30 Aug

Abdul Sattar Edhi

Section: Tribute

An irreparable loss By Noorulain Sadiq


July 8, 2016, the world lost a legend like no other today. In this negative society the most positive person is no more (Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon). Abdul Sattar Edhi was a prominent Pakistan philanthropist, social activist, ascetic and humanitarian. He was the founder and the head of “Edhi Foundation” in Pakistan and ran the organization for the better part of six decades.

Abdul Sattar Edhi came from a poor family. Almost illiterate growing up, not able to go to any university, and working as poor factory worker. Edhi migrated to Pakistan with his family. At the age of 20, one year after his beloved mother died, he decided to make a difference in the world. Not having anything to give, he gave his love and service and dedication. In the sticky streets in the heart of Karachi, Edhi, full of idealism and hope, opened his first clinic in 1951. “Social Welfare was my vocation, I had to free it” he said.



Motivated by the spiritual quest for justice, over the years Edhi and his team created maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters and homes for the elderly and the helpless or neglected people of the society. The most prominent symbols of the foundation, 1,500 ambulances, are deployed with unusual efficiency to the scene of terrorist attacks that tear through the country with devastating regularity. He said of his own experiences “I didn’t want to beg to get money to teach my people to be generous on their own.” And that’s exactly what happened. Eventually the money came to him from all places in the world, and all of it he gave back, wrapped in his love and served with dedication.


His simple lifestyle is a manifestation of that sincerity to the day he died, he owned but two garments. Content with just two sets of clothes, he slept in a window-less room of white tiles adjoining the office of his charitable foundation. “He never established a home for his own children,” says his wife Bilquis Edhi who manages the foundation’s home for women and children.


Edhi has been nominated several times for the Nobel Prize, as he totally deserved it.




Honors and Awards:

International Awards

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award for public service (1986)
  • Lenin Peace Prize (1988)
  • Peace Prize from the former USSR, for the services during the Armenian earthquake disaster (1998)
  • Peace and Harmony Award (2001, Delhi)
  • Wolf Of Bhogio Peace Award (2005, Italy)
  • Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize (2010)


National Awards:

  • Silver Jubilee Shield by College Of physicians and Surgeons (1962-1987)
  • Moiz ur Rehman Award (2015)
  • The social Worker of Sub continent by Government of Sindh (1989)
  • Nishan-e-Imtiaz, by the Government of Pakistan (1989)
  • Pakistan Civic Award from the Pakistan Civic Society
  • Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army
  • Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society



We all mourn his death, and pray that Allah (SWT) blesses him and exalts his ranks, we see truly what inspires people to love. What a Giant amongst men and how immense vacuum that he has left for us to attempt to fill! May his soul rest in peace, Ameen.



The Great Philanthropist by Farzeen Khan


An angelic soul
A pious personality
An inspirational human being
A man with a heart of gold


Who devoted his whole life for a great cause
Who believed in only one religion above all; Humanity


The one who selflessly worked with determination, for giving shelter to millions of deprived lives
Wiping tears of those who deserved sympathy
Soothing burning lives with his good deeds
Without any discrimination of cast, color or creed
All his life he never stepped back from standing firm, for embracing all those in need


From a small dispensary to the worldwide recognized human welfare foundation
He dedicated his journey of life for a significant mission, which saved countless precious lives
He is the one who truly gave meaning to what a living inspiration could be
His acts, his words, the aims he had for comforting the devastated
Every part of his life history was sincerely devoted for helping the wretched beings


A man who lived with a vision to serve humanity
Who reminded us that love and care are the two beautiful emotions, with which we really have the power to make the world a better place
Who proved that a sincere effort made with determination to continue, would always find its way to glory
Who showed the world, that just one man taking initiative for a good cause can change what needs our attention


A man who is no more among us today
But he has left behind such a legacy, that we’ll never forget who he was and what he gave us


The great philanthropist
An inspirational humanitarian
A legend; Abdul Sattar Edhi


A true Hero, who will be remembered for centuries!

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