Imam Malik was a Tabe' Taabi'ee. hence, he acquired a great amount of knowledge from Taabi'een. The following is a list of his characteristics.

  • He was very cautious in procuring fatawaa;
  • He was very active within the conduct of Sunnah;
  • He loathed innovations (bidaah);
  • Matters of belief (aqaaid) were very religiously followed by way of Qur'an and sunnah;
  • Although during his era there were many sects that arose, yet Imam Malik refrained from enjoining with these;
  • When the Holy Prophet (SAW) was mentioned, the colour of his face would change;
  • He never recited a hadith without ablution.

 

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During the last few years of his life, Imam Malik preferred to remain alone. He never even used to attend the Jamaa' at Friday prayer and used to say that not everyone can openly explain themselves.

According to another statement, Imam Malik imparted that he had a weak bladder. In this condition he found it to be isrespectful to visit Masjid-e-Nabawi (SAW). He further stated that he did not wish to voice his illness as it would be likened o complaining upon that which Allah had procured him with. Hence, Imam Malik remained ill for a number of 22 days. On onday 14th of Rabi-ul-Awwal 179 A H. Imam Malik took leave from this world. (To Allah we belong and to Him we shall eturn).

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