South African National Halaal Authority
Safar 1429 No. 25 February 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial : AGM Feedback

What a day it was!

Alhamdulillah! The Annual General Meeting lived up to its billing, much to the appreciation of the one hundred and fifty people that gathered at the advertised venue on Sunday 17/02/08.

Attention to detail, superb facilities and a brilliant guest speaker. A spirit of camaraderie prevailed throughout and culminated in a sumptuous lunch resulted in great ambience.

We list below a few points extracted from the proceedings discussing events since the last AGM. A detailed report, AGM 2008 Report, is available from our website


  1. Ulama are the spine of the organisation and its Fatwa committee deliberated on several vexing issues.
  2. Darul Ihsaan organisation under Mufti Zubair Bayat filled the vacancy created by the withdrawal of the Jamiatul Ulama KwaZulu-Natal.
  3. Associate membership by Muslim Jamaats and Institutes, etc. increased from 84 to 122.
  4. Over 100 staff in the direct employ of SANHA.
  5. 197 Applications for certification received in the period under review with 158 successful.
  6. 4890 inspections carried out with 23 deviations recorded and successfully dealt with.
  7. A memorandum of agreement signed with the first Halaal Science Centre in Thailand.
  8. SANHA elected to 3 of the most important committees of the World Halaal Council.
  9. 10 companies now certified in Pakistan. Inspections conducted by local Ulama trained and supervised by SANHA.
  10. Networking, alliances and support rendered to Halaal organisations in Kenya, Reunion, Chile, Sri Lanka and neighbouring African countries.
  11. Electronic newsletter now reaching over 30 000 readers world wide.
  12. 3rd International Halaal Conference and participation at the Africa Big 7 Exhibition in July 2008.
  13. Over 30 000 queries fielded by the Halaal Helpline in the period under review.
  14. Audited Financial statements and a list of every plant certified by SANHA were presented.

Our esteemed guest speaker was Mufti Siraj Desai a graduate of Madrasah Miftahul Uloom Jalalabad, India and the Principal of the first Darul Uloom established in Port Elizabeth, Darul Uloom Abu Bakr.

His brilliant exposition can be viewed on our website.

We ask Allah the Almighty to accept our humble efforts.




Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

Established in 2000 by Mufti Zubair Bayat, the new incumbent on the SANHA Executive Board, is indeed a rising star in the service of the Deen.

The services provided by the centre include, inter alia, counselling (particularly for marital disputes), Education & Training, Hifz Class, High-School Students Madrasah, Ulama Development Programmes, Publications and various other activities.

Feed a Pupil Project

Alhamdulillah the "Feed a Pupil" project – providing sandwiches to local schools for hungry pupils – has dramatically increased in the number of sandwiches supplied to the schools. Over 1900 sandwiches are prepared weekly for distribution to 22 schools. Volunteers wishing to assist in the preparation of sandwiches may contact our offices.

Stationery Distribution Project

Darul Ihsan also distributed 1000 basic stationery packs to needy pupils at nine local schools. The centre also provided school uniforms, stationery, books and school fees to many deserving families.

Meals on Wheels Project

Meals are prepared and served at various venues, for example, the Joyce Road Informal Settlement. There, sixty eight families are assisted.

Employment Placement Programme

We invite businesses seeking staff or job seekers seeking employment to use Darul Ihsan's vacancy web page to advertise absolutely FREE. Call, fax, Skype or email us your details.

Skills Empowerment Project

Owing to the high unemployment rate and excessively high job seekers, Darul Ihsan would be soon embarking on skills training and traders empowerment programme, Insha Allah.

Bursaries 2008

A significant number of bursaries were given to students doing religious and tertiary education.

If you wish to help, visit the centre or even lend moral support their contact details are:

56 Joyce Road
Sea Cow Lake
Tel: +27 (0)31 577 7868
Fax: +27 (0)31 577 6012
e-Mail: disc@darulihsan.com
Website: www.darulihsan.com


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

Umm Salamah radiyallaahu 'anhaa narrated:

I presented a roasted side portion of meat to Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. He ate it. He then arose to perform salaah without repeating his wuduu.


Umm Salamah radiyallaahu 'anhaa was Ummul Muminin (a wife of Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam). Her name was Hindah. Umm Salamah means "mother of Salamah." Due to her title some people erroneously use Salamah as a female name. Salamah is a male name.

Moulana Zakariya Kandalwi comments:

Certain Ahadith mention that food cooked on fire nullifies the wuduu. Certain Ulama of the early generations also held this view. Al-Khulafaa ar-Raashiduun, the four Aimmah, and the majority of Ulama hold that these narrations have been abrogated. This Hadith of Umm Salamah radiyallaahu anhaa supports the majority view. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam did not repeat his wuduu after eating the roast.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on the curry of Rasuulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.



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.


This is one of my favorite recipes, a sure winner at any get-together.

  • about 2kgs of chicken pieces
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 packet of 500g dried apricots or prunes
  • 8 tbsp honey (I use much more, for a sweeter and less liquid sauce)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peeled almonds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • oil

In a large pot, melt the butter. Fry the chopped onions until soft, and add the chicken, salt, pepper, turmeric and cinnamon sticks. Add enough water to cover the chicken, about two cups. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the chicken is done, adding water if necessary. Remove the chicken pieces.

Add the prunes or apricots and simmer for about fifteen minutes. Add the ground cinnamon and honey, stir and cook until the sauce has a honey-like consistency. Add more honey if necessary.

When the sauce is almost ready, sautee the almonds in oil. Drain most of the oil from the pan, and toast the sesame seeds.

Return the chicken to the pot and reheat. Place chicken in a serving sheet, pour sauce on top of it and top with almonds and sesame seeds.

This dish goes GREAT with couscus. Add several pats of butter to the couscus and mix well.

Chefs Health tip: The benefits of Apricot

  • Rich source of beta carotene
  • Dried apricots are an excellent source of potassium and a good source of iron
  • High in soluble fibre

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.


Muslims believe in the Prophets (Peace be upon them) and recognize the important role played by them in conveying the message of the one and only Almighty God to the people.

Here is a list of 25 well known Prophets mentioned in the Qur'aan.

  1. Prophet Adam (Peace be upon him)
  2. Prophet Idris (Peace be upon him)
  3. Prophet Noah (Nuh) (Peace be upon him)
  4. Prophet Hud (Peace be upon him)
  5. Prophet Salih (Peace be upon him)
  6. Prophet Lot (Lut) (Peace be upon him)
  7. Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) (Peace be upon him)
  8. Prophet Ishmael (Ismael) (Peace be upon him)
  9. Prophet Isaac (Ishaq) (Peace be upon him)
  10. Prophet Jacob (Ya'qoob) (Peace be upon him)
  11. Prophet Joseph (Yusuf) (Peace be upon him)
  12. Prophet Shu'aib (Jethro) (Peace be upon him)
  1. Prophet David (Dawood) (Peace be upon him)
  2. Prophet Solomon (Sulaiman) (Peace be upon him)
  3. Prophet Ilyas (Peace be upon him)
  4. Prophet Elisha (Al-Yasa) (Peace be upon him)
  5. Prophet Moses (Moosa) (Peace be upon him)
  6. Prophet Ezra (Uzair) (Peace be upon him)
  7. Prophet Job (Ayyub) (Peace be upon him)
  8. Prophet Dhul Kifl (Peace be upon him)
  9. Prophet Jonah (Yunus) (Peace be upon him)
  10. Prophet Zakariya (Peace be upon him)
  11. Prophet John the Baptist (Yahya) (Peace be upon him)
  12. Prophet Jesus (Isa) (Peace be upon him)
  13. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

What's in a name? Certainly a lot if it has become a leading global brand. We bring you the origins of four international beverage names to "slake your thirst"


The name was devised in 1898 by Caleb D Bradham, a drugstore manager in New Bern, North Carolina. His new elixir was patterned after Coca-Cola and was intended to relieve dyspepsia – hence the name.

7 Up

In the village of Price's Branch, Missouri, a Mr. C.L. Griggs invented a popular orange drink in 1920 called Howdy. Aiming to improve on it, Griggs marketed another drink as Bib-label Lithiated Lemon-Lime soda. The drink was tasty but the sales were bad (with that name, hardly surprising), so he tried to think of a better name. The story goes after six tries he came up with "7-up", and this was the name that made the drink the bestseller it is today.

Coca Cola

As one of the best known and most "international" of trade names, Coca-Cola was created in May 1886 by Frank M. Robinson, bookkeeper to the creator of the drink itself, Dr. John S. Pemberton, a druggist from Atlanta, Georgia, and was registered as a trade mark on 31 January 1893. The name was based on two of the drink’s constituents: extracts from coca leaves and from the cola nut. The name itself is a remarkably successful one as a memorable and easily pronounceable trade name, having alliterations and three desirable "k" sounds. Coca cola gained popularity rapidly – it was first bottled in 1894 – second element of the name is not a registered trade mark, so that 'cola' drinks exist on the market in a number of varieties. Among names of rival brands (imposters) were coca, cola, Fig Cola, Candy Cola, Gold Cola, Cay-Ola and Koca-Nola. All these were outlawed by the courts in 1916.


Another happy coincidence. In spite of the obvious onomatopoeic possibilities of the name – just right for an effervescent drink, and exploited as such by the manufacturers – the origin is in the name of Jacob Schweppe, a German who settled in Geneva as a jeweller in about 1768. In 1780 he turned his attention to the manufacturer of artificial mineral waters, and in 1792 went to London to start his business there. In 1798 he took three Englishmen into partnership and formed the firm of Schweppes & Co., which name lasted until 1834 when it was restyled as Schweppes Ltd. The company merged with Cadbury Brothers Ltd in 1969 to form Cadbury Schweppes.



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?

We go nuts in this issue...


A good source of vitamin E, manganese and phosphorous, a rich source of copper and magnesium. A good source source of riboflavin and a useful source of calcium, zinc and iron.

Brazil Nuts

An excellent source of vitamin E, copper and phosphorous, a rich source of manganese, a good source of selenium and zinc and a useful source of iron and riboflavin.


An excellent source of copper and manganese a rich source of phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. A good source of iron and zinc and a useful source of vitamin B6, Vitamin E and folate.


An excellent source of vitamin E and copper, a good source of magnesium and phosphorous and a useful source of vitamins B6, folate, iron, manganese, riboflavin and zinc.


An excellent source of Vitamin E, iron and manganese, a good source of copper, magnesium and phosphorous and a useful source of Vitamin B6, vitamin E and zinc.


An excellent source of vitamin E, iron and manganese. A good source of magnesium and phosphorous and a useful source of folate.


Health and Beauty

Look good - feel good. Tips for a sound mind in a sound body. We access the health bank and mint a body cleanser for you.


Mint is an incredible stimulant for the body. It sends waves of cooling, tingling pleasure through our muscles and tissues, triggering our bodies to create warming effects throughout these zones. Use fresh mint in this soap if possible, its healing properties are stronger and it smells fresher and more alive than dried mint.

This is a great cleanser for any season. The cooling effects of the mint are wonderful relief for the skin during warmer weather.

Botanical Formula

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cucumber extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons honey (omit for oily skin)
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil; add mint and let sit for 7 to 10 minutes. This makes a mint infusion. Let cool slightly and filter the solution, saving the liquid. To the infusion, add remaining ingredients and stir together. Apply to body or face as a liquid soap. Rinse with warm water. Follow with a cool-water rinse. Makes ¾ cup.

Shelf Life: Cover and refrigerate, discard after 2 days.



Questions & Answers

Q: Can you tell me whether Melrose cheese wedges are Halaal

A: Melrose cheese is NOT approved by SANHA.

Q: Which Yoghurt can we eat that is SANHA APPROVED??

A: The following yoghurt manufacturers are certified Halaal by SANHA, hence all their products are guaranteed Halaal

  • Ambledale  Dairy - KwaZulu Natal
  • Best Buy  - Western Cape
  • Dairy World - Gauteng
  • Daleside Foods - Gauteng
  • Far End Dairy - Gauteng
  • Greenacres - KwaZulu Natal
  • Grasmere Dairies - KwaZulu Natal
  • Honeydew Dairies - KwaZulu Natal
  • Oakspring Farms - KwaZulu Natal
  • Orange Grove Dairies - KwaZulu Natal
  • Parmalat Yoghurts
  • Stonelees Dairies

Q: I recently received an e-mail which said that coke contains traces of pig fat. Please could you confirm if this is just a rumour or is it in fact really not Halaal?

A: Coke & Pepsi - In terms of information at our disposal, Coke & Pepsi does not contain any pork elements.

Q: Are the Nutella spreads Halaal?

A: In terms of information at our disposal Nutella is Halaal suitable.


Industry News

Scientists at Stellenbosch University in South Africa have proved that there are 20 plant species from all over the world in a meal at McDonalds, making every bite a true medley of global foods.

"Our ability to process food combined with an insatiable hunger for new tastes and international trade systems, has also led to food becoming the ultimate product of a globalised society," said John Wilson, one of the academics conducting the research and analysis.

Surprisingly, no plant ingredients were found to have South African origins.

Researchers did not focus on the health implication of consuming McDonalds meals.

In 2004 the documentary, Super Size Me, put the spotlight on the dubious nutritional value of ubiquitous McDonald's meals, linking the chain’s fast food to rampant obesity in US

SANHA has not certified any of the McDonald stores.


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:

Catalyst Manufacturing Culinary Turffontein, Joburg
Steers Total Super Motors Restaurant Nelspruit (Mpumalanga)
Chuckleberrys Restaurant Fordsburg (Gauteng)

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



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 things kids say. Here are answers provided by sixth graders in history tests.

  • Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
  • The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also have myths. A myth is a female moth.
  • Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
  • In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits and threw Java.
  • Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped, "tee hee, Brutus. "
  • Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise regained.
  • Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Global Wrapps opened their first SANHA approved Halaal store in the Western Cape last year at the V&A Waterfront.

Global Wrapps is a quick service restaurant that offers nutritious and delicious wrapps and smoothees. All the wrapps and smoothees we offer are selected according to taste and health benefits. They are nutritionally analysed and GI rated and must meet a certain minimum criteria before they can make it onto our menu. All the nutritional information is provided on the menu for our customers use.

Global Wrapps has exciting opportunities available to open SANHA approved Halaal stores in the following areas:

Cape Town;

Long Str
Zevenwacht Mall, Kuils River


The Zone, Rosebank
Epson Downs, Bryanston

For application forms and more information visit our website www.globalwrapps.co.za


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Our gratitude for the many messages of goodwill received from you. We will reproduce them over the next few issues.

Assalâmu alaikum

Dear Brother Ebrahim

Jazakallah for the invitation. I deeply regret I will be out of town on some lecture programmes. Making dua for success of your A.G.M and acceptance of the deeni service being rendered by every member of SANHA.

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb


On behalf of the Crescents of Brisbane Team I send my best wishes for your AGM and congratulate you and your organization on the wonderful work you do for the community and for the very professional and transparent manner in which you go about doing it.

Your eBulletin is an excellent source of information and we look forward each week to being kept abreast with the workings of SANHA and the many varied and interesting and entertaining topics you cover.

May your organization grow from strength to strength, inshaAllah.

Mustafa Ally
President: Crescents of Brisbane Inc.
Editor-in-Chief: Crescents Community News (CCN), Australia

Salaam to one and all,

Thanks very much for the Invitation. As I live overseas It is impossible for me to attend.

Jazakallah for all the info in the past. May Allah bless and guide you all for the work you put into your organisation and letting us the Muslim community know about your work.

It is good to know that when we visit SA. there are things, places and restaurants we can rely on due to your work... Jazakallah once again.

Mrs K.Forslov in Sweden

Thank you very much for your invite to the Annual General Meeting. I regret that I will not be able to attend. I wish you the best for your meeting and congratulate you for the work you are doing to promote Islam the best way you can. May the Almighty be with you always and in all ways. Congratulations.

Dr. Ahmed S.Thandar PhD
Professor Emeritus
School of Biological & Conservation Sciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal - Westville Campus, South Africa

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


Forthcoming Events

4th March 2008
Retail Risk 2008
The Forum, Bryanston

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

8th March 2008
Seerah Program
Special Guest: Moulana Abbas Ally (Springs)
After Maghrib
Musjid ut Taqwa
Sea Cow Lake, Durban

11-14 March 2008

12 March 2008
FPSA 2008 Conference
Food processing suppliers association
Florida – USA

13 – 15th March 2008
Business opportunities and franchise Expo (Bizzopps)
Cape Town Convention Centre
www.BizzOPPs .co.za

19-20 March 2008
European Sandwich and Snack Show
Paris – France

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



Bulletin 25 Competition

Vouchers Redeemable at V&A Waterfront (Cape Town) Branch Only

The first 10 entrants with the correct answers to the competition question will win a fabulous meal voucher worth R100.00 to spend at the first SANHA certified Global Wrapps Halaal store in the Western Cape, South Africa. Voucher redeemable only at Global Wrapps Cape Town and is not exchangeable for cash.

What is the name of the first SANHA certified food outlet in the Western Cape ?

Closing date: Friday noon, 8th March 2008


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