Sirat El Hob
Oum Kalthoum
Sirat El Hob

Sirat Al Hob // Oum Kalthoum
أم كلثوم - سيرة الحب

طول عمرى باخاف من الحب وسيرة الحب وظلم الحب لكل أصحابه
All my life I’ve been afraid of love, the talk of love, and the betrayal of love to its friends.

وأعرف حكايات مليانه آهات ودموع وأنين والعاشقين دابوا ما تابوا
I know stories full of pain, tears and cries of agony. Lovers have been worn out but not quit.

طول عمرى بأقول لا أنا قد الشوق وليالى الشوق ولا قلبى قد عذابه
All my life I’ve been saying I’m not up to desire, and the nights of desire and my heart is not up to its torture.

وقابلتك انت لقيتك بتغير كل حياتى
I met you, I found you changing all my life.

ما أعرفش إزاى حبيتك ما أعرفش إزاى ياحياتى
I don’t know how I loved you, I don’t know how, my life.

من همسة حب لقيتنى باحب وأدوب فى الحب وصبح وليل على بابه
From a whisper of love I found myself in love.


Egypt’s January 25 Revolution in Photos

Inspired by The Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters swept through the streets of Egypt on the 25th of January, 5 years ago, demanding an end to the corruption and Mubarak’s 30 year rule as President.

25 January 2011: An anti-government protester defaces a picture of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria [Stringer]

26 January 2011: Riot police clash with protesters in Cairo as thousands of Egyptians defied a ban on protests by returning to Egypt’s streets and calling for President Hosni Mubarak to leave office [Goran Tomasevic]

A protester holds up a banner in front of a line of riot police in downtown Cairo.  [Unknown]

28 January 2011: A protester stands in front of a burning barricade as police and demonstrators fought running battles on the streets of Cairo in a fourth day of protests

28 January 2011: An Egyptian anti-government activist kisses a riot police officer following clashes in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

28 January 2011: A man tries to protect himself with an Egyptian flag as police fire water cannons at protesters in Cairo

A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the Interior Ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo. [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

28 January 2011: A protester watches an Egyptian Army armoured vehicle burn in Cairo after President Hosni Mubarak ordered troops into Egyptian cities in an attempt to quell growing mass protests demanding an end to his 30-year rule

28 January 2011: Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in Cairo [Khaled Desouki]

A graffitied smiley face on a wall constructed by the military to impede protesters. [Amru Salahuddien]

29 January 2011: The headquarters of the ruling National Democratic (NLD) party burns after it was set ablaze by protesters in Cairo [Yannis Behrakis]

Riot police use water cannons on protesters trying to cross the Kasr al-Nile bridge. [Peter Macdiarmid]  

30 January 2011: Protesters in Cairo hold a banner featuring a cartoon calling for Hosni Mubarak to step down [Asmaa Waguih]

31 January 2011: Egyptian film star Omar Sharif points to Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt [Lefteris Pitarakis]

31 January 2011: A protester holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak as Adolf Hitler in Cairo’s Tahrir Square [Yannis Behrakis]

1 February 2011: Tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators march in Alexandria, Egypt [Ahmed Muhammed]

1 February 2011: An Egyptian man sits atop one of the lions at the entrance of Kasr El Nil Bridge, leading to Tahrir Square [Zeinab Mohamed]

2 February 2011: A pro-Mubarak rioter riding on a camel clashing with anti-government protesters in what became known as the Battle of the Camel [Chris Hondros]

6 February 2011: A Muslim holding the Quran (left) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in Tahrir Square in Cairo [Dylan Martinez]

8 February 2011: Egyptian anti-government protesters perform the evening prayers as they gather at Cairo’s Tahrir square [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo’s Tahrir square on the 17th day of consecutive protests calling for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak [Patrick Baz]

10 February 2011: Anti-government protesters raise their shoes after a speech by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak saying that he had given some powers to his vice president but would not resign or leave the country [Chris Hondros]

11 February 2011: Egyptian women celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt [Tara Todras-Whitehill]

11 February 2011: Celebrating the announcement of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Tahrir Square [Jonathan Rashad]

18 February 2011: A girl attends Friday prayers in front of an army tank in Tahrir Square in Cairo a week after Mubarak resigned [Suhaib Salem]

18 February 2011: A woman waves an Egyptian flag on a balcony overlooking Cairo’s Tahrir Square as hundreds of thousands of people gather to celebrate the revolt that forced president Hosni Mubarak to step down [Mohammed Abed]  

coptic words egyptians still use today
  • Sheel شيل: From the Coptic word “Shel” which means bring up.
  • Washwish وَشوِش: Coptic word that means low voice or whisper.
  • Tabtab طَبْطَبْ: Coptic word that means fondle or patting.
  • Shibshib شِبشِب: from the Coptic word “Sibswep” which means foot size or slipper.
  • Diblah دبلة: From the Coptic word “Deblal” which means engagement ring.
  • Lang لانج: From the Coptic word “la ankh” which means fresh, vivid or lively.
  • Callo كالّو: Coptic word that means bulge or swelling, and it’s also the origin of the English word “callus”.
  • Wawa واوا: from the Coptic word used to express pain.
  • Tanesh طانش: derived from the Coptic word for ignore