history of the Uwaiysi Path goes back to the legendary figure,
who lived during the time of the Prophet Mohammed (swa). Uwaiys
did not see the prophet but nonetheless became one of his outstanding
followers and students. His way of understanding - receiving inspiration
and teaching from a physically absent teacher - became a way known
as Uwaiysi Mashrab, the way of Uwaiys.
to historians, no one knows how the Uwaiysi tarighat developed.
Some related themselves to Uwaiys yet it is not clear how a tarighat
developed through Uwaiys, as he was in the state of ecstasy and
annihilated in the Divine, and there is no evidence that he permitted
any one to guide people after his death.
read in the history of Islam that Uwaiysi Sufis did not establish
a regular tarighat, in the traditional sense, since their affiliation
with the teacher is not through the usual transmission of a chain.
It is based on the guidance from the invisible teacher rather
than a physical human teacher.
the Memorial of the Friends, a biography of Uwaiys, it
is a whole class of people called the Uwaysis. They do not need
an 'elder,' because they acquire their instruction from Muhammad
(From Julian Baldick's Imaginary Muslims: The Uwaysi Sufis
of Central Asia, 1993).
present, Uwaiysi Sufis live around the world, from the boarders
of Bangladesh to South Russia, Europe and the United States. Many
do not have a physical elder and have remained close to the spirit
of the Uwaiysi mashrab, seeking guidance from the heart of the
the well known practices for the Uwaiysis Sufis is being watchful
over the heart, as it was said by the Uwaiys himself: your heart
will return to you.
the Uwaiysi Tariqat covers many lands and nations including China,
Southern Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle East.
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