Thikra Mohamed R.I.P

I didn’t blog about this when it happened a few days ago, as i thought it was better to let the whole thing sink in and wait for the story to become clearer.

Thikra Mohamed, or as she was called in Egypt Zekra, a female Tunisian singer living in Egypt, was shot dead on Friday by her Egyptian husband, who shot her, her secretary, her business manager and then committed suicide.

It was circulated that the husband was drunk when he committed the crimes, but recent evidence proves that the whole thing was planned in advance.
And just a look at the details of the crime confirm that; she received 26 bullets, her secretary 22, and the business manager 18 before they passed away.
And then the husband changed the gun to kill himself.
That doesn’t sound like something you just do all of a sudden just because you’re drunk, it’s obvious it was planned.
He also left his brother a letter requesting him to smuggle all his money outside Egypt and sell all his lands and flee the country.

Thikra’s corpse was flown back to Tunisia to be buried in the Sidi Yahia burial grounds.
A large group of Arab artists and Tunisian figures attended the funeral.

Thikra’s singing career was a good and successful one. She started in Tunisia and then moved to Egypt where she found true fame across the arab world.
Her tragedic death came at the height of her career life, and is a true loss for the Tunisian and Arab music scene.

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

44 thoughts on “Thikra Mohamed R.I.P”

  1. What happened to the bright star, Zekra is an event that has hurt many people over the world. I never really liked her songs, even though her voice is pure, strong, and just plain wonderful. I think that her new album is wonderful, and i wish that she could still be alive in order to enjoy her time, after spending a long time working! Allah Yerhamik ya Zekra!

  2. i only liked one song of Zikra which is “wi hyati andak”, but i do agree that Zikra had a strong and wonderful voice. allah yirhamha ya rab.

  3. i loved Zekra a lot esp the (wehyati 3endak) song, i was listening to her music day by night and she is my favorite alah yerhamha

  4. ok pour moi elle a une voix incomparable
    sa voix a un charme special je l adore bien surtout quand elle chante a oumkhaltoum et aussi son dernier album est vraiment superbe mais envais la pouvre n avait pas le temps et la chance de vivre le succes de cet album
    tout ce qu on peut faire est de demander que le bon dieu *yerhameha berahmitou*

  5. hi, i’m one of the people that felt very hurtfor the death of zikra, i never knew her in person, still i loved her like family because her vioce lived with me my hapiness and my sorrows, this kind of people we just can’t let go easily, i do miss her voice her smile, but i know that she is staying in our hearts,alf rahmeh w nour 3ala roha,
    right now all we can do is remember her every time we pray, and ask the sweet god to bless her soil.
    with my deepest sorrows to her family, her funs and my self
    maya.

  6. One of my favorite Modern age singers, before working with her 6 years ago, I used to admire her as a singer, working with her year: 1996 as I remember, made me admire her more and not only as a singer but as well as a human being, filled with generosity and peace of mind, she was a person full of simplicity, full of mercy and full of love. I was her make up artist at that time, traveled with her to many countries, and mostly to her mother land TUNISIA, the hosting of her family was more than stunning, very kind full and more than generous, though to some circumstances in life that made us not working with each others any more, but we stayed friends and I always felt that we are one family and that can never change what I feel towards her.
    Today I feel so sad to not seeing her any more, and I know that her death was the most catastrophically death in the Middle East and rest of the world, I believe that God took her to where she belongs, his kingdom, and never made her felt any pain and sorrow trough her passage to his beloved World, in my mind I can never think that she’s dead, she just went to where she came from, to where she belongs. In love and memory, she will always stay in our hearts, mind and spirit; her name is a memory and stays as a memory to all of us.

    We love you and always will…
    Yours
    Forever’
    Nizam Abou-Chedid

  7. i would like to give my deepest consolidation to the precious voice,the golden voice,that we didnt really appreciate or talk about,except after the death of its holder.Thekra u were really unique and u will always stay in our minds and hearts,every time ur voice is heard.I hope u rest in peace and may God avenge for ur death.ALLAH YERHAMEK ya a7la thekra fe tareekh el fann.

  8. It has been over a month now since Zikra passed away, but I cannot forget her. I never got to meet her, but I loved her voice very much. She has the most unique voice. Her latest album is exceptional. I hear it again and again every day since I got it. The words of her songs are just beautifull. It is so sad what has happened.
    God be with her family. Allah Yerhamek ya Zikra.

    Souhier, U.S.A. January 10, 2004

  9. Zekra is the one and the only one in my heart , she was greatly , extremely my best of the best singer.. Her voice in my personal openion was a mirecle and will never be repeated again..the strange thing is that 1 day before her death was anounced.. i was telling my friend that my life wish is to meet zekra and tell her how much i love her , and really appreciate her voice..a LEGEND that will never be forgetten ..GOD have mercy on you Zekra where ever you are my dear..

  10. mina from algeria say:”zekra no one can be like her she is really a super star i love her so much allah yerhamek ya habibete al gazair ou koulle al 3aleme el 3arani we love you and we hope hat our god take care from you yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa rabbbb

  11. Hi!
    I am a peruvian fan of arabic music that I hear in ART and in http://www.6arab.com; I am not arab nor muslim and don’t understand a word, but the touching language of music pass over all barriers and reach the hearts and feelings of the people.
    My favourite singers are Assalah, Najwa Karam, Nawal el Zoughby and Sameera Said but I hear ALL, pop and traditional, mostly lebanese, egypcian and “Khaleeji” too.
    Only a few days ago, I was in the australian Radio Sawt El Ghad and casually went to the News section: I was stupefied, I had to search for more information and, unfortunately, it was true.
    I saw her clips “Allah ghaleb” and “Wala 3aref” with Ehaab Tawfik; her voice sound something strange but equally fascinating to me. I have heard the songs of the last album “Youm A

  12. What to say about Zikra? A miracleous voice and a myth that will always stay in her fans’ hearts. If Oum Kalthoum is considered as the 20th century myth, Zikra will be the 21th century one. A gorgeous voice taken to soon but Allah wnts her to be next to him because he knows she wasn’t made to live this stupid life. Yarhamouki Allah ya Zikra.

  13. Six months have passed since you left us. I still miss you and still love you.
    You will always stay in my mind and heart darling.

  14. thikra will always be within our hearts espiecally my mothers. Her voice is still alive floating around us. I love you thikra very very very very very very much. I miss you and no matter what you will always be alive in our hearts.

  15. thikra will always be within our hearts espiecally my mothers. Her voice is still alive floating around us. I love you thikra very very very very very very much. I miss you and no matter what you will always be alive in our hearts.

  16. thikra will always be within our hearts espiecally my mothers. Her voice is still alive floating around us. I love you thikra very very very very very very much. I miss you and no matter what you will always be alive in our hearts.

  17. My mom busted in tears when she found out thikra was murdered. Everytime she’d listen to her voice she would cry. Thikra we love you alot and we also miss you alot. To us you are still alive in our hearts.

  18. This may sound crazy but I just found out Thikra has been killed and I just can’t beleive it!!! What a tragedy!!! I didn’t know too many of her songs, but I could recognize her voice anywhere because it was truly unique!! Her husband was a coward to take her life that way. May Allah bless her soul as she has blessed us all with her voice and memory. Allah Yarhamek ya Thikra!

  19. I was on a flight to Jakarta on 14Sep and they showed the video clip of ‘Wala 3aref’ and I thought that it was a good reminder to all of us that it’s almost a year since Zekra left us. It is tragic in the manner she died but she is happier now. No more pain nor sorrow. Allah loves her too much and so we are without one of our shining stars from Tunisia.

    Allah Yerhamek ya Zekra Mohammed.

    Abdel Hakim Ashiblie
    Samira Chan-Ashiblie
    Riyadh Ashiblie
    Neveen Ashiblie
    Singapore

  20. What has diseased my heart?
    What has paralysed my thought?
    Why are we fated to enter without coming out?
    Why are our lives dedicated to nothing;
    Dedicated to death, and dying misunderstood?
    Wasn’t it THIKRA’s life?
    She embodied the best word and tune
    She was a flower drowning in a pool…

    So sad I am today to recognise that Thikra’s death has alraedy reached its first year ! No matter what I say to express my extremely deep sorrow about the beloved Thikra (Peace upon her), i’ll be saying just a fewer things that won’t shed enough light on my strong LOVE to Thikra ,and admiration of her so sophisticated and powerful art; embodied in her angelic-unique voice,and her great lyrics and tune. Why did you leave us Thikra very early? Upon your death You left behind you hearts full of sorrow, eyes full of bitter tears, and a whole generation of young and adults crying your horrible death and feeling lost in a labyrinth where unmelodious voices have conquered the world, barking like dogs in all channels, where the song has been given importance thanks to the body and down seduction.I am a Moroccan girl who lives in Spain, and to Spain I took ,with me, all your songs ;No one will ever forget you Thikra; Allah Yer7amek , W ALLAH la yer7amak ya AYMAN SOUIDI. Why didn’t Egypt look more deeply in Thikra’s death deep causes? The big question to ask is : What about if another Egyptian singer had the same death as the beloved Thikra’s one,Would the investigations take the same path and dure this very short period?? Or because she was savagely killed by a savage-crazy EGYPATIAN and especially in Egypt ,that her death’s causes were silenced on? Anyway the human justice is not what I depend on, It’s ALLAH justice which we all await, and it’s the just one really.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA W INSHALLAH your place will be in PARADISE.I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY FORCES, MY SO SWEET ANGEL.True that your body has left the world, but be sure that in every place your voice is freely flying to tune the ears, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU THIKRA. And upon your death, I tend to prsent my deep condoleance to the Arab world and to the Arab song.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA.

  21. What has diseased my heart?
    What has paralysed my thought?
    Why are we fated to enter without coming out?
    Why are our lives dedicated to nothing;
    Dedicated to death, and dying misunderstood?
    Wasn’t it THIKRA’s life?
    She embodied the best word and tune
    She was a flower drowning in a pool…

    So sad I am today to recognise that Thikra’s death has alraedy reached its first year ! No matter what I say to express my extremely deep sorrow about the beloved Thikra (Peace upon her), i’ll be saying just a fewer things that won’t shed enough light on my strong LOVE to Thikra ,and admiration of her so sophisticated and powerful art; embodied in her angelic-unique voice,and her great lyrics and tune. Why did you leave us Thikra very early? Upon your death You left behind you hearts full of sorrow, eyes full of bitter tears, and a whole generation of young and adults crying your horrible death and feeling lost in a labyrinth where unmelodious voices have conquered the world, barking like dogs in all channels, where the song has been given importance thanks to the body and down seduction.I am a Moroccan girl who lives in Spain, and to Spain I took ,with me, all your songs ;No one will ever forget you Thikra; Allah Yer7amek , W ALLAH la yer7amak ya AYMAN SOUIDI. Why didn’t Egypt look more deeply in Thikra’s death deep causes? The big question to ask is : What about if another Egyptian singer had the same death as the beloved Thikra’s one,Would the investigations take the same path and dure this very short period?? Or because she was savagely killed by a savage-crazy EGYPATIAN and especially in Egypt ,that her death’s causes were silenced on? Anyway the human justice is not what I depend on, It’s ALLAH justice which we all await, and it’s the just one really.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA W INSHALLAH your place will be in PARADISE.I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY FORCES, MY SO SWEET ANGEL.True that your body has left the world, but be sure that in every place your voice is freely flying to tune the ears, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU THIKRA. And upon your death, I tend to present my deep condoleance to the Arab world and to the Arab song.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA.

  22. What has diseased my heart?
    What has paralysed my thought?
    Why are we fated to enter without coming out?
    Why are our lives dedicated to nothing;
    Dedicated to death, and dying misunderstood?
    Wasn’t it THIKRA’s life?
    She embodied the best word and tune
    She was a flower drowning in a pool…

    So sad I am today to recognise that Thikra’s death has already reached its first year ! No matter what I say to express my extremely deep sorrow about the beloved Thikra (Peace upon her), i’ll be saying just a fewer things that won’t shed enough light on my strong LOVE to Thikra ,and admiration of her so sophisticated and powerful art; embodied in her angelic-unique voice,and her great lyrics and tune. Why did you leave us Thikra very early? Upon your death You left behind you hearts full of sorrow, eyes full of bitter tears, and a whole generation of young and adults crying your horrible death and feeling lost in a labyrinth where unmelodious voices have conquered the world, barking like dogs in all channels, where the song has been given importance thanks to the body and down seduction.I am a Moroccan girl who lives in Spain, and to Spain I took ,with me, all your songs ;No one will ever forget you Thikra; Allah Yer7amek , W ALLAH la yer7amak ya AYMAN SOUIDI. Why didn’t Egypt look more deeply in Thikra’s death deep causes? The big question to ask is : What about if another Egyptian singer had the same death as the beloved Thikra’s one,Would the investigations take the same path and dure this very short period?? Or because she was savagely killed by a savage-crazy EGYPATIAN and especially in Egypt ,that her death’s causes were silenced on? Anyway the human justice is not what I depend on, It’s ALLAH justice which we all await, and it’s the just one really.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA W INSHALLAH your place will be in PARADISE.I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY FORCES, MY SO SWEET ANGEL.True that your body has left the world, but be sure that in every place your voice is freely flying to tune the ears, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU THIKRA. And upon your death, I tend to present my deep condoleance to the Arab world and to the Arab song.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA.

  23. What has diseased my heart?
    What has paralysed my thought?
    Why are we fated to enter without coming out?
    Why are our lives dedicated to nothing;
    Dedicated to death, and dying misunderstood?
    Wasn’t it THIKRA’s life?
    She embodied the best word and tune
    She was a flower drowning in a pool…

    So sad I am today to recognise that Thikra’s death has already reached its first year ! No matter what I say to express my extremely deep sorrow about the beloved Thikra (Peace upon her), i’ll be saying just a fewer things that won’t shed enough light on my strong LOVE to Thikra ,and admiration of her so sophisticated and powerful art; embodied in her angelic-unique voice,and her great lyrics and tune. Why did you leave us Thikra very early? Upon your death You left behind you hearts full of sorrow, eyes full of bitter tears, and a whole generation of young and adults crying your horrible death and feeling lost in a labyrinth where unmelodious voices have conquered the world, barking like dogs in all channels, where the song has been given importance thanks to the body and down seduction.I am a Moroccan girl who lives in Spain, and to Spain I took ,with me, all your songs ;No one will ever forget you Thikra; Allah Yer7amek , W ALLAH la yer7amak ya AYMAN SOUIDI. Why didn’t Egypt look more deeply in Thikra’s death deep causes? The big question to ask is : What about if another Egyptian singer had the same death as the beloved Thikra’s one,Would the investigations take the same path and dure this very short period?? Or because she was savagely killed by a savage-crazy EGYPATIAN and especially in Egypt ,that her death’s causes were silenced on? Anyway the human justice is not what I depend on, It’s ALLAH justice which we all await, and it’s the just one really.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA W INSHALLAH your place will be in PARADISE.I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY FORCES, MY SO SWEET ANGEL.True that your body has left the world, but be sure that in every place your voice is freely flying to tune the ears, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU THIKRA. And upon your death, I tend to present my deep condoleance to the Arab world and to the Arab song.ALLAH YER7AMEK THIKRA.

  24. Hey all , i know its a bit crazy to post stuff like this in June of 2005 , but ya know i dont really know much about arabic music , my sister told me once about ZEKRA and so i downloaded a song called – Bahlam Bilukak … and it was really touching , i tried to find her album in the stores here in Poland , but nope ,,, with no results … anyhow it was amazing , then i found out that she died , and it stunned me …. gosh how crawling such info about such a beautiful talented person is …. RIP

  25. Amazing singer…sadly missed. She really found herself and excelled in Libyan Music. She is greatly loved and missed in Libya.

  26. I really love all Arabic music. I do not speak or understand Arabic and I am not of Arab descent.

    I just discovered Zikra last Sunday when at least one or two Tunisian singers sang her song(s).

    I really loved them and I wanted to find out more about her. I had heard that there was a Tunisian singer who was murdered,but I didn’t know that it was Zikra.

    Allah yarhamha

    -Bethany, USA

  27. MAY ALLAH BLESS HER SOUL

    THE FUNNY THING AND LIES GOING AROUND IS JUST UNBELEIVABLE
    I CANT BELEIVE THE EGYPYIAN POLICE AND MEMEBERS OF THE AUTOPSY SCENE,HAVE NOT MADE IT PUBLIC THAT THIKRA’S HUSBAND HAD THREE GUNSHOT ENTRY WOUNDS FROM HIS BACK AND THE EXIT WOUNDS WERE FROM THE FRONT,
    IS IT POSSIBLE HE TWISTED THE MACHINE GUN AND SHOT HIMSELF IN THE BACK,OR COULD THE CRIME HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT BY A HIT MAN,AFTER AIYMAN FOR MONEY LAUNDERING,AND ONCE THIS HIT MAN SAW THE GUEST,HE SHOT EVERYONE,EXCEPT THE MAIDS HIDDING WHO SAW EVERYTHING AND ARE IN SECRET LOCATIONBS RIGHT NOW.
    HAS ANYBODY EVER SEEN THE MAIDS FACES,OR LIVE INTERVIEW??

    BASICALLY PUT IT THIS WAY,THIKRA’S DEATH WAS AN ACCIDENT,THE PERSON WHO WAS PURSUED WAS HER HUSBAND,SHE HAPPENS TO BE IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.
    CRIME OF DRUGS AND MONEY LAUNDERING

  28. I use to check, the new Arabic songs on the internet , and I use to remember all the time Zikra

  29. Sorry about the mistakes in the previous text.( murder : murdered)

    I use to check, the new Arabic songs on the internet , and I use to remember Zikraall the time

  30. the veary god singer Zikra was killed after she had her song (mosh ma32ol). the song was talking about 7agg makka and the song was making fun of the 7ogag and was giving ideas why she was not accepted to go to makka for 7agg. she was tring to say her openion and that was not what the leaders want so THEY KILLD ZEKRA but she is not ded she is the truth and truth never dies.

  31. Zekra is my hero she is a brave woman that spoke up about the truth of the money hungery leaders of Saudi that use religion as there weapon to grow more powerful. Zekra dared to speak to the truth and she paid the price drealy I dont know her personaly but I love her she is my sister in christ. I heard her last days she began reading the Holy Bible and she began to find her way to the truth. and so they murdered her. All of those who had hand in her murder GOD will get. Allah yerhamha

  32. After few years am still angry and speachless at her death. so looked forward to her albums… Am lost. Its like just happend.

    May the holy spirit be with Thikra +

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