South African National Halaal Authority
Safar 1429 No. 24 February 2008
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Do Good

From the past - a moral story for the present

About the Difference between the City Gates and Mouths

There once lived an Eastern king whose wisdom illuminated the land like a sun, whose cleverness none surpassed, and whose wealth far exceeded that of everyone.

One day a vizier came to him with an unhappy face. "Great Sultan, you are the wisest, greatest and mightiest man in our land," he said. "You are our great ruler. But what did I hear as I was traveling through the land? Everywhere the people praise you, but some people spoke very badly of you. They made jokes and complained about your wise decisions. How does it happen, you most mighty man of all the mighty men, that such insubordination exists in your realm?"

The Sultan smiled indulgently and answered, "Like every man in my kingdom, you know what I have accomplished for all of you. Seven lands are under my control. Under my rule, seven lands have achieved progress and prosperity. In seven lands, people love me because of my justice. You are certainly right. I can do many things. I can have the gigantic gates of my cities closed. But there is one thing that I can't do. I cannot shut the mouths of my subjects. What is important is that I do good."

In regulating Halaal we are by no means perfect. We may occasionally slip, momentarily stumble and sometimes fall but rest assured we will continue striving for excellence in serving you.

Constructive criticism and your duaas are part of the process to help us improve as is ignoring destructive comments from detractors on the sidelines.





American Halaal Foundation

The goal of American Halaal Foundation (AHF) is to make Halaal food available for consumption as stipulated by the Islamic Ordinance (Surah al-Baqarah 168). American Halaal Foundation is composed of experts in food, nutrition, and Islamic dietary laws with over 25 years experience in Halaal certification. The president of American Halaal Foundation, Mohammad Mazhar Hussaini is an author, nutritionist and leader in Halaal education recognized throughout the Muslim community worldwide.


  1. To define and establish Halaal standards in accordance with Islamic Law (Shari'ah)
  2. To educate consumers about Halaal food and products.
  3. To counsel and train food industry and Halaal supervising agencies on Halaal standards.
  4. To inspect, supervise, monitor and audit Halaal production.
  5. To certify products as "Halaal" upon complete compliance with the Halaal standards as established in accordance with the Islamic law (Shari'ah)
  6. To facilitate Halaal business development.
  7. To consult in research and development of Halaal food and food products.
  8. To coordinate with International Halaal certifying agencies for authentication of Halaal standards.
  9. To establish Halaal trust (Waqf) for feeding the hungry.

In recognition of the work carried out by the American Halaal Foundation, SANHA has established collaborative links with this body.


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

'Aishah radiyallaahu anhaa (the wife of the noble Messenger sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) narrated:

Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam loved halwaa-sweet and honey.


It may mean that he liked anything sweet or a specific sweetmeat. Uthmaan radiyallaahu anhu was the first to present a sweetmeat to him. It was made of flour, refined butter and honey. Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam liked it.

Sugar was not commonly used then. Sweeteners were derived from honey and dates.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizi, 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.

In this issue we conclude our series on Marinades. We hope you kept copies and enjoyed it down to the last drop!!

This one can be enjoyed with cherry tomatoes, sliced onions, yellow peppers and whole baby spinach leaves. If you are using chicken use the tomatoes, peppers and onions – they add great flavour of their own.

3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp ground garlic
1 tsp red chili flakes
Ύ tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tbsp parmesan shavings
½ cup roasted pine-nuts (chircoza)


  • Keep the pine-nuts separate and add just before serving.
  • Marinate and bake in the oven at 180C.
  • Add the parmesan shavings 5 minutes before your dish is done.
  • If you are using spinach, keep the spinach leaves separate.
  • Stir fry the spinach leaves in a pan in ½ tsp olive oil for 1 minute and add to the ready dish.
  • If you are using chicken, put the tomatoes and onions in the oven first for about 20 minutes, then add the chicken and bake for another 7-8 mins.
  • If using dried herbs, add to marinade, if fresh add after cooking.
  • If you are using veggies only add ½ tsp of dried rosemary or 1 tsp fresh rosemary chopped.
  • If you are using chicken, add 2 tbsp of chopped fresh basil or ½ tsp dried basil.

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 e-Bulletin.



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

Islam and Muslims in South Africa

Islam has its origins in the Middle-East but there are more Muslims in Africa than there are in the Middle –East. About 48% of Africans are Muslims.

Muslims were brought in as political prisoners and slaves to work as labourers from European colonies in West Africa, Indonesia and India.

Evidence also suggests that there has been a major influx of African Muslims since South Africa became a democratic country.

Muslims have always been part of South Africa and have contributed in all spheres to the development of the country. They were actively involved in the struggle for freedom. Muslim contribution to the freedom struggle started with the first political prisoners brought by the Dutch and has continued ever since. Symbolic of this struggle is the tomb of Sheikh Abdurrahman Matura, who was imprisoned and buried on Robben Island.

(Reproduced from the booklet – Islam and Muslims, see giveaway section for your free copy)


Industry News

The South African Association of the flavour & fragrance Industry (SAAFFI) is a non profit organisation formed to take care of matters of common interest of the industry.

SAAFFI is a member of IQFI and IFRA, the two international organisations that deal with many aspects of Flavours and Fragrances respectively, including that of safety, on a global level.

Amongst its activities is the organising of seminars.

A one day seminar entitled Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow – the evolution of flavours & fragrances has been arranged for 6/03/08 in Maropeng Conference Centre.

A balanced programme of presenters, speaking on subjects aligned to the theme of the day, has been planned. They include Clem Sunter, Dr Kobus Neethling, Dr Klaas Jonkheid, Neil Higgs and Professor Alvaro Viljoen.

SANHA is proud to be associated with SAAFFI and commends it on its initiatives.

For seminar or further details, you may visit the website on www.saaffi.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:

Mochachos / Skippers, Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street Restaurant Durban CBD, KZN
Tiger Brands t/a King Foods Cereals & Baby Foods Potchefstroom - NW
Spice Pod Culinary Products Nelspruit (Mpumalanga)

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



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 23

  • Prize: Pot Luck - Lucky Dip. 10 assorted prizes from our pool of prizes. You get what you get
  • Q: Which (Sahaabi) companion was appointed as the permanent attendant of Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and for how long did he serve in that capacity ?
  • A: Anas ibn Maalik (radhiallaahu anhu) served for 10 years


  1. Mohammed Hoosen Imaam – Durban
  2. Naseeha Abdul Ghany – Durban
  3. Abdurahman Ebrahim – JHB
  4. Fathima Abdul – DBN
  5. Looqman Varachia –
  6. Mohammed Yaseen Jooma – DBN
  7. Saarah Carr – C.T
  8. Shabbir Sheik – DBN
  9. Abdullah -

Bulletin 24 Giveaway

Our giveaway this month is a 30 page booklet entitled "Islam and Muslims" published by the Jamiatul Ulama of South Africa who are an Executive Member of SANHA.

But hurry – limited copies available.

Send your request with postal address to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za



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?

Due to the overwhelming response and feedback received from our readers across the globe on our three part series on vitamins, we feature in this issue the nutrients in each food group and how to size up your diet for overall health and wellness.

Found In: Bread Cereals, Rice, Oats, Wheat, Pasta & Potatoes

  • Starch for energy.
  • Calcium for strong teeth and bones.
  • Magnesium for healthy bones, teeth, nerves and muscles.
  • Iron to guard against anaemia.

Fruit and Vegetables
(excluding Potatoes)

  • A range of vitamins and minerals.
  • Carotenes for antioxidant
  • Protection and healthy eyesight
  • Folates for cell division and to guard against some birth defects
  • Fibre for preventing constipation and to lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • Carbohydrates for energy.

Milk and Dairy Products
(excluding butter and cream)

  • Calcium for healthy teeth and bones
  • Protein for growth and repair
  • Riboflavin to release energy from food
  • Vitamin A for growth and cell development and healthy eyesight.
  • Vitamin B12 for making DNA and RNA, and for nerve cell activity

Meat, Fish, Beans, Eggs and Nuts

  • Protein for growth and repair
  • Iron to guard against anaemia
  • Zinc for growth and reproduction
  • B vitamins to release energy from food

Fatty and Sugary Foods
Butter, Margarine, Cooking Oils, Sweets, Cakes and biscuits

  • Fatty foods provide – essential fatty acids for growth and healthy skin.
  • Vitamin E to protect from free-radical damage.
  • Also help the body to absorb vitamin A (for eyesight)
  • Vitamins E and D for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin K for normal blood clotting.
  • Most sugary foods contain few nutrients



Assalamualaikum wrt wbt

I am living in Saudi Arabia and my children are studying in Australia. I append below their email addresses. I think they will benefit immensely from SANHA and its services, in particular, the Halaal/Haraam information that SANHA provides on various consumable products and medicine.

Dr Ali
Saudi Arabia

Dear Brother

Assalβmu Alaikum

Jazakumullah for your words of encouragement. The email addresses that you have submitted have been subscribed free to our database to receive all publications and important announcements. We look forward to your comments and constructive criticism as this inspires us to greater heights, Insha-Allah.

Was salaam


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




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

Competition / Giveaway

Readers Write

Industry News

Questions and Answers

Q: Please advise if Beacon easter eggs with marshmallow are Halaal ?

A: Beacon Easter eggs with marshmallow contain non-Halaal gelatine and are NOT approved by SANHA.

Q: Is the food served on Etihad airlines Halaal? I need to confirm my booking and would like to confirm my meal preference?

A: Unfortunately, the food on Etihad airline is NOT approved by SANHA. You are safest with a 'raw veg' or 'fruit meal'.

Q: I would like to know if Natura Rescue drops for shock, anxiety and sleeplessness is suitable to use. It is manufactured by Natura Laboratory.

A: In terms of information at our disposal Natura Rescue drops are Halaal suitable.

Q: Please advise which sliced cheeses are Halaal.

A: The Parmalat Maxi Slice, DairyBelle and Dairy World cheese slices are certified Halaal by SANHA.



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:

With the media hype gaining momentum in the coverage for the American Presidential nominations and candidacy, we thought that you may find the following guide to economics and political theory for political students interesting. Our apologies to their tutors.

  • Feudalism
    You have two cows. The lord of the manor takes some of the milk.
  • Pure Socialism
    You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else’s cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.
  • Bureaucratic Socialism
    You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulation say you should need.
  • Fascism
    You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.
  • Pure Communism
    You have two cows. Your neighbours help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.
  • Russian Communism
    You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.
  • Cambodian communism
    You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you
  • Dictatorship
    You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.
  • Pure democracy
    You have two cows. Your neighbour decides who gets the milk.
  • Representative Democracy
    You have two cows. Your neighbours pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
  • Bureaucracy
    You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.
  • Pure Anarchy
    You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbours try to take the cows and kill you.
  • Libertarian Anarcho-capitalism
    You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.
  • Surrealism
    You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.



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 of the rock comes from the Arabic name of Jabal Tariq meaning Tariq's mountain. It refers to the Ummayad general Tariq ibn-Ziyad who led the Muslim conquest of Spain in 711 at the head of an army of Berbers, Syrians and Yemenis.


Elixir first entered Arabic as al-Iksir and was then transformed to Elixir in English. Elixir has several meanings: In alchemy, an elixir was a substance believed to be able to change base metals into gold. Other properties were also attributed to such elixirs, such as increasing human longevity.


The English word mummy is derived from medieval Latin mumia, a borrowing of the Arabic word mūmiyyah which means "bitumen". (Because of the blackened skin of unwrapped mummies, bitumen was once thought to be used extensively in ancient Egyptian embalming procedures. Asphalt and tar are forms of bitumen.)


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

We are amazed at the interest generated and requests for our slide presentations and book giveaways.

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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Forthcoming Events

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
Krabi, Thailand

25-27 February 2008
Gulf Food Exhibition

6th March 2008
The Evolution of Flavours & Fragrances
Maropeng Conference Centre, Near Hekpoort

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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