Edhi we love you

Published: November 30, 2011

Our Prime Minister has nominated Abdul Sattar Edhi for the Nobel Prize.

On November 28, 2011, the Prime Minister of Pakistan nominated Abdul Sattar Edhi for a Nobel Prize. For Pakistanis and most other people around the world, Abdul Sattar Edhi is a name that requires no introduction.

The founder of the largest welfare organization in Pakistan, the ‘Edhi Foundation’, Edhi has been referred to as an inspiration, a saviour, and a living saint. For those who know his story, he is no less than a legend who has overcome the odds to accomplish a selfless goal that has helped millions see a glimmer of hope amidst the darkness.

Edhi has lived to serve the nation. His journey started when he was eleven-years-old. His mother was paralyzed and mentally ill. Edhi took full responsibility of caring for her needs, from bathing and feeding her to being there as a source of support to her. Despite his care, unfortunately his mother died when Edhi was 19-years-old. Her death affected him so much that he could not complete high school. However, instead of growing bitter about the fact that no one had helped his family when they were in need, Edhi focused on what he could do considering the millions of other destitute people who needed help.

With little resources and a big dream, Edhi set off to beg on the streets for money, with which he bought his first ambulance – an old van. Equipped with the prayers of those whom he helped, and continuing forward on a mission, the Edhi Foundation today runs the world’s largest ambulatory service.

At the age of 20, Edhi volunteered at a charity in Karachi. However, he was appalled to learn that the charity only helped a certain sect of people, ignoring the others who were equally, if not more, stricken. He protested against this discrimination towards the poor, and set up his own charity instead. However, in doing so, he secured the enmity of the sect he had protested against, and thinking his life was in danger, he left Pakistan and begged his way through Europe. Becoming an admirer for the Welfare State System, he decided that if the government couldn’t help the people, he would do whatever was in his capacity to fulfill that gap.

The remarkable journey that followed has helped Edhi operate not just the largest ambulatory service in the world, but also run free orphanages, old peoples homes, medicine dispensaries, clinics, rehab centers, women shelters and homes for abandoned babies.

Edhi  has helped people in Middle East, Africa, Europe, and even the USA. He has won countless national and international awards for his humanitarianism and philanthropy. Edhi said he plans on giving the Pakistani government a plan for a welfare system for the poor. What is most commendable is that the Edhi Foundation does not take any aid from the Pakistani government as it wishes to maintain its independence.

Edhi has indeed touched the lives of many people in Pakistan. He is the sort of philanthropist will forget to take his medicines and vanish for days to help people in need. He travels to remote, dangerous places, without security, simply to help those who aren’t receiving help from others. He is the sort of human being who declares boldly that he is merely a humanist, not God, when people, mesmerized by his mercy move to worship him.

When nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, he stated with the greatest of humility that he is a mere “faqir” (beggar) and that the nomination has made him very happy. Moreover, speaking on the news on Monday, Edhi said he was honoured to have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, as the prize money and recognition would further his aims of helping others.

Edhi is the most selfless human being  Pakistan has ever seen. There is indeed a lot that our government, and people around the world can learn from the selfless, true hero for humanity that is Abdul Sattar Edhi.

Amna Khalid

Amna Khalid

An economics major from LUMS, with a MSc in financial economics from Cardiff University. Khalid currently works in London. She blogs at surreallist.blogspot.com/

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647842094 The Reader

    Amna you’ve got a beautiful heart. Just love you for everything you write.Recommend

  • Sara

    Indeed, we love u! Recommend

  • Naumann

    Do you seriously believe in the credibility of the Nobel prize after the peace prize was given to a murderer Obama?

    Seriously Edhi does not deserve a Nobel, he deserves a lot more than that…comprende…?

    Edhi has done to Pakistan, what nobody else has even come close to in the ENTIRE world.Recommend

  • Hasnat

    Salute to this man :)Recommend

  • Maher

    Definately no doubt that Mr. Eidhi is the deserving candidate.. But I am sure they will not give hi a thought as he is MUSLIM and moreover he is PAKISTANI….Recommend

  • Asad

    What if Edhi joins PTI….(Day dreaming)

    Yes Edhi we love youRecommend

  • Nomanulhaq khatib

    I salute you “Sir Abdul Sattar Edhi”
    At least we can Give an honor by calling him “Sir Edhi” hope everyone agrees…Recommend

  • http://www.pakistani-revival.blogspot.com Ovais

    Some sense from the PPP led government…. probably the only sane thing they have done Recommend

  • http://www.tanzeel.wordpress.com Tanzeel
  • Naeem Ahmad

    I pray for your long and healthy life Mr Edhi, politically motivated nobel prize worth nothing, your reward rest with Almighty God. Recommend

  • Peace

    Edhi deserves more than crap Nobel. Best wishes for Mr. Edhi. Recommend

  • Sundas

    GO SIR!!!! ( P.S: you deserve something better than some Nobel Prize… even Obama got that one for God sake!)Recommend

  • http://www.afficer.blogspot.com Israr

    ET i wrote comments on the other news story about this nomination but i think you people are selective about posting comments…i posted a link to a blogpost on edhi which unfortunately was not up to the “standard” of ET and for this reason ET censored the whole comment!!!Recommend

  • Chachi jaan

    MashAllah! :’)Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan

    He is such a simbolic man of pakistan for the helping poor and needy peoples.All the best wishes for him and his EDI foundation.May Allah give you rewards in here and after Amen.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli

    I met him in new york many times and i think he deserved more than nobel god bless him.Recommend

  • http://surreallist.blogspot.com/ Amna Khalid

    @The Reader: Thank you so much…What an absolutely kind thing to say =)Recommend

  • http://utterlyurban.com/the-vampire-diaries-season-1-episode-8-162-candles-songs/ Vampire

    Sir, you are a legend! and a role model for the people of not only this country, but for the whole world. Recommend

  • Nasreen Ahmad

    When people say, what can one person do…..they should think of Mr Edhi. If everyone tries to make a small difference we will not be where we are today. Edhi Shahib has earned the trust, respect and love of millions which is worth more than the Nobel prize; not all Noble prize winners have that. However, Edhi Shahib needs to get the international spotlight!!!Recommend

  • Yasir Mehmood

    @asad
    look his views about imran khan on youtube! you will be heartbroken hahaRecommend

  • http://cookbook.utterlyurban.com/starbucks-chai-tea/ Starbucks

    If there is one person here that deserves a Nobel prize, it is surely Mr. Edhi. I salute you sir.Recommend