Inspiring People in Recovery Naledi Pandor- Lioness of Africa



Inspiring People in Recovery Naledi


Lioness of Africa




Narrated Anas: Allah’s Apostle said, “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. People asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is all right to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.”



People suffering from eating disorders often have wrong role models. They easily get inspired by media figures which are far from reality. Every child finds role models in different people, whether it’s their mother, father, siblings, teachers or even their ancestors. It’s natural to look up to someone for inspiration and as role models. We can draw inspiration from anyone. Islamic history is full with Inspiring figures who we can look up to and gain from to be model people in our lives today. For the most part when we consider history and Inspiring figures, we consider the Prophets and the male associates around the Prophet Muhammad pbuh. Be that as it may, shouldn’t something be said about those ladies who are referenced in the Quran and from whom people can learn important examples? Every one of the ladies referenced in Quran are addressed considering specific examples which can be acquired by humankind.  We urge you to identify and appreciate inspiring figures from our history, they will inspire you in your journey to recovery and healing and living a best life forever here and in next life.



Dear Readers,


Please find below our Inspiring series, this time we bring to you Nalendi Pandor, super inspiring woman in recovery. In this turbulent times when genocide is unfolding day by day in Gaza and the world is sinking into dark times, we did lose all hope, it seemed there was no single person who would raise voice against the oppressors. Seeing Nalendi Pandor speak for the oppressed gives us hope, it teaches us about strength and standing in the face of adversity and hardship and not losing hope. Nalendi is our role model and an inspiring woman to look up to in recovery. A role model is someone who sets an example and inspires others, especially in terms of their actions and accomplishments. There was a time when some thought Amal Clooney and Malala Yousaf were inspiring people to look up to, but sorry their pin drop silence on this genocide takes them out of any inspiration list. Stay Silent and Keep Serving your Self Interests.




Oppression is everywhere, and as Muslims it is our duty to stand up for those who are oppressed.


When we are sure that an evil was committed; not based on gossip or rumours, but strong evidence. Allah has stated clearly in the Qur’an in Surah al-Hujurat 49:6: “Oh you who have believed, if a rebellious evil person comes to you with news, verify it…” We must be certain, through witnessing it ourselves or a testimony from someone who had witnessed it first-hand.



About Gaza

Nearly 28,000 civilian deaths have been confirmed this morning, with 70% of the victims being women and children, as the relentless bombing continues to leave Gazans in desperate need of medical care and essential supplies. With hospitals shuttered for months, children have been amputated and mothers have had emergency c-sections without vital medicine or anaesthetics. No horror movie can compare to the reality of life in Gaza right now, and as the bombing continues, the Gazan people’s quality of life continues to deteriorate, leaving many feeling hopeless.

From Qays ibn Abi Hazm who said I heard Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) say, “O you people! I hear you reciting this verse: ‘O you who believe! Worry about your own selves. If you follow the (right) guidance [and enjoin what is right (Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam orders one to do) and forbid what is wrong (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden)]no harm can come to you from those who are in error.’ (5:105) But I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say: “Indeed when people see an oppressor but do not prevent him from (doing evil), it is likely that Allah will punish them all.



Wrong Role Models


During your teen’s growing up years, they may feel they have found a role model in a celebrity, an influencer, a movie star, a rapper, or any other well-known figure. They might admire these celebrities to assist them with deciding their own qualities, objectives, convictions, style, and careers. Are these individuals’ great good examples for us? Jeana Thomsen, made sense of why youngsters might be attracted to the people who are popular and in the public eye. “Frequently, famous people have huge followings, and youngsters feel part of something.”

By associating and admiring these figures, they are creating idols in their minds. With time, this can have more profound impact on them, as the more associated they feel, the more this can influence the development of their personality. These people affect how teenagers view themselves and how they see the world. As a matter of fact, it’s not difficult to underrate how much celebrities impact high school mentalities and conduct.

The online fashion channels, beauty channels, the dietary programs, what you eat in a day and etc are creating unrealistic standards of living for people across the globe where internet is available. It’s also fuelling insecurities, low self-esteem and mental health problems.  These health programs can push youths to participate in un -healthy, dangerous lifestyle, consuming less calories and dangerous unmonitored work outs. Furthermore, these add to creating confidence issues and self-loathing. As per a review in view of the utilization of TikTok (a web-based entertainment stage) among youngsters and teenagers determined to have dietary issues, it was seen that the people found anorexia nervosa Ana and Bulimia nervosa Mia, content without effectively looking. This might lead the clients to copy ways of behaving connected with ED and self-harm methods.

Young men likewise experience body image issues and self-confidence issues. Also, this body disappointment can prompt undesirable, unreasonable practises among male youngsters.



Positive Role Models


In the eighth century, Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya a simple unknown figure rose from the throes of poverty and slavery and became a notable figure of all time.  After her ruler freed her from his slavery seeing her dedication to God, she lived in segregation past Basra. The experience of grand love energized Rabi’a; she is seen as the earliest female Sufi figures of Islam, and the fundamental in a long line of female Sufi mystics.

Through her deeds and exercises, Rabia al-Basri didn’t fit into the ordinary occupation for women in the overall population of her time; rather she continued with a free life and became convincing among a circle of researchers and scientists. Throughout her time, she was a woman who set a model for others to follow.



Naledi Pandor – Lioness of Africa.

We are seeing world leaders silence on genocide in Gaza. The silence coming from Muslim Countries to date is deafening. It really hurt to see how our leaders only pay a lip service to the genocide in Gaza and they’ve simply hidden in their offices refusing to take any concrete action to stop the mass murder. Human life is precious beyond words, every life matters, but this time we are seeing the overt racism against Palestinians and any nation that stands with Palestine.

The events which unfolded on 7th October 2023 will forever stay with us. The genocide, the mass murder, ethnic cleansing, the starvation, rape, torture and here we can name each and every heinous crime you can think of, it was committed in Gaza and is still being committed. It has left us shocked, speechless and terrorized.


Naledi Pandor the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa. South Africa has for decades been an advocate for the Palestinian cause, comparing the plight of Palestinians to that of Black South Africans under apartheid.

70-year-old Naledi Pandor converted to Islam after she met her husband Sharif Joseph Pandor in Botswana. The pair has four children together.

Pandor, upon her religious conversion, affirmed that her parents believed in God’s existence and supported her in her worship and adherence to Islamic principles.


Naledi was elected to Parliament in 1994 and was appointed Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces by President Thabo Mbeki in 1999. She served as Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009 during which time she oversaw a complete overhaul of the South Africa education system. She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology by President Jacob Zuma in May 2009.

During her illustrious career Naledi has held numerous positions including:

  • National Director – Black Management Forum
  • Chancellor – Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Chairperson – National Council of Provinces
  • Executive Director – Desmond Tutu Educational Trust
  • Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director: Academic Support Programme – University of Cape Town
  • Coordinator and Senior Lecturer: English for Academic Purposes – University of Cape Town
  • Vice Chairperson – Alpha Early Learning Centre
  • Teacher – Seepapitso Secondary School and Ernest Bevin School (UK)
  • Member – Cape Technikon Council, South African Applied Linguistics Association and Association for Academic Development
  • Deputy Chief Whip: National Executive Committee – ANC
  • Lecturer and Head: English Department – Taung College of Education
  • Member: University Council – University of Fort Hare
  • Chairperson – Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa
  • Trustee – JW Jagger Bequest Committee and Young People’s Theatre Education Trust



Dr. Naledi Pandor, A very pragmatic Minister in South Africa has become worldwide famous and admired for her stand for Palestine. Her speech on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, at the National Assembly, 07 November 2023 left world speechless. In times, when no country would dare utter a word against Israel’s planned ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza, she spoke. At the International Court of Justice, the way she spoke for Palestine and the illegal occupation will stay with us forever.

Naledi Pandor,  quoted the Hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) about rejecting injustice and standing up for the oppressed.


Pandor said, “To be clear with you, I do not aspire to be the head of state of South Africa. I am a government employee, and I will be present, God willing, in any activity that supports the Palestinians.”


She noted that, “Hadith plays an important role in helping us understand the values on which Islamic practice is based, and that Whoever goes with an oppressor to help him while knowing that he is an oppressor has departed from Islam.”

She quoted another Hadith saying, “Support your Muslim brother, whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed person. When the Prophet was asked: How do we support the oppressor, he said: “Support the oppressor by preventing him from oppression.”

The minister added, “These are just two hadiths that indicate that Muslims cannot and should not cooperate with those who oppress others, and most importantly, we must refrain from supporting oppressors, because that only strengthens them.”

She concluded by saying, “These hadiths very clearly command us to support the oppressed in their struggles, and to engage in activities that will hold the oppressors accountable for their actions.”


These are the chosen people of Allah, who will long after they’ve left our world will be remembered for their services to humanity.



What is the world saying about her:


I watched the arguments others presented many seeking out only western narratives to support their arguments, some even fearing western reprisals. Many overlooked the fact that they are standing in South Africa. It’s high time they realize this and begin to act accordingly to our peoples values. Minister Naledi has done us proud. @waheebsaid



A strong lady African female politician who is willing to stand apart and advocate eloquently for another country that is being oppressed by a group of more powerful country. @mauriora5489




She and her country has now taken a loving place in my . Thank you so much for standing Against occupation. @refad9120



Madam Minister, You’re the pride of your nation and a beacon to every peace-loving human being! Bless you. @Karusuando



South Africa has shown greater support for the Palestinians than any Arab kings or leaders Thank you South Africa. @painwithgain8510





I never knew of Dr. Pandor until the charge of genocide was brought against Israel at the International Court of Justice. Now she is my heroine. @Jean-rg4sp






Despite receiving threats from the bad evil people, she has remained strong on her stand for Palestine.

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor has shared that Israeli intelligence has been trying to intimidate her as well as her family following South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Israel for alleged genocide.

All states have an obligation to stop funding and facilitating Israel’s military actions in Gaza after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made clear that those actions could be genocidal, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said



This is our inspiration and we are inspired by her and we can never thank her enough for standing up for justice. Seeing her address the world over Palestine filled me with hope, that Yes a difference can be made and we don’t have to look at sell-out corrupt leaders to make the change happen. Allah has made all of us a vicegerent on earth. The power to make the change happen is within us.


Behold thy Lord said to the angels: “I will create a vicegerent on earth”. They said: “Wilt Thou place therein one who will make mischief therein and shed blood?- whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy holy (name)?” He said: “I know what ye know not.”   Al Baqra Verse 30



May Allah bless her and her family and protect them from all harm. She defies ageism and right now the only figure in our Muslim World with guts. Keep her in your duas please.




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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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