Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (M.T.O.) Shahmaghsoudi, School of Islamic Sufism®, is an international non-profit organization with centers spanning five continents, including more than 500,000 students worldwide. Shahmaghsoudi School of Sufism® dates back 1400 years to the time of Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), and Amir-al Mo’menin Ali (the first Imam of the Shi’a). The founder of the M.T.O. School® is Hazrat Oveys Gharani, who lived at the time of the Holy Prophet, and whose way of inward cognition was approved by the prophet of Islam.
The inspired and revealed spiritual knowledge has been passed down from the time of Hazrat Oveys to Hazrat Salaheddin Ali Nader Angha, the master of the school, through an unbroken succession of Masters who are well known by historians and scholars. Theses Sufi Masters have taught students not to be followers, but to be masters of their own lives through self-knowledge.
The name Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi® (M.T.O. ®) literally means “School of the Path of Oveys.” Hazrat Oveys Gharani taught that the true way to God was to search inwardly, to recognize our true Self in the depth of our being, in our heart. The second part of the name of the school, Shahmaghsoudi, refers to the forty-first master of the Oveyssi School, Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha. Through Hazrat Shah Maghsoud and his immense knowledge in Sufism and other sciences, the message of Sufism was, for the first time, opened to a larger audience-a blessing for all who seek self-cognition.
In the past, Sufism was an esoteric science and its instructions were not available to all. In earlier times, much self-discipline had to be demonstrated by the few who attained this reality, for they had to prove they were a worthy student before receiving any instructions. However, beginning in 1950, Hazrat Shah Maghsoud Sadegh Angha opened the gates of the M.T.O. Sufi Center® (khaneghahs), and welcomed all sincere seekers.