Shah Shahidullah Faridi (John Gilbert Lennard) (1915–1978) was a British Muslim Convert, born to a Christian family.
He embraced Islam after reading “Kashf al-Mahjub” (The Unveiling of the Veiled), the classical treatise on Sufism written by Imam al-Hujwiri. Though having been born and raised in a wealthy English family, he left his home in search of a Sufi Master. In India, he eventually met the Chishti Sabri Saint, Syed Muhammad Zauqi Shah and pledged allegiance to him.
At forty years of age, the responsibilities of spiritual succession were entrusted to him. He lived in Karachi for about thirty years until his passing on Ramadan 17th of 1978.
Link to a talk by Shaykh Abdal-Hakim Murad on the life of Shah Shahdullah Faridi – https://bit.ly/3iGONlF