What is the universal criteria to separate words in Arabic of Quran?

My computer program uses "empty space character" to separate words and count them. Is that "always" correct rule for this?

For example is this "va huva" one word or two words in 9:129?


  • Depends on what you mean by "word." Do you mean in the English sense or Arabic? Of course in English it is two words: And He. In Arabic though, it is usually attached together. – The Z Nov 27 '19 at 8:39
  • in Arabic, what is the universal criteria to seperate and then being able to count words? – entropy Nov 27 '19 at 17:51
  • I don't think people do that in Arabic, so I doubt there would be a universal criteria. – The Z Nov 28 '19 at 21:42

It is two words و and هو .

و and

هو he

You need to learn the shapes of the letters in words . Usually words in Arabic are connected unless it contains one of these letters in the middle ا د ذ ر ز Examples سماء this is not connected but it is one word it contains the letter ا

فراشة this contains the letter ر

We separate words by a space we also use one letter for words like و which means and.

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