The Arabic letter Qaf ق is the 21st letter in the Arabic alphabet. It has -almost- the shape of the Arabic letter Noun ن, with a small circle on its right side and two dots over it. Its shape is also close to the shape of the letter Faa ف which is flatter and has one dot over it. In addition to the isolated form, this letter has 3 forms in an Arabic word.
The shapes of the letter Qaf ق:
How to pronounce Qaf ق?
The pronunciation of the letter Qaf ق is so close to the pronunciation of the English letters K and Q, but it does not exist in English.
The pronunciation of Qaf ق comes deeply from your throat, it is like pronouncing K while putting the tongue farther back.
Examples of words with Qaf ق:
Here are some examples of the letter Qaf ق at the beginning, middle, and end of the word:
The initial Qaf ق:
The middle Qaf ق:
The terminal Qaf ق:
The letter Qaf ق with the Harakat حركات:
The letter Qaf ق with fat.ha فتحة:
The letter Qaf ق with the Damma ضمة:
The letter Qaf ق with Kasra كسرة:
The letter Qaf ق with Sukuun سكون:
The letter Qaf ق is one of the Arabic letters which are difficult to pronounce. Some people mix up the pronunciation of Kaf ك and Qaf ق which is deeper.
FAQ about the letter Qaf ق:
What is the difference between the pronunciation Qaf ق and Kaf ك?
The pronunciation of Qaf ق is deeper and comes from your throat, while Kaf ك corresponds to K and its pronunciation comes from your mouth.
Is Qaf ق written on or over the line?
Qaf ق is written on the line, but if the following letter is written over the line, you should write Qaf ق over the line as well.
Is Qaf ق a sun or moon letter?
Qaf ق is a moon letter, so the Lam ل in الـ is pronounced when it is followed by Qaf ق.