Zujuma- Inspiring Women in Recovery



There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,
and that’s your own self.

Aldous Huxley





From Hyderabad with the flamboyant horn

And pride from south central India to Wimbledon

Zujuma’s handheld ambition blossom

As royalty flowing through her veins

Comes a petal watched as she blossomed

In the sunny ray from up yonder

With the elegant roots of Hyderabadi culture

And a stem of achievement doth dedicate her soul

To the mastery and service to humanity

She prevailed in totality.

Everything around her is greenly

Made use of herself, her phones ring

For her service she isn’t languid,

She’s determined as she smile from the crowded curry-house market.

She’s the end of perfection a woman could be.

In this utmost victory for mankind.


Composed By Yormie – Nigeria

Dear Readers,

Today I bring to you another inspiring woman in recovery, Zuju Shareef, a therapist, yoga teacher, cook, author, philanthropist and a painter. Zuju inspires us with her way of life and promotes the freedom of an individual through vibrancy, brightness and just living. This lady was my savior and the very first person to pick up on my signs of disordered eating. She has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of people she comes across. Through her servitude she has taught us about our liberty, safety, and prosperity.


Indeed! It is true that Beauty is only skin deep. If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. Good things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. Believing in yourself is the first key to success.

“Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.”



We honor this charismatic lady whose work continues to bring pleasure, save lives, and widen the scope of living in peace and harmony. Her contribution to life has made her run through this world like waves.

Question is; can any of us lay the example we have seen her lay? No! I guess.

Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.

Earl Nightingale


When I met Zuju Shareef in 2009. It was spring time and I was battling depression, tension and low self-regard. Mental health was a challenge in those days, especially in Asian communities. Even today, it is still seen as a difficult topic to discuss in many communities. The culture of secrecy that surrounds mental illness still hasn’t changed much.


A motherly figure, Zuju saved me. She totally changed my observation on society and affected my point of view.


She was the first person to detect I maybe battling more than a depression, she picked up on signs of Disordered Eating. People don’t develop Eating Disorders overnight, these problems often develop gradually over a few years. Sometimes the development is slow with “on/off” periods and then something would trigger a rapid deterioration (this was my case) and before you know your stuck in a dark dungeon with little light of hope and living. I didn’t realise things were getting out of hand, my eating disorder developed over a period of my lifetime; it wasn’t something that I noticed; it just developed and became a habit and routine. However, Zuju noticed and noticed everything and pushed me to seek help. She had such a splendid comprehension of my battles and comprehended my predicament. She shouldn’t have because of tightened schedule. Indeed, nobody had sufficient energy to sit and listen to a battling job seeker, yet she did, week in week out, months and year in year out. In spite of every of her worries I paid a non-challant attitude until I was forced to go to Eating Disorder and seek professional help. Notwithstanding she didn’t abandon me all alone.

One of her work is the healing and restoration she’s brought to the community she served and is still serving. The community is a silent community where things happen, unspoken acts take place behind the closed doors. She felt everyone’s pain. She worked very hard to promote the well-being of local women and improve the recovery of people with mental health problems by providing love, unconditional support and information. I went to eating disorder unit, went through recovery and many relapses and Alhamdulilah she was always there. She’s still there today and I’m forever grateful to her for her kindness and support.

Her phone call, concern for me makes me feel so special.

What can I say about her? Words fail me. This society will forever be in her debt for what she does for us. She has lifted such a variety of broken individuals, mended such large number of injured souls with nothing to ask in return.

A wonderful mother and wife, companion and a woman with so much appeal and warmth who’s supplied with a huge number of amazing qualities. When your in her company, get ready to feel special and loved.




Good humor is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment

Grenville Kleiser


I had an opportunity to come across her magnificent art work and I was filled with awe! At seeing the paintings I had to believe that pictures truly speaks millions of words. She’s got a God given talent in arts and creative painting too.






She ran a restaurant ‘Zujuma’s’ in Wimbledon. I’ve used many of her recipes in my journey to recovery from Eating Disorder. She has composed a twice sold-out Hamlyn’s All Color Indian Cookbook. Her cookbook contains more than 150 exquisite Indian recipes. Every one of the dishes are shown venture by –step with photos of the completed dish and also photos and outlines of the different phases of preparation. She was invited by The Restaurant Show at Olympia where she was asked to speak on Indian food at events including all the Indian delicacies. In addition, she runs cookery courses in Surrey.





She has gone through many loses in life and wounds from these experiences had not totally healed.  She filled those years of grief with purpose, service to others, and self-worth.

What a multi-talented gem we have among us, I often sit and think? We are happy and proud to have this uncommon, priceless and beautiful gem in our midst, our time, even at this time.  She’s a woman with a large number of style, appeal, magnificence, behaviour and Royalty. She fantastically and majestically walks, takes her morning walks, paints, takes care of her health and gives such a great amount of adoration on everybody.

This is Zujuma and these are her legacy, her service,  and selfless contributions to humanity.


Someday may never come. So live each day better than the last.
That way you’ll wake up with so much excitement and anticipation
you’ll jump out of bed and shout ‘I can’t wait!’

Bob Perks




About Author

Islam and Eating Disorders founded in 2012 – run by Maha Khan, the blog creates awareness of Eating Disorders in the Muslim world, offers information and support for sufferers and their loved ones.

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