Imam Malik is one among the scholars who has compiled the matters pertaining to the Prophet PBUH, his life and practices.
Honorific name/Teknonym: Abu Abdullah
Father’s name: Anas Ibn Malik
Clan: He belongs to the tribe of Al Asbahu. Since he was born in Medina, he is also known as Al Madani.
Date of Birth: Hijri 93. He was born in Medina and he grew up in Sawn and Rifahiyyah.
Education: He started to learn when he was 10 years old. He was one among the eminent scholars of Hijaz. In addition to Ahadith, he excelled in the field of Islamic legal rulings. Imam Malik felt he did not have a need to travel to places to acquire knowledge. His excessive knowledge led him to teach others even at a very young age of 21.
Students of Imam Nasa’i: Naf’i Ibn Malik, Muhammad Ibn Muslim, Yahya Ibn Sa’eed also learned from him. His other students were Abu Haneefa, Sufyan At Thawri, Al Layth Ibn Sa’d, Sh’uba, Abdul Malik, Ma’mar Ibn Rashid, Ibn Al Mubarak, Waqi and Imam Shafi’i.
Teachers of Imam Nasa’i: A significant group of Tabi’een taught Imam Malik: Naf’i, Hisham Ibn Urwa, Yahya Ibn Saeed, Abdullah Ibn Dinar, Zaid Ibn Aslam, Muhammad Ibn Muslim, Abdullah Ibn Abu Bakar and Sa’eed Ibn Abi Sa’eed.
His other works includes: Before Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim were published, scholars were dependent upon Imam Malik’s Al Muwatta. His other works include Risalathun-fil-Qatr, Risalatur-fin-Najm, Risalathun-al-Aqliyya, Risalathun-ila-abi-Hassaan, Risalathun-ilal-Layth, Juz-un-fit-Tafsir, Kitabu-Sir, Risalathun-ilar-Rasheed.
Death: Sinday, Rabi Al Awwal, Hijri 179. He was eighty-six years old when he died.