He was born and brought up in Aligarh. He started his profession as a home painter, hence he became "Habib Painter". Once Rais Mirza saw him singing Qawwali, he brought him to Delhi and introduced him as Qawwal.
Habeeb Painter had a good voice as well good command over the language. He died and was buried in Aligarh. Habib Painter is considered as one of the legendary and most inspired artistes ever to have graced the Qawwali platform. Habeeb not only sang qawwalis and about Kaba and sufiana songs. His songs were full of Krishna, satsanga, sidha, yoga, too.
During the war between India and china, Indian artists contributed their voice to inspire the nation. And Habeeb, too, sang for the troops. The then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru honoured him with the title "Bulbul-e-Hind" (Bulbul of India)