South African National Halaal Authority
June 2008 :: Jumaad al-Ukhraa 1429

No. 29

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Trade is the lifeblood of all nations and is inextricably linked with their development and progress.

South Africa's canvas of history is splashed with more than three centuries of Islamic influence. Muslim political prisoners and artisans from the Dutch East Indies, indentured labour and trade from colonial India and post-apartheid's economic and political migration from the African continent have all made their mark.

The Noble Quran itself has recorded the words of the Almighty Allah where He has stated:

"But let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill..." (Chapter 4 verse 29)

The Bible too encourages trade as seen in the Prophet Isa's (Christ's) (Peace be upon Him) parable to the servants in Matthew 24 verses 14-30.

In this spirit of mutual goodwill, improvement of knowledge, support to Halaal role players and industry dialogue that is beneficial to trade, we urge you to attend the Third International Halaal Conference on the 21/7/08 in Johannesburg, South Africa

As with previous conferences, this one, with the theme "Raising Halaal to new heights", will be affordable, have superb facilities and feature experts from many parts of the world.

Let's get together at the Third International Halaal Conference

For further info and booking go to www.sanha.org.za/big7.htm



Madrasah al-Noor for the Blind

In South Africa, the government provides secular education through its special schools for the disabled. Parents were particularly anxious about their children's Islamic education. Although the Holy Qur'aan was available in Braille, there were no teachers or special Madaaris for the blind.

Some dedicated parents and a Sheikh took up the challenge and established Madrasah An-Noor for the blind in 1986. Parents relocated and settled in Pietermaritzburg for their children's education.

The Madrasah started with one student in a garage which had a carpeted floor and a few small desks to put the Qur'aans on. The Sheikh used the (Perkins) Braille typewriter to transcribe the student's lessons into Braille. Soon thereafter, a few students started Hifz ul Qur'aan and then shifted to bigger premises.

At most libraries for the blind around the world, very little Islamic literature in the English language is to be found. Madrassa An-Noor for the Blind, built it's own recording studio and began producing "Talking Books". A Braille printing press was also established and embossing machines print Islamic books in Braille.

When one of their Hifz students expressed a desire to become an Aalimah, they initiated the Aalim course and transformed the instruction into a Darul Uloom or Centre of Higher Education. This was a new journey, and both teachers and students had to Braille every text book. The first Ulama also studied the Qiraat Saba Ashara course and in 2004, the first Aalim and Aalimah graduated. We have on soft copy most Kitaabs of the Aalim course including the Sahih Al Bukhari, Alhamdulillah.

Following demands from several countries, the institution embarked on an Outreach programme organizing Qur'aanic Braille workshops in different parts of the world. Workshops were held in India, Mauritius, England, Scotland, Bangladesh, Mozambique and locally in South Africa.

The purpose of these workshops was to train Ulama and Qur'aan teachers and empower them so that the blind benefit directly.

Assistance was given to establish Makaatib / Madaaris by supplying the necessary books, literature, training and support. With the grace of Almighty Allah, a few Makaatib / Madaaris overseas have already been established and are helping the blind in their communities.

A farm has been arranged at Cedara which is about 17 kilometres out of Pietermaritzburg. This will be the new home of the institute, Insha Allah. Teachers will live on campus and the institute will offer sports and other important living skills.

SANHA is proud to count this organisation with its dedicated staff as one of their associate members.

Contact Details:
71 Royston Road
Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, 3201

E-mail: info@mnblind.org

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

Abdullaah bin Mas'ud radiyallaahu anhu narrated:

Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam loved the meat of the foreleg. A foreleg which he ate was poisoned. The Jews were suspected.


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments:

After Khaybar was conquered, a Jewess living there discovered that Rasulullaah sallallahu alayhi wasallam loved the foreleg meat. She roasted a goat and poisoned it, putting extra poison in the foreleg. She invited him and served the meat. Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam bit it. He either spat it out without swallowing or swallowed a bit. He said, "This meat informed me that there is poison in it."

Some of the poison affected him. It was severe at times. At the time of his demise it took effect again and caused his martyrdom.

This Hadith states that the meat informed Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam of the poison. Other narrations state that Jibril alayhis salaam informed him. There is no contradiction as both are possible. The meat may have first informed him miraculously and then Jibril alayhis salaam came and confirmed it. After being informed, Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam stopped eating and prohibited the Sahaabah radiyallaahu anhum as well. The Jewess was called and questioned. She confessed that she had poisoned the meat.

Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam did not seek personal vengeance and pardoned her. Later, Bishr bin Baraa radiyallaahu anhu died of the poison. She was therefore executed as a lesson to others. Therefore the narrations which state that she was punished and those that state she was not, are both correct.

The Shari'ah mandates the capital punishment or blood money upon the murderer. There is a fiqhii difference amongst Ulama on this issue. As this requires an in depth academic discussion we can not discuss this here.

As for the uncertainty of Ibn Mas'ud radiyallaahu anhu he may have not investigated the incident fully. The Jewess had confessed as ascertained.


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.

Jazakumullah Khairan to Sister Arifa Osman for sending in her "winning" dessert recipe.

Arifa's fridge dessert

  • 1 Packet Tennis Biscuits
  • 1 Orley Whip Cream
  • 1 Fresh Cream
  • 1 Tin Caramel
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Cadbury peppermint crisp

Mix Orley Whip cream, add fresh cream and mix for 3 minutes then add caramel cream and mix for another 5 minutes. Add the juice of ½ lemon and grate a little of the chocolate and mix.

Then in deep plate or casserole, layer a little of the above cream mixture, then biscuit, cream again, continue once biscuit and cream mixture is finished, lastly grate more chocolate on top.

For those that have a sweet tooth;    ENJOY!!!
For those that don't, TRY IT YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!

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.

Initially the direction of prayer was towards Jerusalem as was also noted in the Bible.

"Now when Daniel... went home. And in his upper room, with his window open towards Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days." (Daniel 6:10)

Thereafter through the final revelation as recorded in the Noble Qur'aan Muslims in unison with the faithful all over the world face the great Masjid (Mosque) in Makkah during prayer.

"So turn your face toward the sacred Masjid, and [O Muslims], wherever you may be, turn your faces towards it." (Qur'aan 2:144)


Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Fat and Calorie Content of Fast Food and a Home-Cooked Meal

Too much fast foods can be the cause of serious problems. Most fast food contains too many calories, salt and artery-clogging cholesterol to eat every day, or even once a week. Here's a look at how many calories and grams of fat are packed into fast food. Keep in mind that children aged 7 to 12 should eat about 2,200 calories a day.

Food Calories Fat
McDonald's Big Mac 563 33 grams
Medium-sized McDonald's French fries 384 20
Medium-sized McDonald's vanilla shake 733 21
Total for one meal 1,680 calories 74 grams

Compare that to a meal prepared at home:

One-half of a roasted chicken breast 142 3 grams
Medium-sized baked white potato 130 0
Half a cup of green peas 67 0
8-ounce glass of 1% milk 102 3
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce 105 0
Total for one meal 546 5 grams

The message of "...eat of that which is lawful and good..." as mentioned in the Noble Quran Surah 2 Verse 168 is certainly incontrovertible and eternal.



Your discovery column of spectacular spice, fabulous fruit, incredible ingredient, vital vegetable, marvellous mineral and vibrant vitamin.


Of Indian origin, and widely grown in Mediterranean countries, the lemon is easily the most versatile of all the citrus fruits. Its acid taste makes it unpleasant to eat as a fruit, but it has many culinary uses, particularly in baking and confectionery as well as a beverage in the form of lemonade.

A few drops of lemon juice will enhance delicate fish or poultry dishes, creams and pies. The acid can also be used to prevent cut fruit from turning brown when exposed to air.


The juices are excellent sources of vitamin C.


  • Acidic juices especially can erode tooth enamel.
  • Citrus fruit may be sprayed with fungicide and preservatives.
  • Too much can affect male reproductivity.

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.

Remove odour/Smooth your Skin
It is easy to have the odour of fish on your hand removed with lemon. Soap would not help much. However, rubbing lemon skin on you hand would do the trick. As it is a natural antiseptic it will also make your skin smooth.

Yellowing Nails
Wearing a lot of dark polish and smoking regularly are the main cause of yellowing nails. One of the easiest ways to bleach your nails back to a healthy-looking pink is with lemon. Slice it in half and stick your finger in it for a few minutes. The natural acid will whiten and soften the nail. Rinse and apply a lotion.



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:

Never mind Newton's law of gravity, these are ones that you never learnt in school.

Law of queue:
If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Telephone:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged tone.

Law of Mechanical Repair:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.

Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner

Law of the Alibi:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.

Bath Theorem:
When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Encounters:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.

Law of the Result:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will

Law of Biomechanics:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Theatre Rule:
People with the seats at the furthest from the aisle arrive last.

Law of Coffee:
As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Moulana Tohier Kara

Marital Status: Married, 2 children

Education: Matriculated – Damelin, Gauteng. Aalim – Darul Uloom Zakariyya, Lenasia.

Other Interests: Keeping fit, crime prevention, eating healthy and community development.

Maraisburg Masjid – Imaam, Hifz and Madrasah Ustaadh
SAPS - Police Reservist

Position: SANHA Regulatory Assistant.

Key Responsibility: Issuing of flavour-house certificates.

Message: The Qur'aan states "O You who believe, eat of that which is pure and wholesome..." Acting upon this Aayah will have a positive effect on us both spiritually as well as physically.



Questions & Answers

Q: I am from United States, actually I want to know information about Centrum vitamin. The people don't look at ingredients, and it is in need in Pakistan because the doctors give it to them, so all I want to know does it have beef gelatin or pork gelatin.
A: Kindly note that the vitamin D in the Centrum multivitamin contains a mixture of both pork and beef gelatine and therefore must be avoided.

Q: In Cape Town we use nutmeg on a general basis when cooking. However, I came across a fatwa to the contrary lately. Please can we get the viewpoint of the SANHA especially in the light of any differing opinion.
A: Nutmeg is a spice derived from a Tropical Evergreen Tree and is permitted as a flavouring agent in foods. If used as an intoxicating agent, then it would be deemed impermissible.


Industry News
McCormick's flavour predictions

Seasoning company McCormick has released its Flavour Forecast 2008 - a glimpse of the hottest trends for the coming year. Utilising a network of cookbook authors, media food personalities, trendsetting chefs, home economists, registered dieticians, food technologists and sensory analysts to develop the report and identify the major tastes that will shape how we eat in 2008 and beyond.

The report identifies major tastes and new, unexpected flavour combinations in store for adventurous palates.

Its top 10 pairing in 2008 are:

  • Allspice and exotic meats.
  • Chilli and cocoa.
  • Coriander and coconut water.
  • Lemon grass and lychee.
  • Orange peel and natural wood
  • Oregano and heirloom beans.
  • Poppy seed and rose.
  • Red curry and masa.
  • Rubbed sage and rye.
  • Vanilla bean and cardamom.
McCormick is certified Halaal by SANHA.

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:

  • Debonairs Pizza, Laudium - Restaurant; Gauteng
  • Romans Pizza, Laudium - Restaurant; Gauteng
  • Scooters, Umhlanga Rocks - Restaurant; Durban, KZN
  • Marco's Sauces - Culinary; North Coast, KZN

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


Bulletin 29 Competition

The sponsor of our prize for this is Radio Islam

Win a radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder Set to the value of R500.00 and listen to your favourite Islamic programs with digital clarity.

What day and time is the weekly SANHA Programme on Radio Islam?

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 by Friday, 27th June 2008.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Radio Islam

Radio Islam was amongst the first of the community radio stations that were established in a liberated South Africa. It is a free on air service that broadcasts on medium wave 1548.

A spanking new three story premises with state of the art equipment and a retail outlet boasts a range of thousands of cd's, books and clothing from all over the world. Yes! Radio Islam's 10 years of patience and persistence has paid off with this classy facility, which is waiting to welcome you.

Its original footprint was the greater Gauteng area. However, with advances in satellite technology and use of a signal decoder, one can receive clear signals all over Southern Africa. Also with audio streaming via their website www.radioislam.co.za listnership has gone global. Thousands of hits from countries as far away as Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK bear testimony to this.

Radio Islam is an ardent supporter of issues pertaining to the consumption of Halaal and dedicates a weekly program to it hosted by SANHA. Catch it on Mondays at approximately 18h30

Contact Details:
35 Cuckoo Ave
Extension 1, Lenasia, 1827
Gauteng, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 854 7022

See our competition section for a chance to win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder set.



Shukran for all your guidance and assistance. Sanha has really made it easy by making its organization available to the public for such questions posed by myself and the public and we are grateful for this. This is a great help to us all and we recommend your service.

Mohammed Alli

May Allah swt reward SANHA's members abundantly for the excellent service that you provide us with !


Assalamu Alaikum

Jazakallah and may Allah Ta'ala reward you all for the splendid work that has made the Muslim ummah at large aware of halaal and Haraam. I for one will always look for the sanha logo which I know will fulfill my heart's desire. Shukran and keep up the good work

M.S.K South Africa


Forthcoming Events

12-14 June 2008
Annual Thailand Exhibition in SA
Durban International Convention Center

17-19 June 2008
Annual Thailand Exhibition in SA
Sandton Convention Center
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact Thai Trade Center, Tel 012-342-0835/50/59;

19-23 June 2008
Int Food, Dairy & Beverage Exhibition 2008
Addis Ababa Center, Ethiopia
Contact: info@ifdbe.com

Friday 20 June 2008 (After Esha)
Port Shepstone Public Talk
SANHA Public Talk with Q&A
Albersville Musjid

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

21st July 2008
Third International Halaal Conference
Grill Room, Gallagher Estate
Midrand, Gauteng
South Africa


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