Abdul Sattar Edhi was uneducated with a background of a class below poverty line. He did not announce his mission, started his career with charity and achieved his goal. He did not prepare any charter or constitution and went on roads, not to earn money but to win hearts and minds of the poor. He served Humanity without any discrimination of Religion, Race, Nationality or Borders.
He was the poorest leader in the world with unlimited cash flow of donations. No government ever dared to ask his balance of accounts just because of his established credibility from the day one. He never addressed a crowd to preaching Religion or National / International Politics. Edhi created a charitable empire out of nothing. He masterminded Pakistan’s largest welfare organisation almost single-handedly, entirely with private company and donations.
You may be wondering why I am calling Edhi “a leader”, but many already understand that a true leader is the one who leads without self-interest. He spoke less but acted much more to motivating the onlookers. So he was the only leader in the world without any office and party. His living room was his office, his assistant was his wife and his podium was ambulance raising voice to give way for the survival of Humanity. A lot is written in his life and even after his death there are so many hidden facts coming up as tribute but still I feel it is too little for him. The point to ponder is that he served the Humanity single-handedly without attaching himself to any existing fields to becoming a “Celebrity”.
“Edhi is not a celebrity who is laid to rest, but it is a mission to act upon”
Religion is an organized ideology. Faith is belief takes birth and grows within. Religion dwells in brain (a physical substance). Faith nurtures in soul (a Spiritual element) as explained in Chapter 7 of “In Search of Lost Humanity“. Brain can be killed but soul is immortal. Brain can be manipulated; its memory can be washed away and rewritten. Soul can be polluted temporarily but is reverted back to purity sooner or later being part of Creator. Don’t you know there is God within you?
Initially every religion, may it be any ideology, tried to make a better human. Many succeeded but greed to rule drifted the motto. Satan was blamed, basically it was the other side of a coin, an evil, a negative force or whatever we name it; every action has a reaction. With the passage of time human race crossed the bridge of survival, entered into an arena of possessiveness. It may be land, wealth or a commodity like Eve (Woman). It was an irresistible situation for religious might. It started manipulation through its organization to overcome the might of evil. The genuine leaders of faith were misinterpreted to impress other organizations; consequently the unanimous message of Creator started getting distorted causing unlimited divisions among humanity. The people of faith depleted, being weaker and weaker as of today.
Divine power tried to express its presence but was ignored. Illusionist and magician were inducted by religious organizations to take over. This process is still on, but every human experiences divinity at least once in a lifetime. It depends how he takes it up. It may be taken as make or break of “Belief”. People, who are hanging in between, a state of confusion, are easy target of any religion. Faithful or people of belief are like stars in the sky.
“Believe yourself and have faith within. Portraying a religious person is a commercial aspect of influence”
We can commemorate a day as Happy or Sad. It depends what happened on that specific day as it is a day in the past, we call Anniversary. Sometimes it is possible that a day brings Sorrow of the past but Happiness of the present. What would you say on such a Day?
(Picture courtesy by Agha Habib Official Photographer PIA)
Today is definitely a sad day for me and my children as my wife Ambreen Ali expired on 1st. June, 2001. I can never claim that we lived a happy life as a whole because one cannot stay happy after telling the Truth especially to his wife. All my fast friends used to advise me not to tell all the truth of life for smooth sailing as they themselves experienced it being my seniors as married professionals. I never agreed and suffered for about fourteen years. One fine evening at the dinner table she said “there is no clash between us since months, why?” I asked her in return and she confessed that the only reason she has experienced is that she has blind faith in me now. Rest of life we lived were so great for about eleven years that I am sad each and every moment but try to neutralise with “My Truthful Victory”
Today is also a beginning of Happy Day. My first day of new job in “Community Times Canada“. I am not confused to deal with today, rather trying to make my children understand:
“TRY TO MAKE EVERY TODAY A FUTURE HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JUST BY TELLING THE TRUTH TO LIVE A VICTORIOUS LIFE”