the city of Marrakesh for work. They were an exact copy of their father and uncle. They were known to accompany each other in their academic paths.
Abdullah and Abdel Rahman were linked by their role in the field of trade. They settled in Marrakesh, and were known by the nickname “Souiri” in reference to Essaouira, from which they came to work in the Red City and its environs. As stated in Al-Ma’soul,
The two brothers focused on trade based on exchange. They sold goods they brought from the south to Casablanca and then transported Casablanca goods to the south. Over time, they moved to settle in the economic capital, and were known among businessmen, as Mukhtar al-Sousi described Abdullah Souiri for his tact and good dealings with everyone, which is an approach His brother also followed him until they gained the respect of customers.
Abdullah Al-Suwairi, after accumulating great experience and practice in trade, was able to open a factory for the manufacture of “tea kettles / crescent moons”, in addition to a factory for batteries, and another for the manufacture of wood… as stated in “Al-Ma’soul” by Mukhtar Al-Susi, and Al-Isamiyun by Dr. Omar Amrir. .
The self-made young man continued his work diligently until he was able to become president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1960, and his term was renewed several times before he became president of the League of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Morocco. His success was not only in the economic field, but he was elected as a parliamentarian for 3 terms, and he was also known for his construction. Mosques, their restoration, road construction, and charitable work…
Abdullah’s national history bears witness to him, as he was known for his resistance to colonialism, whether inside or outside Morocco, both financially and morally, alongside a group of resistance fighters such as Said Bounailat and Mohammed bin Said Ait Idar… It was reported in several sources that he used to hold meetings of the resistance fighters in his home secretly, His wife collected the weapons of the attendees and hid them until they finished the meeting, so that if they were surprised by the colonizer, they would not find them in their possession, a plan that kept them from being arrested in the colonizer’s prisons, and they escaped several times because they did not have weapons.
A history of struggle and work made Abdullah one of the Sussian figures that aroused the interest of Al-Mukhtar Al-Sussi in the eighth part of his book “Al-Ma’soul,” because of his good character, struggle, and patriotic work.