Arabic Short Vowels – what you need to know about tashkeel and harakaat

Posted on: Saturday, September 12th, 2009 4 comments

Arabic vocalization or تشكيل (tashkeel) is used to indicate the short vowels (a, i, u) that are usually not written in Arabic. There are three short vowel sings or حركات (harakaat) and a few more additional signs to indicate the absence of a vowel, the prolongation of an alif and … Continue reading

Reader Request For Arabic Tattoos: Happiness and Scorpio

Posted on: Saturday, August 29th, 2009 22 comments

Today a reader sent me a request for two specific translations of English words into Arabic: Hi Max! I am writing you from Hungary, I have seen your e-mail adress in your webpage. I have a problem, exactly that I want an arabic tattoo, but I am a bit unknown … Continue reading

Arabic Tattoos – The Three Most Embarrassing Errors

Posted on: Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 94 comments

While Arabic tattoos can be aesthetically pleasing if the right calligraphy is used, there are a huge number of cases where neither the person getting the tattoo done nor the tattooist have the slightest idea of Arabic. The result is often disastrous: incorrect or ugly Arabic writing. I’ll show you … Continue reading