Abdul Sattar Edhi’s most famous quote was “My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world”. He truly proved that humanitarianism was indeed his religion.
Best known as Edhi an ‘Angel of Mercy’ for Pakistan who was also a philanthropist, ascetic who founded the “Edhi Foundation” which runs hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centres, orphanages and manage one of the biggest volunteer ambulance fleet in the world. He laid foundation of his charity work in 1951, which had the slogan ‘live and help live’. Dependent and financed by strictly on donation his organisation become worlds biggest charity organisation run on private donation.
A campaign was run by his supports ‘unsuccessfully’ around the world for Noble peace prize, however he never won. In an interview with the Express Tribune newspaper, Edhi said: “I don’t care about it. The Nobel Prize doesn’t mean anything to me. I want these people, I want humanity. He earned many national and International awards such as the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan’s highest civilian award 1989), Ahmadiyya Muslim peace prize (2010), Lenin Peace Prize (Russia-1988), Wolf of Bhgio Peace Award (Itly – 2005) and numerous other awards.
Although he was born on 28th February 1928 in British India (Bantva, Gujrat present day India) but migrated with his family to Pakistan in 1947. He started his charity work by opening a free dispensary (medical clinic) for poor of Karachi. He started to expand in 1957 when an Asian flue epidemic swept through Karachi. Extra donation allowed him to by his first ambulance the same year. He latter expanded his charity work with the help of his wife Bilquis Edhi. He also helped in various world disasters as well. Due to his services people called him ‘Angel of Mercy’, Father Teresa of Pakistan’, ‘The Richest Poor Man’, ‘Maulan Edhi’ and in Urdu Babey Khidmat’. State Bank of Pakistan announced that 50 rupees commemorative coin will be issue to honor him.
He died last year at the age of 88 in Karachi. By the time of his death on 8th July 2016, Edhi was registered as a parent of guardian of nearly 20,000 children. He was laid to rest in Edhi village in Karachi.
Google honored him on Monday 27/02/2017 with a Google Doodle, which depicts him as elderly man standing on a street with an ambulance, hospital and woman and child.