They also visited the Minhaj University, where they learned about the activities of Minhaj-ul-Qu’ran in promoting peace and tolerance through the spreading of Sufi teaching and engagement in interfaith dialogue. A constructive discussion with the teachers and students underlined that the voices of moderate Islam had to be as organised and motivated as those of extremism.

Shahid Mursaleen, spokesman for ­Minhaj-ul-Quran, a mosque and Muslim community association in east London, praised Foster's team for the way they have reached out to local people. "In his Friday sermons, our imam has included information about hepatitis and has encouraged people to get tested," ­Mursaleen says. "He says that if people are in good physical health they will reap the spiritual benefits. Some of the people who tested positive have been treated and are well now. It is our duty to work with the NHS on this."

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