Habib Wali Muhammad passes away at 90

Published: September 4, 2014
A screengrab showing Habib Wali Muhammad.

A screengrab showing Habib Wali Muhammad.

KARACHI: Famed singer Habib Wali Muhammad passed away on Thursday at the age of 90, after being treated for his illness in Los Angeles for the past few days, Express News reported. 

Born in 1921 in Rangoon – present day Myanmar, Habib’s family later moved to Mumbai. Though he belonged to an industrialist family, he always showed keen interest in music. He also won a singing competition in Mumbai which had more than 1,200 participants. His family later moved to Pakistan in 1947.

Habib was trained by Ustad Latafat Ali Khan in formal singing and rose to fame after the release of his song “Lagta nahi hai dil mera” which was a poem of Bahadur Shah Zafar. Other famous songs of Habib include “Kab mera nasheman ahl-e-chaman” and “Gulshan mein gawara karte hain”.

He also sang numerous patriotic songs as well as a few tunes for the film industry.

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  • Proud to be Muslim
    Sep 4, 2014 - 2:46PM

    INNA LILLAHI WA INNA ILEHI RAJYOON. May his soul rest in peace.


  • Fatima
    Sep 4, 2014 - 2:50PM

    Inna lilahiwainna alaiherajioun!


  • ali
    Sep 4, 2014 - 2:53PM

    As a kid remember watching my late father listening to him. :-(


  • Stranger
    Sep 4, 2014 - 4:04PM

    Who can forget his voice on Nadeem while serenading Shabnum -Aaj jane ki zid na karo. Mashallah . what a love lorn song enriched by doleful expressions .


  • Bano
    Sep 4, 2014 - 4:13PM

    May Allah have mercy on his soul and our souls when we will depart. Ameen


  • Waseem Sarwar
    Sep 4, 2014 - 4:43PM

    RIP sir. Loved all your ghazals.


  • UJ
    Sep 4, 2014 - 5:08PM

    We use to see these faces only when they passed away..otherwise Pakistani media and channels dont have audacity to give airtime to our legends


  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 4, 2014 - 7:27PM

    RIP Habib Muhammad, you will always be loved by us.


  • Sep 4, 2014 - 8:45PM

    RIP. However, “Kab mera nasheman ahl-e-chaman” and “Gulshan mein gawara karte hain” are two parts of the same misra from the same ghazal. Another famous ghazal of his, for instance, would be “Aaj jane ki zidd na karo.”


  • MJ
    Sep 4, 2014 - 9:13PM

    My aunt was his neighbor some 30 years ago. As a kid I met him and his son many times when visiting my aunt. He was a perfect gentleman and a very humble person. RIP.


  • zafar karimi
    Sep 5, 2014 - 2:13AM

    May his soul rest in peace – Ameen.


  • Poor Indian
    Sep 5, 2014 - 4:51PM

    Habib sahib – among the very best singers of the sub-continent and my special favourite. On my only trip to Karachi, my shopping comprised only Habib sahib’s songs. Surprisingly, music shops in Clifton had music of Indian singers but nothing from this maestro.Eventually found my way to Sadar Bazar and bought all the CDs available at the shop.

    RIP Habib Wali Muhammad. There will never be another like you.


  • Manoj Jha
    Sep 16, 2014 - 4:59PM

    I think one of the finest voices from the Subcontinent… Habib Sahib was so much part of many of us in our generation. But, he shall remain with us forever.


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