South African National Halaal Authority
April 2008 :: Rabi al-Thaani 1429

No. 27

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Editorial : Check, Double check and Recheck...

That was a university professor's buzz word to students when reviewing their assignments and would get upset with "inaccuracies that inevitably cause problems."

If the learned Professor was so vehement in wanting his students to verify information, then what about the Almighty Allah, the Knower of all things and the Master of the Day of Judgement?

"O you who believe, if a transgressor brings you news verify it, lest you harm a people in ignorance. You will then be regretful about what you did." (al-Hujaraat Verse 6)

Our Prophet Muhammad's (sallallaahu 'alayhi wassalam) advice in these matters is, "It is sufficient for a person to be called a liar if he conveys all that he hears." (Muslim)

Why then, in spite of these injunctions is there still the tendency to rely on or even perpetuate rumours without verifying them? Is it perhaps that we live in an "information overload" environment where we have so much to sift through that we accept things at face value? Halaal matters too are not exempt from this phenomenon.

We list a few of these tabloid-style rumours that are doing the rounds without any evidence whatsoever.

  1. 80% of items on shelves are marked Halaal and funds received are used for political causes. See "Response to Tony Naidoo-Hoodwinked by Halaal"
  2. SANHA fees are excessive. See "Flash News 13"
  3. Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was high on psychedelic drugs and South African Muslims are a threat to the FIFA 2010 World Cup. See "response to the Hebrew University" and "Academics under fire" (available from our offices on request)

Let us develop the culture of "Check, Double check and Recheck," to make a meaningful contribution to harmony in our society and eliminate mistrust and hatred based on faulty information and hearsay.



Phoenix Muslim School

Phoenix is a sprawling township, North of Durban that was established by the former apartheid government for housing the Indian Community.

Testimony to the hardwork, dedication and vision of a group of "old boys" of Orient Islamic School, within 10 years the school has grown to a 3 storey, 20 classrooms building with 500 pupils.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mr. Mohammed Essack said "through the efforts of the Old boys, the less fortunate, widows and orphans have benefited." "We want to inculcate a love for one's culture and religion among young people for them to become positive influences in the future."

The school is a project of the Orient Old Boys, an associate member of SANHA.

Contact: Brother Muhammad Essack
Tel: 083 778 0070
e-mail: kogie@kingassoc.co.za

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

Mughirah bin Shu'bah radhiyallaahu 'anhu narrated:

One night I was a guest with Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. A roasted side portion of meat was served. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam took a knife and sliced it. He cut a slice for me as well. Bilaal then began to proclaim the Adhaan. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam exclaimed, "What is with him? May his hands be dusty."

My moustache had also grown long. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam said, "Let me place a miswaak thereon and trim it," or he said, "Place a Miswaak thereon and trim it."


"I was a guest with" - According to different narrations, both were guests at a third party or Mughirah radhiyallaahu 'anhu was the guest of Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. The narration of Abuu Daawuud supports the latter view.

"...took a knife and sliced it." The narrations of Abu Daawud and Bayhaqi prohibit cutting with a knife. This means it is prohibited to use the knife for eating. To cut food and eat with the hand is permissible.

"He cut a slice for me..." This was to increase love.

"May his hands be dusty" this is a mild reproach. It is not meant literally. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam intended that it was inappropriate to have interrupted his serving his guests. There was still plenty of time to call the azaan later.

"...moustache had also grown long..." - Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam commanded, "Oppose the Polytheists. Let the beard grow and shorten the moustache." Certain Ulama hold it Sunnah to shave the moustache. Others hold that they should be clipped so short as to resemble being shaved. A third opinion as to combine the two. Shave the tip of the lip and clip the rest.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizi, 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.

"Egg-xactly" speaking! (egg-scuse the spelling). Nothing 'egg-streme' but a simple recipe.

Baked Potato Omelette (serves 4)

  • 3 medium potatoes, diced (360g)
  • 6-8 small tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1tsp oil
  • Flavored salt and black pepper
  • Origanum
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup skimmed milk
  1. Boil potatoes in a small amount of water or microwave covered until done.
  2. Place tomatoes in hot water for 1 minute, remove and peel. Cut in halves.
  3. Fry the onions in a non-stick pan. Add potatoes and brown. Place in a baking dish.
  4. Place tomato halves on top.
  5. Mix eggs, milk and seasoning. Pour over potatoes.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes (at 180C) or until egg mixture is set.

Bon Appetit!!!

Chefs Quick Tip

  • To test for freshness of eggs, place them in a bowl of cold water. Fresh eggs will lie flat on the bottom, 2-3 weeks old eggs will tilt up and bad eggs will float.
  • Newly-laid eggs take a little longer to cook, add about 30 seconds for scrambled eggs and two minutes for hard-boiled.
  • Before cooking, leave eggs at room temperature for at least 30 minutes if they are put into boiling water straight from the fridge the shells will crack.

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.

Who owns a Masjid (Mosque)?

The actual structure of a Masjid along with all of its contents is intended for the service of the Almighty Allah Alone. Hence its ownership does not belong to any individual or organisation. The owner of the land on which the Masjid is constructed divests himself of its ownership in the name of the Almighty Allah, a Masjid cannot be sold, mortgaged or rented. Thus the sanctity of a Masjid is preserved in Islam.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

The Potato Chip
America's favourite snack food was invented by George Crum of Saratoga Springs, New York in 1853 in a moment of temper.

To teach the customer a lesson for complaining that his French fries were "too thick, soggy and not salty enough," the cook sliced the potatoes paper-thin, fried them to crisp brown, and dumped a huge amount of salt on them.

The customer was ecstatic with the result and the Saratoga chips were born. It was later popularized by entrepreneur Herman Lay in the 1920's whose company then merged with Fritos in 1961.



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?

Designed to nourish, an egg provides protein, vitamins and minerals, and is still an inexpensive family favourite.

A single large egg supplies more than a third of our recommended daily intake of Vitamin B12, a nutrient vital for a healthy nervous system.


  1. Convenient source of protein.
  2. Good source of Vitamin B12, particularly for vegetarians.
  3. Contains vitamins and minerals.


  1. High cholesterol content, which could affect those with high blood cholesterol.
  2. May cause salmonella poisoning if not thoroughly cooked.
  3. In rare instances, may trigger asthma, eczema or allergic reactions in susceptible people.
See healthy and beauty section for an "egg-citing" segment.


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.

The egg could be the solution for many a mane problems. Three experts from the field, Shahnaz Husain, Vandana Luthra and Blossom Kochar share their secrets.

For oily hair
Apply egg white on your hair. After 20 minutes, shampoo your hair. End with a lemon rinse by adding the juice of a lemon to a mug of water and pouring it on your hair. Wash off with lukewarm to cold water.

To add body
Beat a whole egg into the hair. Wash it off after half an hour. The protein in the egg coats each hair shaft and adds body and thickness.

To make it glossy
Whip a whole egg with the juice of a lemon and apply on the hair half an hour before you shampoo.

As a conditioner
Mix together an egg yolk, one tablespoon honey, one teaspoon almond oil and one tablespoon yoghurt. Apply this on the hair and rinse off after half an hour.

Make it healthy
To treat dry and damaged hair, mix two teaspoons of almond oil with egg yolk. Massage the mixture lightly into the hair. Wash your hair after half an hour.

Mayan hair mask
Mix half a ripe avocado, one tablespoon of olive oil, half of a small banana and one egg yolk. Gently massage onto hair and scalp and cover with a shower cap. Leave on for one hour and then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo after that. The mask will nourish both your hair and scalp.

To treat sticky hair
To treat stickiness, take half a cup of 'amla' powder, add two tablespoons of castor oil and one full egg and mix to make a smooth paste. Apply on the hair and the scalp, leave on for about 30 minutes and then wash off with shampoo.

To treat dry hair
To make an excellent mask for very dry hair, take half a cup of Fullers' Earth ('multani mitti') and mix with two tablespoons of oil and the yolk of an egg. Apply this mixture well on the entire scalp. Leave on for about half an hour and shampoo well.

To cure dryness
Beat an egg in a cup of skimmed milk. When the foam becomes consistent, rub it onto the scalp. Leave it on for five minutes and then rinse the hair thoroughly with water. Carry out this routine twice a week to condition your hair.



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:

A novel selection or re-testing procedure for staff which is definitely not contained in the Labour Act.

Put about 100 bricks in no particular order in a closed room with an open window. Then send 2 or 3 candidates in the room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after 6 hours and then analyze the situation.

  1. If they are counting the bricks -Put them in the accounts department.
  2. If they are recounting them - Put them in auditing.
  3. If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks - Put them in engineering.
  4. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order - Put them in planning.
  5. If they are throwing the bricks at each other - Put them in construction.
  6. If they are sleeping - Put them in reception.
  7. If they have broken the bricks into pieces - Put them in IT.
  8. If they are sitting idle - Put them in human resources.
  9. If they say they have tried different combinations, yet not a brick has been moved - Put them in sales.
  10. If they have already left for the day - Put them in marketing.
  11. If they are staring out of the window - Put them in strategic planning.
  12. And then last but not least.
    If they are talking to each other and not a single brick has been moved - Congratulate them and put them in management!!!


Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Moulana Muhammad Ameer

Marital Status: Married, 3 children

Education: Matriculated Orient Islamic School, KZN
Aalim Faadhil Madrasah Ta'aleemuddin, Isipingo, KZN

Other Interests: Reading & Research

Past: Jamiatul Ulama KZN
Present: SANHA

Position: Administrator, Head Office - KZN

Key Responsibility: Overall monitoring of Inspectorate, Applications and admin procedures.

Message: We learn from a Hadith that the most beloved actions to Almighty Allah are those that are done with consistency even though they may be few. Consistency in good deeds is a great quality. Every person should aspire to develop consistency in every aspect of life. The one who attains consistency acquires the key to progress and success. The Arabic saying is indeed very telling "To acquire consistency is greater than a thousand miracles"



Questions & Answers

Q: What is "Yellow 5"
A: Yellow 5 is an azo dye of a synthetic chemical nature. Also previously extracted from coal tar and is not extracted from pigs.

From a health point of view, there are people who may be sensitive to this ingredient. A fifth of the people who are also sensitive to aspirin are also sensitive to azo dyes. This ingredient could also trigger off the hyperactivity syndrome in children.

Q: Kindly inform me as to which Nan Baby formula is Halaal.
A: Kindly be advised that undermentioned two imported infant milk powders are NOT Halaal suitable as they contain PORK ENZYMES:

  1. Al Fare
  2. Nan HypoAllergenic
The rest of the infant Milk Powders manufactured / distributed by Nestle SA are Halaal certified as listed hereunder:
  1. Nan 1
  2. Nan 2
  3. Pre Nan
  4. Nido
  5. Lactogen 1
  6. Lactogen 2
  7. Pelargon
Please check with your local Nestle producer in your country for Halaal status.

Q: Kindly inform if Mama's Pies (available at supermarkets) are Halaal suitable.
A: Mamas Pies are NOT approved by SANHA.


Industry News

Global Wrapps is a quick service restaurant that offers nutritious and delicious wrapps and smoothies. All the wrapps and smoothies are selected according to taste and health benefits. They are nutritionally analysed and GI rated and must meet certain minimum criteria before they can make it onto the menu.

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


Exciting Global Wrapps Franchise (Halaal) opportunity available at Gateway Theater of Shopping Mall Umhlanga. Opportunities to open a store in this busy shopping centre do not come often. The successful applicant must be a hands on operator. For more information contact Gary 072 5752955 or visit www.globalwrapps.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:

  • Haleeb Foods Ltd. - Dairy; Lahore, Pakistan
  • Quwah Foodz - Beverages; Mayfair (Joburg)
  • Blendtonel's Frui Zest (Pty) Ltd. - Beverages; Silverton (Pretoria)
  • Midway Express - Baker; Pmb, KZN
  • Supersweet - Raw Materials; KZN

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


Bulletin 27 Competition

Five lucky subscribers could win a fantastic hamper of Allifas products worth One Hundred Rand each

Which largest trade show in Africa will incorporate "the Halaal World" by SANHA?

Closing date: Friday noon, 18th April 2008

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


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Allifas - 100% Pure Spice

Established in 1975. Allifas has grown over the years into a major manufacturer and distributor of spices in South Africa, as well as internationally. Clients today hail from as far afield as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Whilst over time our product line has increased, Allifas pride ourselves on our tried and tested recipes which are still in demand today.

We constantly strive to create new and innovative products to remain ahead of the rest.

All products are manufactured to the highest international standards and we do not succumb to the temptation of diluting our syrups which is becoming prevalent in some quarters.

Customer satisfaction is of priority in running their company and service delivery is a very crucial aspect.

All products meet the criteria for Halaal and are SANHA certified.

For the best spices in town try our products and taste for yourself.

For more information, visit our website : www.allifas.co.za




Very pleased to read regularly your newsletter from Madagascar Island.

Congratulations for your objectives and work. May Allah Taala bless you.

For the benefit of our students and members, we will be pleased to be added to your postal mailing list for any publications which will be displayed in our Darul Uloum for consultation.

Request for dua.

Mt Iliasse Lala
Islamic Institute of Madagascar


I would like you to send my sister a booklet as well as the electronic bulletin. My sister has embraced Islam and would appreciate literature / books on the Deen.


Assalamu Alaikum

It gives me pleasure to know that there are Muslims who toil day and night to assist their brethren in obtaining halal nutrition. Your efforts were greatly needed and, Inshallah, will be generously rewarded.

I pray that Allah Taala assist your task and help you establish the resources for delivering pure halal food for all Muslims around the world, Inshallah.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance.

Always willing to lend a helping hand for my Muslim brothers.

Saudi Arabia


Forthcoming Events

Saturday 12 April
The Real Entrepreneur 1-Day Workshop
Protea Edward, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Go to www.entrepreneur.co.za/ to learn more and book
Get a FREE CD when you book for this one

13 April 2008
Al Nisa Youth Group AGM
Kuraby School, Brisbane, Australia
Tel: 0433 182520

16 April 2008
Performance management Conference
"How to achieve employee and organisational excellence"
Bryanston, Johannesburg

21 April 2008
SAAFOST Network evening (KZN)
"Taste of Africa" by FlavourCraft

22 April 2008
Strategic Management and Reporting
"How to treat people as a high level, strategic issue"
Rosebank Johannesburg

23 April 2008
SIAL Montreal
The Global Food Marketplace
"Meet more than 18000 industry professionals from several countries."
Montreal, Canada

26 April 2008
Public talk by IPCI
"The Quest for the Historical Jesus"
Broadcast Centre - SABC studio 1
Albert Moroka Drive, Mmabatho

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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