What is the correct way of saying Nabi in the plural form? Taking into account the rasm Alif Nuun Bey.... some people pronounce it is Anbiya using the first 3 Rasm alphabet whereas others pronounce it Ambiya. Is there a technicality involved using Tajweed or this an error?
There are actually two forms of pluralizing the word
, which can have a dhammah as the last vowel, or a fathah, or a kasrah, depending on its grammatical place in the sentence. The first form of pluralizing is a regular form, which is
; and the use of one or the other is dependant on its grammatical place in the sentence.
The other form, which is irregular, is
, and this is the word referred to in the question. There is a
saakinah followed by a
, and in taweed rules, when this case exists, the
saakinah is changed into a
is hidden by closing the lips on the meem, holding it for the length of time for the complete ghunnah, then the lips are separated while pronouncing the
. So one can spell it in transliteration into English letters using the written letters, al-anbiyaa', or the correct pronunciation of the letters, al-ambiyaa', whichever one prefers.
Please also see: http://www.abouttajweed.com/the-noon-saakinah-and-tanween/changing-iqlaab-rule-of-the-noon-saakinah-and-ta.html