How did Sufism get a start? Would appreciate if you can please provide the history on it’s conception, founder, etc.
Tasawwuf is based on the Quran and hadith. The essence of Tasawwuf is consciousness of the presence of Allah and accountability in the court of Allah.
The title "tasawwuf" only began to gain popularity after the year 200 A.H. Those who excelled in abstinence, Ibadah and Ittiba' of sunnah named their way " tasawwwuf" and those who followed this way were called sufi's. (Al Risalah Al- Qushairiyyah)
and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
Mufti Ebrahim Desai