Qadri was born on 19 February 1951 in Jhang. His father Farid-ud-Din Qadri was an Islamic scholar and his ancestors belonged to the Punjabi Sial family. Qadri's primary education took place at the Sacred Heart School in Jhang, where he learned English and was exposed to Christianity. He formally started his Islamic education under Diya' al-Din al-Madani at the age of 12.
Qadri has also learnt from a number of other classical authorities in Islamic sciences, including Abu al-Barakat Ahmad al-Qadri al-Alwari, Tahir Allauddin al-Qadri al-Gilani and Ahmad Saeed Kazmi.
Qadri studied law at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, where he graduated with an LLB in 1974, gaining a Gold Medal for his academic performances. Following a period of legal practice as an advocate, he taught law at the University of the Punjab from 1978 to 1983 and then gained his PhD in Islamic Law (Punishments in Islam, their Classification and Philosophy) from the same university in 1986 where his supervisors were Bashir Ahmad Siddiqui (‘Ulum al-Islamiyya) and Javaid Iqbal. He was appointed as a professor of law at the University of Punjab, where he taught British, US and Islamic constitutional law.
Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (Urdu: محمد طاہر القادری) (born 19 February 1951) is a Pakistani politician, former law professor and a Sufi scholar. He was a former professor of international constitutional law at the University of the Punjab. Qadri is also the founder and Chairman of Minhaj-ul-Quran International. In March 2012 he was described by CNN-IBN as an ‘International Peace Ambassador’.