Arabic for self, soul

nafs
ﻧَﻔﺲ
self, soul – maskulinum singular

The Arabic word for self, soul is pronounced nafs and written ﻧَﻔﺲ.

The Arabic word word for self, soul can also be conjugated:

nufuus
ﻧُﻔُﻮﺱ
self, soul – maskulinum plural
Part of speech: noun. Pattern: verbal noun

Using the word self, soul

Important letters:
The root of the word self, soul consists of the three Arabic letters nun that is written ﻥ and pronounced n, fa that is written ﻑ and pronounced f och sin that is written ﺱ and pronounced s. Words with the same root letters are often related.

Words related to self, soul

All letters in self, soul

ﻧَﻔﺲ
ﻧـ
ـﻔـ
ـﺲ
 
ﻧـ
ـﻔـ
ـﺲ
 
ﻧـ
ـﻨـ
ـﻦ
ﻓـ
ـﻔـ
ـﻒ
ﺳـ
ـﺴـ
ـﺲ
 
nun
n
fa
f
sin
s
 
 
The Arabic word for self, soul consists of: The letter nun that is written ﻥ ( here ﻧـ ) and pronounced n and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. The letter fa that is written ﻑ ( here ـﻔـ ) and pronounced f and is a part of the root of the word. The letter sin that is written ﺱ ( here ـﺲ ) and pronounced s and is a part of the root of the word. Therefore, the word is writen ﻧَﻔﺲ and pronounced nafs.
Arabic is written from right to left. Short vowels are placed above or under the letters, the are usually omitted.
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The pattern for self, soul

fa3l becomes nafs

We have seen that the Arabic word for self, soul is written ﻧَﻔﺲ and pronounced nafs. It follows the pattern verbal noun form 1. All Arabic words with this pattern has the structure fa3l where f, 3 and l is replaced with the root letters of the word.
Since the pattern is fa3l and the root letters are n, f and s, the word becomes nafs.
All Arabic words with the same pattern follow the same structure. If you know the pattern and root of a word, you can often guess its meaning. Learn more about Arabic word patterns

Words with the same pattern as self, soul