Dr.Umar Al-Qadri was brought up in the Netherlands, where he finished secondary school. He then traveled to Pakistan for traditional Islamic and secular education. He completed his Masters in Islamic Studies from the Shariah College of Minhaj International University (Previously known as Jamia Islamia Minhaj-ul-Quran).
Umar Al-Qadri studied various disciplines under Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri covering a wide range of classical texts. These include Sahih al-Bukhari, Sahih al-Muslim, Al-Shifa of Qadi `Iyad and Fawz-ul-Kabiir of Imam Shah Waliullah, especially in the field of spirituality.He is a disciple of Naqeeb ul Ashraf Sheikh Tahir Allauddin Al-Gilani Al-Baghdadi, descendant of Abdul Qadir Al-Gilani.
He moved in 2004 to Ireland and founded Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre Ireland in Dublin. He is a founding member of the Irish Council of Imams. Umar Al-Qadri has traveled around Ireland, the UK and other Western countries to deliver lectures on Islam in Islamic centres, mosques, colleges and universities. His lectures are also shown on Ummah Channel.
Al-Qadri represents the Muslim community of Ireland in various governmental and non-governmental bodies and organisations, including the Fingal Ethnic Network, Fingal County Council, Citizen Information Centre Blanchardstown, TCD Scriptural Reasoning Group and Council of Irish Imams.
Umar Al-Qadri has written on Muslim related affairs in the Irish Times.Umar Al-Qadri was mentioned in the Wikileaks US cables as one of the few Muslim voices calling for integration in Ireland.