South African National Halaal Authority


Rajab 1427      

August 2006

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Editorial  – THANK YOU

We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and encouragement that greeted our inaugural issue of the Halaal Bulletin. No doubt a publication of this nature was long overdue.

We thank you for your kind words and comments which greatly encourages us. Jazakumullahu Khairan. Amongst the suggestions received from some of our non-Muslim certified establishments was the need for information on Islam. We present this in a simplified “Know Islam" series commencing with this issue. Several of our female subscribers have requested the inclusion of a recipe column so we have introduced a "Winning Recipes" section. There is also the “Smile Awhile” contribution from of our associates and a series called “Mysterious Spice” just to spice things up!

But most important of all, it is your publication, so keep the information flowing to us. Whether it is your company, your product, your event, institution, a "people" story, tell us and we’ll acknowledge your contribution.

Happy reading… 

Was salaam

The Editor



 I am spice for whom men have gone to the ends of the earth, fought wars and sometimes lost their lives. I am almost indispensable in food preparation. You will find me in your pantry. Do you know me? Who am I?

  1.  I am made from the dried and almost ripe berries of a tropical evergreen tree (Pimenta officinalis) from Jamaica, Honduras and Mexico. My flavour is pungent and resembles a blend of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. I am used to flavour front pies, cakes, mincemeat, plum pudding, soups, sauces, pickles, relishes, baked beans, frankfurters etc.



  1. I am made from the dried bark of the evergreen tree (Cinnamon cassia) of Indonesia, Seychelles, Sri-Lanka and Taiwan. I have a sweet pungent taste. I am used to flavour beverages, desserts, fruit and even meat.

          Who am I? I AM CINNAMON



SANHA certifies over 500 establishments ranging from large multi – nationals to many proudly South African enterprises including cottage industries.

We congratulate the following for being awarded or renewing the coveted SANHA Halaal Mark of Assurance.

Imbazo Snacks

Steers Shell Overport

Bakery Provisions

Far End Dairy

Umzimbuvu Goats

Mochachos Overport

Creighton Valley Cheese

Zaahedelias Corporate Cuisine

Nestle Waters


Diabeccin V-Caps

Mochacho's Fourways

Debonairs - Braamfontein

Steers - Braamfontein

Health Sun Seed cc

Marcos Chicken S.gate Mall



Raw Materials

Dairy Products






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Kwazulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal

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KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal

KwaZulu Natal




W. Cape






For a detail list of SANHA certified establishments and general email queries, please email



The Jami‘ atul 'Ulama (JU) well known as the Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal was established in 1923 to service the religious needs of the Muslims. It was originally founded by Moulana Mohammed Waliullah and was later revived by Moulana Muhammad Mia & Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (may Almighty Allâh be pleased with them). Many Ulama, too numerous to mention, spent their lives serving Islam and the Muslims through the Jamiatul Ulama. As the needs of the Muslim community grew, the JU accordingly responded. It was in the 1980's, that more branches and representatives were needed to service the ever growing and geographically diverse Muslim population. Alhamdulillah, today the JU has six fully operational branches and six zonal representatives operating in six of the nine provinces in South Africa.

The JU has been the forerunner in co-ordinating educational syllabi in Madrasah institutions from the early 1940's. It has been serving the needs of the community in various areas some of which are as follows:

  • Publications
  • Social Services
  • Counseling services
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Community Radio
  • Aids Awareness
  • Burial Services
  • Government Liaison
  • Dawah (Propagation)
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Judiciary
  • Fatwa Council
  • Youth Development
  • Disaster Relief
  • Institution for higher learning
  • Halaal Consumables

The 1990s inaugurated the JU into a completely new era: an era of new challenges, rapid change, expansion, and diversification. It is a founding member of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA), a national Ulama body representing Muslims on national issues.

The JU is a founder member of SANHA and has ceded the activity of Halaal certification and monitoring to SANHA since inception. Due to its strategic position and valuable input the JU along with the JU KZN was awarded an additional seat on the SANHA Board of Executives. The JU also serves on SANHA's Ulama Council and Theological Committee.



Anas bin Malik (may the Almighty be pleased with him) narrated that the Noble Messenger, Muhammad (may peace be upon him), would lick his fingers thrice. 


Maulana Zakariyya Kandalwi (may the Almighty be pleased with him) comments:

It was the noble habit of the Noble Messenger, Muhammad (may peace be upon him) to eat with three fingers only. Although we find in some narrations that he used five as well. Most narrations mention the thumb, index and middle fingers. The benefit of eating with three fingers is that the morsel will be smaller. One will eat less. Al-Imam an-Nawawi says, “We gather from these Ahadith that it is Mustahab (preferred)  to eat with three fingers.”

For this reason the fourth and fifth fingers should not be used unnecessarily. If the food is such that it is difficult to use only three fingers there is no harm in using more.


Ash-Shamail lit-Tirmizi, Chapter on the eating of the Noble Messenger, Muhammad (may peace be upon him).



In the serious world of Halaal we take this moment to bring you a smile. Laugh or even scream if you have to. We have no objection if you want to do it all together. It’s therapeutic, so pass it on:

 A man in a hot-air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below.

He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am? ”

 The woman below replied “You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north altitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

 “You must be an engineer”, said the balloonist.

“I am,” replied the woman, “How did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help so far.”

 The woman below responded, “You must be in management.”

 “I am,” replied the balloonist. “But how did you know?”

 “Well, ” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you have no idea how to keep. And you expect people beneath you to solve your problems.”

 The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.




No plagiarizing but tried and tested recipes from chefs, contributors and kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure. We quote our sources.

Save the information and make up your own collection of these winning recipes.

For this inaugural series we invited Chef Mehfooz Khan, a graduate of the Catering College of New Delhi, India and Head Chef of the Essence of India Restaurant in Morningside, Durban to write for us:

Noorjehani Prawns

250g Chicken Fillet
1 tblsp white pepper   
2 cups plain yoghurt   
2 tablsp ground ginger garlic
4 green chillies
½ cup oil

1 kg Prawns (de-veined, peeled)
250g cashew nuts
½ litre fresh cream
1 tsp elachi powder
salt to taste
1 fresh lemon (optional)


 Liquidise cashew nuts, yoghurt and green chillies until smooth. In a deep medium-sized pot, add in oil. Leave to heat. Add in ginger garlic paste until golden brown. Add in the liquidized mixture. Leave to cook, stirring gently, until it boils. Add in the prawns, chicken, elachi powder and salt. Leave to cook for 10-12 minutes. Lastly, add in fresh cream. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes. Serve hot with roti or rice. Serves 4-6

 NB: If using fresh lemon, add it last by squeezing it in the pot.




Q. I have heard that while Caltrate tablets are Haraam due to containing porcine (pig) ingredients the chewables are Halaal.

 A. Caltrate tablets as well as the chewables are Haraam.

Q. Is Diabeccin (for Diabetics) Halaal?

A. Diabeccin was formerly Haraam, containing Magnesium Stearate of Haraam origin. It has now been reformulated and has been certified by SANHA as Diabeccin V Caps

Q. Which throat lozenges may I use?

A. Strepsils and Halls throat lozenges are Halaal suitable in terms of the information we have received.

 Q. Is Clover Ultra-Mel Custard Halaal or not. When I phoned SANHA two years ago I was told it is not. Recently a friend was told by SANHA that  it is Halaal. Kindly clarify!

 A. The modern food industry is extremely dynamic. New products are developed and launched continuously. Old products too are at times reformulated for various reasons. A product which is Halaal today may not be tomorrow and vice versa. Clover Ultra Mel Custard used to contain gelatine of non-Halaal slaughtered animals, hence SANHA’s disapproval. The product has been reformulated and is now gelatine-free. Accordingly the ruling has changed.





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One out of every five persons on this planet is a Muslim. He is your neighbour, customer, supplier, employee, employer or friend.

How is ISLAM similar to Christianity and Judaism?

Judaism, Christianity and Islam, in contrast to Hinduism and Buddhism, are all monotheistic faiths that worship the God of Adam, Abraham and Moses – Creator, Sustainer and Lord of the Universe. All these monotheistic religions stress moral responsibility and accountability, the Day of Judgement and eternal reward and punishment.

All three faiths emphasize their special covenant with God; Judaism through Moses, Christianity through Jesus and Islam through Muhammad (may peace be upon them all).

Christianity accepts God’s covenant with and revelation to the Jews but traditionally has seen itself as superceding Judaism with the coming of Jesus. So too, Islam and Muslims acknowledge and recognize Judaism and Christianity, their Biblical prophets ( among them Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus) and the original Divine Revelations sent to them.

Peace is central to all three faiths, which use similar greetings : Shalom aleichem in Judaism, pax vobiscum in Christianity and Assalaamu alaikum in Islam. All three phrases mean, “peace be upon you".



 For poultry processing plants:

  • Camperdown, KZN
  • Port Shepstone area, KZN


  • Strong  Islamic Background
  • Matric ( preferred)
  • Responsible
  • Local Musjid reference
  • Detailed C.V.
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