Abu Muhammad 'Abdullah, a Maliki faqih known as "Shaykh al-Faqih" and "little
Malik". He was the head of the Maliki school in Qayrawan. He wrote ar-Risala
and an-Nawadir and several other books.
Ash-Shirazi said, "He(al-Qayrawani) was known as 'little Malik'. Abu'l-Hasan al-Qabisi
mentioned him and said that he was a reliable imam in his perception and
transmission. Abu'l-Hasan 'Ali ibn 'Abdullah al-Qattan said, 'I did not imitate Abu
Muhammad ibn Abi Zayd until I saw as-Saba'i imitated him.'"