Another challenging and unique letter in Arabic Alphabet will be shown in today’s blog. Remember that, in each language, there are some letters that distinguish the languages, especially in terms of pronunciation. One of the distinctive Arabic letters will be highlighted in today's blog. After studying a few more letters in the Arabic alphabet, it's time to move on to the letter DHaad.

For clarity, we at Kaleela write the sound of the letter like this (DH). The letter DHaad isn’t equivalent to any of the English letters. However, it is close in pronunciation to the combination TH in English but it is a forceful sound. To pronounce it properly, put your upper teeth against the front flat part of the tongue, and with a hint of breath at the end. Also, to help, try imagining DHaad like a pressuring TH. The letter DHaad only functions as a consonant letter. You will find everything you need about the letter DHaad in today's blog. How it looks like, its shapes depending on its position in a word and some words with the letter DHaad.

Get to know the letter DHaad in Arabic

Before we start with the shapes of the letter DHaad, we need to demonstrate an important note that states that the letter DHaad 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).

1st group: 

Connected from the right side


2nd group: 

Connected from both sides


The letter DHaad falls in the second group. DHaad connects itself from both sides. So, let us get to know the letter DHaad and give some Arabic words with DHaad after the video.

As shown in the video, this is the shape of the letter DHaad standing alone. The form of the letter DHaad 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 DHaad is easy to write and it looks like a horizontal balloon with a straight line drawn on top and a dot on top. If it is standing alone, it looks like this “ظ.” Now, let us get to know the different shapes of the letter DHaad and give some Arabic words with DHaad.


DHaad shapes

The letter DHaad has 4 forms, depending on its position in the word

1. Initial (ظ): When it comes at the beginning of a word: 

As in:        ـرفظـ   /DHarf/   which means Envelope

2. Medial: 1) While being connected (ـظـ): 

As in:              مــظــلة      /miDHallah/    which means Umbrella

                  2) While not being connected (ظـ):

     As in:           رناظـ       /naaDHir/      which means       Headmaster

3. Final: 1) While being connected (ـظ):

     As in:           حــظ      /HaDH/            which means Luck

2) While not being connected (ظ):

   As in:           استيـقاظ      /isteeqaaDH/              which means Wake up


To wrap up





                        /DHarf/        ظـرف                 



                   مــظــلة   /miDHallah/        

             ناظر     /naaDHir/


           حــظ    /HaDH/         

استيـقاظ    /isteeqaaDH/    


That was it for the letter DHaad; you can also watch the video about the letter DHaad on our YouTube channel and listen to how the letter DHaad is pronounced. Kaleela offers its users further practice on both the website and the application, and it covers all the material you require. Also, you can have the Arabic language listed and broken down into levels and topics to make it easier for you to learn the language gradually. We at Kaleela believe in creating and using a methodology such that the learner receives all the information he requests. Starting with the Arabic basics to advanced Arabic. Kaleela will guide you to master the Arabic language. In a positive and enjoyable manner. The best approach to learn Arabic is through downloading Kaleela.