I've read that all the Arabic letters are consonants. I know that both "waaw" and "yaa" work as consonants and long vowels as well. "alif" works as a long vowel too, I'm sure about that, but WHY as a consonant?!!!!!!!!
As far as I know:
1) "alif" represents only as a long vowel
2) it doesn't take any short vowels such as fatHa, kasra, or Damma, and it only accept sukuun as do the rest of the long vowels.
3) An arabic word never begins with the letter "alif"
4) People always mix up Hamza ( Hamzatul qat؟ and Hamzatul waSl) with "alif".
What I mean is when a word starts with one of these ( ا، أ، إ), they think it's nothing but "alif" as if Hamza is a decoration.
So, why do you think "alif" is a consonant? Could you please give me some examples?
Thanks in advance 😀