Get well soon Edhi sahib, you are one in a million!

Published: May 9, 2014

Abdul Sattar Edhi is an 'Abba' to many countless children. PHOTO: AFP

Dear Edhi sahib,

As you lay in the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation for your routine dialysis, we hear worrying news that you have been admitted in the ICU.

Edhi sahib, I am very worried about your deteriorating health, as I assume every Pakistani is. I have been checking the news every hour to find out about your well-being. I wish you a speedy and a complete recovery.

You are 86-years-old, we pray you live to be 186. While, like every Pakistani, I am praying for you, a part of me is covertly but awfully scared.

What if… you…?

I am not known to be an emotionally weak person but thinking and writing about you brings tears to my eyes. My words may not be coherent today.

What if…?

They say you are in the ICU and every home in Pakistan should pray for you. But…

What if you do not return from the hospital this time?

The thought alone is killing me.

Edhi sahib, before it is too late, I want to thank you for everything you have done for the Pakistani nation.

Edhi sahib, thank you for showing us, that humanity is superior to all else. Your name is synonymous with charity and humanity. You did not shy away from begging on the streets of Karachi in the scorching heat to raise money; money that you later invested in buying the ‘poor man’s van’. This van travelled around the city to provide free, basic medical aid to those in need. Edhi sahib, people who know you from the 1950s, tell me that you slept outside your dispensary on the cement floor so that anyone in need for medical assistance, even in the wee hours of the night, was helped. Thank you for this!

Edhi sahib, thank you for setting up free orphanages, nursing homes, shelters for homeless women, children and animals, vocational schools, legal aid departments, rehab centres for drug addicts and the mentally ill, and morgues all around the country.

Edhi sahib, thank you for being there for humanity from the cradle to the grave. They tell me you have never taken a single cent or a salary for your services. Edhi sahib, thank you for showing the world a different side of Pakistan, a softer more charitable side.

Edhi sahib, a lot of people believe that the only life worth living is the life spent travelling between your house and the mosque but little do they realise, that God stresses more on Huqooqul Ibad (Rights of the  people) than Huqooq-e-Allah (Rights towards Allah). You have taught us that throughout your life Edhi sahib and I thank you. I thank you for the unconditional love you extended towards not only humans but animals too, may they be alive or dead.

Edhi sahib, we want you to know that we love you for your simplicity, sincerity and untiring hard work. You are an ‘Abba’ to countless children.

Please accept this note of gratitude from all of us, Edhi sahib; you deserve much much more!

Please get well soon and remember that you are in all our prayers.


Every Pakistani out there

Saira Zulfiqar

Saira Zulfiqar

A pharmacy graduate who works as a Medical Writer for Alere Analytics, USA. She is also a content and academic writer associated with British Council and LUMS. She tweets @BajiPlease (

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

  • Usman Asghar Wahla

    He is indeed a legend, Hats off to you Edhi sahab. May Allah, Almighty give us the strength to follow your footsteps and may you get well soon. Ameen!Recommend

  • Sami

    Baji Death is the ultimate reality. Edhi Sahib is reaching the age where ultimately due to natural causes his life will come to an end. Even if you will pray then what you expect how long will he be alive?. Every human being including me and you will reach the same stage sooner or later.
    What is more important is the Continuation of his work for Humanity even when he is gone. My concern is that the will the Edhi foundation will continue to function as it is when Edhi Sahib will not be around. The Young Generation have to step up to take the Reigns of Edhi Foundation right now.Recommend

  • Fatima Khan

    May you get well soon.
    You truly are one in a million. Pakistan hardly has people like you. Pakistan needs you.
    You are a true legend. Though thankyou seems a very inferior word to praise whatever you have done for Pakistan, but we really are thankful SIR! we can’t afford to lose you. May Allah give you good health . AameenRecommend

  • just_someone

    Stick around Edhi Sahib. You give us hope. If you leave us, hope leaves us.Recommend

  • Adpran

    I never went to Pakistan, but I often hear about you. Hopefully, the beautiful deeds that you have done will become inspiration, not only for Pakistani people, but also for the people of the world.

    Get well soon, Edhi sahib. You are in my du’a.

    Salaam from Indonesia.Recommend

  • Haris Javed

    Sir Abdul Sattar Edhi, you are a living legend!!
    may you soon get back to the best of your health!! YaAllah karam!!Recommend

  • Sidra Rahil

    Wishing Edhi SAAb early recovery InshAllah! His legacy must be carried forward with selfless devotion for humanity!!YOU ARE ONE IN 18 ARAB……..WE HAVE YOU EDHI SAB…… JUST THE ONLY ONE……Recommend

  • Pakeeza

    Get Well Soon as we need you today and everyday. Your are a legend and any kind of thank will never be able to completely thank you for what you have done for our country. Allah Pak Bless you with complete health. Ameen.Recommend

  • From Markham

    May Allah Bless you Saira….your words are straight from the heart…!!!Recommend

  • Kashan Ahmed

    All good things must come to an end. But. we do not want to lose you Edhi Sahib. You are the true face of every Pakistani. You are a true legend. Your contributions to the humanity are far from imagination. Every one knows what mother Tresa did for the orphans but for me you stand tall from rest of the world.

    We all Pray to the ALMIGHTY ALLAH to give you good health.Aameen sum Aameen…Recommend

  • SamSal

    With all due respect to Edhi sahab and much appreciation for his selfless service, we must also now start thinking what will happen when Edhi sb is no longer there. He is 86 already.

    Individuals should not be bigger than the institution.Recommend

  • Hina Hassan

    Get well soon sir…. you have done alot for humanity and v Pakistanis need you….you r the true representative of every Pakistani and v dnt want 2 lose u……May Allah bless u wid gd health… Ameen….Recommend

  • Engr Hameed Ullah

    he is no one in a million, but one in a billionRecommend

  • Mehreen

    Edhi Sahab, with all due respect I would like to state that you are one in a billion. Never has the world seen a greater, simpler, plaintive, more down to earth man like you. You’re a person who strived to bring happiness in other people’s lives. Very few people like you exist in this world. You have done something so great that it is beyond comprehension. You changed the lives of millions of people. The world was sucking out their soul but you gave them shelter and hope and proved that God always sends down his men to help those in need. You’re a living legend. You’re in our hears and will always be. We love you. Our prayers our with you. May you get well soon. Ameen!<3Recommend

  • -_-

    may God bless him always

  • Lafoot

    Who is he ..never heard of him ..Recommend

  • Lafoot

    Who is Edhi ? the blog writer should give a background.. for people less informed like meRecommend

  • Baba Ji

    May Allah grant him a speedy recovery … ameenRecommend

  • Qaiser Khalil