Imam Malik composed the Muwatta over a period of forty years to represent the well-trodden path of the people of Madina. Its name also means that it is the book that is many times agreed upon about whose contents the people of Madinah were unanimously agreed and that is made easy and facilitated . Its high standing is such that people of every school of fiqh and all of the imams of hadith scholarship agree upon its authenticity. Imam Shafi i said, There is not on the face of the earth & after the Book of Allah a book & which is more sahih than the book of Malik. Shah Wali Allah Dihlawi (1114-1176 AH) said, My breast expanded and I became certain that the Muwatta is the most sahih book to be found on the earth after the Book of Allah.