Imam Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (d. 389 AH)
Imam Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (d. 389H) was a leading Imam and an Islamic scholar from North Africa. He was an exegete and a jurist and was known as the ‘little Malik’ because of his vast knowledge and expertise in the Maliki school of fiqh. He authored over thirty works on various Islamic disciplines. Imam al-Dhahabi said of him, ‘He, may Allah have mercy on him, was upon the way of the pious predecessors concerning the fundamentals of Islam.’ He was very pious, deeply religious and steadfast in his adherence to the Sunnah.