Learn the Arabic letter Zay

You will also see this letter transliterated as zaay, zain, zayin, zāy, zā.


The Arabic letter Zay is a Sun Letter.

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

How the Arabic letter Zay is written

How the Arabic letter Zay is pronounced

Zay is the counterpart of the English letter Z so it is pronounced like the Z in “Zoom”.

Basic Sample words of Zay in different states

Zay is only connectable to the letter before (the letter to the right). It takes these three forms depending on its position in the word:


Word examples using the Arabic letter Zay with diacritics

Zay also represents only three sounds. It is always soft and it doesn’t have a gruff sound when it comes with a fatha.
Zay with a fatha: ( زَ ) ( ـزَ ) has a soft sound like Za in Zambia. Or like za in Zigzag.


Zay with a kasra: ( زِ ) ( ـزِ ) sounds like Zi in Zigzag. Or like zi in Brazil.


Zay with a damma: ( زُ ) ( ـزُ ) sounds like Zo in Zoo. Or like zo in Bazooka.


Zay with sokoon: ( ـزْ ) ( ـزْ ) It sounds like z in Mazda. Or like z in Quiz.


Ra ( ر ) and Zay ( ز ) are another twins or shape-mates.

They also look a bit like a letter called Wow ( و ) that we will talk about later.


Ra and Zay look exactly like Bananas ( ر ز )!


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