Learn the Arabic letter Daad

You will also see this letter transliterated as Dad.


The Arabic letter Daad is a Sun Letter.

It follows the same basic shape of Saad but with a dot on top.

How the Arabic letter Daad is written

How the Arabic letter Daad is pronounced

Daad is the sound-mate of the letter Dal ( د ) and makes a gruff d sound that is not really found in English.

To pronounce Daad correctly you must press your tongue against your upper gum area, right where the gum meets your upper teeth and then make a d sound.

Basic Sample words of Daad in different states

Daad is connectable to both sides. It takes these three forms depending on its position in the word:


Word examples using the Arabic letter Daad with diacritics

Just like Saad, you could say that Daad is also the counterpart of the English letter D. But technically that would be wrong because it’s degree of gruffness doesn’t really exist in English words.


These are some English examples that have close sounds to Daad:

Double – Dumbbell – Product – Study – Adult – Fun– Mud

Those are really close sounds, but just try to give it a little bit more gruffness.


Daad with a fatha: ( ضَـ ) ( ـضَـ )


Daad with a kasra: ( ضِـ ) ( ـضِـ )


Daad with a damma: ( ضُـ ) ( ـضُـ )


Daad with sokoon: ( ـضْـ ) ( ـضْ )


Saad ( ص ) and Daad ( ض ) are shape-mates. And they also look a bit like the previous two letters Seen ( س ) and Sheen ( ش ).


The Isolated form of Saad (and Daad) consists of two parts that look like the English letters C and D with a dash between them like C-D. It doesn’t look that close right?

Now try to rotate the two letters in the symbol C-D anticlockwise by 90 degrees.

You should get a very close shape to the letter Saad ص. and you know what is missing to get the Daad.


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