He was born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1942 from parents whose ancestors had migrated as indentured laborer from India. He is a graduate of the Aleemiyah Institute in Karachi and has studied at several institutions of higher learning including the University of Karachi,the University of the West Indies, Al Azhar University and the Graduate Institute of International Relations in Switzerland.
He worked for several years as a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago but gave up his job in 1985 to devote his life to the mission of Islam.
He lived in New York for ten years during which time he served as the Director of Islamic Studies for the Joint Committee of Muslim Organizations of Greater New York. He lectured on Islam in several American and Canadian universities, colleges, churches, synagogues, prisons, community halls, etc. He also participated in many inter-faith dialogues with Christian and Jewish scholars while representing Islam in USA. He was the Imam, for sometime, at Masjid Dar al-Qur’an in Long Island, New York. He also led the weekly Juma’ah prayers and delivered the sermon at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan once a month for ten years continuously.
He is a former Principal of the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in Karachi, Pakistan, Director of Research of the World Muslim Congress in Karachi, Pakistan, Director of the Islamic Institute for Education and Research in Miami, Florida, and Director of D’awah for Tanzeem-e-Islami of North America.
He has traveled continuously and extensively around the world on Islamic lecture-tours since graduating from the Aleemiyah Institute of Islamic Studies in 1971 at age 29. And he has also written more than a dozen books on Islam that have invariably been received with public respect. Indeed, ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an – An Islamic View of the Destiny of Jerusalem’ has become a best seller and has been translated and published in several languages.
Prof. Dr. Malik Badri, Dean of the International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, wrote the Foreword to that book and this is what he had to say:
Finally, I am amazed by Imran’s style of writing. Though Jerusalem in the Qur’an, is a meticulously written thesis combining religious and historical documents with recent political events and penetrating interpretations from the Qur’an and Hadith, it runs like a story. Once you begin reading it, it is hard to stop. This is the general quality of a novel. The person would read it once and throw the book away – but not that of a serious thought-provoking dissertation like the book that Brother Shaikh Imran published. It is a reference that one needs to keep and reread whenever the subject is to be researched. I believe that this eloquence of the Shaikh must be the result of a natural gift that has interacted with his indefatigable work as a preacher and da’iyah and the Divine Blessings for his sincerity.” [‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’, Masjid Dar al-Qur’an, Long Island, New York. 2002. p. xvi]
Prof. Dr. Abul Fadl Mohsin Ebrahim, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Durban in South Africa, has this to say about the book:
‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ makes its debut at a crucial time when the morale of the Muslims … is at its lowest. The blatant incessant Israeli incursions in the Holy Land go unabated, and Muslims are echoing the very words that their fellow brethren called out unto their Lord when they were being persecuted at the hands of the kuffar of Makkah: “When will the help of Allah come?” Shaikh Imran’s insight into the events that are unfolding in the world today is a source of inspiration for Muslims for he convincingly argues from his scholarly interpretations of the Divine Writ (i.e., the Holy Qur’an) and the Ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (sallalahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that the help of Allah (subhanahu wa ta’alah) is at hand, that the Holy Land will be liberated, and that Islam will re-emerge as the `Ruling State’ in the world. The reader will be enthralled by the author’s grasp on world politics. ‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’ comes as a ray of sunshine for Muslims and is an eye-opener for the so-called ‘People of the Book’. [‘Jerusalem in the Qur’an’, Masjid Dar al-Qur’an, Long Island, New York. 2002. back cover]