In a day and age when the word ‘Hero’ is thrown around with such relentless ease, few deserve the tag more than Abdul Sattar Edhi. Dressed in the most humbles of ways Edhi became the face of the needy. He fed the poor and buried the dead and his compassion knew no boundaries.
The task couldn’t have been easy and the path he chose wasn’t without problems but then his was an ideology of humanitarianism, an idea that he so firmly believed in. He believed in one thing that could bring people together and that was humanity. He harboured in him the very vision of our country built in the name of Islam but nevertheless working for all people irrespective of their race and religion. He never discriminated anyone on that basis and this saint in him inspired so many people.
Walking penniless in the streets of Karachi working to raise money to buy an ambulance and eventually collects enough to buy a van in which who knew he would set out on countless lifesaving missions. Such was this man’s determination. He worked hard and slowly set up centres all over the country and expanded his network. He built orphanages and hostels for the abandoned women. He had very little resources to work with but he held on to this noble cause of becoming a support to the underprivileged section of the society. Edhi touched so many lives in a way that transformed their lives and gave them hope that beyond the darkness they couldn’t see a bright day awaited them ready to embrace them. Not only did he help and support the needy but he raised voice against the corrupt politicians too which according to him were betraying their country and he felt they had kept the poor people’s lives captive. He told them that a day will come when they would all rise against this system.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was critical of the mullahs too because of their divisive teachings which according to him were not reflective of the true essence of Islam.
His steadfastness and courage were exemplary, be it the 2005 earthquake or any other tragedy he was there earlier than most people helping and providing the effected people with tents and health facilities. One could only admire his dedication and devotion to lifting people of their miseries and gave them hope of something better. He was so invested and inclusive in other’s happiness that you almost envied the human in him sometimes and the generosity that he demonstrated. The love and purity he shared with thousands on a daily basis gave him the satisfaction no award could. He received it every day.
This man and his greatness had no boundaries and each moment of his was a struggle, a constant war for humanity. He deserved a lot more recognition that he got and the world in general and Pakistan in particular would be grateful to his remarkable humanitarian services to which he sacrificed his whole life. May his soul rest in peace and his amazing work continue to provide welfare to the underprivileged section of our society? The only human we knew with a Heart.