[Shaykh] ‘Abdullahi al-Umari wrote a letter to Imam Malik [to isolate himself], so Imam Malik (rahimahu Llah) responded to his letter by saying:
Indeed Allah has distributed righteous deeds amongst His servants just as He distributed their provision amongst them.
So perhaps a man may find it easy to perform an abundance of prayers while finding it difficult to fast.
Another might find it easy to give Sadaqa while finding it difficult to fast but someone else may find it easy to struggle in the path of Allah.
Spreading sound knowledge is one of the most virtuous acts of righteousness and I am pleased with it being something that Allah has made easy for me to do. And I don’t think that what I am doing of spreading Islamic knowledge is any less in reward than what you are doing. I hope that both of us are upon goodness and righteousness.
– Siyar A’lam An-Nubala’ ~ The Lives of the Noble Figures ~ Volume 8, pg. 115 –
Imam Mālik (rahimahu Llah) was asked by the Khalif Abu Ja’far al-Mansūr:
Shall I face the Qibla with my back towards the blessed resting place of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ when making du’ā?
Imam Mālik (rahimahu Llah) replied,
How could you turn your face away from him ﷺ when he is your means (wasīla) and your father Adam’s means to Allah on the Day of Rising? No, rather you should face him ﷺ and ask for his intercession so that Allah will grant it to you, for Allah said, ‘If they had only, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and asked Allah’s forgiveness, and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-Returning, Most Merciful (Q4:64)’.
– Narrated by Qādī ‘Iyād in his Shifā’ (2:26-27) and Tartīb al-Madārik (1:113-14) with an authentic chain, Imam Subkī in his Shifā’ as-Siqām (Ch. 4, 7), Qastalānī in his Mawāhib Ladunniya, Ibn Bashkuwal (Qurbah pp. 84), and other –
I have met people in my city who seem the most righteous but they went out and started exposing people so God made their faults apparent. I know other people who have faults but because they are quiet God caused people to forget their faults.
— Imam Mālik rahimahu Llah –
Imām Mālik [رحمه الله]:
“My mother would dress me up in the clothes of the scholars whilst I still was a young boy and she would tell me “Go to the Masjid and seek knowledge from Imām ar-Rabīʿah, study his manners before you take from his knowledge”
– Reference: Siyar Aʿlām an-Nubalā (book) –