Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today


Politcal Worker (100+ posts)
Abdul Sattar Edhi, who founded the world's largest volunteer ambulance network, would have been 89 years old on Tuesday.

Abdul Sattar Edhi founded the world's largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation.Unlike wealthy individuals that fund charities in their names, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor from the age of 20, when he himself was penniless in Karachi .


The reach of Edhi's foundation grew internationally, and in 2015 the organisation raised $100,000 in aid relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Edhi was born before partition in Bantva Gujarat, India on February 28, 1928.He died last year in Karachi of renal failure. He was offered treatment abroad, but insisted on being treated in a government hospital at home.


A team of "Googlers" decides who gets the doodle treatment, the tech giant says [Screenshot from Google]

The Edhi Foundation's slogan is: "Live and help live".

Tuesday would have been his 89th birthday.In his honour, Google changed its logo in the United States; Iceland; Portugal; Australia; New Zealand; Japan; Estonia; UK; Denmark; Ireland and Pakistan to a doodle, or illustration, of Edhi.Google hailed Edhi's "super-efficient" ambulance service.

"In celebration of Abdul Sattar Edhi, let's all lend a hand to someone in need today," it said.The technology giant's team has created over 2,000 doodles for homepages around the world. Among those recently celebrated are Pramoedya Ananta Toer , Fred Korematsu and Edmonia Lewis .

"The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google's personality and love for innovation," the company says.

'No religion higher than humanity'

With more than 1,800 ambulances stationed across Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation is Pakistan's largest welfare organisation. In 1997, the foundation entered the Guinness World Records as the "largest volunteer ambulance organisation".
If you call 115 in the South Asian nation, the Edhi Foundation will answer.

People have become educated, but have yet to become human.Abdul Sattar Edhi
In his words, at the start of his work, Edhi "begged for donations" and "people gave".This allowed him to convert a tiny room into a medical dispensary. He also bought an ambulance that he himself drove around.Raising more donations and enlisting medical students as volunteers, his humanitarian reach expanded across the countryToday Edhi Foundation runs outpatient hospitals, a child adoption centre and rescue boats.

It also helps in the burials of unidentified bodies . There are cradles for "unwanted babies" outside Edhi emergency centres.His foundation receives "zakat" (Islamic charity) donations, which he used to help Muslims, Christians and Hindus.Asked why he helped non-Muslims, he said: "Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you."He also famously lamented: "P eople have become educated ... but have yet to become human."

When he died, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: "Edhi was the real manifestation of love for those who are socially vulnerable, impoverished, helpless and poor. We have lost a great servant of humanity."

Nobel Peace Prize

Throughout his life and after he died, many questioned why Edhi never received the Nobel Peace Prize.

After the nominations in 2014, the hashtag #NobelPrizeforEdhi was created ; many said he should have been recognised instead of Malala Yousafzai , who is also from Pakistan.
In an interview with the Express Tribunenewspaper, Edhi said: "I don't care about it.

The Nobel Prize doesn't mean anything to me. I want these people, I want humanity."
In that same interview, he recalled an incident that he would never forget."There was a woman who committed suicide by jumping into the sea along with her six children," he said. "I was really saddened while giving them 'ghusal' (Islamic washing ritual after death) as part of the funeral rituals."

According to Pakistan's Nation newspaper, the State Bank of Pakistan will next month issue a commemorative coin of Rs50 in memory of Edhi.


Edhi, who lived a modest life, helped impoverished people of all backgrounds [Anjum Naveed/AP]

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Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Google honors humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi with a doodle today

[h=1]​Google honors humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi with a doodle[/h][h=1][FONT=&quot]Known for helping deliver medicine to those in need, the "Angel of Mercy" is celebrated on what would've been his 89th birthday.




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Google celebrates the life of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi.
GoogleAbdul Sattar Edhi's life mission was to help others.
The humanitarian and philanthropist spent his years delivering medicine and supplies to people in Pakistan and to survivors of disasters, like Hurricane Katrina, around the world. He was known as the "Angel of Mercy."
Google honored him on Monday with a Google Doodle, which depicts him as elderly man standing on a street with an ambulance, hospital and a woman and child.
Google Doodles have become an integral part of the company's Web design. These drawings and animations are artistic commemorations for everything from Pac-Man's anniversary to the World Cup to the birthday of Fred Korematsu, who fought the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Edhi created the Edhi Foundation in 1951, which had the slogan "live and help live." Funded by private donations, the foundation provides ambulance service across Pakistan and relief aid to people worldwide. It's also helped thousands of Pakistani orphans over the years.

Edhi died in July 2016 of renal failure, he would've been 89 on Tuesday.
"In celebration of Abdul Sattar Edhi, let's all lend a hand to someone in need today," Google wrote in a blog post about its doodle.
Correction, Feb. 28 at 9:36 a.m. PT: An earlier headline on this story misspelled Abdul Sattar Edhi's name.

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[FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT]28 FEBRUARY 2017 9:55PM
[h=3]Who was Abdul Sattar Edhi?[/h][FONT=&quot]Abdul Sattar Edhi was an award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian. Known in Pakistan as "Angel of Mercy" and "Pakistan's Father Teresa" for his social work that also won international acclaim, Edhi established a welfare foundation almost six decades ago that he oversaw together with his wife, Bilquis Edhi.[/FONT]


[FONT=&quot]Abdul Sattar Edhi collects donations at a roadside in Peshawar, Pakistan[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]CREDIT: ANJUM NAVEED[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Edhi, was born on February 28th 1928 in a small village of Bantva near Joona Garh in the Gujarat district of then British-ruled India but moved to Karachi shortly after Pakistan was formed.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Edhi was deeply affected by the death of his mother when he was 19. He never finished school but later said that the world of suffering became his tutor.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He noticed that many Pakistanis lacked medicine, education, and other essentials, and he made it his life's mission to help others. In 1951, he established the Edhi Foundation, which is funded solely by private donations.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]By the time of his death on July 8th 2016, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]It was announced that the State Bank of Pakistan would issue a commemorative coin of 50 rupee (38p) in memory of Edhi as a small token of appreciation for his selfless services for the country.[/FONT]
[h=3]What is the Edhi Foundation?[/h][FONT=&quot]The Edhi Foundation is currently the largest welfare organisation in Pakistan. Since its inception, it has rescued more than 20,000 abandoned babies, rehabilitated some 50,000 orphans and has trained more than 40,000 nurses.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]It also runs the worlds largest ambulance service (operating 1,500 vehicles) and Edhi ambulances are welcomed as friendly neighbours throughout Pakistan.[/FONT]


[FONT=&quot]An Edhi Foundation ambulance outside the Edhi Free Kitchen[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 2005 the Foundation donated $100,000 to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the United States.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Despite the vast sums of money that passed through his foundation, Edhi lived modestly with his family in a two-room apartment adjacent to the headquarters of his foundation.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]His work earned him numerous awards at home and abroad, including the Gandhi Peace Award, the 2007 Unesco Madanjeet Singh Prize, the 2011 London Peace Award, the 2008 Seoul Peace Award and the Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Service.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Known in public as Maulana Edhi - a respectful title for a religious scholar, usually an elderly person with a beard - he supported and promoted working opportunities for women. Out of the 2,000 paid workers of his Edhi Foundation, around 500 are women.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]A Muslim by birth, Edhi said in 2009 that he had never been a very religious person. When asked why he helped people of all creeds, casts and religions he replied: Because my ambulance is more Muslim than you. [/FONT]


[FONT=&quot]Abdul Sattar Edhi holds a child handed over to him by local police in Karachi, Pakistan, March 15, 2002[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]CREDIT: REUTERS[/FONT]

[h=3]Criticism of Edhi's works[/h][FONT=&quot]Edhi saw charity as a central tenet of Islam and lived humbly with his wife, Bilquis, in the same building as his organisation's offices.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]But unlike Mother Teresa who he was often compared to, Edhi had to surmount many obstacles including regular death threats.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]His ambulances were attacked as were volunteers who worked for his foundation.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In October 2013, Islamists occupied one of his Karachi facilities and stole 400,000 (it was quickly replaced with a flood of donations), and the baby cradles he and Bilquis set up to accept unwanted babies were criticised as encouraging out-of-wedlock births.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"They call him an infidel, saying that he does not say his prayers," Bilquis told the Guardian.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"What we are doing should be done by the government and should be appreciated, but instead we are blamed."[/FONT]
[h=3]10 inspiring quotes from Abdul Sattar Edhi, the 'richest poor man'[/h]
  1. My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.
  2. Appearance is a distraction, surrendering it develops truth and humility in abundance.
  3. So, many years later there were many who still complained and questioned, Why must you pick up Christians and Hindus in your ambulance? And I was saying, Because the ambulance is more Muslim than you.
  4. Empty words and long praises do not impress God. Show Him your faith by your deeds.
  5. "I do not have any formal education. What use is education when we do not become human beings? My school is the welfare of humanity.
  6. The dead has only one place to go up. Wherever you bury them, they will go the same way, up.
  7. The Holy Book should open in your souls, not on your laps. Open your heart and see Gods people. In their plight you will find Him.
  8. Never take anyones death to heart... Remember God by the equality with which He implements it. Nobody is different, the richest to the poorest, from here to the end of the globe face it equally. What an example of equality.
  9. Those who believed in changing the world were either hungry by circumstance or practiced deprivation by choice.
  10. Chasing after desires creates inner turmoil. When the devil becomes a guide, dacoits (armed robbers) and gangsters are manufactured. He makes men fight against their souls to survive expensive items and most lose everything in the face of his strength. The internal enemy can only be overcome by a personal revolution.


[h=3]Google honours Edhi on his 89th birthday [/h][FONT=&quot]Although there is some confusion over his actual birth date (Edhi himself was unsure and believed he was born between 1926 and 1928), Google has chosen to honour him with a doodle on February 28th.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Google Doodle will appear in the UK and some other European countries, as well as Pakistan, the US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. [/FONT]



Imran Ghazali

Happy 89th birthday #Edhi sb. Great gesture by @Google as it pays tribute to one of the greatest humanitarian. #Pakistan misses you Edhi sb! pic.twitter.com/TZxwJemaZr
11:14 AM - 27 Feb 2017



Voter (50+ posts)
Abdul Sattar Edhi ko Zabardast Khiraj-e-Tehseen

Abdul Sattar Edhi ko google ke baad pakistani media ne bhi bowhat he shandaar kheraj e tehseen peesh ker diya. Video Zaroor dekhain apka dil khush hojai ga!

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Voter (50+ posts)
Abdul Sattar Edhi ko duniya bhar mai yaad kia gaya

Maaroof siyasi shaqsiyat Abdul Sattar Edhi ki saalgirah ko na sirf Pakistaniyon ne balke duniya bhar mai shandar khiraj e tehseen pesh kia gaya.

Sab se munfarid aizaz Google ne diya jab baroz 27 fervaree ko Google ne apne homepage pe mandarjazail tasweer lagai:


Edhi ko Pakistani media ne bhi yaad keraker ankhein numb kardeen

Re: Abdul Sattar Edhi ko Zabardast Khiraj-e-Tehseen

Abdul Sattar Edhi jaisi shaqsiat ko aisa hi tribute dena chahye balke baar baar dena chahye


MPA (400+ posts)
Re: Abdul Sattar Edhi ko duniya bhar mai yaad kia gaya

yeh wohi sahab hain jo loogon kay najaiz bachay paltay thay.. - haram-i soch logic


Senator (1k+ posts)
Re: Abdul Sattar Edhi ko duniya bhar mai yaad kia gaya

I took screen shot of it on Monday and sent email to most of my Dept people... many americans appreciated it.