Islamic concepts

Huruf Al Muqattaah

fawātiḥ, ( Arabic: “prefatory ones”) also called ḥawāmīm (the letters ḥā and mīm), or ḥurūf al-muqaṭṭaʿah (Arabic: the “detached letters”), letters of the alphabet appearing at the beginning of 29 of the sūrāhs (chapters) of the Muslim sacred scripture, the Qurʾān. The 14 letters thus designated occur singly and in various combinations of two to five. As the letters always stand separately (muqaṭṭaʿah), they do not form words and are read by their alphabetic names, as hā mīm, alif lām mīm, tā sīn mīm.