Karachi—Faisal Edhi, son of late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, said in an interview with BBC Urdu that the Edhi Foundation fears a drop in donations as certain conservative elements are maligning his father and attempting to spread negative propaganda about him.
“There is a risk of lack of donations for the organisation because there is an active campaign run against the Edhi Foundation every year,” Faisal Edhi said. Since many people contribute to the foundation because of Edhi’s personality and his work, hence certain elements spread negative propaganda and rumours in order to keep people from donating to the foundation, he said.
When asked who spreads these rumours, Faisal believed “those who are backward, reactionary and hold extremist views” are responsible. “Mullahs and capitalists have always distressed Edhi,” he said.
“Mullahs in their Friday sermons have on occasion called him an Ahmadi, sometimes a kaafir, sometimes an Agha Khani, and urged people not to give charity to the foundation,” Faisal said, adding that he did not understand the motivation behind the ‘propaganda’, despite the organisation bringing in fewer donations as compared to mosques and seminaries.
“Now I can only pray and request others to forgive him and leave him be. He is dead now, so there is no point in issuing fatwas about him,” he said.
Edhi passed away at the age of 88 in Karachi on Friday night last week. A state funeral was held for the philanthropist at the National Stadium in Karachi amid tight security, with President Mamnoon Hussain and all three chiefs of the armed forces in attendance alongside other top military and civilian leadership.
But the state has a responsibility and a way of doing things. Even if we disagree with that, even if it might be flawed, I believe what the state did was for the best.”