Look at these three words again:

maktab office, desk

majlis the room where you sit and receive guests

maTaar airport

From these three examples, what would you say the prefix ma might mean?


The prefix ma conveys the idea of ‘the place of’. Therefore:

maktab = place of writing, i.e. ‘office’ or ‘desk’

majlis = place of sitting, i.e. sitting-room

maTaar = place of flying, i.e. ‘airport’