Written by Taskeen Zahra
The Guardian of the Poor, Abdul Sattar Edhi was rightly referred to many as “Father Teresa” or the “greatest humanitarian alive”. The world praises him with words like “the richest poor man” as he built a charitable empire and yet, owned nothing more than two pieces of clothing. He was what some might say the real face of Pakistan, high and beyond the meshwork of corruption and debauchery that is most commonly associated with the natives of our land. But he was an exemplary exception to all of that – a man that looked beyond race, religion and focused on what binds us all – humanity.
His loss is one that will be felt by the impoverished masses that he had devoted his life to. So let’s vow to keep his legacy alive in five simple ways.
- Donate generously to the Edhi Foundation – make sure that his legacy continues, because there will be no other Edhi to devote his entire life to guarding the poor and the needy. Take his legacy forward. That’s the least we can do. Log onto www.edhi.org to donate directly.Â
- Feed the poor and hungry directly.
- Donate to organisations that feed the poor and hungry. Check out the Robin Hood Army, Zimmedar Shehri, Next Generation Pakistan, and Azaad Pakistan.
- Make way when you hear the siren of an ambulance.
- Do whatever little you can to help someone make ends meet.Â In honor of #Edhi, Careem Pakistan will be donating every trip fare to Edhi Foundation till the 11th of July. After all, every penny counts.
Mourning his loss means nothing unless we rally behind his last words: “Meray mulk k ghareeboon ka khayal rakhna – Take care of the poor people of my country”.