During his lifetime, Edhi was praised for being most secular in his wishes to serve the destitute—a selfless quality that angered the country’s mullahs. They were jealous of his unmatched fundraising power and called him an “infidel” because he showed no ethnic bias when helping anyone who turned to him for help, the Guardian reported. Speaking of them, he said “I will not go to paradise where these type of people go. I will go to heaven where the poor and miserable people live.” 

Those who had no one would find a sympathizer in Edhi. For parents unable to keep their children, a jhoola (cradle) was kept outside every Edhi center. Above it, a placard that states: “Do not commit another sin: leave your baby in our care.” He also washed abandoned dead bodies to give them dignity in death with a proper burial.

An extraordinary social worker, Edhi’s humility knew no bounds. ”I’m an ordinary man. and if you want to find me then you will find me among ordinary people,” he said in These Birds Walk, the 2013 documentary marking his humanitarian efforts. 

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