1(In Arabic script) a symbol representing a glottal stop.
- The sign hamza also represents a glottal stop and is transliterated in the same way.
- Historically, qaf merged with the hamza (the glottal stop), except in some restricted domains mainly religious ones.
- Ibrahim Jaafari in Arabic begins with an alif for Ibrahim, the first letter of the alphabet (alif supports the glottal stop, hamza, which can serve as a chair for any of the three vowels, the equivalents of a, i or u).
Arabic, literally 'compression'.
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