Why sarf first? We need words to build phrases and sentences like bricks to build a wall, so sarf or turning words into different forms to create new meanings should be studied first. Arabic words carry lots of information. Basically, the Arabic word has two parts, a basic meaning (root) and more meanings attached (extra letters and vowels patterns). The second meaning should be focused on first.
When you know your bricks(words- sarf) then you can build your walls (sentences- Nahw) creating a house. Next you decorate your house – balaghah.
A good course will include principles the early scholars used, like the mother principle “seek lightness in speech”. Three letter words are used more than 4 letter words. The course should explain how to build different forms, each form giving a different meaning while retaining the same consonant source.
Today sarf can be studied alone or with a mix of Nahw and Sarf. The early grammarians did not divide these two sciences. I have preferred the sarf only approach in the beginning. With sarf you discover the richness of Arabic how a three letter root branches into many words (forms). For example, the words Dua and Dawah have the same consonant root. This approach sets up a smooth transition to grammatical states.
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