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Arabic Letter Alif (Short Description)

Alif letter arabic alphabet

  • Type – Consonants and vowel.
  • Alphabetical Order – 1st.
  • Contextual forms – Two.
  • Pronounce English letter like – ā.

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


1 ا ā ʾalif أَلِف

How to Pronounce Letter Alif? 

ا ⬅️ الف

How to Pronounce Letter Alif, A Big Question! As an early historic time, mostly Arabic authors considered the letter alif to have no sound. It may be used only to stretch the words in the Arabic language.

Nowadays, In modern arabic literature letter alif is pronounced two ways. Alif acts as consonants and vowels. 

I like to clear one thing, when using the Alif as a consonant Alif without hamza and when using the Alif as a vowel Alif with hamza. 

Alif without “ء” or Hamza

When using the Alif as a consonant, Alif without hamza and sound will be strong. Remember if that letter is strong then alif will also be strong. If that letter is weak then alif will also be weak. 

For example, in the word امل alif is a vowel and is affected by the letter م. 

Alif with the letter “Hamza” أ or إ

When Alif acts as a vowel, come with hamza. Usually vowels come at the middle or at the end of a word. In this case alif sound is soft like in a (مَطَارْ) mathaar.

How to Write Arabic Letters Alif?

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 Two Contextual forms that each letter can take:

  • Initial
  • Medial
  • Final
  • Isolated
Contextual forms
Final Medial Initial Detached
ـا ـا ـا ا


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.

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