Abjad Letter Values

What Is Abjad Numerals?

Abjad numerals is an alphabetic numeral code where the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet are assigned a number/numerical value. It's mostly used in mathematics, Arabic numerology, and for numbering items in lists.

In Arabic, "abjad" means "alphabet", so the term "abjad numerals" simply means alphabet numerals or alphabet numbers when translated to English. Interestingly, the term "abjad" is abjad itself since it uses abjad numerals for the letters A, B, G, and D for its name.

In the Arabic-speaking world, people have been using this alphabetic numeral system for more than a thousand years, since the eighth century.

What Is Abjad Value?

In Arabic numerology, the abjad value is calculated as follows:

For the first nine numbers, the Arabic alphabet is used (from the beginning) to assign an alphabetic numerical value to each number. So, for example, 1 is "ʾalif" (the word for the first letter of the alphabet), 2 is "bāʾ" (the word for the second letter of the alphabet), etc.

After this, letters from the Arabic alphabet are then used to represent the first nine intervals of 10 and 100 until you reach 1,000. So, for example, 10 is "yāʾ", 20 is "kāf", 100 is "qāf", and 1,000 is "ghayn".

What Is the Abjad Value of Hamza?

In Arabic, a hamza (ء) represents the glottal stop before or after a word beginning with a vowel. The abjad value of hamza can impact the overall value of a word, letter, or phrase in Arabic numerology, depending on whether it's recognized as a letter or not.

In abjad value, both "alif" and "hamza" have the same value of 1. However, there are variations in whether hamza should be recognized as a letter or not when determining abjad value. So, for example, the word "Bahá" will either equal nine with the hamza included or eight without it.

Because of the variations in whether it's recognized or not, you can use the Abjad Calculator to either include a hamza when determining the value of a word/phrase or ignore it.

How to Calculate Abjad Value

Using the abjad calculator is the quickest and easiest way to calculate the abjad value. You can use the chart or type a letter, word, or phrase in the box to see the translation.

What Is the Abjad Calculator?

The Abjad Calculator shows you each Arabic letter, its name, and its numerical value. It's a quick and easy-to-use online tool you can use to calculate the abjad value in Arabic numerology. It lets you calculate the abjad value, including hamza (ء) or ignoring it.

How to Use the Abjad Calculator

It's easy to use the Abjad Calculator. Simply use the chart to see the value and name of each Arabic letter. Or you can type a letter, word, or phrase into the calculator to instantly work out the abjad value. Because of the variations in recognizing the value of hamza (as explained above), you can choose to ignore hamza by checking the tick box.