“Imam” Waqidi claimed: Imam Maalik alone, transcribed 100,000 Ahadith. He learned from 900 teachers and by age 17 he was able to teach classes of Hadith.
When the authenticity of MUWATTA (title of his compilation) was questioned, he suggested throwing it in water; if the water did not damage the writing, then that was to be taken as proof of its accuracy.
Imam Maalik’s followers claim that indeed Muwatta was immersed in water and it remained unscathed. How much more gullible could one get?!
(In fact, this frank forgery needs no comment. – Sheikh Abdul Muhsin bin Mullah Ali Al-Qari, “Musaffa”, Shah Waliullah’s commentary on Muwatta - Dou Islam by Dr. Ghulam Jeelani Burq)