Abdul Sattar Edhi

Edhi family were initially belonged to Sindh then they migrated to Bantva, Gujrat. Although Bantva was a small village but it was well organised and advanced since it had high schools, library and free dispensaries. Resident were quite simple and used to live in large bungalows and had joint family system. Edhi tribe was religious one and sympathetic to humanity. Both grandfather and father of Edhi were attached with the profession of accounts.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was born of third wife of his father Abdul Shakoor Edhi. His mother had also belonged to a business house known as Deevan. Abdul Sattar had little interest in formal education and his school master appointed him to class monitor to minimize his misbehaviour. Later on he left school and joined madressah. He left madressah in class four and afterward he had worked at a cloth market at salary of 5 rupees. His mother was gentle, kind hearted and a good social worker and had used to help needy people. She made Edhi to sacrifice for others just since his childhood. He was punctual to his prayers and fasts by the time he was eleven years old. Sharing of money and searching for penurious ones had made him able to distinguish in needy and lazy. He had used to search penniless people in near basti’s and provided them edible and medicines which his mother had sent. His mother had been helping poor confidentially with money and goods through Edhi in Ramadhan and on the occasion of Eid. She made Edhi selfconfident and committed to success with hard work and determination. Abdul Sattar was fought first time for the poor and old man being teased by his seniors.

Once Abdul Sattar found an old man with torn cloths and wounded body. He brought him with cloths, blanked and bandage and the man recovered as early as only in a night. He took him in mosque and served him for 21 days. The old man made Edhi aware of the purpose of life and presence of God in humanitarianism and charity. Moreover he searched out for historical occasions of Islam and read about great personalities like Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) and his companions. All these teachings and awareness made Edhi to think of doing something extraordinary for poor. He started thinking of making a factory for them, building a hospital etc. But his friends often used to laugh on him after listening his big plans and to call him Shiekh Chili — a legendary character with big plans but no actions — but he was never discouraged and stayed focused to his objective.

Edhi has a strong will power since his childhood. He believes that revolution comes with small actions and devotions. And he proved it by implementing it in his own life which led him from curing a single old man with a blanket and some bandages to building thousands of care centres with a huge staff and a large network of ambulances throughout the world.

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