Who was Edhi? Every single person on this planet is precious in their own way. We all have a right to be equally happy and live a contented life with least possible difficulties and miseries. Unfortunately, for everyone, it is not possible to live a life completely free of sorrow or troubles. As it is a part of life that cannot be denied at all. Despite of that, life does go on and we all get through it no matter what.
There are so many people in this world that go on through life neglecting others’ miseries and troubles. These people are as indifferent and apathetic as possible, ignoring the sorrows and difficulties of others. They simply turn away instead of helping others even if they have the resources and ability to do so. And then there are people who will go to every extent to help fellow human beings. They go out of their way to make ways clearer and days brighter for others. Such people, though rare to find, somehow rise above everyone else. And despite of their humbleness and modesty, are known in the world for their kind hearts and blessed souls.
Abdul Sattar Edhi was one of such people and a pride of Pakistan. It is not possible to be talking about kindness and humanity and not mention Edhi’s name. Because he is one of the biggest examples of goodwill and kindliness in Pakistan and the world. He is known as Angel of Mercy and is Pakistan’s most respected and legendary figure. He was declared the “the world’s greatest living humanitarian” by the Huffington Post in 2013. The Edhi Foundation founded by him runs hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centers, and orphanages across Pakistan and has helped uncountable people over his lifetime and is continuing to do so in his name. Everything he said, had such a great impact on everyone; that was his importance; that was the height of his reputation.
Following are some of his famous quotations that show what a powerful and great personality he possessed and a heart of gold.
“People have become educated, but have yet to become human.”
Right on point, isn’t it? Despite of having years and years of education and professional experiences, many people have a hard time even uttering a kind word to a person in distress. Has education taught us nothing but to work just to earn money? Edhi did see it. People have become emotionless robots with no regard to other people’s lives and feelings.
“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”
Simple, yet the impact of it is inordinate. Every religion in the world has indeed taught humanity, kindness and goodwill. Humanity doesn’t see race, caste, religion, or creed; it just teaches to be good and kind to everyone despite of all the differences which is also the foremost teaching of Islam. This leads to another one of Edhi‘s quotes i.e. “So, many years later there were many who still complained and questioned, ‘Why must you pick up Christians and Hindus in your ambulance?’ And I was saying, ‘Because the ambulance is more Muslim than you’.”
Edhi said, “One time there was a student at Punjab University in Lahore who came down with cancer and his friend came to me for help. I stood outside on the street in Lahore and asked the people in that city for help. Within four or five hours, I received more than 40 million rupees.”
This shows the power of humanity in Pakistan. In today’s cruel world, there are still many who jump on the first opportunity of helping one’s in need. It does make us feel proud to be Pakistanis.
“Chasing after desires creates inner turmoil. When the devil becomes guide, dacoits and gangsters are manufactured. He makes men fight against their souls to survive expensive items and most lose everything in the face of his strength. The internal enemy can only be overcome by a personal revolution.”
Control over your inner desires is the most important thing. The greed of these worldly desires has led many to darkness and the temptations of this world are still putting most of mankind in the pit of disaster and distress.
Abdul Sattar Edhi left the nation with tears in our eyes on 2 July, 2016 but his actions and words will forever be alive till the end of this world. He has taught us how to live, to be kind, to love others and most of all, to be human. We all must decide to follow his principles in making this world a better world. Are you with us in this journey?