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|Unicode name||ARABIC LETTER ALEF WASLA|
ٱ / ٱ (hámzatu-l-wáṣli)
- alif carrying the waṣlah sign (ٱ) indicates liaison with the preceding word and means that the hamza is suppressed. It is more commonly indicated by a regular alif without a hamza (ا). It occurs, for example, in the definite article ٱل (al-), ٱسم (ism), ٱبن (ibn), imperative verbs, and the perfective aspect of verb forms VII to X, but is not pronounced following a vowel: (e.g., البيت ٱلكبير is read al-báytu-l-kabīru). It occurs only at the beginning of a word that is not initial in a word group, or the beginning of a word following a prefixed preposition or conjunction.
- هو ٱبن ٱلمدرس (húwa-bnu-l-mudárrisi) — He is the teacher’s son.
- وٱسم ٱلبنت أنهار (wa-smu-l-bínti ’anhar) — And the girl’s name is Anhar.