What Is The Egypt National Anthem: English Translation, Original Lyrics And History. Photo: JR Videos
What Is The Egypt National Anthem: English Translation, Original Lyrics And History. Photo: JR Videos

"Bilādī, laki ḥubbī wa fuʾādī" (Arabic: بلادي لك حبي وفؤادي; "My homeland, you have my love and my heart"), also known by its incipit as "Bilady, Bilady, Bilady" (بلادي بلادي بلادي), is the national anthem of Egypt, composed by Sayed Darwish and written by Muhammad Yunis al-Qadi. It was adopted in 1979.

The anthem officially consists of three verses, but only the first verse is commonly sung, being both preceded and followed by the chorus. Take a look at its history, English translation, and original lyrics.

History of Egypt National Anthem

The lyrics were written by Mohamed Younis al-Qady and Sayed Darwish composed the music and maintained close ties with early leaders of the national movement for independence in Egypt, such as Mustafa Kamel. In fact, the chorus of Egypt's national anthem was derived from one of Kamel's most famous speeches.

Egypt's first national anthem dated back to 1869 when a royal anthem was composed to honor the monarch. It is unclear how long this anthem was in use. Although the monarchy was deposed in 1952, the anthem was used as part of the anthem of the United Arab Republic with Syria in 1958.

After the 1979 signing of the peace accord with Israel, Egypt adopted a new, more peace-oriented national anthem.The music was composed by Sayed Darwish, a pioneer of Arabic music and a leader of the modern Egyptian renaissance at the turn of the 20th century. He also maintained close ties with early leaders of the national movement for independence in the Middle East, such as Mustapha Kamel. In fact, the words of the chorus were derived from one of Kamel’s most famous speeches. The music was popular in Egypt, especially after the establishment of the republic, and was long considered an unofficial national anthem until it was officially decreed as such.

The Egypt National Anthem in Arabic lyrics (Arabic script)

CHORUS

بلادي بلادي بلادي

لكِ حبي و فؤادي

بلادي بلادي بلادي

لك حبي و فؤادي

1

مصر يا أم البلاد

انت غايتي والمراد

وعلى كل العباد

كم لنيلك من اياد

Chorus

2

مصر انت أغلى درة

فوق جبين الدهر غرة

يا بلادي عيشي حرة

واسلمي رغم الأعادي

Chorus

3

مصر اولادك كرام

أوفياء يرعوا الزمام

سوف تحظى بالمرام

باتحادهم و اتحادي

Chorus

Arabic lyrics (Romanization)

CHORUS:

Bilādī, bilādī, bilādī

Lakī ḥubbī wa fū’ādī

Bilādī, bilādī, bilādī

Lakī ḥubbī wa fū’ādī

1. Miṣr yā umm al-bilād

Anti ghāyatī wal-murād

Wa ‘alá kull al-‘ibad

Kam liNīlik min āyād

Chorus

2. Miṣr Inti Aghla Durra

Fawq Gabeen Ad-dahr Ghurra

Ya Biladi ‘Aishi Hurra

Wa As ‘Adi Ragh-al-adi.

Chorus

3. Miṣr Awladik Kiram

Aufiya Yar’u-ziman

Saufa Takhti Bil-maram

Bittihadhim Wa-ittihadi.

Chorus

The Egypt National Anthem in English translation

CHORUS:

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,

My love and my heart are for thee.

My homeland, my homeland, my homeland,

My love and my heart are for thee.

1. Egypt! O mother of all lands,

My hope and my ambition,

How can one count

The blessings of the Nile for mankind?

Chorus

2. Egypt! Most precious jewel,

Shining on the brow of eternity!

O my homeland, be for ever free,

Safe from every foe!

Chorus

3. Egypt! Noble are thy children,

Loyal, and guardians of thy soil.

In war and peace

We give our lives for thy sake.

Chorus

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