The respect Imām Mālik رحمه الله had for Hadeeth
Lived from: 93 AH (711) to 179 AH (796)
Imam Mālik رحمه الله who is also known as Imām Dār al-Hijrah (the imām of Madīnah) is a great imam of fiqh and Hadeeth. He studied under 900 scholars, 300 of whom were Tābi‛īn!
He had an amazing level of respect for the Ahadeeth of Rasoolullah ﷺ as it can be understood from the following account given by ‛Abdullāh ibn Mubārak رحمه الله.
He says that one day Imām Mālik رحمه الله started delivering his Hadīth lesson when suddenly during the lesson, his facial expression changed several times. But he neither stopped the lesson nor was there any change in his teaching style.
When he completed the lesson, I went to him and asked him if he was okay. He replied saying during the lesson, a scorpion bit him approximately sixteen times. But he took the pain and carried on teaching. He explained that this action was not to show off his patience, bravery and fortitude. Rather, it was only out of respect for the Hadīth of Rasūlullāh ﷺ!