Umm Kulthum was born in a small rural village to a poor family.
Her father,al-Shaykh Ibrahim al-Sayyid al-Baltaji (d. 1932), was the imam of the local mosque, and her mother, Fatmah al-Maliji (d. 1947), was a housewife.
Her date of birth is not known for certain,but the most reliable suggestion is May 4, 1904, given on a page from the Daqahliyah provincial birth records for Tammay al-Zahayrah.
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Your eyes took me back
To my days that are gone
They taught me to regret
the past and its wounds.
RagaaŽouni aŽeinaik el Ayam illi rahou
AŽalamouni andam aŽala El-Madhi wi gerahou
Whatever I saw
Before my eyes saw you was a wasted life.
How could they consider that part of my life?
Illi shouftouh kabli ma tshoufak aŽinaih
Omri dhayeaŽ yehsibouh izay aŽalaya?
You are my life that starts its dawn with your light.
Inta Omri illi ibtada bŽnourak sabahouh
How much of my life before you was lost
It is a wasted past, my love.
Ad eyh min omri kablak ray w aŽada
Ya habibi ad eyh min omri raah
My heart never saw happiness before you
My heart never saw anything in life other
than the taste of pain and suffering.
wala shaf elkalb kab...