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Qadi Iyad on Imam Malik

Taken from here:

Know, may Allah grant you success, that the preponderance of the madhhab of Malik over others and the loftiness of his rank and his exalted degree by way of transmission and tradition is only denied by the obstinate or the shortsighted whom knowledge of that did not reach even though it is famously widespread in the books both of opponents and friends. Here we will affirm that in two proofs, the first of which is the well known sahih tradition transmitted about that from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, by way of hadith from trustworthy narrators, of them Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah from Ibn Jurayj from Abu az-Zubayr from Abu Salih from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “It is probable that people will strike the livers of camels seeking knowledge,” and in a narration, yaltamisuna (seek) knowledge, but they will not find a knowledgeable man more knowledgeable,” and in a narration, “than the knowledgeable man of Madinah,” and in some of them, “the armpits of camels,” which is the place of the camels’s livers.


Ibn Taymiyya on the Maliki Madhhab


Some excerpts from his book, “The soundness of the principles of the madhhab of the people of Madina “:

“Praised be Allah (SWT), the madhhab of the people of City of the Prophet – the place of the Sunnah, the place of migration (hijrah) and the place of helping (nasrah), and where the Prophet established the sunnahs of Islam and its laws and where the muhajirs came and hailed Allah (SWT) and His Prophet and from it were the Ansar who populated the city earlier and their hearts with eman – verily their (the people of Madina’s) madhhab in the era of the Sahabah and the Tabi’een and their Tabi’een is the soundest of madhhabs of all the Islamic cities east and west, in the fundamentals and branches of religion. And verily these three eras are the eras of the three esteemed generations, regarding whom the Prophet (s) said in the sahih hadith ‘The best of generations are my generation, then those who follow them, then those who follow them.’”


Hadith or Fiqh?

Sufyân ibn `Uyayna said: “Hadîth is a pitfall except for the fuqahâ’,” and `Abd Allâh ibn Wahb said: “Hadîth is a pitfall except for the Ulema. Every memorizer of hadîth that does not have an Imâm in fiqh is misguided (dâll), and if Allâh had not rescued us with Mâlik and al-Layth [ibn Sa`d], we would have been misguided.” (Ibn Abi Hatim, Dhahabi, Ibn ‘Abdul-Barr)


[IslamQA]Does the consensus of the people of Madinah constitute shar‘i proof?

Taken from here:

I have heard that Imam Maalik used to regard the consensus of the people of Madinah as binding proof. Is this correct? If that is the case, then is it regarded as binding proof for the entire ummah?



Ibn Taymiyya on the ‘Hadith about Imam Malik’



Also from Ibn Taymiyya’s The Madinan Way: The Soudness of the Basic Premises of the School of the People of Madina (page 26-27):


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