By Abu Tariq Hijazi | 07 May 2012
Malik bin Anas, known as Imam Malik, is a prominent name in Islamic history. He was not only a great scholar of Hadith, but also a jurist after whom was founded one of the four Islamic schools of Islamic jurisprudence: the Maliki school.
He was 13 years younger to Imam Abu Hanifa and 103 years elder to Imam Bukhari. He compiled the first compendium of Hadith named Al-Muwatta. He was the most leading personality of his time in Madinah and was called Imam Darul Hijrah due to his remaining in Madinah the majority of his life.
The significance and role of theological schools (mazhabs)
To clarify, the existence of four different schools of law [mazhabs] within the same religion, their use and correctness we consult «Treasury of beneficial knowledge», written by outstanding scholar of our time, Shaykh of Naqshbandi and Shazali tariqahs Said-Afandi al-Chirkawi. Here is how he answers these questions: