Baqiyya ibn al-Walid said that al-Awza’i said: “O Baqiyya! Do not mention any of your Prophet’s Companions except kindly. O Baqiyya! Knowledge (al-‘ilm) is whatever came to us from the Companions of Muhammad . Whatever did not come to us from them, is not knowledge.”
Imam Malik — Allah be well-pleased with him — founded his school on the principle of imitation of the scholars of Madina the Resplendent because he considered that they were the closest of all people on earth to accurately represent the practice of the Prophet and his Companions. The Muwatta’ therefore abounds with the remark: “This what I have seen the knowledgeable people of Madina do.”
Sayyiduna Abdullah bin Salam (r) has stated: When the rebels had laid siege to the sanctified house of `Uthman ibn `Affan (r) even a single drop of water was not allowed to supply his blessed home. Sayyiduna `Uthman Al-Ghani would feel restless due to severe thirst. He was observing fast during the day and I went to see him. He looked at me and said, “O! `Abdullah bin Salam, I beheld the Noble Prophet ﷺ through this skylight.