Abdul Sattar Edhi (Personality)

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Abdul Sattar Edhi( 1 January 1928 – 8 July 2016) was a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, ascetic, and humanitarian. He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan and ran the organization for the better part of six decades. He was known as Angel of Mercy and was considered Pakistan's "most respected" and legendary In 2013, The Huffington Post said that he might be "the world's greatest living humanitarian. [1] Summary Summary
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Abdul Sattar Edhi

  • Other names:

    Angel of Mercy,The Richest Poor Man

  • Famous As:

    Social work, Simple lifestyle, Humanitarian,Father Teresa

  • Nationality:


  • Residence:


  • Religion:


  • Profession:

    Social Worker

  • Website:

    Official website https://www.edhi.org/

  • Awards :

    Lenin Peace Prize (1988), Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1989), Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize (2010)

  • Born
  • Date:

    28 February 1928

  • Place:

    Bantva, Bantva Manavadar, Western India States

  • Family
  • Ethnicity:

    Bantva Memon

  • Spouse:

    Bilquis Edhi

  • Children:

    Faisal Edhi, Kutub Edhi,Almas Edhi, Kubra Edhi

  • Parents:

    Abdul Shakoor Edhi (father) Ghurba Edhi (mother)

  • Affiliation(s):

    The Edhi Foundation

  • Died
  • Date:

    8 July 2016

  • Cause of Death:

    Kidney failure

  • Rest Place:

    Edhi Village Karachi

Early Life

Imran khan visited Edhi Centre
Imran khan visited Edhi Centre
Abdul Sattar Edhi was born on 1 January 1928, in Bantva, Bantva Manavadar, Gujarat, in British India into a Memon family. From a young age, he was raised to be benevolent towards the needy and the less privileged. His mother suffered a stroke and became paralyzed when the young boy was 11 and from then on, he devoted a considerable part of his time caring for his mother. This experience imbibed in him sensitivity and empathy for the sick, mentally ill and challenged people. His mother died when he was 19. The partition of India happened in 1947, and, Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan. It was a terrible time marked by widespread violence and devastation with millions killed. While Edhi managed to escape alive, he faced massive struggles in rebuilding his life in Karachi, Pakistan. Aged around 20 at that time. Initially he found work at a wholesale shop, During this time, he became very serious about serving the sick and the needy and set a small mediacal shop where he provided care to needed people. In 1951, he founded the Edhi Foundation in Karachi to provide 24-hour emergency medical assistance to the needy He eventually received a generous donation from a rich businessman which helped him buy his first ambulance. [2] Early life  

Charity Work

While having Lunch with Children
While having Lunch with Children
Edhi resolved to dedicate his life to aiding the poor, and over the next sixty years, he single handedly changed the face of welfare in Pakistan. Edhi founded the Edhi Foundation. Additionally, he established a welfare trust, named the Edhi Trust with an initial sum of a five thousand rupees which was later renamed as Bilqis Edhi Trust. Regarded as a guardian for the poor, Edhi began receiving numerous donations, which allowed him to expand his services. To this day, the Edhi Foundation continues to grow in both size and service, and is currently the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan.  The Edhi Foundation, founded by Edhi, runs the world's largest ambulance service (operating 1,500 of them) and offers 24-hour emergency services. It also operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women's shelters, and rehab centres for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals. Edhi was influenced by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mother Teresa. He was referred as Pakistan's version of Mother Teresa, and the BBC wrote that he was considered "Pakistan's most respected figure and was seen by some as almost a saint." [3] Charity Work  

5 Facts about Abdul Sattar Edhi

The setting up of Edhi Foundation

Edhi Foundation started with a nominal investment of Rupees five thousand only, and with a free medical dispensary that Edhi managed through his savings. Soon with his hard work and dedication hundreds of people came forward and helped. Not all of us have the courage to leave our own good to benefit others.

Health Problems

Abdul Sattar battled with serious health problems, Edhi had an unfortunate kidney failure in 2015 and used to get regular dialysis before he passed away. But still, in such bad health conditions, he used to visit his center every day. His consultant, Dr. Rizvi mentioned once: “Edhi sahib does the work on his own…he visits his center too.”

Faced lot of Problems at Airport

Edhi had a lot of travel problems. For his social work, he used to travel a lot, but it appeared that the officials in the foreign countries did not like him much. He had been detained at Toronto airport for 16 hours, in New York he was interrogated for 8 hours and got his passport and documents seized and the worst case of all, he was once refused entry to Gaza by the authorities. Edhi explained that the only reason for this disrespect was his dress and his beard!

Edhi Foundation operates Internationally Too

Edhi Foundation is not just confined to Pakistan. The organization stems out in the whole world and provides help wherever possible. Edhi Foundation has run relief operations in Africa, Middle East, Europe and even has aided the United States of America during the New Orleans hurricane.

Edhi had a very Simple life

Despite the fact that Abdul Sattar Edhi is the head of a million dollar foundation, he led a very simple life. He never accepted a single penny as salary from EdhFoundationon. He lived in a two bedroom apartment over his clinic, that however was of below average condition. He had two pairs of clothes, that he wore to all business trips, television appearances and during all of his other activities. [4] Facts Facts

Personal Life and Death

With his wife
With his wife
Edhi was married in 1965 to Bilquis, a nurse who worked at the Edhi dispensary. The couple had four children, two daughters and two sons. Edhi was known for his asceticlifestyle, owning only two pairs of clothes, never taking a salary from his organisation and living in an apartment next to his organization's office. On 25 June 2013, Edhi's kidneys failed; it was announced that he would be on dialysis for the rest of his life unless he found a kidney donor. Edhi died on 8 July 2016 at the age of 88 due to kidney failure after having been placed on a ventilator. He was buried in Edhi Village. His last wishes included the request that his organs were to be donated but due to his ill health, only his corneas were suitable. He was given a full state funeral. Reactions to his death came from several high-ranking Pakistani officials. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said "We have lost a great servant of humanity. He was the real manifestation of love for those who were socially vulnerable, impoverished, helpless and poor." The country's head of the army, Raheel Sharif, called him a "true humanitarian." [5] Personal life  

International Awards of Edhi

  1. Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service (1986)
  2. Lenin Peace Prize (1988)
  3. Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International (1993)
  4. Peace Prize from the former USSR, for services during the Armenian earthquake disaster (1998)
  5. Hamdan Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services (2000), UAE
  6. International Balzan Prize (2000) for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy
  7. Peace and Harmony Award (2001), Delhi
  8. Peace Award (2004), Mumbai
  9. Peace Award (2005), Hyderabad Deccan
  10. Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award (2005), Italy
  11. Gandhi Peace Award (2007), Delhi
  12. Peace Award (2008), Seoul
  13. Honorary doctorate from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi (2006).
  14. UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize (2009)
  15. Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize (2010)

National Awards

Honor and Awards
Honor and Awards
  1. Silver Jubilee Shield by College of Physicians and Surgeons (1962–1987)
  2. Moiz ur rehman Award (2015)
  3. The Social Worker of Sub-Continent by Government of Sindh (1989)
  4. Nishan-e-Imtiaz, civil decoration from the Government of Pakistan (1989)
  5. Recognition of meritorious services to oppressed humanity during the 1980's by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan (1989)
  6. Pakistan Civic Award from the Pakistan Civic Society (1992)
  7. Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army (E & C)
  8. Khidmat Award by the Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences
  9. Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society [6] Awards Awards  

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