Kalamiy alphabet   Kalamiy ɭalifbaı` / كَلاَمِي اَلِفْبَاء

The Kalamiy alphabet is an alternative script for writing Arabic, especially the Quran, and can be adapted to any language that uses the Arabic alphabet. This script is based on the Latin alphabet and was developed by Husada Tsalitsa Mardiansyah, a high school student from Banyuwangi in Indonesia. Husada was ispired by the existance of many transliteration systems for Arabic that are used in Indonesia.

Notable features

  • Type of writing system: abjad and alphabet
  • Direction of writing: left to right
  • Used to write: Arabic

Kalamiy alphabet

Kalamiy alphabet


  • Sukun is representated by a consonant letter rather than a diacritic
  • Shaddah or tasydid is representated by a double consonant rather than a diacritic
  • There is a special ligature to represent Alif Lam which is used to differentiate sun and moon letters (syamsiyah and qamariyah). If the alif lam ligature has a vowel, it must be written before the ligature e.g. iíah = اِلَه

Sample text

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Arabic in the Kalamiy alphabet

Standard Arabic version

يُولَدُ جَمِيعُ النَّاس أحْرَاراً مُتَسَاوِينَ فِي الْكَرَامَةِ وِالحُقُوقِ. وِقَدْ وُهِبُوا عَقْلاً وَ ضَمِيراً وَ عَلَيهِمْ أنْ يُعَامِلَ بَعْضُهُمْ بَعْضاً بِرُوحِ اَلإخَاء.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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