10 Abdul Sattar Edhi quotes that will leave you inspired for life

Published: July 9, 2016
Rest in peace, Edhi sahab. PHOTO: HASSAAN KHAN/EXPRESS

Rest in peace, Edhi sahab. PHOTO: HASSAAN KHAN/EXPRESS

Even a single word uttered by Abdul Sattar Edhi used to make a huge impact on people; that was the stature of Pakistan’s greatest philanthropist.

Throughout his life, Edhi sahab set examples for the world to follow through his actions. In fact, more work and less talk remained his principle till the very end.

Although there’s no dearth of great quotes by perhaps the greatest Pakistani who ever lived, we share with you ten which we believe will leave you inspired for the rest of your lives.

1. “My religion is humanitarianism, which is the basis of every religion in the world.”


2. “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.”


3. “Never take anyone’s death to heart Bilquis. 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.”


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4. “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’.”


5. “Empty words and long praises do not impress God. Show Him your faith by your deeds.”


6. “Chasing after desires creates inner turmoil. When the devil becomes guide, dacoits 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.”


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7. “The dead has only one place to go… up. Wherever you bury them, they will go the same way, up.”


8. “The Holy Book should open in your souls, not on your laps. Open your heart and see God’s people. In their plight you will find Him.”


9. “Those who believed in changing the world were either hungry by circumstance or practiced deprivation by choice.”


The angel we called Edhi

10. “Appearance is a distraction, surrendering it develops truth and humility in abundance.”


Rest in peace, Edhi sahab. You indeed were the richest poor man.

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Reader Comments (27)

  • Jul 9, 2016 - 4:01PM

    Amazing, true and speechless. Salams Recommend

  • Xman
    Jul 9, 2016 - 4:40PM

    Priceless quotes. Our textbooks should be updated to replace stories of conquests, rituals, religiosity and bigotry with lives of people like Edhi, whose religion is only humanitarianism, and should be role models for our youth.Recommend

  • mubashar ahmad
    Jul 9, 2016 - 5:40PM

    Edhi was only muslim with no sect.is there any one else just like.i like to ask why not others like to become so .Recommend

  • Dehlavi
    Jul 9, 2016 - 5:57PM

    Truly a Mahatma, a great soul. Restores one’s faith in humanity. There is hope.Recommend

  • sarfraz
    Jul 9, 2016 - 6:55PM

    Great man left world we should follow at least one of his golden words and deeds.Recommend

  • annie
    Jul 9, 2016 - 8:35PM

    why we dont highlight these kind of people in our life who have really worked hard and showed the best example of humanity…………..we talk about the people who have worked in past but we dont know abut thier life…………this man whom we know in our life who was the hero the hero of present life and our people know nothing about him………EIDHI is the name and person which can not be forgotten ever………are we doing justice with our life??????/ think about it…..Recommend

  • Osama
    Jul 9, 2016 - 9:37PM


    I am really inspired by the first quote about the precedence of humanity over religions. Can someone share the authentic source of this quote? Or any video evidence?


  • sanjay khushu
    Jul 9, 2016 - 10:45PM

    this is purely a Hindu thought which considers all creations as manifestations of god. Recommend

  • Saira Qadir
    Jul 9, 2016 - 11:34PM

    I am still in shock that he is no more. But he will always remain a true hero of pakistan.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Jul 10, 2016 - 6:27AM

    Eidhi sab you have been the inspiration to all. May we continue your mission and spread it with same dedication as you do. May Allah give us that strength. Recommend

  • farooq
    Jul 10, 2016 - 11:16AM

    Many people ‘ve conquered the world but there r very few people who ve conquered hearts. Edhi sahib was amongst the few. His religion was humanity and his love for humanity raised him to a pedestal that today irrespective of religion,cast or creed every eye grived on his departure. He has left very high standards of services to humanity for people of this country; we r proud of Edhi sahib and we pay to Allah Almighty that many Edhis should appear to fill this gap. AmeenRecommend

  • anis ul hasnain
    Jul 10, 2016 - 7:59PM

    great man (god help those how help themselves) is one example of EdhiRecommend

  • Muhammad Shafique
    Jul 10, 2016 - 8:57PM

    Edhi is an ideology “Love to Humanity” and “Bring change in yourself” Recommend

  • Sarim
    Jul 10, 2016 - 9:39PM

    Edhi tujhe SalamRecommend

  • Asghar naeem
    Jul 10, 2016 - 9:48PM

    Great loss for pakistan…such great person born after decades…salute you Mr.Edhi…May Allah shower His blessings on you.Recommend

  • yaseen
    Jul 10, 2016 - 11:09PM

    May your soul rest in peace.you are true hero of the world.Recommend

  • Sanaullah Shah
    Jul 11, 2016 - 11:26AM

    Abdul Sattar Edhi was a real hero.Recommend

    Jul 11, 2016 - 4:39PM

    Edhi Sahab live like a Neem Tree who provides shades and freshess in heat.Recommend

  • shafiq awan
    Jul 11, 2016 - 6:51PM

    Ehid sahab was the greatest menRecommend

  • Rida fatima
    Jul 11, 2016 - 9:03PM

    I think the most important work is to seek something from EDHI’s life!He was a man of deeds and actions!
    Let’s promise we will try our best at our own level to keep his mission progressing!InShallah!Recommend

  • M.Imtiaz
    Jul 12, 2016 - 9:48PM

    2016 becoming more dangerous for Pakistanis.We are loosing priceless people like Edhi sb and Amjid sabri.
    I think Allah forget our politician and I am sure,no Pakistani will cry for them. Recommend

  • Nasir
    Jul 13, 2016 - 3:58PM

    @Rida fatima:
    May be we do in future. But he was a great Muslim, a Great Human being. His mission was beyond the current living style and standards. He was a great humanitarian indeed.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jul 14, 2016 - 7:27AM

    He was really an angel on earth he had no care for himself but he has resolved to do something special 4 us i do like his quotation ”empty words and long praises don’t impress God but deeds impress God”Recommend

  • Keifus Mathews
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:34AM

    Rest in Peace Edhi Sahab, you will be missed.Recommend

  • Keifus Mathews
    Jul 17, 2016 - 3:35AM

    Great man!Recommend

  • Donna Stevens
    Aug 12, 2016 - 8:55PM

    Be at peace <3Recommend

  • Khizar Afraz
    Aug 22, 2016 - 11:09AM

    Really good peson,, for all needy and poor people of world, i salute to his donation for Pakistan and people of pakistan Recommend

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