Classical Arabic did not originally have all the diacritics that we are used to in Modern Arabic.

The Shadda "was devised for poetry by al-Khalil ibn Ahmad in the eighth century, replacing an earlier dot."

So does that mean "Allah" and "Abdullah" were previously written with a dot above it (instead of the shadda) or without any diacritic at all whatsoever?

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  • This question is about the historical development of the Arabic language which is not on-topic here. – Medi1Saif Feb 13 at 5:38
  • @Medi1Saif Darn. Because there's no Arabic Language Stack and other Arabic Language sites are troublesome. – Johan88 Feb 13 at 7:20
  • First in Arabic it is unusual to use diacritics except for the learners and beginners so the word "Allah" usually is written اللـه and '"Abdullah" عبد اللـه without shiddah or shaddah. Secondly the introduction of diacritics was to help non-Arabs to spell the quran correctly and only there in you may have found the use of dots as a former form indicating shaddah. – Medi1Saif Feb 13 at 11:08
  • @Medi1Saif Thanks so very much. Jazakallah. – Johan88 Feb 13 at 17:12

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