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The modern numbers (0-9) used in the West are derivatives of the Arabic numbers which themselves are derivatives from the Indian numeral system. Up until the 16th century the West still mostly used Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV etc..). Since they have a common ancestor there are many similarities.

Numbers 0 to 10

The modern numbers (0-9) used in the West are derivatives of the Arabic numbers which themselves are derivatives from the Indian numeral system. Up until the 16th century the West still mostly used Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV etc..). Since they have a common ancestor there are many similarities.

**Numbers are written from left to right**unlike the rest of the Arabic language.

Zero - ٠

calloutThe number zero is written as a dot like a period.Zero |
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٠ |

Sifr |
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صِفر |

One - ١

The number one is written as a single downward stroke like the number '1'.One |
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١ |

waaHid |
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واحِد |

Two - ٢

The number two has 2 strokes and looks a little like a '2' rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise.Two |
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٢ |

Two - 'ithnaan |
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إثنان |

Three - ٣

The number three has 3 strokes and looks a little like a '3' rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise.Three |
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٣ |

thalaatha |
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ثَلاثة |

Four- ٤

Four is written like a backwards '3'.Four |
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٤ |

'arba3a |
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أَربَعة |

Five - ٥

Five is written as a small circle.Five |
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٥ |

khamsa |
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خَمْسَة |

Six- ٦

Six is written like a '7'.Six |
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٦ |

sitta |
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سِتَّة |

Seven - ٧

Seven is a downward arrow.Seven |
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٧ |

sab3a |
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سَبعة |

Eight - ٨

Eight is an upward arrow.Eight |
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٨ |

thamaanya |
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ثَمانيَة |

Nine - ٩

This is just like the number '9'.Nine |
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٩ |

tis3a |
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تِسعة |

Ten - ١٠

Ten is written by writing one then zero. Like '10' is.Ten |
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١٠ |

3ashara |
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عَشَرَة |