Lit. ‘one who seeks’. Sufi tariqas developed around the relationship between the murids and a spiritual master (called murshid, pir, shaykh or qutb). The first Nizari Imams after the Mongols’ conquest of Alamut lived as clandestine Sufi masters, while their followers adopted the designation of murids, which is still in use today. principality was founded in around 958.