Abdul Sattar Edhi began his charitable work as a young passionate man. The Edhi Foundation that he started now offers a broad range of free social services that includes ambulances, orphanages and support for the elderly and disabled.
Politicians and activists paid their respects:
With legendary Edhi sahib passing away not only Pakistan but the world will mourn the loss of a great human being.May he rest in peace-Ameen
— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) July 8, 2016
Paying glowing tributes to renowned social worker Sattar Edhi, Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan condoled the death of icon of humanity.
— Governor Sindh (@drishratulebad) July 8, 2016
May Edhi Sb’s Soul Rest in Peace. A great icon & hero of Pakistan who served the poor man.My condolences to his family and to all Pakistanis
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) July 8, 2016
Truly saddened to hear of Edhi Sahab’s passing. He was a noble soul & a great Pakistani. He gave the first big donation to SKMT 26 years ago
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 8, 2016
Who knows what Allah has in store for him in the Hereafter. May Allah be pleased with him & grant him highest abode in Jannah. RIP Edhi Sb
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) July 8, 2016
Edhi set an example for all of us to emulate : of serving humanity and of simple living
— Maleeha Lodhi (@LodhiMaleeha) July 8, 2016
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Lillahi Rajioun. #Edhi sb has passed away. As per his wish his only healthy organs i.e. his eyes will be donated.
— Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) July 8, 2016
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his sorrow at Edhi’s death and prayed that he would have ‘the best place in paradise’.
“We have lost a great servant of humanity,” said Sharif while remembering the greatest humanitarian worker.
The country’s actors and musicians also paid tribute:
Heart brokn.Asked him to model in my vdeo n he said”hero mein tere say acha gata hoon”my music video wth Edhi Sahab https://t.co/Kfics7O9AB
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) July 8, 2016
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) July 8, 2016
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) July 8, 2016
We must never let the message of Abdul Sattar #Edhi die, it is our responsibility to carry out his efforts to create a better world.
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) July 8, 2016
Allah will receive him with open arms… This world loses one of His men. There will never be another like #Edhi.. Rest in peace
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) July 8, 2016
Innallahe WA inna ilayhe rajeoun. #EdhiSahabYouWillBeMissed
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) July 8, 2016
He opened his first clinic in 1951 and his Edhi Foundation grew to be Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation, running schools, hospitals and ambulance services across the country and worldwide.
As did the Pakistani cricketers:
Great man Abdul Sattar EDHI meets his maker tonight .. We loved him and we always will..
May GOD bless his soul ..travel well sir..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 8, 2016
Edhi RIP end of a great innings. In pursuit of ppls welfare he hit politics for 6, yorked colour & religion,ran out terrorism by direct hit
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) July 8, 2016
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) July 8, 2016
Edhi was diagnosed with kidney failure in 2013. He actually turned down an offer from former president Asif Ali Zardari to get a treatment abroad.
Indian minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj, Indian actor Anupam Kher, Indian journalist Barkha Dutt and boxer Amir Khan expressed their feelings on Twitter.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) July 9, 2016
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Lillahi Rajioun
Abdul Sattar Edhi has passed away. May Allah grant him highest place in Jannah🙏 pic.twitter.com/VGi2qLOy9n
— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) July 8, 2016
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 8, 2016