I've been editing out things like

assalaamu 3alaykum wa ra7matullahi wa barakaatuh

thinking that they're some mobile phone quirk, and have nothing to do with Arabic or Islam.

I'm wondering numbers like these come about. In Chinese, we sometimes use numbers to indicate the tone, and I'm wondering if there's something along those lines in Arabic.

Question: What's up with "3alaykum"?

1 Answer 1


It is the Arabic chat alphabet. And yes it's a mobile phone quirk :D.

3 = ع

Shouldn't allow them like them other salutations.

  • And 7 = ح to complete your answer.
    – Medi1Saif Mod
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 16:58
  • (... 9 = ق ....) (... 2 = ء ...) (... 5 = خ ....) These could also be found in other transliterations.
    – Kilise
    Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 14:16

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