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Arabic Letter Dad – (ض): Learn Contextual Forms

The Arabic language is a fascinating and unique writing system. Its alphabet is composed of 28 letters that all have unique shapes, sounds, and pronunciations. 

Dhad Arabic Letter

Among the many letters are “dad”, the fifteenth letter in its alphabetical order. Dad has three contextual forms, each with its own pronunciation and visual appearance.

It can be tricky to learn how to read these contextual forms of dad and pronounce them in English, but with some practice it can be done!

Arabic Letter Dad (Short Description)

  • Type – Consonants.
  • Alphabetical Order – 15th.
  • Contextual forms – three.
  • Pronounce English letter like – ḍād. 

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


15 ض ḍād ضَاد

How to Pronounce Letter Daad

ض ⬅️  ضآد

The letter Daad comes from the front flat part of the tongue and tongue should touch the inner sides of upper teeth. Try to make the sound of this letter normal. The letter Daad mainly 3 sounds –

  • Dho – أَفْضَلْ (Afdhal) 
  • Dhoo – ضَارْ (Dhaar) 
  • Dhi – ضِدّْ (Dhidh). 

How to Write Arabic Letters Dhad?

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
ـض ـضـ ضـ ض

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.

Learn words that start with the Arabic alphabet letter ḍād. Interactive word picture for kids plus free printable resources for you.

Conclusion Points 

The Arabic Letter Dad (ﺩ) is fifteenth in the alphabetical order. It is a consonant letter which has three different contextual forms, depending on its position in the word. 

The most common form of Dad is pronounced like an English “D” and it occurs at the beginning and middle of words. 

When it appears at the end of a word, it takes on an alternative form which sounds something like a “T” or “Th”. 

Finally, when dad appears as part of an isolated letter combination, such as ذَآءَ, its sound changes to become similar to a soft English ‘D’ sound. 

Examples for each type of pronunciation include: Dhabs (ظبْس), Dallah (دلّة), and Dahab (دهب).

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