Owais ibn ʻAmir ibn Harb al-Qarni, was a Muslim from South Arabia who lived during the lifetime of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. His burial place is in Salalah, Oman. His memorial shrine is in al-Raqqah, Syria. It was destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in 2013.
Uwais’ father, ʻAmir, was a strong believer in Islam. He died when Uwais was young.
Martyrdom in the Battle of Siffin
In 657 CE, Uwais fought on the side of ʻAli against Muʻawiyah ibn Abu Sufyan in the Battle of Siffeen. As reported by Ibn Battuta, Uwais was killed in this battle.
The main mausoleum and shrine of Uwais Qarni is at Raqqa, Syria in the Ammar Ibn Yasir Mosque. On March 11, 2013 the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant bombed and heavily damaged the mosque of Uwais and ʻAmmar ibn Yasir located in Raqqa.
Uwais also has a shrine in Mosul, Iraq but it was also destroyed in 2014.
Purported tombs are also revered in Pakistan and Oman.
The Uwaisi form of Islamic mysticism was named after Uwais, as it refers to the transmission of spiritual knowledge between two individuals without the need for physical interaction between them.