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).
Ibn Kanaanaa and Ibn Zubyr performed Ghusl. His son Yahyaa and his student (calligrapher) Habeeb poured the water, and as Imam Malik had willed, he was shrouded in a white cloth. Ameere Madeenah Abdul Azeez Ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem ed the Janazah prayer. Before his death, Imam Malik recited Tashah’hud (verification of the oneness of Allah) and then aid:
“With Allah is the command in the past and in the future”. (Surah Ar Rum : Verse 004)
Imam Malik was buried in Jannatul Baqee’ in Madinah Munawwarah.