إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Today I feel heartbroken, unfortunate to lose an idol, A legend, whose motive was to only work for the welfare of the poor within the nation. Today I dedicate this post to the Pakistan’s most beloved humanitarian and Edhi Foundation Chairman Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away at the age of 92 in Karachi on Friday night. He wished to be buried in the same clothes he used to wear. He also wanted to donate his body parts, but only his cornea can be donated as rest of the organs were not in healthy condition, said Faisal Edhi.
Edhi has remained a simple and humble man. To this day, he owns two pairs of clothes, has never taken a salary from his organisation and lives in a small two bedroom apartment over his clinic in Karachi. Mr Edhi, a person full of idealism and hope, opened his first clinic in 1951. “Social welfare was my vocation, I had to free it,” he says in his autobiography, ‘A Mirror To The Blind’.
I can’t even begin to explain the positive impact he has had on Pakistan. Thank you Edhi Sahab for creating maternity wards, morgues, orphanages, shelters and homes for the elderly’ all aimed at helping those who cannot help themselves. Thank you for providing with 1,500 ambulances that are deployed with unusual efficiency to the scene of terrorist attacks that tear through the country with devastating regularity. Thank you for filling a gap left by a lack of welfare state. Thank you for doing something that our government failed to do for it’s people.Thank you for rescuing over 20,000 abandoned infants, rehabilitating over 50,000 orphans and for training over 40,000 nurses. He masterminded Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation almost single-handedly, entirely with private donations.
His last words before he left us;
“Meray mulk k ghareebo ka khiyal rakhna.”
“Take care of the poor from my land.”
It is true that Edhi Sahab is no longer, but his legacy remains! Let’s not have this man’s beautiful legacy end with him.