South African National Halaal Authority
Muharram 1429 No. 23 January 2008
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: You Are Invited

Some years ago there was a clever campaign where the public was invited to submit photographs best describing South Africa. A selection was later published as a popular coffee table book entitled: "A day in the life of South Africa."

In a similar vein, SANHA invites the public of South Africa to its Annual General Meeting where its officials present their book of achievements. Financial information and operating details are presented in a spirit of openness, a rarity in the field of Halaal certification. As a national body, this program is rotated amongst the major centres and meetings have been hosted in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Who knows, your town could be a venue in the future.

So come Sunday, 17th February 2008, we extend our warmest invitation to all of you, your friends and family to join us at our Annual General Meeting (AGM) (Accommodation for females & Salaah Facilities available). Yes! whether you are a supplier, certified plant, e-Bulletin reader, Muslim or non-Muslim, we will be honoured to receive you to witness our AGM and have lunch with us.

Please regard this as a personal invitation.

TIME : 10:00am
DATE : Sunday, 17th February 2008
VENUE : Hartley Road School
        Overport (next to Parklands Hospital),

For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance and the number of people attending. e-mail: pro-kzn@sanha.org.za

Kind regards and salaams



We would like you to be there but if you can't, send us your message which we will share with the attendees.

Thank you




Fiji, a small country in the Pacific Ocean with approximately 320 Islands is about 11200 miles from South Africa.

With its geographical location, the International Dateline passes the Island of Taveuni. This not only makes Fiji see the sun rise first, but also the first country to offer Fajr Salaat (pre-dawn prayers).

The Muslims in Fiji originated from the Indo-Pak Sub-continent. The British Government brought these workers in groups, under a system of indentured labourers to work in the country's sugarcane farms.

The first group of immigrants left India from the port of Calcutta on 28th February 1879 in a ship called "Leonidas". They reached the Levuka Harbour on 14th May 1879. Of the 498 passengers, 92 were Muslims.

A regular flow of immigrants continued with a total of 86 voyages from 1879 to 1916. Today 7% of Fiji's population is Muslim.

The Fiji Muslim League (FML) was established in the year 1926. The organization is working particularly for the welfare and development of the Muslims.

Achievements of Fiji Muslim League to date include the establishment of the following:

  • 17 Muslim Primary Schools
  • 5 Muslim Colleges
  • A tertiary institution for higher education
  • Masajid / Prayer Centres (Markaz) in the country

Through these institutions, generations have excelled in secular as well as religious education and have maintained their Islamic identity in a multi-religious society.

The Board of Consumer Affairs plays an important role in advising the Muslim community on consumable items. The board has members from the field of Food, Science and Nutrition and Islamic Scholars (Ulama) to resolve issues of this board.

The vision of Fiji Muslim League Board of consumer affairs is to promote Halaal Food consumption for the Muslim community in Fiji. As the availability of processed foods in the food market is increasing, there has been a greater need to investigate the authenticity of the so called "Halaal" foods in the market. It acts as a Halaal regulatory body and offers Halaal certification services.

Halaal food consumption is obligatory and Muslims all over the world must form a united front to tackle these issues. The FML is proudly associated with SANHA as a reference source in the field of Halaal certification.


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

Anas bin Maalik radiyallaahu 'anhu narrated::

A tailor invited Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam for a meal which he had prepared. I went with him for the meal. The tailor presented to Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam barley-bread and gravy gourd and slices of dried meat. I saw the Nabi sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam searching the side of the plate for gourd. From that day on I developed a love for gourd.


Anas bin Maalik radiyallaahu 'anhu was the permanent attendant of Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. An invitation to Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam can be assumed to include him as well.

Note: Pumpkin is native to the Americas and only reached Asia after the European voyages of discovery. Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam ate Gourd and never ate Pumpkin which incorrect translations aver.

Mawlaanaa Zakariiyaa Kandalwii comments:

Anas bin Maalik radiyallaahu 'anhu may have been invited or may have accompanied Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. There is no harm if one accompanies an invited guest, provided the host is not offended.

Anas bin Maalik radiyallaahu 'anhu immediately began to like gourd. This shows the love the Sahaabah radiyallaahu 'anhum had for Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. True love demands that one love every deed of the beloved. One gives each word a place in the heart.

Pure is Allaah! Today, the ones who claim to love Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam dislike imitating him or appearing like him. Observe the disparity of the path from where it was to where it is!


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!! Due to numerous requests, Chef has decided to continue sharing some of his famous dips, marinades, basting sauce recipes and secret tips with all you lucky bulletin subscribers. Enjoy!

Marinades are the answer! Not only are they quick and easy but also require a lot less oil when you cook.

1. This one is great for chicken and green peppers or bhindi & potato or paneer and green peppers.

  • 1¼ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1¼ tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 hot green chilli or 2 medium hot green chillies chopped fine
  • 2-3 spring onions chopped fine
  • salt and pepper to taste


Marinate the meat or vegetables in the paste and stir fry in 1 tbsp sesame oil. The Chinese sesame oil is better – It has a touch of soy as well which makes it different from the Indian till oil.

2. I like to use this for chicken & roasted cashews (about ¼ cup). You can try mushrooms and cashews for a vegetarian alternative.

  • ½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • coriander and lime juice after cooking
Marinate the meat, stir fry and then add the cashews at the end.

Chef's Tips:

All these recipes serve 2

  • Recipes cover about 300g chicken breasts cut into strips / 10-12 prawns / 1½-2 cups veggies
  • Stir fry chicken strips for not more than 5-7 mins.
  • When stir frying chicken, beat an egg lightly and add to the marinade, the chicken cooks much better.
  • Keep the bite in the veggies, don't overcook
  • Make sure your oven is pre-heated when baking
  • Marinate everything for at least 20 mins.

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.

Allahu Akbar

This is the most uttered expression in the world which means "Allah is the Greatest"

This is used by Muslims during the call for prayer, during prayer, to express joy, when they slaughter an animal and when they want to praise a speaker.

Muslims praise Allah in every aspect of life, and as such say "Allahu Akbar".


Industry News

Anchor Yeast

Anchor yeast is one of Africa's leading yeast manufacturers with world-class ISO 9000 accredited facilities.

It's proudly certified by SANHA.

For industry professionals, Anchor Yeast and CCFRA offers 2 in-depth, practical and technical training courses to improve your knowledge of ingredients, processes and quality issues for all types of baking.

Practical Cake Technology Course
21-22 February 2008
Industria, Johannesburg

Focusing on understanding the practical and technical aspects of cake production, through the combination of technical presentations and practical sessions. The course will centre on the functionality of the major ingredients and causes of faults that occur during production.

Practical Biscuit Technology
26-29 February 2008
Industria, Johannesburg

Modern biscuit production is so mechanised that few get the opportunity to experience the effects of variations in dough making, dough piece forming and baking. By combining technical information with practical activities, the principles of biscuits, cookie and cracker making can quickly be learnt.

To Book Courses or for more information, please contact Suzie Van Zyl on Tel: 011 248 8357 or email: svanzyl@anchor.co.za


Recently Certified List

SANHA certifies over 700 establishments ranging from large multi - nationals to many proudly South African enterprises including cottage industries.

We congratulate the following for being awarded the coveted SANHA Halaal Mark of Assurance:

Steers, Thohoyandou Restaurant Thohoyandou, Limpopo
Mochachos Makhado Restaurant Makhado (Louis Trichardt) - Limpopo
McNabs Wellth Medical Parkwood (Gauteng)
I&J (Rubs n Glazes Seasonings) Culinary Products Cape Town

For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email helpline@sanha.org.za



Previous Competition - NMC COMPETITION

Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to all the participants in the SANHA / NMC Competition.

Grand Prize winner of the NMC 20cm waterless roaster worth R1200 is:

Bilkis Vawda

The winners of the 20 NMC vouchers worth R200 are:
  1. Muhammad A Bemath
  2. Abdullah Patel
  3. Martin (Mateen) Kinnear
  4. Naimah Manjoo
  5. Rookayia Adamjee
  6. Soraya Valley
  7. Haroon Karanie
  8. Saleha Ismail Variawa
  9. Fathima Shaik
  10. Soogra Ismail Roshan

  1. Sawleha Hansa
  2. Ismail Mulla
  3. Ayub Rawat
  4. Tasneem Bhayat
  5. Abdul Jabbar Mookadam
  6. Imraan Subrathie
  7. Nasmoonissa khan
  8. Nazli Pochee
  9. Hekhmat Currimjee
  10. Zulayk Ackerdien
Alhamdulillah! Well Done.

Bulletin 23 Competition

Lucky Dip, Lucky 10 - it's Pot Luck

Yes! For this issue we are putting up 10 assorted prizes from our pool of prizes. You get what you get but only if you are a winner.

Which (Sahaabi) companion was appointed as the permanent attendant of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and for how long did he serve in that capacity ?

Which SANHA office would you like to collect your prize from if you are a winner - Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town?

State your preference when submitting your Answers. Send your answer to helpline@sanha.org.za

Closing date: Friday noon, 8th February 2008




Questions and Answers

Mysterious Spice and all Things Nice

Organisation Profile


Recently Certified

I Didn't Know That

Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Know Islam

Smile a While

Winning Recipes

Forthcoming Events


Readers Write

Industry News


Questions and Answers

Q: Are there any Halaal whitening toothpastes ?

A: Colgate Whitening toothpaste manufactured locally in South Africa is certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: Kindly advise if the Kellogg's Cereal Bars ( All Bran Bars; Special K Bars; etc.) are approved by SANHA.

A: The Kellog's Special K Bars are NOT approved by SANHA.

Q: Could you please give me a list of vitamin supplements that are Halaal?

A: Listed hereunder are a few names of Halaal suitable Vitamins:

  • Herbology Multivitamin
  • Herbology Vitamin B Complex
  • Herbology Vitascience Vitamin C
  • Superstars Multivitamins with fruit & Veg.
  • Staminogro
  • Ladyvite
  • Mensvite
  • Spirulina
  • Diabecinn
  • CellFood
  • McNabs 5-a-day Food Supplement



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:

Some headlines from newspapers that got "ahead"

  1. Something went wrong in jet crash, Experts say
  2. Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers
  3. Iraqi Head seeks arms
  4. Miners refuse to work after death
  5. War dims hope for peace
  6. Red tape holds up new bridges
  7. Kids make nutritious snacks
  8. Typhoon rips through cemetery: hundreds dead



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Arabic is the language of the Noble Qur'aan. 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 name camel comes via the Greek kamelos from the Arabic jamal or the Hebrew gahmal, all meaning "camel".


Found in Arabic writings from the 12th century. The origin of the name lemon is through Persian (Limu), from the Sanskrit Nimbuka. They were cultivated in Genoa in the mid-fifteenth century, and appeared in the Azores in 1494.


From Arabic sharab, beverage, via Latin siropus, is a thick, viscous liquid, containing a large amount of dissolved sugar.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

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Yes! We love sharing and in this spirit we invite you to forward slide presentations, books and other suitable giveaway material for consideration.

We will definitely give credit to the source and our duaas too.


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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 continue presenting "Flavours of India" a brief overview on little herbs and spices that play a large role in the cuisine, culture and heritage of our Rainbow nation.

Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass is a tall tropical grass. The fresh stalks and leaves have a clean lemonlike odour because they contain an essential oil, which is also present in lemon peel. As a spice, fresh lemon grass is preferred for its vibrant flavour, but is also sold in dried form or as an oil that can be extracted from the plant.

The grass is considered a diuretic, tonic and stimulant. It promotes good digestion. A preparation of lemon grass with pepper has been used for relief of menstrual troubles and nausea. It induces perspiration which cools the body and reduces fever. It is well known as a mild insect repellent (citronella) and the essential oil is used in perfumery.


Kokum is dark purple to black, sticky and with curled edges. The fruit is often halved and dried, so that the dried seeds are visible in their chambers like a citrus fruit. It is usually available as a dried rind, resembling a thick plum skin. When added to food it imparts a pink to purple colour and sweet/sour taste.

It is useful as an infusion or by direct application in skin ailments such as rashes caused by allergies. Kokum butter is an emollient helpful in the treatment of burns, scalds and chaffed skin. The fruits are steeped in sugar syrup to make amrutkokum which is drunk to relieve sunstroke.



Assalâmu alaikum

It is very much appreciated that the work done by SANHA is informative and fruitful to our Muslim Community. May Allah (S.W.T) shower his blessings on all those who are committed in doing such a great work for our Muslim Community.

I would like to request for slide presentation of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which was mentioned in the previous e-Bulletin and also the link for subscribing.

The University of the South Pacific

Dear Brother

Assalâmu Alaikum

It is an immense pleasure to receive words of appreciation from a far flung corner of the world. Jazakumullah Khairan.

We thank Allah (SWT) that we are bound together with our brethren from all over the World under the banner of "LA ILAHA ILLALLAH MUHAMMADUR RASULULLAH"

We welcome your suggestions and criticisms to help us improve our services.

We take pleasure in forwarding you the slide presentation as per your request.

Salaams to all in the sunny Pacific.

Was salaam


Please feel free to forward email addresses of friends, family and associates to helpline@sanha.org.za


Forthcoming Events

7 February
How to market your own business cost effectively
Cape Town – South Africa

10-12 February
International trade fair for fish & seafood
Bremen, Germany

17 February
Hartley Road School
Hartley Road - Overport
Durban, South Africa

17 February
Muslim Business Network AGM (for members)
Runcorn – Australia

23 February
Euroshop (Global retail trade Fair)
Dusseldorf – Germany

22-24 February
World of Halaal Science Industry and Business
Halaal Science Centre – Chulalongkorn University

25-27 February 2008
Gulf Food Exhibition

20 - 22 July 2008
Africa's Big Seven
Africa's Largest Trade Show incorporating "The Halaal World" by SANHA
Gallagher Estate - Midrand, Gauteng
South Africa


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