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Zil-e-Huma (Punjabi, Urdu: ظلِ ہما‎; 21 February 1944 – 16 May 2014) was a Pakistani singer. Born to Jehan-Rizvi family, she was the youngest daughter of Noor Jehan and Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi from Noor Jehan's first marriage. Noor Jehan and Shaukat Hussain Rizvi together also had 2 older sons named Akbar Rizvi and Asghar Rizvi.[1]


Huma was born in 1944 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, the youngest of the three children of singer Noor Jehan and filmmaker Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. When she was a child, her parents divorced. Her father demanded the family's studio Shahnoor Studios, in return for her custody in the divorce court and was given custody of the studios. Growing up with her mother in Karachi, singing and music became her passion but during her childhood, her mother Noor Jehan refused to allow her to undergo training in music.

At an early age, she married a jeweler, Aqeel Butt, and settled down to a married life. She has four sons, Mohammad Ali Butt, Ahmed Ali Butt (lead vocalist of the Pakistani rock band E.P. and a film actor), Mustafa Ali Butt and Hamza Ali Butt. She eventually divorced her husband and decided to pursue a musical career. In the early 1990s, after having decided to make music her profession, she commenced formal education in music under Ghulam Mohammed, her mother's Ustad (teacher). She said in an interview, "Learning at that age wasn't an easy game but I had made up my mind to keep on learning as learning never ends". Zil-e-Huma usually used to sing her mother's super-hit film songs on Pakistan Television.[2]


Huma died on 16 May 2014 at a Lahore hospital from end-stage kidney disease (chronic renal failure) and diabetes mellitus; she was 70 years old.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Zil-e-Huma casts a spell on audience with her songs". Khaleej Times. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 21 Feb 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/maah-e-kunaan/ Obituary of Zil-e-Huma on thefridaytimes.com newspaper website; accessed 21 Feb 2016.
  3. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/709151/noor-jehans-daughter-zil-e-huma-passes-away-at-the-age-of-70 Zil-e Huma dies, aged 70, tribune.com.pk website; accessed 21 Feb 2016
  4. ^ "Singer Zil-e-Huma passes away". Daily Times. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 21 Feb 2016.