Bilquis Bano Edhi served Pakistan’s poor and abandoned individuals with great spirit, her entire life. She passed away on 15th April, 2020 at the age of 74 in the blessed month of Ramadan. She was born on 14th August 1947. She is also known as “Mother of Pakistan” as an honor of her services to the nation. Her blood pressure suddenly dropped very low but she was ill since a month. She was admitted to a hospital in Karachi for three days and was rushed there after her blood pressure had suddenly dropped. To pay tribute to her contributions in the field of social service, Sindh government announced a day of mourning.

She was one of the most active Philanthropists in Pakistan. By profession, she was a nurse. She was also serving as a co-chair of Edhi foundation along with that. This non-profit welfare organization was started by her husband in 1951. She used to look at the maternity and adoption services of the foundation. She joined the nurses training course at the “Edhi Nurses Training Centre”. She got married to Abdul Sattar Edhi in 1966. She had two daughters and two sons. Her husband died in 2016 and she had been managing all the operations of the Edhi Foundation since then.

Bilquis Edhi’s sad demise has left the every Pakistani speechless. The mother of orphans spent more than six decades of her life serving humanity in need, irrespective of cast, color, creed or religion. Her charity saved over 42,000 orphans and unwanted children by the idea of placing jhoola outside Edhi homes. She holds the honor of being awarded “Hilal e Imtiaz” by Pakistan and “1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service” by Russia along with her husband. She was also awarded Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice in 2015.

Her charity runs many services in Pakistan including a hospital and an emergency service in Karachi. She also received “Lenin Peace Prize” as a tribute to her services. Edhi foundation became Pakistan’s major relief organization under the leadership of the husband and wife. It is rightly said, there is a woman behind every man! And the mother of orphans was true example of the saying. She supported and helped her husband in the social work and contributed to the noble cause by his side. After Bilquis and Abdul Sattar, their four children will look after the Edhi Foundation and carry the torch forward.

It is indeed an irrevocable loss. Pakistan lost a sould who dedicated her life in loving, nurturing protecting creation of Allah without any kind of distinction. Let’s pray that Allah gives us courage and dedication to walk on the path of Abdul Sattar Edhi and Bilquis Bano Edhi. May Allah bless the departed soul with the highest rank in Jannah. Ameen.

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