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The Wisdom and Humility of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah)

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Muhammad bin ‘Umar (Imaam Waaqidi) (rahimahullah) says that he heard Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) mention the following:

When Al-Mansoor (the Muslim ruler) performed Haj, he summoned me. I thus answered his summons and went to him. After entering into his presence, we held a conversation during which he asked me questions and I answered him.

Al-Mansoor then said to me, “I have decided to instruct for copies to be made of your kitaabs (i.e. the kitaabs of Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) that formed his compilation of Hadith known as Al-Muwatta) after which I will send one copy to each city of the Muslims. I will command them to practice on what is in your kitaab and abandon all other knowledge which has reached them. I wish to do this because I feel that the basis of knowledge is only the narrations and knowledge of the people of Madinah Munawwarah.”

When Imaam Maalik (rahimahullah) heard this, he replied, “O Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen! Do not do this! For there are numerous verdicts of Deen that have reached the people, people have heard the Ahaadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and are narrating various narrations from the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum). Each group from the people has taken that which has reached them and began practicing upon it, regarding it as their Deen. This knowledge that has reached them is also from the various opinions of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) and Taabi‘een. For you turn them away from the knowledge that has reached them is not good. Thus leave the people upon the knowledge that they are following from the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum).”

On hearing the reply, Al-Mansoor said, “By my life! Had you consented, I would have issued the instruction (for your kitaab to be followed and all other knowledge to be discarded).”

(Siyar A’laam min Nubalaa 8/78)

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