Sarf 101.

Taṣrīf al-ʻizzī by the scholar ʻIzz al-Dīn Abī al-Maʻālī ʻAbd al-Wahhāb ibn Ibrāhīm al-Zanjānī (died. 655 H) is a classical primer in the science of Ṣarf.

It is an ideal introductory work in the field of Ṣarf for those looking to get started.

The Importance of Sarf

Although often overlooked, the science of Ṣarf is every bit as important as that of Nahw. Nawh deals with the changes of the word endings, whereas Ṣarf deals with the remaining structure of the word i.e what comes before the ending.

And for this reason, understanding Ṣarf is critical for speaking, reading and writing accurately.

Should I learn Ṣarf?

It is possible to acquire the knowledge of Ṣarf through practice and immersion in the Arabic language. Seasoned learners will be able to ‘guess’ the patterns of words even without having studied Ṣarf.

However, learning this science will:

  • Correct the mistakes in your language
  • Remove the guesswork, and help develop
    clarity and confidence in your speech
  • Help you master word structure faster

For these reasons, I highly recommend including the study of Ṣarf in your Arabic program

Abdurrahman FA
Abdurahmane Diallo

The Teacher

Ustad Abdurahmane Diallo is from Senagal. Having memorized the Quran at a young age, he has gone on to memorize many Arabic texts, including the Alfiyyah of Ibn Malik – A thousand-line poem explaining Arabic Grammar. He loves teaching Arabic and is skilled at breaking down concepts in a clear and understandable manner for learners. He currently pursues his PHD from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

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