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This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the Egyptian song "Sodfa", which was popularized by Abdel Halim Hafez.

  • Sodfa (Serendipity), 1956
  • Song Title in Arabic: صدفة
  • In the Motion Picture Maw`ed Gharam (A Date with Love)
  • Lyricist: Mamoun el-Shennawi
  • Composer: Kamal al-Tawil
  • Original Artist: Abdel Halim Hafez

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

About Abdel Halim Hafez

Abdel Halim Hafez was born in 1929 in a village north of Cairo. He was orphaned at a young age. His mother died a few days after giving birth to him, and his father died five years later. After a few years of living in an orphanage, he went to live with his aunt and uncle in Cairo. At age 14, he joined the Arabic Music Institute in Cairo. His big break came in 1953 when he was recruited to do a live radio performance to substitute for another artist who was unable to do it. This performance was heard by Hafez Abdel Wahab, the supervisor of musical programming for Egyptian national radio, and he opened doors for the young artist.

Abdel Halim Hafez was known as both a singer and a movie star. His music, in particular, appealed to young women because of its romantic character. At the peak of his popularity in the 1960's, he was famous both as a singer and as a movie star. He was known as the "Dark Nightingale."




Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Arabic Lyrics

English Translation

كان يوم حبك أجمل صدفة The day I fell in love with you was the most beautiful serendipity,
لما قابلتك مرة صدفة when I encountered you once by chance.
ياللي جمالك أجمل صدفة Your beauty is the most beautiful surprise
كان يوم حبك صدفة The day I fell in love with you was an accident.
صدفة قابلتك ولا على بالي It was a chance encounter and wasn't something I was expecting.
شفت ساعتها جمال الدنيا At that hour I saw the beauty of the world.
صدفة لقيتني إتغير حالي It was serendipity that you found me and shifted my mood —
واتبدلت لوحدي في ثانية it replaced my loneliness in a second.
خدني جمال الروح والخفة I fell for your beautiful soul and levity
كان حبك أجمل صدفة My love for you was a most beautiful surprise.
أوعى تفكر يوم تخاصمني Don't even think about fighting with me,
أو تهجرني ولو بالصدفة or leaving me, even by coincidence.
وإن صادفك يوم ابقى صالحني Even if that would happen, make up with me
ماتفتنيش استنى الصدفة don't leave me, don't make me wait for [another] chance encounter.
وارحمني من الشوق واللهفة Spare me the desire and longing.
كان يوم حبك أجمل صدفة The day I fell in love with you was the most beautiful serendipity.



Translations of
Abdel Halim Hafez's Songs On This Site

Translations on this web site for songs performed by Abdel Halim Hafez include:



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This translation was created by rialisha06 on the forum at



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