Social media is moved to tears after Rabia Bano shared how philanthropist Bilquis Edhi had saved her life

Mahnoor Jalal

Mahnoor Jalal

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Two days ago it was announced that Bilquis Edhi, the wife of Abdul Sattar Edhi and founder of Edhi Organization, has passed away at the age of 77. Celebrities and politicians from Pakistan and abroad mourned her loss and regarded her as the mother of the nation who saved countless orphans by giving them education and shelter when they were abandoned by their families.

However, many of these children went on to do exceptional things and one of them was Rabia Bano, a girl who was among the countless orphans abandoned at the Edhi Orphanage, and went on to study abroad at the US and also works at Nike.

A social media user shared her incredible story on Twitter, by recounting how Rabia was one of the orphans left on the Edhi swings, and Bilquis named her after her mother Rabia Bano and gave her an education and shelter.

“Back to 1994, 28 years old ago, an nameless infant (like many others) was abandoned in a baby carriage at the Edhi Orphanage in Karachi, Pakistan. After she was found, the mother of the homeless and the hopeless, Bilquis Eidhi, gave her a name, a home and an identity.

She got scholarships throughout her illustrious academic career, went to pursue higher education in the US, did an internship in NYS Assembly, Bronx District Attorney’s Office, U.S Congress, U.S Senate and went to law school to purse Masters in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law.

Her name is Rabia Bano, serving as Senior Privacy & Compliance Analyst at Nike. May Allāh ﷻ settle Edhi Sb & Bilquis Aapa in Jannat ul Adan. What an amazing couple, the living reference of selflessness.”