Ali Salim Gichunge was born and raised in Kulamawe, Bulapesa ward of Isiolo county.
Born as Ali Salim Gichunge, he renamed himself to Farouk, to conceal his identity.
Ali Salim is son to Ali Gichunge , a KDF sergeant who hails from Isiolo while his mother Salma Gichunge came from Majengo in Nyeri.
Ali Salim went to Hekima Primary School in Isiolo and later joined Kibirichia Boys high school for his O level education. Thereafter, did his KCSE exams at Isiolo Barracks High School in 2011 before going to stay with his grandparents in Majengo slum, Nyeri Town.
Farouk and his Al Shaabab bride Violet Kemunto Omwoyo are said to have married before settling don as a couple and lived in Ruaka, Kiambu county.