The sanctity of the message of Islam and the tradition of the Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) were kept intact through an unbroken chain of transmission by the great masters of Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi®.
According to Hujwiri, Attar Niyshabpouri and Sheikh Mohammad Ghader Bagheri, the first recipient of Holy Prophet Mohammad’s (peace be upon him) Cloak was Oveys Gharani. While Oveys Gharani never actually visited or set eyes on his spiritual teacher, Hazrat Mohammad (peace be upon him), he knew him in his heart. This method of heart to heart cognition is the kind of spiritual relationship that should exist between the seeker and the spiritual teacher. The spiritual teacher or Sufi Master, known as the “Pir”, meaning the “Light of the Path,” illuminates the darkness to help seekers to find the way to their true Self.
At times the Prophet would say of Hazrat Oveys , “I feel the breath of the Merciful, coming to me from Yemen.” In so doing, the Prophet confirmed the method of heart to heart communication through which Hazrat Oveys had received the essence of Islam.
In the famous book of poetry, Masnavi, by Jalaleddin Rumi, we find the following statement by the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) about Oveys Gharani:
The Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) says that the breeze brings O’men!
The divine perfume from Yemen.
The scent of Ramin comes from Veys
The fragrance of God from Oveys.
Oveys’ heavenly perfume from God,
Overjoyed the heart of the Prophet of God.
Forsaking his mortal being willingly
That earthly (Oveys) become heavenly (716)
Oveys Gharani says, “Keep watch over thy heart,” in Arabic, alayka bi-ghalbik. _____________________________________________________________________
Hujwiri , Kashf al-Mahjub. Tehran, Mi Kabir Publication, 1957. Print.
Attar, Sheikh Farid al-din, Tazkeret al-Ulia. Tehran:Amir Kabir Publications, 1964. Print.
Baghiri, Sheikh Mohammaad Ghadeer, Aghtab Oveyssi, Tehran: Amin Pubications, 1973. Print.
Rumi, Jalaledin. Masnavi. Tehran: Sepehr Publications. 1925. Print.