Born in Qadiyan, Punjab, India.
Abandoned Qadiyanism and embraced Islam at the hands of Maulana Ilyas Kandhelvi RA and Sayyad Ataullah Shah Bukhari RA, in the presence of Shaykhul Hadeeth Maulana Zakariyya Kandhelvi RA.
First Sunni Imam of Qadiyani Woking Mosque in the UK, built by Shah Jahan Begum of Bhopal, India.
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Woking Mosque was built by Nawab Begum of Bhopal in the later part of the last century. It had been taken over by Qadianis in 1920s. When brother Masri arrived in England, they appointed him as its Imam in 1964, thinking that he is still a Qadiani. Thus, after decades of Qadiani rule, he was the First Sunni Muslim to be appointed as the Imam of Shah Jehan Mosque, which at that time was the European Center for Islam. On his retirement in 1968, he handed over the mosque to Muslims and spent about 3 years touring more than 40 mainly muslim countries in order to gain deeper knowledge of Islamic culture. He was well known in the UK for his lectures, radio and TV broadcasts and published articles as an authority on the wider aspects of Islam. His written work includes Islamic Concern for Animals and Animals in Islam. Prior to his death in 1993 at the age of 79, Al-Hafiz Masri had launched an association IMAAN - International Muslim Association for Animals & Nature. His funeral prayers were offered in the same Woking Mosque in London.