South African National Halaal Authority
Muharram 1429 No. 22 January 2008
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Wave It Away

"TSUNAMI AID SPENT ON POLITICS" cries a headline in the front page of The Australian of 27/12/07. Coming one day after the third anniversary of the tsunami that killed about 230 000 people in the Indian Ocean Islands, it laments the fact that $400 million donated by ordinary Australians to build homes was spent on social and political engineering.

In its survey, the Australian found that the donations had been spent on "politically correct projects promoting left wing Western values over traditional Asian culture". The activities by Oxfam "listed as Tsunami relief included a travelling justice show in rural Indonesia to change male attitudes towards women". Whilst another instructs Thai workers to set up trade unions.

A tsunami relief project by World vision in the Aceh Province of Indonesia which recorded half of the entire death toll includes a lobbying campaign to advance land reform to promote gender equality, as well as educating women in the democratic processes and encouraging them to enter politics.

Islam has no qualms about the education of women and uplifting them to their rightful place as mothers of future generations. However, it is a major sin when trust is broken or misrepresentation is perpetrated.

Muslims have an enviable track record of positively responding with aid to humanitarian disasters in keeping with the values of Islam. The relief is given without preconditions and must be encouraged further for it is a purpose of one's existence to help his fellow brother. In this regard SANHA even went as far as making submissions to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. To read SANHA'S submission to Parliament, refer to http://ipoaonline.org/php/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=99&Itemi

It is of utmost importance and the cornerstone of the earning of rewards in the Hereafter as well as pleasure of Allah Ta'ala that your good intention is implemented with honesty. It is stated in the Noble Qur'aan:

"O! you that believe! Betray not the trust of Allah and the Apostle, nor misappropriate knowingly things entrusted to you." 8:27

Therefore one must ensure that organisations entrusted with discharging one's intentions deliver this accordingly and not misappropriate it for other purposes. The organisations must be transparent, credible, legitimate and accountable.

Even in the field of Halaal certification, SANHA believes that funds accrued from licencing fees should be ploughed back into rendering the service. The community should not be taxed nor should funds collected for other Islamic purposes be appropriated for Halaal certification or administration.




Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA)

The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) is an International, non-profit, tax exempt, and non political Organisation dedicated to promoting Halaal, nutritious eating habits and to securing Halaal food sources. In support of these goals, IFANCA provides a number of services.

  1. Halaal Slaughter Supervision / Certification
  2. Halaal Product Supervision / Certification
  3. Consulting
  4. Food Label Translation
  5. Educational Material and Counseling
  6. Liaison between Importers and Exporters
  7. Symposia to address audience on Halaal Issues

IFANCA produces various publications including a periodical, The Islamic Perspective, which is used as a tool for the dissemination of information, and a book, Islamic Dietary Laws and Practices, which is used by Muslims and non-Muslims to better understand the Islamic requirements.

IFANCA is recognized and internationally acknowledged as a bonafide Halaal certifying agency. IFANCA is a fellow member of the World Halaal Council and also hosted the first International Halaal Conference in South Africa with SANHA in 2005.

SANHA is proud to have signed a memorandum of understanding with IFANCA so that we may have collaborative links with them, sharing information, skills and technology for the benefit of Muslims everywhere.

IFANCA Head Office
777 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Contact Person: Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry
Telephone: +001.773.283.3708
Facsimile: +001.773.283.3973


HADITH (Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him)

Abu Khaalid narrates from Hakim bin Jaabir who narrates from his father radiyallaahu 'anhu:

I went to Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. I saw someone slicing gourd. I asked, "What is this for?"

Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam replied, "It increases our food."


Al-Imaam at-Tirmizi comments:

This Jaabir is Jaabir bin Taariq. Some say Ibn Abi Taariq. He was a man from the Companions of Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. The name of Abu Khaalid was Sa'd.

Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments: 'Ulama have mentioned many benefits of gourd. The books of medicine also mention its benefits. It strengthens the brain and senses.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on the curry of Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.



Tried and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

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

Great News!! Say goodbye to dry chicken, meat and fish because Chef has decided to share some of his famous dips, marinades, basting sauce recipes and secret tips with all you lucky bulletin subscribers. Enjoy!

Peri-Peri Marinade

  • two or three fresh hot chilli peppers (red peppers are typical), chopped
  • four tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice (or cider vinegar)
  • four tablespoons oil
  • one tablespoon cayenne pepper or red pepper, or one tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
  • one tablespoon paprika
  • one teaspoon salt
  • one teaspoon minced garlic (or garlic powder)
  • Combine all ingredients.
  • Grind and mix the ingredients into a smooth paste.
  • Adjust the ratio of cayenne pepper to paprika to taste.
  • Rub marinade onto meat and allow to marinate in a glass bowl for at least thirty minutes before cooking.
  • This works well on chicken, beef, or any other grilled meat.

Chef's Secrets to marinating:

  1. The larger the surface area of the meat, the more effective the marinade will be. If your meat is compact without a large surface area you can inject marinade into the meat, or simply poke holes or slits in the meat with a knife and massage marinade into the holes.
  2. Larger pieces of meat need longer marinating times. Small pieces such as Kebabs can be marinated for 30 minutes to an hour; a roast may need overnight marinating.
  3. When browning the meat is desirable, remove the meat from the marinade; dry it, then brown.
  4. Marinate your meat in a non-reactive container. A glass bowl or baking dish works well, a Ziploc bag makes for easier cleanup.
  5. Marinate the meat and store in the refrigerator.
  6. Never reuse the marinade. If you desire to use some as a dipping sauce, reserve a portion before marinating the meat.

Do you have a recipe to share with the readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of the Halaal e-Bulletin.



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

Are all Muslims the same and where do they live?

There is one divinely revealed Islam. Although the basic unity of Islamic belief and practice expresses itself in diverse ways within many different cultures around the world, Muslims regard themselves as same under the banner of one Almighty God and Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him) as the last and final Prophet.

We list below the latest total and Muslim population by continent

World Muslim Population

Continent Population in 2006 Muslim Population in 2006 Muslim Percentage
Africa 923.2 442.88 47.97
Asia 3970.5 1060.65 26.71
Europe 731.7 50.7 6.93
North America 331.7 7.13 2.15
South America 566.05 3.08 0.54
Oceania 33.54 0.6 1.79
Total 6313.78 1565.28 24.79

** US Center For World Mission 1997 Report



Let's play the guessing game – I could be a spectacular spice, fabulous fruit, incredible ingredient, vital vegetable, marvelous mineral or vibrant vitamin. Do you know my name?

In this issue we present "Flavours of India" a brief overview on little herbs and spices that play a large role in our cuisine, culture and heritage.

Paprika / Lal Mirch

Paprika was brought to Spain via the journey made by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and the capsicums that paprika is made from are native to South America. Although related to the hot chilli pepper, Paprika tends to have a subtle and delicate aroma with a slight fruitful yet smoky trace. Flavours differ from sweet and smoky to full bodied and pungent. Paprika has a dominant deep red colour when used in cooking, which is its principal use in Indian cuisine. It can also be used to form spice blends, but care must be taken not to overheat paprika, as it becomes bitter.

Asafoetida / Hing

Asafoetida is a dried, resinous gum obtained from the stems and rhizomes or taproots of three species of the Ferula (giant fennel) plant. Although available in 'tears” and 'lumps', it is most commonly found in powdered form. When solid asafoetida is crushed, the sulphur compounds in the volatile oil are released, giving it a strong, unpleasant smell, reminiscent of pickled garlic.

Asafoetida has a very strong, pungent smell and the flavour mellows as it is fried in oil. When cooked, it has a truffle-like flavour and a roasted garlic aroma.

Originally found in Afghanistan and Iran, Asafoetida emerged in India during the Moghul empire and has since been cultivated in Kashmir as well.

Quick fact

Asafoetida is considered to be a highly useful digestive, disinfectant, antispasmodic, mild diuretic, a stimulant for glandular secretion, an aid to circulation and is particularly useful for strengthening the nerves.


Industry News

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  • Halaal World, supported by the South African National Halaal Authority.
  • Pan Africa (bakery ingredients, processes and equipment)
  • Interbake Expo (agrifood manufacturers and producers).
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  • FoodTech Africa (ingredients, manufacturing technologies, packaging).
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In the serious world of Halaal we take this moment to bring you a smile, a chuckle or even a hearty laugh. It's therapeutic, so pass it on:

The start of the New Year brings challenges anew and fresh career opportunities. Be warned on letters of recommendation like the one below sent by a Brother with a wicked sense of humour.

  1. While working with Mr. X, I have always found him
  2. working studiously and sincerely at his table without idling or
  3. gossiping with colleagues in the office. He seldom
  4. wastes his time on useless things. Given a job, he always
  5. finishes the given assignment in time. He is always
  6. deeply engrossed in his official work, and can never be
  7. found chitchatting in the canteen. He has absolutely no
  8. vanity in spite of his high accomplishment and profound
  9. knowledge of his field. I think he can easily be
  10. classed as outstanding, and should on no account be
  11. dispensed with. I strongly feel that Mr. X should be
  12. pushed to accept promotion, and a proposal to administration be
  13. sent away as soon as possible.
Branch Manager

A second note followed the report:

Mr. X was present when I was writing the report mailed to you today. Kindly read only the alternative lines 1,3,5,7...for my true assessment of him.


Branch Manager




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Questions and Answers

Q: Kindly advise if the veg and meat food served on Emirates airlines outbound flights from Joburg (OR Tambo International Airport)

A: SANHA does not approve of any of the meals served on outbound flights from the OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg). The safest option is to order a Fruit Platter meal when travelling by air.

Q: I would like to know if pick and pay trade route in lenasia... if the meat that they are selling is approved by SANHA. I am specifically wanting to know about the butchery, mutton, chicken and beef?

A: SANHA has no information and jurisdiction regarding the Halaal programme implemented at Pick n Pay, Trade Route Mall, Lenasia and therefore cannot give you any assurances.

Q: Are all Nestle ice creams certified Halaal by SANHA?

A: All locally made Nestle Ice Creams are certified Halaal by SANHA. The following Nestle Ice Creams are IMPORTED and DO NOT carry the SANHA approval:

  • Itsatwitsi
  • Triple Pop
  • SsSnake
  • Royale King Cone
All Halaal certified products of Nestle shall carry the SANHA mark on the packaging.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Arabic is the language of the Noble Quran. It has also contributed to the development of the English language. Many an English word owes its origins to Arabic. We will reproduce a few over the next few issues.


The fruit appears similar to a peach or nectarine, with a colour ranging from yellow to orange and sometimes a red cast; its surface is smooth and nearly hairless. Apricots are stone fruit (drupes), and have only one seed each, often called a "stone". The name derives from "apricock" and "abrecox", through the French abricot, from the Spanish albaricoque, which was an adaptation of the Arabic al-burquk


Coffee is a drink prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. These seeds are usually called coffee beans. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, trailing only petroleum. Coffee is one of humanity's chief sources of caffeine, a stimulant. Its potential benefits and hazards have been, and continue to be, widely studied and discussed. The word entered English in 1598 via Italian caffè, via Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa.


The word "monsoon" appears to have originated from the Arabic word (mausem), which means season. It is most often applied to the seasonal reversals of the wind direction along the shores of the Indian Ocean, especially in the Arabian Sea, that blow from the southwest during one half of the year and from the northeast during the other.

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24-28 January 2008
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28-30 January 2008
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17 February
Muslim Business Network AGM (for members)
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25-27 February 2008
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20 - 22 July 2008
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