Imam Malik’s love for the City of Madinah

Anas ibn Malik narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم said:

“O Allah! Bestow on Madinah twice the blessings You bestowed on Mecca.”

{Sahih Bukhari, Book #30, Hadith #109}

Anas ibn Malik also narrated that whenever the Prophet صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم returned from a journey and observed the walls of Madinah, he would make his Mount go fast, and if he was on an animal {i.e. a horse}, he would make it gallop because of his love for Madinah.

{Sahih Bukhari, Book #30, Hadith #110}

Imam ash-Shafi’i رحمه الله narrated that he saw beside the door of Imam Malik رحمه الله gifts of horses from Khurasan and Egyptian mules.

He said to Imam Malik = “These are great horses and mules”.

Imam Malik رحمه الله said “ They are for you, take them all”.

Imam ash-Shafi’i رحمه الله then said “would not you keep some of them for yourself to ride?”


Imam Malik رحمه الله replied: “I am ashamed from Allah, Almighty, to step, by a hoof of a ride, on a land that contains the Messenger of Allah.

Qadi Iyad رحمه الله reports that Imam Malik رحمه الله would never ride an animal or mount in Madinah and he’d say,

I am too shy before Allah to trample with an animal’s hoof on the earth where the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و آله و سلم is buried. “

{Kitab ash-Shifa bi ta’rif ‘Huquq Al-Mustapha, The Antidote in knowing the rights of the Chosen Prophet, Volume 2, pg. 63}

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