Mir was born in Agra, India (then called Akbarabad and ruled by the Mughals) in August or February 1723. His grandfather migrated from Hejaz to Hyderabad State, then to Akbarabad. His philosophy of life was formed primarily by his father, a religious man with a large following, whose emphasis on the importance of love and the value of compassion remained with Mir throughout his life and imbued his poetry. Mir’s father died while the poet was in his teens. He left Agra for Delhi a few years after his father’s death, to finish his education and also to find patrons who offered him financial support (Mir’s many patrons and his relationship with them have been described by his translator C. M. Naim).