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answering dhimmi aya and ayah part3

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Submitted by Keith Williams (United States), Nov 18, 2008 at 14:41

Hi,

Yes the "ha" ةi is silent that is the two dots on top the "tah" and that is why I transliterated it for you with the ah sound when you pronounce it sounds "Aya" but when you write it you should put the "h" and spell it out in english as "Ayah". I am sorry that I did not explain it better. You shouldn't leave out a letter when you transliterate it just because it is silent is what I was trying to say.

Do you do that when you write in english? No. So why are you doing it when you transliterate words from Arabic to English? However, like i said before, you can write it Aya or Ayah in your english transliteration if you like or need if that helps you to pronounce it better. But it is better to spell it out when you are writing your comments so that we know what you are talking about. Like you said, some people don't know Arabic and so if you don't transliterate it correctly here then if they try to translate that word "Aya" back into Arabic what do they get? They get gibberish.

peace

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