Death of a guardian angel

Sumaiya Khalid

Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistan’s most renowned and respected philanthropist and humanitarian passed away in Karachi on Friday at the age of 88. The great personality, the founder and chairman of the Edhi Foundation, was suffering from multiple diseases and complications including diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure, but was unable to receive transplant due to his poor health. Mr. Edhi was Pakistan’s most respected figure and was seen by some as almost a saint. He was also known for his humble life style. He reportedly owned just two sets of clothes and lived in a small one room flat located above the office of his charitable organisation. He never established a home for his own children. Motivated by spiritual quest of justice, Edhi aimed at helping those in society who cannot help themselves. Quoting his great words ‘it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of others, that’s what being a human means. If more people thought that way, so many problems would be solved.’ Edhi is survived by four children and his wife Bilquis Edhi. Frail and weak in his last years, Edhi appointed his son Faisal as managing trustee in early 2016. In the last act of kindness and selflessness, Faisal Edhi said his father had wished that all his usable body organs be donated after his death. ‘He had prepared for himself a grave in Edhi village about 25 years ago’, he said. Death of this great legend without a doubt is a big loss for humanity. The nations mourn at the loss of this great legend. The world will always cherish him as the richest poor man. From picking dead bodies to the largest fleet of ambulances, his posture never changed. Nobody like him will ever be born again. May Allah rest his soul in peace.

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