Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri is a renowned Islamic scholar who was brought up in the Netherlands and travelled to Pakistan at the age of 15 to study Islamic Law. After completion of his studies from Minhaj-ul-Quran Islamic University he moved to Ireland in 2004 and established the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre (www.islamiccentre.ie ) in Dublin 15.
He is one of the leading Muslim clerics in Europe that promote an inclusive and plural society, and is a firm believer in interfaith and intra faith relations. As a Sunni Muslim scholar, he has attended many Shia Muslim gatherings and events as a speaker and penned the introduction to ”A journey together, A Muslim Christian dialogue resource" (Cois Tine, Ireland).
Shaykh Al-Qadri also lectures regularly in various Irish mosques, Muslim community centres, Colleges and Universities on Islam and contemporary issues. His lectures are aired regularly on various Islamic TV channels across the globe. Currently his lectures are aired weekly on ARY QTV.
Shaykh Al-Qadri promotes integration of Muslims in Ireland and has spoken on many public platforms and stressed the importance of integration of the Muslim community in the West. He has spoken against extremism within Muslims and believes that it is his responsibility as a Muslim to contribute to a peaceful society and to fight against extremism. In January 2004 he launched an anti radicalisation website www.jihad.ie to promote the true concept of Jihad and stop Muslim youth from radicalising.
Shaykh Al-Qadri also represents the Muslim Community of Ireland in various governmental and non-governmental bodies and organisations, including Fingal Ethnic Network, PPN Dublin City Council, New Communities Partnership, Three Faith Forum and the Migrant Family Support Centre.
Shaykh Al-Qadri has also written in the Irish Media on Muslim related affairs and is has been mentioned by the Irish Media on many occasions. IMPIC is the brainchild of Shaykh Al-Qadri.
Shaykh Al-Qadri lives in Dublin with his wife and three children.