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Rafiq was born in 1931 in the North-West Frontier ProvInce of Pakistan.
Rafiq is the author of 12 books on Islam and Contemporary Religion written both in English and Urdu. He was editor of two English magazines, The Review of Religions and The Muslim Herald. He was also on the Editorial Board of the Islamic Magazine Al Furqan, published from Pakistan.
Rafiq died on 11 October 2016.