Imam Malik’s (r.a.) Caution in Issuing Fatawa

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Malik (r.a.) was extremely cautious in regards to issuing fatawa.  Shaykh ar-Rabi’ah ar-Ra’iy (r.a.) reported, “We were with Imam Malik when a man entered upon us and asked Imam Malik, ‘Abu Abdullah!  Tell me about the verse:

The Beneficent One, Who is Established on the Throne. (Surah ThaHa:5)

How is He established?’

Imam Malik (r.a.) was immediately overwhelmed and lowering his head he started poking the earth with a twig, and continued in this state until he was entirely soaked in perspiration.  Then raising his head, he said, ‘The how is incomprehensible; the establishment is not unknown; belief in it is compulsory; asking about it is an innovation; and I do not think that you are anything but a person of innovation.’  Then he commanded that the man be shown out.”


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