Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Dr. Abdal Hakim Jackson, Imam Suhaib Webb, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi (former-Hanafi) are some of the famous Maliki’s I know of. I have been recently thinking about switching to Maliki fiqh. Why? Well, as you all know, Imam Malik lived and died in Madinah. His Muwatta was the first collection of sound and authentic ahadith before Imam Bukhari and Imam Muslim. It is commonly known that the Maliki madhab is the way of the people of Madinah. As we all know Madinah is the city of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He was born in 93 AH and died in 179 AH making him a member of salaf us salih (the pious predecessors). His ancestry traces back to Yemen, and we all know how blessed the lands of Yemen are from what the Prophet has said. Doesn’t that make you want to be Maliki? 😀
The only problem I had was the lack of easy accessible Maliki fiqh resources, until in recent years a lot of translations popped up and a revival of the madhab in the West occurred. Anyways Sidi Alex compiled a list of Maliki fiqh resources for me and shared it with everyone else.
Check it out here. Edit: So the post does not exist anymore. Here is what it had:
3: (Not to be confused with he forthcoming “Original Islam & the Madhhab of Medina” about which there has been some controversy) http://www.amazon.com/Origins-Islamic-Law-Muwatta-Civilization/dp/0700716696/ref=sr_1_3/103-9700934-0225411?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1187389947&sr=1-3
4: I have Dr. Umar’s thesis (800+ pages). If you’re going to ISNA, I’ll bring for you on a thumb drive. Bring your laptop.
8: http://www.seekingilm.com/books/murshid.pdf (bear in mind this is a literal translation, mainly useful as a crutch for the Arab-speaking student. There are also no explanatory notes, such that it remains less than useful as a learning resource.)
10: Sheikh Abdullah’s lectures are in Arabic (obviously) but I have his series on usul al-fiqh translated by Sheikh Hamza. I can lend it to you if:
A- You return it! and
B- You do NOT make a copy.
You might also consider:
– http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MalikiFiqhGroup/ there a number of very knowledgeable persons there, as well as a good collection of files, including translations of the Mukhtasar al-Akhadari and Qadhi ‘Iyad’s ‘Foundations of Islam” as well as several good resources in Arabic.
You should also take a look at (and take!) the course on Maliki Fiqh offered by Sunnipath http://www.sunnipath.com/Academy/Online/Co…lam-maliki.aspx which as a semester long explanation of al-’Asmawiyyah (you’ll also get a copy of Sheikh Ramzy’s unpublished translation of the matn)
History, Development, and Modern Application http://www.sunnipath.com/Academy/Online/Co…slamic-law.aspx
And also their Foundations of Islamic Law
This is probably just me talking, I’ll probably be Hanafi all my life. After all, Imam Abu Hanifah did meet some Sahabas (ra) so that beats the other 3 great mujtahid Imams.