As we continue our exploration of the Arabic alphabet, our attention turns to the letter Meem. This blog post will delve into the different shapes of the Meem letter, the ways in which it changes depending on its position within a word, and provide a range of commonly used Arabic words that feature the letter Meem. By the end of this blog, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the Meem letter and its significance in the Arabic language.
The letter Meem is equivalent to the letter M in English as in Man. The letter Meem is easy to pronounce and detect because it is identical to the letter M in English. Last but not least, the letter Meem only functions as a consonant letter.
Before we start with the shapes of the letter Meem, we need to demonstrate an important note that states that the letter Meem can be connected from both sides. As shown below in the table. The second group (2nd group) shows letters that can be connected from both sides. Some Arabic letters can only be connected from the right side (1st group).
The letter Meem falls in the second group. Meem connects itself from both sides. So, let us get to know the letter Meem and give some Arabic words with Meem after the video.
As can be seen in the video, this is the shape of the letter Meem standing alone.
The form of the letter Meem changes depending on where it appears in a word. So, we can have it either at the beginning of the word (initial), middle of the word (medial), or ending of the word (final). But firstly, notice that the letter Meem is easy to write and it looks like a small circle linked to a crutch.
If it is standing alone, it looks like this “م.” Now, let us get to know the different shapes of the letter Meem and give some Arabic words with Meem.
The letter Meem has 4 forms, depending on its position in the word
1. Initial (م): When it comes at the beginning of a word:
As in: مَـــدرَسَـة /madrasah/ which means School
2. Medial: 1) While being connected (ـمـ):
As in: جَــمَــل /jamal/ which means Camel
2) While not being connected (مـ):
As in: رُمْــح /rumH/ which means Spear
3. Final: 1) While being connected (ـم):
As in: قَـلَــم /qalam/ which means Pen
2) Final while not being connected (م):
As in: بـوم /boom/ which means Owl
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