Habib wali Mohammad on 4 september 2014 died. He was 90. He was residing in Los Angeles at the time of his death.
He was best known for his film ghazal Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo that catapulted him to widespread recognition.
Habib Wali received classical music lessons from Ustad Latafath Husain, nephew of Ustad Fayyaz Khan.
In college, he became active in the musical functions of Ismail Yusuf College gaining the nickname Taan sain. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Bombay.
In 1941, Habib Wali was awarded first prize in a Bombay music competition with 1200 contestants, including the singer Mukesh Chand Muthur. His winning performance was singing the ghazal of the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, Lagta Nahin Hai Jee Mera Ujray Diyar Mein.
After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, his family migrated to Pakistan.