As Salaamu ʿAlaykum. Welcome to the Madani Timbukti site.

This site is dedicated to the two legacies of scholarship and learning which have been handed down to us by our noble predecessors. They are the Madani tradition and the Timbukti tradition. Madani tradition here means the transmitted knowledge of the Amal of Madinah while Timbukti tradition here means the traditional method of teaching and transmitting the Amal of Madinah which was developed in the city of Timbuktu, Mali and which eventually spread throughout West Africa.

Imaam Maalik said in his letter to al-Layth ibn Saʿd in regards to the status of Madinah:

To it the Hijrah was made and in it the Qur’an was revealed, the lawful was declared lawful and the unlawful was declared unlawful while the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم was in their midst and they were in the presence of revelation to the Messenger Of Allah  صلى الله عليه وسلم and the act of revelation itself.  He صلى الله عليه وسلم gave them commands and they obeyed him.  He صلى الله عليه وسلم established the Sunnah for them and they followed him until Allah brought his life to an end and chose for him the reward of His Presence.  The Prays of Allah be upon him and His Peace, His Mercy and His Blessings.

Then after him صلى الله عليه وسلم, those people from his ummah who obeyed him, rose up and assume authority by means of that which had been sent down to them.  Whatever they knew, they acted by.  Whatever they didn’t have knowledge of, they asked questions concerning it. Then they adopted that which they found to be the strongest position. As a result of their ijtihaad and their direct knowledge of the matter through experience, memory or proximity.  If there were those who held a different opinion or people expressed other opinions which were stronger or more worthy to be followed, they would set their own opinions aside, and follow and practice the others’ opinion.  Then the Tabiʿuun came after them following that same path.  They followed that Sunnah.

Therefore, if a matter in Madinah is clearly practiced, I am not of the opinion that anyone has the right to go contrary to it because of the legacy which they (the people of Madinah) possess.

As for Timbuktu, it was the city where the fiqh of Imām Mālik  based on the Amal of Madinah was taught and studied and eventually spread through out West Africa. It was the first Mālikī center in the Sahara and West Africa. According to the author of Tārīkh as-Sudān Abdur Rahmān as Saʿdī,  Timbuktu was a city that “never was defiled by the worship of idols, and none have prostrated on its ground except for the All Merciful. ”

With the help and permission of Allah, It is our goal to establish this site as a  source for obtaining  knowledge which has been transmitted to us from these two great traditions.

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Published on July 3, 2010 at 12:59  Comments (3)  

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  1. As Salaamu Alikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barrakattuhu;May Allaah (jallajallahu) Bless You And Your Family,And All the People involved with noble work; with the Happy vision of Allaahs Noble Messenger. Sayyidina Haabbina Muhammad. (salla lahu Alyhi Was Salaamum)


  2. Assalamu Aleikum brothers, I really enjoyed the blog and I’m learning a lot from him, may Allah keep them that way.


  3. Assalamu alaikum,

    This blog is very exciting. Now I am studying on menstruation in Maliki madhab. I have some questions on this topic. May you help me in this regard?



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