A hero lives in legends and myths and a messiah lives in hearts of those he touches the lives of! We have lost our messiah today, the hero of the masses whose last words were nothing more than, “Take care of the poor of my Pakistan…”
You have left the nation orphaned and humanity mourning, Abdul Sattar Edhi. You had no formal education, you never went to school but you were a scholar of humanitarian values yourself. “I do not have any formal education. What use is education when we do not become human beings? My school is the welfare of humanity?”
Abdul Sattar Edhi was Pakistan’s Father Teresa and humanity’s servant, a saint. He was the founder of the Edhi Trust, the largest welfare organization in the country which he started from scratch. Edhi did not require a hotline to be called on, he was but Angel of Mercy. Edhi Trust runs the largest ambulance service on this planet of humans with a round the clock facilitation. This trust has trained approximately forty thousand nurses over last six decades. It provides shelters and rehab centres for the old, the widowed, the orphaned, the mentally disabled and the drug addicts. Abdul Sattar Edhi was a father to fifty thousand orphans of our land. He was a brotherly shoulder to thousands of widowed women of this country. He knew no religion, no cast, and no creed, no rank… no bounds. He served the people of his soil more than any government ever could, he ruled the hearts of millions who have lived in his time. He was ours without even knowing us, having met us… even once. Pakistan is Edhi’s philanthropy, humanity is Edhi’s compassion. He was the richest poor nation’s Richest Poor Man. He was humanity’s Nobel Prize. He was his name’s truest essence, Abdul Sattar – The Servant of the Veiler.
Abdul Sattar Edhi, you were a candle that flickered to give hope to those trampled by trials in life, an umbrella to those without a shelter over their heads and a lifeline of this drowning nation. Pakistan was, is and shall always be indebted to you as your five ambulances served at the Walton Camp in 1947 and multiplied in number to serve millions through decades… Your philanthropy is humanity’s treasure! Now that you have left us, you the hero of mine and millions of humans, we pray for you to be blessed with the highest rank in the Jannah. Ameen! Your eyes, per your word, have been donated and shall give vision to two disabled persons. Your philanthropy shall live on.
Draped in the national flag at your state funeral, you have left us with a heavy burden, our hero! There will never be another Abdul Sattar Edhi but we will make an effort to further your endeavours! The legacy shall not die.
I have no words, I have nothing which could serve as a befitting tribute to you, Edhi Sahib, but I pray for the Edhi dynasty to live long… the empire where none shall sleep starving in the open…
Thank you, my hero!