Learn the Arabic letter Fa

You will also see this letter transliterated as Faa’.


The Arabic letter Fa is a Moon Letter.

It has a basic shape that is common for the two letters; Fa and Qaf.

How the Arabic letter Fa is written

How the Arabic letter Fa is pronounced

This is an easy one. Fa is the counterpart of the English sounds F and PH that are pronounced by pressing the top front teeth against the bottom lip and releasing as you blow air out.

Basic Sample words of Fa in different states

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


Word examples using the Arabic letter Fa with diacritics

Fa represents all four kinds of sounds.

Fa with a fatha: ( فَـ ) ( ـفَـ ) has a soft sound like:

– Fa in Fat

– pha in Elephant


Or it might have a gruff sound like:

– Fa in Father or Far

– Fu in Fun

– pha in Alphabet

– fa in Buffalo


Fa with a kasra: ( فِـ ) ( ـفِـ ) sounds like:

– Fi in Finger

– Fe in Fear

– fi in Definitely


Fa with a damma: ( فُـ ) ( ـفُـ ) sounds like:

– Fo in Food or Football

– fo in Before


Fa with sokoon: ( ـفْـ ) ( ـفْ ) sounds like:

– f in Left

– f in Roof or Belief


Fa ( ف ) is the shape-mate of the next letter Qaaf ( ق ). They might look a bit different in the Isolated form. Where Fa has a straight base but Qaaf has a circular base.

But they are very similar in the connected forms especially the Initial ( فـ ) ( قـ ) and Medial ( ـفـ ) ( ـقـ ) forms. As you can see, the difference is only in the number of dots.

The Isolated form of Fa ( ف ) also look a bit similar to the group of Ba ( ب ), Ta ( ت ) and Tha ( ث ). But not the connected form.


Fa looks like number 9 or the letter g, but rotated clockwise by 90 degrees.

It consists of these four parts __ا ’9


Suggested for you

Arabic Alphabet Chart pdf download

Learn about diacritics/Tashkeel

<Previous Lesson                                               All Arabic Alphabet Lessons >                                       Next Lesson >

So what do you think?

Don’t miss out! Stay informed about our releases and products

We don't spam. We just rock.