Why not Edhi ?

So finally, He made it. The man who worked so hard for his country got what he deserved most. Just a week ago i had a post related to Grameen Bank & Dr. Yunus wondering why his formula is not picked fully here. Given the fact that we have 40% population below poverty line we definitely & badly need some one like Dr. Yunus, because as Cowasjee put it once, we have do it ourselves because the govt. wont ( at least not in near future ).

But given the fact that we all know the contributions by Edhi, why is he not a good prospect for Nobel prize as well. He dedicated all his life for poor in ways & means available to him. His life style is an example for anyone who wants to follow the path of serving humanity. Bilquees Edhi’s contribution to his services also played a major role in his life. He delivered what all the govt. ministers combined couldnot in 59 years. Edhi Foundation provides 24-hour emergency assistance across the nation. The foundation provides, among many other services, shelter for the destitute, free hospitals and medical care, drug rehabilitation services, and national and international relief efforts.

The govt. of Pakistan needs to put his case strongly, if there is a way. Also, i fail to see any other big name in the field. Few NGO’s are doing a little work but its too little and too slow i guess or sometime we feel the lack in sincerity & also there are doubts casted on their intentions. As contactpakistan puts it, ” Edhi is a mobile institution ready to respond … anxious to comfort and console the anguished souls. Endurance, perseverance, patience, struggle, sympathy and compassion along with sacrifice of his personal comforts, are the important elements on which rests the philosophy of Abdul Sattar Edhi. “

18 Comments so far

  1. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 1:04 am

    Once again you came up after a long time with a very good post.
    Nobel prize? hhmmmmm, I would like Sattar Edhi to be the prime minister of Pakistan.

  2. Xelestial (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    Ppl of the likes of Abdul Sattar Edhi do not need worldly praises and earthly medals to rubber stamp their work for humanity. Their regard is with Allah alone.


  3. Xelestial (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 1:10 am

    Ppl of the likes of Abdul Sattar Edhi do not need worldly praises and earthly medals to rubber stamp their work for humanity. Their ‘reward’ is with Allah alone.


  4. daym (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 2:31 am

    FYI we do have something along the lines of the Grameen bank in Pakistan. Although it is new, its team is definitely impressive. Lets hope they dish out something worthwhile.

    I am talking about TAMEER MICROFINANCE BANK. http://www.tameerbank.com/

  5. Salman Ahmed (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 2:53 am

    i guess Xelestial said it all

  6. kidal (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 5:11 am

    While it would be nice to receive recognition, people like Edhi or Younus don’t dedicate their lives to such causes to get awards.

    In my mind (like millions others), what Edhi has done is far more deserving of recognition than many recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.

    We must remember that these prizes are very subjective and often (but not always) politically motivated.

    If you look at the list of the Nobel Peace Prize recipients, you will see that some of them were highly partial and political personalities (e.g. Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Arafat, FW de Klerk).

    As they say, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    I wouldn’t read too much into it.

    By the way, it is ironic that the Nobel Peace Prize is named after a man who is responsible for one of the most destructive inventions of our times – the dynamite.

  7. Yahya (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 5:55 am

    I don’t think there is anything the peace noble prize can give to Edhi. Edhi however can certainly give some badly needed dignity to the peace prize.

  8. MB (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    @KhiTorPit: “prime minister of Pakistan”
    Do you think he can survive among thieves. Do you want him to waste his time in tours & seminars & those “high official meetings” that PM’s here do. Come on. He is better where he is now

  9. turab (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 11:30 am

    I want to share a personal experience with everyone.

    When the devastating Earthquake hot last year. I mobilized our small club in University in canada to collect funds and doantions.

    There were actually pakistanis who denied to donate when they found out that the funds were being channelled to Edhi! I was actually quiet shocked.
    They wanted to donate to ICNA islamic something.
    I haven’t seen a single tent belonging to ICNA in pakistan….. the height of hypocrasy

  10. MB (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    What is ICNA by the way ?. Except google, i never heard of it. Even if ICNA played any role, that would be great. But so far i haven’t heard anything about it.

  11. Original-Anon (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 9:56 pm

    Can we not just be happy for Dr.Yunus? It is so annoying to spoil the moment by this ‘what about us and why not us?’ chip on our shoulders.

  12. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    ICNA is Islamic Circle of North America http://www.icna.org
    They also does work for humanity like ISNA Islamic Society of North America http://www.isna.net, but we cannot compare them with the kind of work which Edhi trust is doing under Sattar Edhi.
    With the limited resources they put their life in danger and works for the welfare and wellbeing of the people.

    @MB, I just said that we want Edhi to be the PM of Pak. as instead of putting the money into his pocket (like our politicians) atleast he can work for the welfare of the country using the power and money. I know its not possible bcoz good people cannot come into politics and survive in our country.

  13. SWA (unregistered) on October 14th, 2006 @ 11:47 pm

    @ Xcelestial: yes his recognition is with Allah most definitely, but that doesnt mean that we dont recognize and give any respect to a good samaritan.

    Also, I would think there should be some sort of a nominations process for nobel prizes. We should try and nominate Mr. Edhi for it.

  14. WASIQ (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 3:25 am


  15. Captain's Log (unregistered) on October 15th, 2006 @ 4:57 am

    Wasiq, you are the most funniest guy here and I really like your peristence. No one replies you but you do no care, some of your comments are gem. Great going brother.

  16. Asma (unregistered) on October 16th, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

    Well nobel peace prize is famous for political insight into it … this one’s though worth it but still it deserved to be placed under economics …anyhow … EDHI … he gets it or not … every pakistani is full of respect and praise for him … thats more than any nobel prize … I guess!

    –from Islamabad MB

  17. MB (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    Being a PM requires more than just being good, honest, simple & human loving etc. Yes you can say he definitely would do a great job if he would be a minister for a particular field related to his expertise.

  18. ash (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    edhi is an inspiration. He could get any number of awards but they are all meaningless compared to who he is, what he has achieved and how much he is loved.

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