From Wikipedia:

According to classical Sunni tradition, the Prophet Muhammad foretold the birth of Malik, saying:

"Very soon will people beat the flanks of camels in search of knowledge and they shall find no one more expert than the knowledgable scholar of Medina," and, in another tradition, "The people ... shall set forth from East and West without finding a sage other than the sage of the people in Medina."

The wikipedia page of Malik ibn Anas stated that according to Sunni tradition, the Prophet foretold the birth of Malik.

Is it true and if it is true, is the Maliki madhab the correct madhab?

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There's a statement of ibn Taymiyah that the madhab of the people of Medina is the closest to truth (Is this really objective?) - See for example fatwa islamqa #200879 in Arabic. But this doesn't mean the madhab of Malik explicitly. As a-Shafi'i already showed that Malik didn't follow the opinion of the majority of scholars of Medina in several issues and cases.

BTW there are similar ahadith foreseeing Imam abu Hanifa (As-Suyuti quoted some ahadith), and i guess also for a-Shafi'i and Ahamd. These ahadith are rather dai'f. The strongest hadith about Malik (or more exactly a knowledgable scholar from Medina) however appears in Jami' at-Tirmidhi where different Interpretations about whom is meant by the statement are also quoted.

I hope to elaborate later, feel free to ask.

See also this pro-Maliki post.
And Can a person take individual opinions from any of the four schools or is it mandatory to follow only one throughout your life?

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    Can you add the source of the hadith I mentioned? May 7, 2017 at 20:04
  • The website you mentioned sunnah.com states that the hadith is da'if whereas I found this: "Narrated by Abu Hurayrah by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi who said it is hasan -- in some manuscripts hasan sahih -- al-Hakim (1:90-91) with three chains, declaring it sahih by Muslim's criterion, al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan al-Kubra (1:386), etc." (Gibril F. Haddad, The Four Imams and Their Schools [London: Muslim Academic Trust, 2007], p. 121, note 271). So which is it da'if, hasan or sahih? May 7, 2017 at 20:52
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    @Armaan "dai'f" is the classification made by the "editor" of Darussalam not of at-Tirmidhi whom qualified it as حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ (Hadith hassan).
    – Medi1Saif
    May 7, 2017 at 21:06

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