“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”, Abdul Sattar Edhi A Life Devoted To Serving Others.
If there were a scale to measure how much dedication and respect a person has received in whole Pakistan, Abdul Sattar Edhi would be at the very top.
Edhi was a man who led a life that was simple yet elegant. He was a man who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of thousands of men, women, and children while sacrificing his own health and well-being without complaint A Life Devoted To Serving Others.
Edhi was born in 1928 in the Indian state of Gujarat. His mother became paralyzed when he was 11 years old and then suffered mental illness, so he was forced to become a full-time caretaker at a young age. His mother died when he was 19, and it made him think about the millions of other people who had long-term health issues and no one to look after them. He founded the Edhi Trust, a welfare center with a maternity home and an emergency ambulance service, after moving to Karachi, Pakistan, with his family.
“Free shrouding and burying of unclaimed deceased bodies, housing for the destitute, orphans, and handicapped people, free clinics and pharmacies, rehabilitation of drug users, free wheelchairs, crutches, and other handicapped schemes, family planning counselling and fertility services, national and international aid projects for the victimized” are some of the other facilities spearheaded by Edhi.
There are also small beds outside the premises in Edhi Centers in whole Pakistan with a notification that “please don’t dump babies, leave them here.”
Edhi’s humanitarianism has no religious connotation in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He never inquired about the religion, ideology, or faith of those he had to handle and console, nor did he care about their skin color, financial situation, or other relevant facts. Serving humanity was a duty for him, a responsibility bestowed upon him by none other than God himself A Life Devoted To Serving Others.
“Serving Humanity in the Spirit of All Religions” is the motto of the Edhi Foundation. Right-wing Islamic clerics have criticized him for assisting non-Muslims; when asked why he transports Hindu and Christian dead bodies, he replied, “Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you.” “My faith in humanity,” he is believed to have said. Such secular humanitarian practice is exemplary and necessary in a world where religious minorities have been targeted by radical extremists, especially in the last decade.
Edhi was the world’s most humble humanitarian and the founder of the Edhi Welfare Organization, the world’s largest charity.
At a time when older men usually choose to lie in bed all day, read the paper, often chat with their grandchildren, have food and medicine on time, Abdul Sattar Edhi himself made frequent public appearances to ask for donations from his organization – an attempt to ask us:
‘If an old man like me is at his toes at this stage of life to make sure somebody else would be at peace, what’s your excuse of putting public service behind your back?’
Abdul Sattar Edhi, a true gem of a human, may no longer be with us, but his work may serve as an example for us all to work together for the prosperity of our feeble, afflicted, and grief-stricken community. Edhi has taught us that faith, caste, color, and creed are irrelevant when saving a person’s life. Let us put our differences aside and work together to ensure that future generations have a better future.