The name of the favorite teacher of Imam Malik was Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn Hurmuz {May Allah have mercy upon him}

He was from the Tabi’in because he studied and met with some of the most famous among the Sahaba, he loved to especially study Ahadith with the likes of Abu Hurayrah and Abu Sa’id al-Khudri {May Allah be pleased with them}.

Shaykh ibn Hurmuz was a scholar of Hadith and he is one of the top reporters of Abu Hurayrah’s Ahadth.

Imam Malik said of him:

“He was without peers in his knowledge of how to answer the advocates of erring creeds, and in his knowledge of the areas in which scholarly views diverge.”

Shaykh Janun relates that Imam Malik {May Allah have mercy upon him} said:

“For 13 years I sat from Fajr prayer until Maghrib attaining knowledge from the scholars. A different one in a different period. And I also have knowledge from the Tabi’in and the Tabi’ Tabi’in who got that knowledge from the Companions/Sahaba; although I never mentioned that to any human being and I also never wrote it in any books.”

Imam Malik {May Allah have mercy upon him} also said:

“ I would visit ibn Hurmuz every day from morning to night for a period of about 8 years. Ibn Hurmuz is the Shaykh whom Imam Malik said: “ I learnt absolutely everything from him. ”

Imam Malik loved his teacher ibn Hurmuz dearly and hence he would give gifts to the kids of the neighborhood and would order them to tell the other students that the Shaykh was busy at the time.

He said:

“I would come to Ibn Hurmuz, whereupon he would order the servant to close the door and let down the curtain, then he would start speaking of the beginning of this Ummah, and tears would stream down his beard.”

Imam Malik was very connected with his Shaykh and they remained friends for 30 years and he would help him throughout his life. May Allah Ta’Ala bless Imam Malik with the highest levels of Paradise.

> Some people have asked me before, well if Ibn Hurmuz is so great why then didn’t Imam Malik mention him more in the Muwatta?

The answer to this is that –> Shaykh ibn Hurmuz asked him not to place him within the book so that he could stay sincere and humble. Because they were also like best friends as well, Imam Malik agreed to this request and only placed him a few times within the Muwatta.

May Allah Ta’Ala bless the Shaykh and his student Imam Malik and give them the highest ranks of Paradise. Amin!


The Prophet Muhammad reportedly said in a hadith authenticated by Muhammad ibn `Isa at-Tirmidhi: “Very soon will people beat the flanks of camels in search of knowledge, and they shall find no-one more knowledgeable than the knowledgeable scholar of Madina.” Qadi AyyadAl-Dhahabi and others relate from Sufyan ibn `Uyaynah‘Abd ar-Razzaq as-San‘ani, Ibn Mahdi, Yahya ibn Ma’in, Dhu’ayb ibn `Imama, Ibn al-Madini, and others that they considered that scholar to be Malik ibn Anas.[14]

Golden Chain of Narration

Malik’s chain of narrators was considered the most authentic and called Silsilat al-Dhahab or “The Golden Chain of Narrators” by notable hadith scholars including Muhammad al-Bukhari.[13] The ‘Golden Chain’ of narration (i.e., that considered by the scholars of Hadith to be the most authentic) consists of Malik, who narrated from Nafi‘ Mawla ibn ‘Umar, who narrated from Ibn Umar, who narrated from Muhammad.


Living in Medina gave Malik access to some of the most learned minds of early Islam. He memorized the Quran in his youth, learning recitation from Abu Suhail Nafi’ ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahman, from whom he also received his Ijazah, or certification and permission to teach others. He studied under various famed scholars including Hisham ibn UrwahIbn Shihab al-Zuhri, and—along with Abu Hanifa, the founder of the Hanafi Sunni Madh’hab—under the household of the Prophet’s lineage, Jafar al Sadiq.[12] This fact may explain the mutual respect and relative peace that has often existed between the Hanafi and Maliki Sunnis, on one hand, and the Shi`is on the other.


His full name was Abu Abdullah Mālik ibn Anas ibn Mālik Ibn Abī ‘Āmir Ibn ‘Amr Ibnul-Hārith Ibn Ghaimān Ibn Khuthail Ibn ‘Amr Ibnul-Haarith. Malik was born the son of Anas ibn Malik (who is not the Sahabi with the same name) and Aaliyah bint Shurayk al-Azdiyya in Medina circa 711. His family was originally from the al-Asbahi tribe of Yemen, but his great grandfather Abu ‘Amir relocated the family to Medina after converting to Islam in the second year of the Hijri calendar, or 623 CE. His grandfather Malik ibn Abi Amir was a student of the second Caliph of Islam Umar and was one of those involved in the collection of the parchments upon which Quranic texts were originally written when those were collected during the Caliph Uthman era.[11] According to Al-Muwatta, he was tall, heavyset, imposing of stature, very fair, with white hair and beard but bald, with a huge beard and blue eyes.