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Instructor: Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Course Overview

Language is a systematic combination of individual words. These words have meanings which express what is happening, by whom, when, and how. Knowing how to recognise and form these words is the scope of the science of Morphology.

In Arabic, a single root word is taken and altered in many ways to imbue it with particular meanings. This alteration is called ‘Sarf’ in Arabic, which can be understood to mean ‘changing’ or ‘morphing.

A strong grasp of this science is important for anyone wishing to successfully study Arabic, or any science which is taught through Arabic. It is also a crucial ingredient in gaining a deep appreciation of the beauty of the Qur’an.


Who is this course for?

• This course is cross-listed in Step Two and Learn Arabic

• This is an advanced course in the

• Learning Arabic curriculum

• Students who register for this course must be able to:

(a) conjugate verbs in each of their ten morphological forms;

(b) identify the ism fāʿil, ism mafʿūl, ism tafḍīl, al-ṣifa al-mushabbaha, the ism ẓarf, ism āla, and the maṣdar;

(c) know all important rules related to masculine, feminine, singular, dual, and plural nouns;

(d) comfortably work with nominal sentences (jumla ismiyya), verbal sentences (jumla fiʿliyya), and conditional sentences (shart and jawab al-shart); and

(e) use the Hans Wehrdictionary. Some Arabic vocabulary is also required.

• This course is a key prerequisite for all courses in Level Three and Four


Course Outline

Lesson One

01 lesson 01a - The author and the text.

02 lesson 01b - Introduction to the science of Sarf.

03 lesson 01c - The division of verbs.


Lesson Two

04 lesson 02a - The six categories of al-thulatha al mujarrad.

05 lesson 02b - categories one to five

06 lesson 02c - al ruba’i al mujarrad


Lesson Three

07 lesson 03a - al thulathi al mazid fihi.

08 lesson 03b - al ruba’i al mazid fihi.

09 lesson 03c - al fi'l al lazim.


Lesson Four

10 lesson 04a - conjugation of the past tense verb.

11 lesson 04b - the present tense verb.


Lesson Five

12 lesson 05a - the present tense mabni lil fa'il.

13 lesson 05b - the present tense mabni lil maf'ul and la and ma.


Lesson Six

14 lesson 06a - the present tense mabni with hazm and nasb.

15 lesson 06b - the command.


Lesson Seven

16 lesson 07a - alterations to the mudari'.

17 lesson 07b - the ‘nun’s of emphasis.


Lesson Eight

18 lesson 08a - the ism fa'il and the ism maf'ul.

19 lesson 08b - the muda’af.

20 lesson 08c - the mithal.


Lesson Nine

21 lesson 09 - the ajwaf.


Lesson Ten

22 lesson 10 - the naqis.


Lesson Eleven

23 lesson 11a - the lafif maqrun.

24 lesson 11b - the remaining three.

Lesson Twelve

25 lesson 12a - the mahmuz.

26 lesson 12b - the nouns of time, place, instrument, number, and manner.


Learning Outcomes:

• About the text and its author.

• What Morphology is.

• The standard form (al Mujarrad) and its variants for words which have a three, and a four-letter root.

• How to conjugate the past, present, and future verbs for all of them.

• What verbs with sound letters are, and what verbs with weak letters are.

• How verbs with weak letters are categorized and conjugated.

• What the various forms of nouns are, and how to alter them to suit the context.


About the Course Text

This text, known as ‘Matan al ‘Izzi, authored by ‘Izz al Din, ‘Abd al Wahhab b. Ibrahim al Zanjani, has been taught as the foundational text in this science for hundreds of years. With its clear and gradually progessive layout, it is an excellent place to start to learn the foundation principles of the science.


About The Instructor

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with erudite scholars such as Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh Abdurrahman Arjan, Shaykh Hussain Darwish and Shaykh Muhammad Darwish.

In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic with teachers such as Dr. Ashraf Muneeb, Dr. Salah Abu’l-Hajj, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Dr. Mansur Abu Zina, and others. He was also given licences of mastery in the science of Qur’anic recital by Shakh Samir Jabir and Shaykh Yahya Qandil.

His true passion, however, arose in the presence of Shaykh Ali Hani, considered by many to be one of the foremost tafsir scholars of our time who provided him with the keys to the vast knowledge of the Quran. With Shaykh Ali, he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence

When he finally left Jordan for the UK in 2014, Shaykh Ali gave him his distinct blessing and still recommends students in the UK to seek out Shaykh Abdul-Rahim for Quranic studies. Since his return he has trained as a therapist and has helped a number of people overcome emotional and psychosomatic issues. He is a keen promoter of emotional and mental health.

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What You Will Learn:

  • Distinguish between true religious knowledge that is beneficial and ostensibly religious knowledge that is not
  • Identify instances of the sins of the limbs (particularly those of the tongue)
  • Identify instances of the sins of the heart
  • Complete a regimen of protecting your tongue from sin
  • Improve your character with your teachers, relatives, friends, and strangers
  • Appreciate the spiritual value of good company

Skill Level: Beginner
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