By ArabicTree | October 25, 2008
Many of us don’t know the Arabic alphabet. But we should! Why? Because if you’re ever looking through a dictionary, you need to know. In fact, without knowing, you’re helpless–though dictionaries are a topic of their own.
In any case, one easy way to learn is to listen to this nasheed. Just listen to it a few times (maybe 20+) until you memorize it. The rest is easy Alhamdulillah, the pronounciation is clear, and perfect (no accented mistakes).
The alphabet order is: Alif, baa, taa, thaa, jeem, 7aa, khaa; daal, dhal raa, zaa, seen, sheen, saad; daad, taw, thaw, ‘ayn, ghayn, faa; qaaf, kaaf, laam, meem, noon, ha, waw, yaa.
The good thing about the nasheed is the way it breaks it up, it makes it easier to memorize. Also, note the following general rules:
- If there are two letters that are the same, except one has a dot, and one doesn’t, the non-dotted version is first.
- Dots below the letter come before dots in the middle, which come before dots on top
- Less dots come before more dots
And don’t be confused by haa, noon, kaaf, faa, and meem–these come late in the Arabic alphabet, but early in the English one.