Edhi: “I’m not God, just a humanist”

Published: October 20, 2011

This video shows a discussion with the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi. The viewer is shown an ordinary day in his life and taken in to his office. One observes the incredibly humble life-style lived by this humanist. 

Edhi states humanity is the essence of all religions. The Holy Quran, too, he says teaches Muslims to feel for other human beings. However, it is a trait that most people have forgotten. He is critical of Muslims in Pakistan and states that he has yet to come across a single true Muslim in his entire life. Capitalists, according to him, indulge in the practices of tax and Zakat theft; they are not helping the needy. Edhi states that his work is primarily for the poor as the rich do not need him.

One is shown the tireless work done by Edhi. Despite being sick, he comes in to work and states that what he does makes him happy and he does not tire of it. People look up to him to such an extent that some come to him to cure their ailing loved ones. This angers Edhi, who clearly states that he is not God, he is just a humanist.

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Ali Kapadia

A filmmaker from San Francisco who swings between art and technology. He tweets @alikapadia

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  • American Desi

    People like Abdul Sattar Edhi are beacons of hope for humanity. Long live Mr. Edhi savior of down trodden and people in distress.Recommend

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  • Imran

    This guy should be given the Nobel prize asap… Recommend

  • Waqas

    If he is not been awarded nobel prize in this world; no problem, Allah will bestow billions of nobels on him in life afterwards InshaAllah….Recommend

  • jssidhoo

    A great human beingRecommend

  • Kafka

    This man is a saint. I don’t know why he is not being considered for a Nobel prize. Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan

    Kafka Because he is ‘Moslem’ …Recommend

  • R.A

    Mr Edhi Sir
    For many people it is easy
    to be God rather than a humanist but
    you worked so hard to be a true humanist
    so thank you and

  • Ali Tanoli,

    Jesus christ (pbuh), Sri Ram, Budha, Baba Guru Nanak sahab and all the Muslim Sufias
    were simple Human being like us and we made them a god unfurtunitelly.Recommend

  • Shahbaz Younis

    This is the man whom I love a lot for his great work for human being, God bless you Mr. Edhi Recommend

  • soomro19

    Edhi has done nothing for the flood victims in Sindh. The illiterate and racist person has lost all respect. he can do to Beirut and Baghdad and give aid to them. But he can do nothing for the poor Sindhis suffering from floods since last two years. DISGRACE!Recommend

  • Ather Ahmad
  • WM

    I salute Mr. Edhi for his life long dedication to humanity and the work he continues to do. May Allah bless him and his efforts.

    It never seizes to amaze me that an angel worker like him can be criticized for not doing enough for some sectors of the population (see above comments by soomro19). I do not know the facts about how much the sindhis have been helped by this organization and yes, charity begins at home but my question to those who criticize is, what have you done, what have the rest of the people done. Why not take the first step today to help yourselves by helping others.

    Pakistan, nay the world, needs more people like Mr. Edhi. Continue vigorous.Recommend