MALĪĀ, BHĀĪ, along with Bhāī Sahārū, accepted the Sikh faith at the hands of Gurū Amar Dās. Both were tailors by profession and belonged to the village of ḍallā, in present-day Kapūrthalā district of the Punjab. According to Bhāī Mānī Siṅgh, Sikhāṅ dī Bhagat Mālā, as Gurū Amar Dās once arrived at ḍallā and the Sikhs came out in small groups to offer obeisance, he gave them advice appropriate to their calling. To Malīā and Sahārū he said, "Mend the torn garments of the Sikhs and wash them if they be soiled. By serving them thus, you will be cleansing them and earning the pleasure of the Gurū”.