Asalamu ‘alaikum warahmatula wabarakatuhu
Please Note: I understand that most were taught Arabic letters with “uoon” being pronounced at the end of each letter. There is no difference as the sound “uoon” that is pronounced at the end of a letter simply means that the letter is singular. Therefore, if the letter ا stands on its own, it can be pronounced as Alif uoon .. 👍🏾
Now to start this lesson, we begin by reciting the du’a:
Allaahumma laa sahla ‘illaa maal ja’altahu sahlan wa ‘Anta taj’alul-hazna ‘ithaa shi’ta sahlan. (‘O Allah, there is no ease other than what You make easy. If You please, You ease sorrow.’)
There are 28 (or 29 including hamzah) letters in the Arabic alphabet. The chart below shows how each letter appears when it is in the beginning, middle or end of a word. There are six letters which do not join to the letter after it (on the left). These letters are ا د ذ ر ز و
The last lesson, I did promise to share a diagram with you all to show the makhraj of each letter which is where the sound emanates from. However, I came across this PDF chart which does a much better job. It not only demonstrates how the letters look in its different form but has a much better explanation on pronunciation than I could ever try to explain Masha Allah. So thought I’d use it instead and Insha Allah, it will help especially with the letters ق ح ه ع.
You can find a link to the chart here in case you find it difficult to read or would prefer to download.
Subhanallah If only I saw the chart when I was learning the letters! But Alhamdullilah as those of you that do not know the letters will now find it a lot easier.
Below is also a website I came across for learning Arabic. They show a similar chart but with pronunciation when you click on each letter.
I won’t stress much if there is difficulty in identifying the letters. With practice and time, you will be familiar with them.
Until next time……
Barakallahu feekum and Asalamu alaikum Your Sister in Islam (Umm Yusuf / Mina)
Picture by Um Aamir : The Gambia at sunset
Credit goes to: My institute that taught me Qur’an from the letters to tarteel. May Allah preserve all those that taught me and make it as a sadaqa jariya for them. Ameen