Tributes have been paid to a well-known 'inspirational' man who has died at the age of just 47.

Farid Natha died in his sleep on Friday.

More than a thousands people turned out to pay their respects at his funeral service at Ghosia Mosque.

Mr Natha, who lived in Great Lever, was married with two children.

The finance manager volunteered with local charity The Qamar Trust, which provides aid and support to those in need in more than 20 countries.

Moulana Mohsin, chairman of the Qamar Trust in Great Lever, led tributes to the community spirited figure.

He described Mr Natha as a 'popular figure'.

Mr Mohsin said: "Bolton’s Muslim Community was left in shock following the death of a much loved local figure who inspired so many. Farid passed away peacefully in his sleep but has left behind a lasting legacy.

"A loving, humble and spiritual man, Farid was well known within the local community for special weekly gatherings at his home; which helped to bring young people off the streets and into a safe and helpful environment.

"Numerous locals attested to the positive impact his work had on youngsters and children. His guidance, mentorship and camaraderie inspired many to take on roles contributing to charities and their own local communities."

He added: "As a man of compassion and care, his dedication, devotion and energy had seen him travel to places such as Lebanon and Jordan to deliver help to those suffering from the effects of war and poverty. Friends and family spoke of just how much he cared for the less fortunate and his willingness was never difficult to observe as his efforts brought help to thousands on every trip.

"Of course, his achievements do not stop there. Farid was a key contributor to educational works for children and he spent much of his time helping to collate genuine educational content for British Muslim children whilst working with The Qamar Learning Academy in Bolton. The books now help to educate young Muslims across the UK."

Mr Mohsin said: "Whilst Farid leaves behind a young family and a mass of friends, his memories and his legacy will continue to inspire all those who were fortunate and blessed to know him."