The brotherhood is of Shiite deviation and Iranian origin. It
was founded by Shah Nimatullah (1330- 1431) who was born in Aleppo
in Syria and after many wanderings in different areas of Asia he
spent the last part of his life in Mahan in Iran where his tomb is
still an important pilgrimage site.
The spiritual path of the dervishes rests on the perpetual reflection of God, in thought as well as in deeds, dedicated to the service of society and love.
During the ritual of remembrance, as shown here from an area near the borders of Iran and Afghanistan, each member undergoes a lonely path during which he drifts apart from the environment and gradually experiences an unparallel surrender to God.