South African National Halaal Authority
Rabi-ul-Awwal 1429 No. 26 March 2008

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

The Bible states that the Prophet Isa (Jesus) (peace be upon him) said, "It is not what enters the mouth that makes it unclean but what comes out of it." (Matthew 15:11)

Mr. Tony Naidoo speaking on behalf of the previously unheard of Concerned Citizen´s Council, but was found out to be a member of the Concerned Christian Council, has certainly demonstrated the veracity of the above statement.

His vitriolic and scurrilous attack on Islam and its institution of Halaal on the internet and national radio, is abhorrent, deplorable and a dangerous slide on the slope of religious confrontation.

Mr. Naidoo, who has not presented his credentials and therefore cannot claim to speak for mainstream Christianity, has leveled serious and defamatory charges against Muslims and wants, to "Bring an end to the manner in which Halaal is implemented in South Africa."

His unwarranted attack has been without any basis or foundation and serves only to oxygenate the dying embers of extremism and fanaticism with dangerous consequences.

Divine Law regulating food consumption, was first revealed to the People of the Book (as the Christians and Jews are referred to in the Noble Quraan), and then to mankind by the revelation of the Noble Quraan and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

It has never been a bone of contention with all right minded people, the Christians, Jews and Hindus with whom we have co-existed in peace and harmony. They too are involved in certification of products for their religious needs and are mindful of the benefits of Halaal.

The late Pope John Paul II in one of his Vatican documents stated:

Upon the Muslims, too, the Church looks with esteem. They adore one God, Living and Enduring, Merciful and All Powerful. Maker of heaven and earth and Speaker to men. They strive to submit wholeheartedly even to His inscrutable decrees just as did Abraham, with whom the Islamic faith is pleased to associate itself. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a Prophet. They also honour Mary, his virgin mother. In addition they await the day of judgement when God will give each man his due after raising him up. Consequently, they prize the moral life, and give worship to God, especially through prayer, alms-giving, and fasting.

Although in the course of centuries many quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Muslims, this most sacred synod urges all to forget the past and to strive sincerely for mutual understanding. On behalf of all mankind, let them make common cause of safeguarding and fostering social justice, moral values, peace and freedom."

We will not allow persons of the ilk of Tony Naidoo to destroy this message, good works and interfaith dialogues of our religious leaders through his nefarious and pernicious deeds.

We ask Tony Naidoo in the words of the Bible "Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Please, brother, let me take that speck out of your eye,' yet cannot even see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye." (Luke 6: 41-42)

We pray for peace and understanding in our Rainbow nation.




Islamic Medical Association

In the early 1970's, a few Muslim doctors, noting with concern the disparate health services under the Apartheid government of South Africa, embarked upon the establishment of the modest Sunday clinic at Braemar on the South Coast of Natal. The initial name of the group was "Lajnatul Atibba" (Doctors Committee) and it served as the forerunner for the formation of the IMA in 1980.

Some of the aims and objectives of the IMA which were formulated at inception are listed below:

  • To constantly remind and educate the Muslim healthcare professionals of the Islamic value, morality, etiquette and ethics and to apply these in the healthcare sector.
  • To seek affiliation to medical institutions through professional co-operation.
  • To co-operate with other organizations on matters of mutual interest.
  • To orientate health education with Islamic values and outlook in the application of patient care.
  • To be a mercy unto mankind in the Prophetic tradition by providing necessary assistance within our scope and capability and whatever needed in the form of clinics, relief work and rehabilitation.
  • To have a central information bureau as a service to the members regarding Library services, employment opportunities, exchange programmes, scholarship and graduate and under-graduate training opportunities.

In the Field of Halaal

  • The overlap between Halaal consciousness and awareness of Allah's laws within the medical field is obvious. In recognition of these mutual goals IMA is a member of SANHA (South African National Halaal Authority). May Allah use both organisations for the Ummah's benefit.

Contact Details:

P.O. Box 48786
Qualbert 4078
Durban, KZN
South Africa
Tel: +27 [0]31 207 2250
Fax: +27 [0]31 207 2260
e-mail: imakzn@eastcoast.co.za
Website: www.ima.org.za


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

Abdullaah bin Haarith radiyallaahu anhu narrated:

We ate roast with Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam in the Masjid.


Maulana Zakariyya Kandhalwi comments:

From this we learn that it is permissible to eat and drink in the Masjid. This is conditional upon the Masjid not becoming untidy. Otherwise it is makruuh to do so. It is possible that this meal was during I'tikaaf (seclusion in the Masjid). Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam would observe it every year. One would obviously eat in the Masjid at that time.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on the curry of Rasulullaah 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.

A good smooth and deep flavoured sauce is a little miracle that enhances flavour and acts as a binder or thickener. Many a home experiences difficulty in producing a flawless quick sauce when needed.

Chef reveals his recipe for a flop proof sauce using an appliance that most homes have, the microwave.

Basic White Sauce

(Full power – approx. 4 minutes) - Makes about 250ml

  • 30ml butter or margarine
  • 30ml cake flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 250ml milk

Place butter in a 1 litre glass jug and microwave on full power for about 30 seconds to melt. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Microwave for 45 seconds. Stir, then slowly whisk in milk, blending well. Microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from oven and stir well. Repeat process of microwaving and stirring to thicken if required. Serve hot.


Make up the basic sauce and then try one of the following:

Cheese sauce: Stir in 50 -100g grated mature cheddar cheese. Mix until cheese melts and sauce is smooth. If cheese has not completely melted, microwave on full power for about 30 seconds and stir again. Add 3ml prepared mustard if a tangy sauce is desired.

Dill Sauce: Stir in 15ml freshly chopped dill of 5ml dried dill, and 10ml lemon juice. Mix until smooth.

Try it and share your results with chef!!

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.


Prayer is the heart of religion and faith. In the Noble Quraan, Allah says: "I am indeed close to them, I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls on me..." Surah 2 Verse 186 and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said "Nothing is more honourable in Allah’s sight than supplication."

But how shall we pray and what words shall convey the yearnings of our ignorant heart to the Knower of all things?

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Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Sweet something, the name origins of two global brands of chocolate.


The chocolate is 'aerated', i.e. contains hollow 'bubbles', and the name presumably refers to this property. Its association with 'aeroplane' is a favourable one for virtually any decade of the twentieth century, from cross-channel hops to the jet age.

Kit Kat

The product was named "Chocolate Crisp" when first launched in 1935, becoming Kit-Kat in the late 1930’s. The exact origin of this name is uncertain. A famous club of Whig politicians, The Kit-Kat Club, existed in the eighteenth century. It was named after one Christopher (or Kit) cat, who kept a pie-house where the club met. But what connection could there be between a political club and a wafer biscuit, other than a name of prestige value?


The name is most familiar in the nicely alliterative "Mars bar". Its derivation is not Mars the planet but a family name: the firm was set up in England in 1932, a Mars Confectioners Ltd, by Forrest Mars, an immigrant American.



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?


Avocados are highly nutritious. Just one average-sized fruit can supply the adult daily requirement of vitamin E, an oxidant that may protect against cancer. They also contain useful amounts of Vitamin B6 – important for a healthy nervous system – as well as vitamin C, which helps to keep skin healthy. One drawback however for weight–conscious people is that one avocado contains up to 400 Calories – and that is before you add any dressing (see 'Health and Beauty' section for Avocado Face Mask).

Wheat Germ

The oil-containing portion of the wheat kernel.


A sweetener that is natural syrup. It is similar to invert sugar, with a small but variable excess of levulose (fructose). It is formed by the action of the enzyme honey invertase on nectar gathered by bees. The composition and flavour varies with the plant source of the nectar, processing, and storage. A typical composition is 41 percent fructose, 34 percent glucose, 18 percent water, and 2 percent sucrose.


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:

Sorgi Foods Cereals & Baby Formula Heriotdale, Joburg
The Colony
Restaurant Craighall, Joburg
Mtoti Water Beverages Camperdown, KZN

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



Questions & Answers

Q: Please verify the Halaal status of Red Bull.

A: In terms of information at our disposal, Red Bull is Halaal suitable.

Q: Would you kindly advise if Wilsons XXX sweets is Halaal.

A: Wilsons XXX Sweets contains magnesium stearate of beef origin therefore not Halaal suitable.


Industry News

Fortified Parmalat Yumchums

Parmalat has launched Yumchums Fortified "...to ensure that children get their daily vitamin and mineral requirements packed into food that's fun". The Yumchums Fortified range consists of low-fat flavoured yoghurt and flavoured UHT milk, fortified with blends of nine dietary vitamins and minerals called Vitachums.

The range is tartrazine-free and no artificial colourants are added.

"The 6x100g multi pack low-fat eating yoghurt is a step up from other children's brands on the market, as each serving contains 25g more in comparison," says Nicoletta Mattioli, brand manager: Yumchums at Parmalat SA. "This provides 20% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)".

"Our product is aimed at ages 3-8 – a unique fortified product offered in SA for this age group and will teach children the importance of vitamins and minerals in the food they eat."

Parmalat Yoghurts are proudly certified 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:

Read these maxims and someone you know may fit the bill

  • If it weren't for the last minute nothing would get done.
  • How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you are on.
  • There's no time like the present for postponing what you ought to be doing.
  • After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
  • Any tool, when dropped, will roll into the least accessible corner.
  • The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts.
  • If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.


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Access the African market of 725 million customers at this event which last year attracted about 7000 visitors.

And don't miss out on the rapidly growing Halaal World SANHA Pavilion and the 3rd International Halaal Conference.

Exhibition : 20th – 22nd July 2008
Conference : 21st July 2008

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

As-Salaam Alaikum Warahamatullah Wabarakatuh

I would like to appreciate the AGM invitation which will take place on the 17th of February. As I am in the UK at The University of Birmingham, I wish you all the best and may The Almighty Allah take your organisation further.

Shukran Was-Salaam
Hon Ibrahim Matola, MP
Malawi National Assembly

Respected Ulama,Members and Attendees

It is my continuous du'a that ALLAH TA'ALA keeps us all steadfast and grants us barakah in all that we do especially when it comes to the well being of the Ummah.

An organization like SANHA is indeed a great blessing to the local and international world.

The demand to join SANHA by local and international organisations and learn from its praiseworthy experiences is surely indicative of the great work carried out.

I am unable to attend but rest assured our Du'aas and support will always be with you as we as far as Perth benefit on a daily basis and yes, the Newsletter, we enjoy reading Masha Allah

May Allah save us all from the evil eyes (Hasad) and keep alive the great work of our Akaabireen

Was Salaam Ma'al Ikraam
Burhaan Yakoob Mehtar
Secretary Jamiatul Ulama Al Islam WA(Perth)

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Forthcoming Events

19 March 2008
Islamic Finance Business Network
FNB Conference Centre
144 Greyston Drive, Sandown

8-19 March 2008
Short Course: Six steps to sensory evaluation
University of Pretoria
Anelize.ce@up.ac.za / marise.kinnear@up.ac.za

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

26-28 March 2008 Excellence in Food Safety and Quality Assurance Conference 2008
Southern Sun Garden Court,
OR Tambo International Airport

29 March – 2 April 2008
Europain 2008 Paris
International Exhibition (Bakery, Pastry, Ice-Cream)
Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition centre – France

30 March
Kuraby Madrassah fundraising BBQ
Kuraby Mosque – Australia

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



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  • Question: What is the name of the first SANHA certified food outlet in the Western Cape ?
  • Answer: Global Wrapps V&A Waterfront
  1. Junaid Randeree
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  3. Hanif Khan
  4. Mohamed Kajee
  5. Amina Thebus
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Bulletin 26 Giveaway

In this issue we offer a free 95 page booklet of a transcription of comprehensive duaas compiled from some of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb's programmes.

You can also read or download this book from Moulana Patel's Website www.yunuspatel.co.za

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

Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb is the Khalifa of Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (DB) and Hazrat Mufti Mahmood-ul-Hasan Gangohi (RA). He is the Imam of Musjid-e-Noor and the head of Madrasatus Swalehaat, the first girls' Madrasah in Asherville Durban. Thousands have benefited from his various discourses on Islam.


Health and Beauty

Look good - feel good. Tips for a sound mind in a sound body.

Reproduced from the booklet "Beautiful you" by Sister Amina Jamal. She is the proprietor of Feminine Forever and can be contacted on 031 2076368.

Dry Skin

If you suffer from Dry Skin, make sure you are drinking enough water approximately eight glasses a day. You may be getting too few omega fatty acids or too little vitamin E. Good sources of fatty acids include salmon and other fatty fish and flaxseed oil for omega-6 fatty acids. Vitamin E is found in seeds, vegetable oils and green leafy vegetables.

Avocado mask

This mask combines essential fatty acids with honey, a skin softener.

  • 1 ripe avocado, finely mashed
  • 1 teaspoon wheat germ oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Mix the ingredients well and then apply to the face, avoiding the eye area. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off. Apply moisturizer afterwards to seal in moisture.


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