Faisal is a student in the MA Newspaper Journalism programme at City University, London and has a Masters qualification in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Previously, he received a BA (hons) in History at the University of Leicester, and has worked as an associate researcher for Datamonitor in Manchester.

He has also been published on the Guardian's online comment section and has his own blog.

Interests include the classical Islamic tradition, Pakistan cricket and old Bollywood music; Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar all the way.