Names of Arabic letters

18 Mar


The correct name of the first letter is “Hamzah” not alif: Alif and Hamzah are two different letters.

The letter Alif is a long vowel, always written free from any type of Harakah, and it never comes at the beginning of a word. But Hamzah is a consonant that comes anywhere in the word with a Harakah. (see “Step by step book”  page: 61)

But because the Hamzah is mostly using Alif as a seat, people call the Hamzah on the top of Alif (أ)  as  an “Alif ” .


2 Responses to “Names of Arabic letters”

  1. Fajr June 23, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    An amazing and valuable note. Unfortunately most of sites teaches ” ا ” as the first letter in Arabic,while it’s function as a long vowel not a consonant.بارك الله فيكم ملاحظة رائعة وقيمة وحقيقية.

  2. Abdul Hayy Khan September 10, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Your pictorial presentation of the pronunciation of the Arabic Alphabet brings all the letters to life . Your innovation must have a far reaching influence in achieving perfection on the part of the persons interested in learning Arabic. It is a great service indeed. JazakAllaho khairan kasiran.hayykhan

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