Edhi’s last act of charity was donating his corneas to the blind. He is an epitome of kindness who serves as a model for generations to come.
He was kind not only to human beings, but to animals too. His colleagues said he wanted his workers to lift the bodies of dead animals too. According to a documentary Tribune recently filmed about him, he said,
My mother used to give me 2 coins each day, i give one of those coins to the one in need and use the other coin to get myself food.
Edhi could have lived like a king, instead he chose to live amongst his people as a poor man. However the love he earned from them made him the richest poor man. His loss is mourned by the nation as they have lost one of their own-their savior and father.
Edhi Sahib’s last wish was to donate his organs to those in dire need of them. Since he was diabetic he was only able to donate his eyes to help the blind.
Is donating Organs permissible in Islam ?
This is a common question that arises when people consider donating organs. I would like to cite some examples of Quranic injunctions on this matter.
Donation of organs (Eye, Kidney or Heart) after a person is dead, is permissible in Islam. But there is a condition, that there should be an Assurance that the donor (the one who died and donated his organ) matches to the one who is taking it, if Edhi sahab has given his Eyes then it is mandatory that it matches the person who takes it. (Reference 1)
Moreover, donating all of the organs is not permissible in Islam. Islam teaches us to respect the dead and donation of his/her organs come into the boundary of disrespect. Since, Edhi sahab gave only his eyes. So, Edhi sahib’s donation of his eyes is permissible in Islam. (Reference 3)
Lastly, the fatwa given by Islamic Fiqh Council, which states, “Donating organs from living is Haram, while donating organs from a Dead person, with free consent of the person who is giving it and his family, is Halal.” (Reference 4)
Abdul Sattar Edhi did what only a select few have ever done for humanity. He shall be remembered forever for his humility and services to the Pakistani nation.