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Arabic Letter Tāʾ – (ط): Contextual forms & Examples

As the Arabic language continues to expand and evolve, so does its alphabet. 

The letter tāʼ (ط) is perhaps one of the most interesting letters in the Arabic alphabet that has many different contextual forms and uses.

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This article explores the various ways of writing and using the letter tāʼ (ط). It covers what characters are used to make up this letter, how it is pronounced in different contexts, as well as examples of words that contain this letter.

Arabic Letter ṭāʾ (Short Description)

  • Type – Consonants.
  • Alphabetical Order – 16th
  • Contextual forms – two. 
  • Pronounce English letter like – ṭāʾ. 

A – Serial Number, B – Isolated Form, C – Trans-literation, D – Letter name, E – Letter Name In Arabic Script.


16 ط ṭāʾ طَاء

How to Pronounce Letter Taa

ط ⬅️ طا 

Taa letter comes from the tip of the tongue against the main line of the upper teeth. Try to make the sound of this letter heavy. Letter taa mainly 3 sounds –

  • Tho – طَبِيبْ (Thobeeb) 
  • Thwa – مَطَارْ (Mathaar) 
  • Thi – مَنْطِقَة (Manthiqa). 

How to Write Arabic Letters ṭāʾ?

The Arabic alphabet doesn’t have upper or lowercase letters, like we see in the Latin alphabet letters. but the letters are combing when writing a word. However, each arabic letter can be written in Contextual forms.

The arabic letters of words are written and read from right to left, horizontally. There are four Contextual forms that each letter can take:

  • Initial
  • Medial
  • Final
  • Isolated (Detached). 
Contextual forms
Final Medial Initial Detached
ـطـ ـطـ طـ ط

You Must Know About Arabic Alphabet Letters

  • The Arabic alphabet has 28 letters but some author include ء hamza as a letter then counting will be 29.
  • In Arabic Letters have only 3 vowels namely – (و،ا،ي) but ي and و which can be both consonants and vowels while Alif (،ا،) is only pure vowel.
  • In Arabic Alphabet, no capital and small letters.

Conclusion Points

Are you searching for the Arabic letter T – (ط)? The 16th letter in the Arabic alphabet, it is a type of consonant and has two contextual forms. 

Pronounced as an English “tuh”, this letter is often used in words such as ‘tajweed’ and ‘taqwa’. Used in many Middle Eastern languages, such as Farsi, the letter  (ط) can be found in many religious texts including the Quran. 

The letter (ط) also has several other uses. It is used to describe a type of knot and an ancient Greek measure of weight. It can also be found on some coins from Morocco, Turkey and Syria. 

In some parts of India, it is used to represent the number 0 or zero. Additionally, it is used in mathematics and physics equations to indicate multiplication or division operations.

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