Rabīʿah b. ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān

Rabīʿah b. ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān, or Rabīʿah b. Abī ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān.
Famous scholar of Medinah and a senior mufti there, from the generation of the Tābʿīn. Narrated from some of the Companions. One of the teachers of Imām Mālik. Known famously as Rabīʿah Al-Raʾī. Died 136 AH.

The Sunnah vs. What People Do

It is reported that:

ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Ḥasan used to often sit with Rabīʿah. One day they were revising and studying various practices from the Sunnah when a man in the gathering said, “[But] this is not what is practiced [by the people].” ʿAbdullah said, “So if the ignorant become so numerous that they become the rulers and judges, will they then be a proof over the Sunnah?” Rabīʿah said, “I bear witness that these are the words of the sons of the Prophets.”

Al-Khaṭīb Al-Baghdādī, Al-Faqīh wa Al-Mutafaqqiharticle 384.

Fathers for the Ummah

It is reported that Imām Mālik said:

I heard Rabīʿah b. ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān say, “The people under the care of their scholars are like children in the laps of their fathers.”

Ibn Baṭṭah, Al-Ibānah Al-Kubrā ḥadīth 40.