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Why the World Honors Abdul Sattar Edhi Today

Abdul Sattar Edhi founded ‘The Edhi Foundation’ which is the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan.

Since the age of 20, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor starting from a free dispensary for the low-income residents in Pakistan. Currently, The Edhi Foundation runs hospitals, homesless shelters, orphanages, and rehab centres in the entire country.

Edhi’s dedication towards humanity did not limit to one country, but it spread across internationally when he raised $100,000 in aid relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Edhi died last year due to renal failure. He insisted on being treated in a government hospital in Karachi despite of numerous offers for treatment abroad.

The tech giant ‘Google’ also hailed the leading humanitarian for his services for the humanity and for the poor, because today would have been his 89th birthday.

Honoring Abdul Sattar Edhi, Google changed his logo in countries such as the United States, UK, Denmark, Australia, Japan, Iceland, New Zealand, Ireland, and Pakistan.

The slogan of his foundation reads out “Live and Help Live”.

“My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world” –Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi emphasized that humanitarian is the source of his motivation instead of religion. From the donations that he received from all over the world, he used to help Muslims, Christians, and Hindus.

At one time when he was asked why he helps Non-Muslims, he replied “Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you”.

Edhi’s words inspired many people across borders. Once he expressed his grief that, “People have become educated, but have yet to become humans”

It is sad, however, that the world has produced fewer people like Abdul Sattar Edhi, Florence Nightingale, Harriat Tubman, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and similar others.

But at the same time when all hopes are lost, we all reflect on the people who have done kindness to us, spread love, showed their affection, and offering a helping hand when in need. All this time, there is one thing that remains constant, the love of nurses for their patients. When realize, it is the biggest humanitarian work in the world. 

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