History & Biography

In the last years of Mālik’s life, he retreated from public life, even refraining from going to the mosque. Why he did so is lost to history.
Mālik taught that a divorce pronounced under duress did not take place. His rivals said to the Caliph: “He means that the people's oath of allegiance is invalid if given grudgingly.”
Childhood education was not compulsory in Mālik’s time like it is today. Only those children who had a special aptitude – and the opportunity – attended classes.
The Prophet had said a century earlier: “The day will come when people will journey by camel long distances to seek knowledge & find none more knowledgeable than the scholar of Madinah.”