“No religion is higher than humanity”
Abdul Sattar Edhi is a philanthropist of Pakistan. He was born in 1928 in Bantva, a small village of Indian Province of Gujarat. His mother was paralyzed and mentally ill, died when he was 19 years old. This incident made him inclined to work for humanity like old, mentally ill and poor people. In 1947, Edhi and his family migrated to Pakistan. In order to earn his living Abdul Sattar Edhi initially started to work as a peddler.
After a couple of years, he with the support of some members of his community decided to establish a free dispensary. Soon his personal vision made him decide to establish a Welfare trust named as “ABDUL SATTAR EDHI FOUNDATION”. A maternity home was also established an emergency ambulance service was started in the city Karachi.
Now, his ambulance service is the world largest ambulance service. There are 8 hospitals and blood banks in Karachi. 50,000 orphans are in Edhi homes and 1 million children are delivered to Edhi homes.
He got a lot of international and national awards for his services to mankind. International awards are:
- Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1986.
- Lenin Peace Prize in 1988
- Paul Harris Fellow from Rotatory International Foundation in1993
- Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World – Guinness Book of World Records in 2000
- Hamden Award for volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services in 2000, UAE
- International Balzan Prize in 2000 for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood, Italy
- Honorary Doctorate degree from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi in 2006
- UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize 2009
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize in 2010
National Awards Are:
- Silver Jubilee Shield by College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan, from 1962–1987.
- The Social Worker of Sub-Continent by Government of Sind, Pakistan in 1989.
- Nishan-e-Imtiaz, civil decoration from Government of Pakistan in 1989.
- Recognition of meritorious services to oppressed humanity during the eighties by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan in 1989.
- Pakistan Civic Award from the Pakistan Civic Society in 1992.
- Shield of Honor by Pakistan Army (E & C)
- Khidmat Award by Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences
- Human Rights Award by Pakistan Human Rights Society
He and his life partner Balqees Edhi working for the welfare of society. They are busy in providing medical assistance, education to girls, taking care of old and orphans. He spends his whole life for the service of others. His relief camps were in the Middle East, Africa, and the US during 2005. He believes in humanity. Our society worth living, there is a need of personalities like Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi. He says “I am Muslim but I am a Humanitarian above all because the basic principles of all religions are rooted in humanity.