Abdul Sattar Edhi

Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, ascetic and humanitarian

Abdul Sattar Edhi (28 February 1928 – 8 July 2016) was a prominent Pakistani philanthropist, ascetic and humanitarian. He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation in Pakistan and ran the organization for the better part of six decades.

My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.

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  • I always say, be human and preach humanity. I started my humanitarian service by strictly observing four principles: truth, simplicity, hard-work and punctuality, and I repeat, be human, preach humanity and adopt humanity.
  • My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.
  • My mission is to love human beings. ... Each day is the best day of my life.
    • as quoted in an interview published by "Reuters" (in 2013). Retrieved on
  • To me serving "Mazloom" (destitute & deprived of rights) is just like praying and all human beings are equal and they all deserve equal treatment, respect, care and love.
  • I am a beggar for the poor. Serving humanity is the biggest Jihad.
  • People have become educated but have yet to become human.
  • Empty words and long praises do not impress God. Show Him your faith by your deeds.
    • quote published by the Editor, The Kooza Communications International (July 10, 2016). Retrieved on July 21, 2016
  • Whereas the entire meaning of the Quran must easily be interpreted by the lives of Muslims, Islam's followers abandoned its essence.
  • Take care of the poor people of my country.
    • Edhi’s dying words, as quoted (with translation from original words in Urdu language) by IlmFeed (July 9, 2016) and in Gulf Times by Kamran Rehmat (July 11, 2016), retrieved July 22, 2016

No religion is better than humanity

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  • Edhi was "a living example of social justice, compassion and solidarity in action."
    • as described by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, published in The Nation, Pakistan (July 10, 2016), retrieved July 22, 2016
  • As a reporter, I have met presidents, prime ministers and reigning monarchs. Until meeting the Pakistani social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, I had never met a saint. … Shaking hands, I knew I was in the presence of moral and spiritual greatness.
  • As a journalist, I interviewed many people, including heads of state, celebrities and intellectuals. But the one who meant the most to me, the one I most looked forward to, and thought so much about, was the brief interview I had with Pakistan’s most beloved son, Abdul Sattar Edhi.
    • Zarina Khan, a former journalist and research communications manager at the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi [1] Retrieved 20 July, 2016.
  • From nothing he built one of the world’s largest and most respected charities, serving humanity was his religious duty.
    • Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan, retired Canadian journalist and refugee judge, published in Saudi Gazette (July 22, 2016) Retrieved on July 22, 2016

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