Both – Times New Roman and Arial – offer Arabic support. They are not bad at all, but sometimes they may look weird and become hard to read – especially if you use diacritical marks (Tashkeel/تَشْكِيل) a mix them with other fonts.
So, which other fonts could you use? There are Arabic fonts which are beautifully crafted. However, they are pretty expensive. I will offer you here two options which usually work and get the job done.
- Option 1 – a conservative font that is perfect for beginners and has great support of diacritical marks: Deja Vu Sans .
- Option 2 – Google Fonts which offers more sophisticated fonts that look great, but may also be a bit fussy.
I like to use Deja Vu Sans in documents. It is a very clear font that clearly marks all diacritical marks at their appropriate position.
The DejaVu fonts are a font family based on the Vera Fonts. Its purpose is to provide a wider range of characters. The best thing – they are under a free license. In other words, you can download them and use them in your documents without worrying about copyright issues.
You can download it here: https://dejavu-fonts.github.io/
Unless you are using Linux, I would recommend downloading the ZIP-file. You will find the fonts in the TTF (TrueType)-format. If you don’t know how to install such files, I will give some hints later in this blog post.
There is a great option which is called GOOGLE FONTS: fonts.google.com
Google offers professional fonts for free. You don’t need to buy them. Many people forget that you can’t just download a font and use it. You need to obtain a license. If you use google fonts, you are fine.
Now, how do we get the Arabic fonts?
1. On the right part of your screen, you will see the option “Languages”. Choose Arabic.
2. You will now see all fonts that offer full Arabic support.
3. Click on the “plus”-symbol to mark the fonts you want to download. After that you will see a new window at the bottom. Enlarge it.
4. In order to download it, click on the symbol on the right.
5. You will end up with a zip-file called “fonts.zip”.
6. Unzip it.
7. You will see some TrueType-files now with the extension .TTF. Usually it works if you simply open them with a double-click. If your operating system doesn’t know what to do, try to press the right mouse button and see if you could open or install the file with a font manager. If all this doesn’t work out, go to google and search for: “install ttf files”.
One last thing: How do you write the “Basmallah” or Allah (the “Grand Word”) in a nice way? Next time, I will show that. For example: In the name of God/Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful: بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
REMARK: Twitter-User Zübeyt Nalçakan (@ZubeytNalcakan) suggested the following website: http://arbfonts.com
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