On 8th July 2016, the world was struck with the passing of the world’s greatest humanitarian, Abdul Sattar Edhi. This loss of life has shaken the entire world, with condolences for the Edhi family and respects for this great man coming from all over the globe. His services to mankind have been unprecedented in human history, a relentless soul with a simple lifestyle and a goal to help the poor and helpless people of Pakistan.
“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”
Edhi – The Face of Welfare
Edhi’s mother instilled a deep sense of love and care for people that transitioned into a decade’s long war against poverty and cruelty against mankind. Founding the Edhi Foundation, Edhi took the resolve to help his fellow human beings by collecting donations and assembled a trust with the general public in receiving donations. Through it, he was successful in providing medical and basic facilities including the 24 hour ambulance service, shelter home, orphanages and several relief operations that belong solely to his credit. For his services, he has achieved many awards and recognitions, mainly the Nishan-e-Imtiaz which is the highest honor given to any civilian in Pakistan. The honor and respect that Abdul Sattar Edhi gained in hearts of millions is definitely his greatest achievement of all.
“Those who believed in changing the world were either hungry by circumstance or practiced deprivation by choice.”
Glowing Tributes on Social Media
Activists, politicians and celebrities weighed on this tragic passing by sharing their grief on social media. Some even shared their heartwarming experiences while others conveyed the respect and adoration they had for a man of such stature.
With legendary Edhi sahib passing away not only Pakistan but the world will mourn the loss of a great human being.May he rest in peace-Ameen
— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) July 8, 2016
Truly saddened to hear of Edhi Sahab’s passing. He was a noble soul & a great Pakistani. He gave the first big donation to SKMT 26 years ago — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 8, 2016
Even Google gave Edhi Sahab a tribute for going beyond his own country to spread his services to the entire world. For that, they highlighted his name as a sign of respect.
“You have to care for all beings created by God…My mission is to help any person in need”
Subh e Nau – Special Tribute to Abdul Sattar Edhi
The TCS sponsored Subh e Nau PTV show highlighted the main part of their latest episode as a showcase of what Edhi accomplished for the people of Pakistan. Nazia Malik invited Dr. Huma and Muhammad Ramzan Chippa to talk about Edhi’s humble personality and his life work which inspired humanitarianism.
Mr. Chippa shared his own personal experience and called Abdul Sattar Edhi as his friend and mentor, saying he was a gift from God.
“People know that I have adopted four principles in living my life: simple living, punctuality, hard work and prudence.”
Edhi – A Truly Inspirational Leader
Ever since his death, the weight on our shoulders from losing such a leader has been heartbreaking. Abdul Sattar Edhi always believed in putting action before words and showed the world how one man can leave such a positive impact. It is high time that we follow in his footsteps and share his principles, adoration and desire to help humanity. We owe it to ourselves to take over his mantle.
R.I.P ABDUL SATTAR EDHI (1928 – Forever)