Learn the Arabic letter Saad

You will also see this letter transliterated as Sad.


The Arabic letter Saad is a Sun Letter.

It has a basic shape that is common for the two letters; Saad and Daad.

How the Arabic letter Saad is written

How the Arabic letter Saad is pronounced

Saad is the sound-mate of the letter Seen ( س ) and makes a gruff s sound that is not really found in English.

To pronounce Saad correctly you must press your tongue against your upper gum area, right where the gum meets your upper teeth and then make an s sound.

Basic Sample words of Saad in different states

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


Word examples using the Arabic letter Saad with diacritics

We’ve already learned that the letter Seen (س ) represents only three kinds of sounds; all of them are soft.

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

Supper – Subject – Submarine – Sun – Just – Plus – Bus – genius

It would be acceptable if you pronounce it like these examples, but just try to give it a little bit more gruffness.


Saad with a fatha: ( صَـ ) ( ـصَـ )


Saad with a kasra: ( صِـ ) ( ـصِـ )


Saad with a damma: ( صُـ ) ( ـصُـ )


Saad with sokoon: ( ـصْـ ) ( ـصْ )


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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