كل صدفة خير من معاد
Koll sodfa khayrun men mi’ad
Translation: A chance encounter is more opportune than an appointment
Meaning: This proverb is still heard today and the meaning is clear. It is a sort of a welcoming exclamation, and sometimes an apology for not having kept in touch for sometime.
Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha
Translated by: Nabil Shawkat