Olivia Newton-John, the Australian singer who became famous with her hit songs “Physical,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “You’re the One That I Want,” has died at the age of 73.
Newton-John died Monday morning at her ranch in Southern California after she triumphed over breast cancer for 30 years.
She started Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In 2019, one year after Olivia Newton-John revealed her cancer had reemerged as stage 4 cancer, the singer sold most of her real estate portfolio in order to invest more into her foundation and wellness center.
She released the album "Grace and Gratitude" in 2010, dedicated to breast cancer awareness. The album is a delightful and inspiring meditation based on various eastern philosophies. One of the songs in this album is Tala‘al-Badru ‘Alaynā (Arabic: طلع البدر علينا) which is a traditional Islamic song. The people of Madinah (known as Yathrib at that time) sang this to welcome Prophet Muhammad when he migrated to the city in 622 CE.
She’s being remembered as one of the kindest and most selfless stars in Hollywood.
Tala‘ al-badru ‘alaynā
Oh the white moon rose over us
من ثنيات الوداع
From the valley of al-Wadā‘
وجب الشكر علينا
Wajab al-shukru ‘alaynā
And we owe it to show gratefulness
ما دعى لله داع
Mā da‘á lillāhi dā‘
Where the call is to Allah.
أيها المبعوث فينا
Ayyuhal mab‘ūthu fīnā
Oh you who were raised among us
جئت بالأمر المطاع
Ji’ta bil-amri al-muṭā‘
Coming with a word to be obeyed
جئت شرفت المدينة
Ji’ta sharaft al-madīnah
You have brought to this city nobleness
مرحبا يا خير داع
Marḥaban yā khayra dā‘
Welcome best caller to God's way