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Name: Abdul Sattar Edhi
Country:Pakistan
State:Sindh
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Category: Most Influential Muslim Man of the Year
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List of the nominee's achievements:

1. Edhi Foundation runs the world's largest ambulance service and operates free nursing homes, orphanages, clinics, women's shelters, and rehab centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals.
2. It has run relief operations in Africa, Middle East, the Caucasus region, Eastern Europe and US where it provided aid following the New Orleans hurricane of 2005. In November 2011,
3. Edhi was recommended for a Nobel Peace prize by the Ex. Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
4. The foundation also has an education scheme, which apart from teaching reading and writing covers various vocational activities such as driving, pharmacy and para-medical training. The emphasis is on self-sufficiency.
5. The Edhi Foundation has branches in several countries where they provide relief to refugees in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, and Bangladesh. In 1991 the Foundation provided aid o victims of the Gulf war and earthquake victims in Iran and Egypt.
6. Edhi Foundation is the single best foundation across Pakistan and one of the best social welfare service providers across the world running on non-commercial, non-political, and non-communal basis, serving round-the-clock without any discrimination of color, class, and creed is enjoying exclusive credentials in the shape of awards and shields conferred upon Mr. Abdul Sattar Edhi and Mrs. Bilquis Edhi by governmental and non-governmental organizations on national and international level for rendering their exemplary services to humanity in multidimensional fields.

The diversified fields in which Abdul Sattar Edhi played his greatest role for; saving the lives of thousands of newborn babies by placing the cradles outside the Edhi centres, fostering the abandoned babies and children, free nurturing disabled and handicapped people, free caring and feeding women and elderly people who were subjected to torture or neglected by their families, free supporting to ailing patients by providing free medication and medicines through his mobile dispensaries, hospitals, and the diabetic centre at Karachi.

In addition to above, he offered his services in many other areas—like providing land, air, and marine ambulance services during accidents to shift patients to hospitals, national and international relief and aid assistance to the affectees of natural debacles, providing relief aid to refugees in various countries, providing emergency services to the sufferers of drought, fire, and flood, saving the lives of drowned people added with recovering dead bodies from the seas and floods, free rehabilitating the drug addicts, free tracing the missing people, free arranging marriages for the helpless girls and boys, providing free food, clothing, and blankets to needy people.

Besides above, he also served the humanity by offering his services by, providing free technical education to needy people to make them self sufficient through the technical knowledge and skills, providing religious education to the children to make them the best human beings, providing consultancy on family planning and maternity services, providing free blood and plasma to the disadvantaged people, providing free shelter, food, and caring to mentally retarded people, caring by giving shelter and food to orphan and helpless children.

Services to humanity rendered by Abdul Sattar Edhi and his spouse Mrs. Bilquis Edhi never end here, he played his role in some more areas—such as; provided free legal aid to bail out or the prisoners from the prisons, financial and medical support to the prisoners, provided crutches and supporters to the handicapped people, and gave exclusive free bathing and shrouding services to unclaimed dead bodies, so on and so forth. All these services are so much outstanding and exceptional that Edhi Foundation’s role can truly be attributed to an unprecedented example of services to the nation and country of Pakistan as well as humanity, across the globe.(http://edhi.org/edhi-foundation)
7) Child Adoption Center & Childcare Services:
The history of establishing the Edhi child adoption centre and childcare services dates back to 1949. On annual basis, Edhi Foundation is giving over 250 babies or children for adoption. Till to date, over 23,320 babies and children have been provided to the childless couples and families.
8) Rehabilitation Center
9) Welfare Centers
The Welfare Centres of the Foundation are located in all the big cities and towns of Pakistan . The prime function of these centres is to extend all services of the Foundation to the needy persons at their door-steps. Plans are under way to extend their numbers. Once these centres come into operation, ninety percent of Pakistan 's population is expected to be covered by the Foundation's activities. These welfare centres act as " Service Counters " for the need of the suffering masses. They are constantly engaged in multifarious activities directly or indirectly benefiting the local community
10) Graveyard Services:
Edhi Foundation has the largest network for the burial of dead bodes or unclaimed coffins in Pakistan. Graveyards have been established in various cities of Pakistan—like Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi, including in New York, USA.
Mr. Edhi has the privilege of having the world record, for providing the last prescribed bath (Ghusal) before shrouding the coffin by his own hands which exceeds 58,000 dead bodies and unclaimed coffins, and making all arrangements for their burial.
Three metropolises—such as Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi have made the annual contracts with Edhi Foundation for burial of unidentified dead bodies, which have been recovered from drowning, or resulted in deaths owing to homicides, or resulted due to road accidents. Shrouds and coffin boxes are being arranged without any cost to those, who aren’t in a position to afford or pay for the burial rites by themselves.
Non-Muslims are also provided services in accordance with their own religious rites, with the assistance of a church or temple, respectively. Besides these services, larger-sized air-conditioned mortuaries have been established at Karachi to keep the unidentified bodies for few days, and very sooner the burial rites are rendered, in case, any close kin of the deceased couldn’t be possible to trace out.
Edhi Foundation not only provides burial services, even it is providing transporting of dead bodies from across the Pakistan and across the world.
A record number of 58,261 unclaimed and abandoned dead bodies were buried by Edhi Foundation. As a break-down, following tabulation shows year-wise burial of coffins from 2005 to 2012 (for a period of 8 years)

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the Muslim word:

International Activities: 1. Aid to Afghan refugees since 1978. 2. Relief to the needy in the civil war in Lebanon during 1983. 3. Rupees 0.5 million for flood relief in Bangladesh during 1986. In addition an ambulance was also provided. 4. Rupees one million in aid to the drought and famine-stricken areas in Ethiopia during 1985. 5. Aid to earthquake victims of Armenia, USSR during year 1989. 6. Aid for the affected people and refugees of Persian Gulf War during 1991 in the form of blood, plasma, medicines and surgical instruments, etc, worth approximately Rs. 4.5 million. 7. Aid to earthquake victims of north-western Iran during 1990. 8. Continuous relief goods including tents, clothing, blankets and rations for refugees in Azad Kashmir. 9. Relief aid to Kurd refugees. 10. Financial and travel assistance to the standard Pakistanis in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War in 1992. 11. Aid during the earthquake in Cairo 1992. 12. Efforts for the release of prisoners and detainees involved in minor immigration irregularities in Iraq and Romania during 1993-94. 13. Supply of rice and edibles to Mogadishu in Somalia during 1993 in collaboration with the Pakistan army. 14. Relief supplies for Bosnian refugees in Pakistan and supply of relief goods and assistance in Croatian Camps during 1993-94. 15. Relief goods, edibles supplied to Afghan refugees in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, during 1994. 16. Continuous relief operation including provision of transportation facilities to Bosnian refugees during 1993-94. 17. Relief activities conducted in Croatian camps for Bosnian people during 1993-94. 18. Evacuation and relief for plague victims in Saurat (India) during 1994. 19. Provision of blood bags for Japanese earthquake victims during 1994. 20. Edhi International Foundation with its branches in U.S.A., England, Japan, Bangladesh, U.A.E., and Canada, are engaged in Humanitarian work, supporting especially people belonging to Third World.

 
The impact and influence the nominee had on the world and humanity:

1)Destitute Homes:
Edhi Home also called as "Apna Ghar" (our home), is a home for the mentally ill destitute, for orphans and runaways. There are 13 such homes in the country out of which seven are in Karachi . About six thousand persons live in Edhi Homes. A destitute or homeless becomes a member of Edhi's family once he enters its premises. All boarding, lodging, clothing, and logistic arrangements are entirely free.If a person dies within these homes, the burial arrangements are made by the Foundation according to the religious rites of the deceased (Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, or any other religion).
In Edhi Homes, there is a team of specialists to deal with particular problems of the residents. It is supported by a small staff. The residents are encouraged and trained to look after their personal needs themselves. This inculcates in them the spirit of self-help, and keeps them engaged in beneficial activities. In-charge of one of the Edhi Homes for the orphans and runaways, says" Encouraging children to do their own work gives them self-respect and makes them feel that the benefits they get in return are not charity but reward for their efforts".
2)High Ways Project (25 KILOMETER):
Under this project, it is planned to construct five hundred Edhi Centres in order to cover a sizeable population on all highways and major link-roads of Pakistan in a properly phased fashion. The existing centres provide first aid to accident victims and arrange for their speedy transfer to the nearby hospitals. More-over, these centres are being used for providing medical facilities in rural and semi-urban areas.
3) International Community Centers:
The work of Edhi Foundation has extended beyond Pakistan. Currently, branches of Edhi International Foundation are providing regular services in New York, Ontario, Dacca, Tokyo, Sydney, London, Dubai, while preliminary work for establishing branches in Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Yemen and Russia has been completed. These International Community Centres look after the welfare of Asians abroad.
Their Activities Include:
Burial of dead bodies, financial and moral support to the needy people visiting foreign countries for medical treatment, assistance in restoring lost and runaway children to their families, co-ordination and distribution of relief aid outside Pakistan, and drug abuse rehabilitation service.

 
How the nominee’s activities and achievement will continue to impact and influence in the future:

Services to humanity rendered by Abdul Sattar Edhi and his spouse Mrs. Bilquis Edhi never end here, he played his role in some more areas—such as; provided free legal aid to bail out or the prisoners from the prisons, financial and medical support to the prisoners, provided crutches and supporters to the handicapped people, and gave exclusive free bathing and shrouding services to unclaimed dead bodies, so on and so forth. All these services are so much outstanding and exceptional that Edhi Foundation’s role can truly be attributed to an unprecedented example of services to the nation and country of Pakistan as well as humanity, across the globe.
Edhi plans mass campaigns against narcotics, illiteracy, population control and basic hygiene. Edhi’s wife Bilquees works in the areas of maternity centre management. She runs 6 nursing training schools in Karachi, which provide basic training courses. These centres have so far trained over 40,000 qualified nurses. Some 20,000 abandoned babies have been saved and about a million babies have been delivered in the Edhi maternity homes. Bilquees also supervises the food that is supplied to the Edhi hospitals in Karachi. The total number of orphans in Edhi housing is 50,000 and Edhi’s two daughters and one son assist in the running of the orphanages and the automation of these institutions.

Edhi’s vision is to create an institution that will carry on his life’s work and survive for a long time to come. His dream is that of a Pakistan as a modern welfare state, which provides a safety net for the poor and needy while providing basic health and education with vocational skills. A welfare state Edhi feels is the only way to tackle Pakistan’s myriad social problems. He hopes that one day, Pakistan will be a model for other developing countries.

 
List of any references that support the nomination, i.e books, magazaines, websites, ..etc

International awards:

Ramon Magsaysay Award
Conferred upon by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation
For Promoting - Public Service
in 1986 in Manila Philippines
Paul Harris Fellow

Awarded by Rotary International
For Promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 1993 at Karachi
Peace Prize Award

From USSR (former) for services in the Armenian earthquake disaster
For Promoting - Peace
In 1998 at Islamabad (Embassy of USSR)
Guinness Book of World Records

For running - Largest Voluntary Ambulance Organization of the World
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 2000
Hamdan Award for Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services

Conferred upon by Pakistan Civic Society
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 2000 at Dubai UAE
International Balzan Prize

Given By Pakistan Civic Society
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 2000 at Rome,Italy
Peace & Harmony Award

Conferred upon by Sanjay Dalmia and given by Dalia Lama
For Promoting - Peace and Harmony
In 2001 in Delhi India
Peace Award

Conferred upon by Trans Asia Bio Medical Company
For Promoting - Peace
In 2004 in Mumbai India
Peace Award

Conferred upon by Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI)
For Promoting - Peace
In 2005 in Hyderabad Deccan, India
Wolf of BhogioPeace Award

Conferred upon by World Church Service
For Promoting - Peace
In 2005 at BhogioItaly
Gandhi Peace Award

Conferred upon by Mahtma Gandhi Trust
For Promoting - Peace
In 2007 in Delhi India
2007 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize

Conferred upon by UNESCO Madanjeet Prize Committee
For Promoting - Peace
In 2009 at Hotel Paris
2011 London Peace Award

2011 London Peace Award
For Promoting - Peace
In 2011 at London UK
2008 Peace Award Seoul

Conferred upon by POSCO TJ Park Foundation Award 2008
For Promoting - Peace
In 2009 at Seoul, South Korea
National Awards:
2011 Engro Peace Award

Conferred upon by Engro Pakistan Ltd
For Promoting - Peace
In 2011 at Karachi Pakistan
Shield of Honor

Conferred upon by Pakistan Army (E & C)
For Promoting the cause of social Welfare Service
In Rawalpindi
Recognition Of Meritorious

Conferred upon by Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan
For Promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 1989
Nishan-e Imtiaz

Awarded by Government of Pakistan
For Promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 1989 at Islamabad
Human Rights Award

Given by Pakistan Human Rights Society (PHRS)
For promoting and protecting the Human Rights
Khidmat Award

Awarded by Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences (PAMS)
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
Silver Jubilee Shield

Conferred upon by College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (1962 to 1987)
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
The Social Worker of Sub-Continent

Given by Government of Sindh
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 1989 at Karachi
Pakistan Civic Award

Given By Pakistan Civic Society
For promoting the cause of Social Welfare Services
In 1992 at Karachi
Honorary Doctorate Degrees awarded by the Academic Institutions in Pakistan

Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa Degree) by IBA
On behalf of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), the Degree was conferred upon Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi by Dr. Eshrat ul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh, Karachi
→ In recognition of his “Dedicated and Indiscriminate Long Work towards the Betterment and Welfare of Humanity across the Globe”, and
→ Considered him “Great National Hero” and “All Time Legend” for his unparalleled services for the mankind.
In November 2006 Karachi Pakistan
Honorary Degree - Doctor of Social Sciences

By Hamdard Foundation during the 6th Convocation of Hamdard University, at Islamabad Campus
In May 2014 Islamabad Pakistan

Sources:
1) http://www.knightsofarabia.com/modern/001/modern00013.html
2) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8440920/The-day-I-met-Abdul-Sattar-Edhi-a-living-saint.html
3) http://www.nobelprizeforedhi.com/about-edhi.htm
4) http://www.the-south-asian.com/february2002/AbdulSattarEdhi-social_worker.htm
5) http://edhi.org/
6) http://edhi.org/edhi-foundation