Edhi Gets UN Recognition for Non-Violence

Posted on October 22, 2009
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This news is a day old but important enough that we don’t want to ignore it. Maulana Abdus Sattar Edhi has won the UN award for his work in promoting tolerance and non-violence. He shares the award with a Belgian human rights activist Franois Houtart.

We are happy to see Pakistanis being recognized for non-violence and tolerance.

The recognition that Edhi has got is called the ‘UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Madanjeet Singh Prize’. This prize was created in 1995 to advance the concept of tolerance in arts, education, culture, science and communications. It is awarded every two years.

15 Comments on “Edhi Gets UN Recognition for Non-Violence”

  1. Aziz says:
    October 22nd, 2009 11:53 am

    Congratulations to Mr Edhi. I am a huge fan of him since I was a little kid. God bless him and may his network be safe from internal and external politics. It is sad to see him being questioned at American port of enteries but I hope this award gives him enough credentials to go through security unharmed.

    BTW, I have always wondered, why does he never get nominated for Nobel prize? He has done something no one could have done in Pakistan or the world.

  2. shakeel says:
    October 22nd, 2009 12:45 pm

    Congratulations to him. He richly deserves it.

    I wished there could have been more media attention to this feat. Would have helped.

    @ Aziz: Nobel Prizes are a joke. I mean, Obama received one for doing what? These prizes are never fair so dont expect this gentleman to ever win it.

  3. Natasha says:
    October 22nd, 2009 12:49 pm

    The award just got more prestigious.

  4. nadeem says:
    October 22nd, 2009 1:14 pm

    We love You Edhi Sahib.. May Allah Bless You..

  5. Mahmood says:
    October 22nd, 2009 1:29 pm

    May Allah Bless Him……

    Good news for Pakistan

  6. Akbar Hussain says:
    October 22nd, 2009 1:51 pm

    Great comment :-)

  7. Waqas says:
    October 22nd, 2009 2:01 pm

    I agree with Natasha, well said. Edhi is just amazing, no worlds can describe what her has been doing for Pakistan, may Allah give him long life so he can keep serving my great nation, Amin

  8. Natasha says:
    October 22nd, 2009 2:25 pm

    Thanks Akbar and Waqas. Eidhi saab is indeed the real hero.

  9. Wajdan says:
    October 22nd, 2009 4:12 pm

    He would not win a Nobel as the jury is unfair and give it for political reasons. Often times, the award is dictated by the US and Western powers.

  10. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    October 22nd, 2009 8:29 pm

    I am feeling so proud because I have met him couple of times while I was collecting cow/goat hides during BaqraEid from 1985 to 1988 on my brother’s Vespa without driving license. As one of my friends asked me once, which bit was better meeting Edhi Sahab or riding without license? At that age riding bit was more exciting then meeting the true legend but of course now views have changed.

    “The award just got more prestigious” Natasha 2009.

  11. Naveed Abbas says:
    October 23rd, 2009 1:55 am

    Molana Abdul Sattar Edhi is the most popular and respected humanitarian in Pakistan. His life-long mission to the care of the poorest of the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged is one of the highest illustrations of service to humanity.Great News of getting UN award. We Pakistanis are confident that he will get ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ soon.

  12. October 23rd, 2009 7:13 pm

    Abdul Sattar Edhi wins UNESCO Prize ‘Madanjeet Award’.

    jaya Hoo- Jeevay Edhi Jeevay Sind Jeevay Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-l ibrary/dawn/news/art-culture/09-edhi-wins-top-un-p rize-for-non-violence—szh-04


  13. Benawa says:
    October 24th, 2009 3:30 pm

    In a fair, just world Edhi ‘d have won the Nobel, hands down,
    no competition; since he is more worthy of it than anybody else
    on this planet. He is a living, breathing, human lighthouse.

    But it is not a fair world! So war criminals, and shifty politicians get decorated with the Nobel peace prize and Edhi
    gets ignored.

    By choosing to overlook Edhi, the Nobel Peace Committee has devalued their own prize.

    Edhi doesn’t do what he does so as to win recognition from the
    puny mortals on the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

    He is motivated by some deep, good, and “noble” forces inside him which are beyond human comprehension.

    This wonderful man and his good wife bless us all by their
    presence in our midst.

    Let us honour them by emulating their shining example!

  14. rainbow22 says:
    October 25th, 2009 5:10 pm

    This man should be given the responsibility of welfare in Pakistan, not our corrupt governments of Zardari or Nawaz. People would give more money to Pakistan. We wont be needing this kerry sheitan-bill.

  15. Love4All says:
    October 27th, 2009 12:10 pm

    Maulana? Come on a beard does not a maulana make. Edhi is Edhi and I think he does not go by maulana…please don’t put next to his good name the Prefix that is put before the names of the most illiterate jahil people under the sun today.

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