Asif Hussain Farooqui
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Born into a middle-class family in 1947 in Lahore in Pakistan, he enjoyed liberal musical gatherings at prestigious places, before he moved to the United Kingdom at a young age. Farooqui is part of a Naqshbandi school of Sufism, taking a hardline approach inspired by close links to Saudi Arabia.
Whilst orthodox in nature, Farooqui emphasises Zikr as a peaceful way to contemplate. Engagement with current affairs has traditionally been limited and his mosque in a former warehouse give no response to the creation of new far-right groups such as the English Defence League, though visits have been made by the Burnage MP John Leech (politician) and congregation members now include elected officials from the Labour Party.