The letter kaf

The letter kaf is a part of the the Arabic alphabet. Here you will learn how to pronounce and write kaf.

How kaf is pronounced

The Arabic letter kaf is pronounced k just like in English.

In the phonetic alphabet, the pronunciation of kaf is written [k]. On this website, I write the pronunciation k.

How kaf is written

The letter kaf has four shapes: isolated, initial, medial and final.

finalmedialinitialisolerad
ـﻚـﻜـﻛـ

Which of the shapes to use depends on the letter's position in the word and surrounding letters. Do not forget that Arabic is written from right to left.

The letter kaf is dual joining. That means that it wants to connect to both right and left. If there is a letter before, that also is dual joining, then kaf will connect with it. If there is a letter after, then kaf will connect with it. How to write with Arabic dual joining letters.

kaf isolerad form

This is how the Arabic letter kaf is written in its isolerad form:

This form is used in the following situations:

kaf alone

When kaf stands by itself, the isolated form is used.

kaf in the end after right joining letter

When kaf is the last letter of a word and comes after a right joining letter, the isolated form is used. It is free to the right since the letter before it does not connect to the left. It is also free to the left since there is no letter after.

kaf initial form

This is how the Arabic letter kaf is written in its initial form:

ﻛـ

This form is used in the following situations:

kaf in the beginning of words

When kaf is the first letter of a word, the initial form is used. It is free to the right and has a tail to the left to connect with the letter after it.

kaf in the middle after right joining letter

When kaf is in the middle of a word and follows a right joining letter, the initial form is used. It is free to the right since the letter before it does not connect to the left, and it has a tail to the left to connect with the letter after.

kaf medial form

This is how the Arabic letter kaf is written in its medial form:

ـﻜـ

This form is used in the following situation:

kaf in the middle of words

When kaf is in the middle of a word, e.g. when kaf is neither the first nor the last letter, the medial form is often used. It has tails in both directions to connect with both the letter before it and the letter after it.

kaf final form

This is how the Arabic letter kaf is written in its final form:

ـﻚ

This form is used in the following situation:

kaf in the end of words

When kaf is the last letter of a word, the final form is often used. It has a tail to the right to connect with the letter before it, and it is free to the left since there is no letter after.

Conclusion: how kaf is written

The letter kaf has four forms.
The isolated form is used when kaf stands by itself and in the end of words (after a right joining letter). In other words: When there is no letter before that wants to connect and there is no letter after.
The initial form ﻛـ is used in the beginning of words and in the middle of words (if the letter before is right joining). In other words: When there is no letter before that wants to connect and there is a letter after.
The medial form ـﻜـ is used in the middle of words (if the letter before is not right joining). In other words: When there is a letter before that wants to connect and there is a letter after.
The final form ـﻚ is used in the end of words (if the letter before is not right joining). In other words: When there is a letter before that wants to connect and there is no letter after.

That's it!
The rules you have learned can be applied to all Arabic dual joining letters, which is most of them.

kaf is a moon letter

You get the definite form of a word by putting the definite article al in front of it.

اَل

The Arabic letter kaf is a moon letter. That means that the definite article is pronounced al and nothing else. The letters that are not moon letters are called sun letters, and they are assimilated with the definite article al.

For example the Arabic word for cave is pronounced kahf and written ﻛَﻬﻒ. In definite form, it is pronounced alkahf and written اَل‍ﻛَﻬﻒ.

Read more about definite form

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