Thank You, Abdul Sattar Edhi

Edhi sahib,

As you lay in the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation for your routine dialysis, we hear worrying news that you have been admitted to the ICU.

Edhi sahib, I am very worried about your deteriorating health, as I assume every Pakistani is. I have been checking on news every hour to find out about your wellbeing. I wish you speedy and complete recovery.

You are 86 years old, we pray you live to be 186.

While like every Pakistani I am praying for you, a part of me is covertly but awfully scared.

What if… you…?

I am not known to be an emotionally weak person but thinking and writing about you brings tears to my eyes. My words may not be coherent today. What if…?

They say you are in the ICU and every home in Pakistan should pray for you. But…

What if you did not return from the hospital this time?

This question is killing me.

Edhi sahib, before it is too late, I want to thank you for everything you have done for the Pakistani nation.

Edhi sahib, thank you for showing us that it is humanity that is superior. Your name is synonymous with charity and humanity. You did not shy away from begging on Karachi roads in the scorching heat to raise money; money that you later invested into buying ‘poor man’s van’. This van travelled around the city to provide free basic medical aid to those in need.

Edhi sahib, people who know you from 1950s tell me that you slept outside your free dispensary on the cement floor so that anyone in need did not miss out on medical aid in the wee hours of night. Thank you for this.

Edhi sahib, thank you for setting up free orphanages, nursing homes, shelters for homeless women, animals, vocational schools, legal aid departments, rehab centers for drug addicts and the mentally ill, and morgues all around the country.

Edhi sahib, thank you for being there for the humanity from cradle to grave.

They tell me you have never taken salary for your services.

Edhi sahib, thank you for showing the sympathetic and caring face of Pakistan to rest of the world when they all bracket Pakistan and terrorism together.

Edhi sahib, we have a lot of mullahs who believe that the only worthy life is the life spent travelling between mosque and house. Little do they realize that God stresses more on Haqooq-ul-Ibad than Haqooq-Allah.

Edhi sahib, thank you for unconditionally loving and extending your help and concern not only to humans but also to animals, alive or dead.

I am sure God loves you more than preaching Mullahas because you serve His humanity, His Creation.

Edhi sahib, we want you to know that we love you for your simplicity, sincerity and untiring hard work. You are an ‘abba’ to countless children.

Edhi sahib, before it is too late, please accept a note of big thank-you from us.

Get well soon.

Sincerely,

Pakistanis praying for you

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