Dr. Israr Ahmed, the second son of a government servant, was born on April 26, 1932 in Hisar (a district of East Punjab, now a part of Haryana) in India.
He graduated from King Edward Medical College (Lahore) in 1954 and later received his masters in Islamic Studies from the University of Karachi in 1965. As a young student he worked briefly for Muslim Student's Federation in the independence movement for the creation of Pakistan in 1947.
While still a student Dr. Israr Ahmed gained considerable fame and eminence as a Mudarris (or teacher) of the Holy Qur'an. He continued to give Qur'anic lectures in different cities of Pakistan, and especially after 1965 he has, according to his own disclosure, invested the better part of his physical and intellectual abilities in the learning and teaching of Qur'anic wisdom.
Dr. Israr Ahmad gave up his thriving medical practice in 1971 and first appeared on Pakistan Television in 1978 in a program called Al-Kitab; this was followed by other programs, known as Alif Lam Meem, Rasool-e-Kamil, Umm-ul-Kitab and the most popular of all religious programs in the history of Pakistan Television, the Al-Huda, which made him a household name throughout the country.
Although he did not like to receive it personally, Dr. Israr Ahmad was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz in 1981. He has to his credit over 60 Urdu books on topics related to Islam and Pakistan, 9 of which have been translated into English and other languages.
In the context of Qur'anic exegesis and understanding, Dr. Israr Ahmad is a firm traditionalist, yet he presents Qur'anic teachings in a scientific and enlightened way because of his own background in science and medicine.
For the last forty years or so, Dr. Israr Ahmad has been actively engaged not only in reviving the Qur'an-centred Islamic perennial philosophy and world-view but also reforming society in a practical way. He has widely travelled abroad to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and the middle and far east regions and the audio and video tapes of his Qur'anic discourses in Urdu and English languages have circulated in hundreds of thousands throughout the world.
Dr. Israr Ahmed sadly passed away in 2009 after illness. May Allah SWT bless his sole and grant him a place in junnatul firdous. Aameen.