South African National Halaal Authority


Rajab 1427      

August 2006

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

Editorial  - The Musjid Board - Notice of the times

Muslim communities the world over have relied on the mosque notice board for centuries as a source of information. And today, despite the advent of other channels of media such as radio, internet, Musjid receivers, it still has major relevance in disseminating information.

In almost every instance the sole discretion as to what may be placed on the notice board is correctly vested in the authority of the Trustees and Imams of the Musaajid. We say correctly as they are the chosen leaders off their communities who give off their valuable time and resources in the service of the Houses of Allah. In some cases this commitment has extended over several generations and SANHA salutes their selfless service to Islam.

In deference to the above, SANHA deplores the attempts by individuals to tamper with the independence of the local leaders and their Musaajid.

SANHA has been reliably informed of the crude attempts by an alim from a southern Durban suburb who has tried to intimidate an Imaam in a town on the opposite side of the municipality to remove all SANHA information from the notice boards.

In another instance the proprietor of a formerly SANHA certified bakery in the CBD of Durban, whose certification was withdrawn due to a breach of contract, is campaigning for trustees to allow publication of rebuttals of our notices.

As if we do not have sufficient controversies in the community, it seems that we now want to enter into a “trial by mosque notice boards”

We will keep you informed as matters unfold. Perhaps we may even consider naming the culprits.

SANHA sends out notices to various Musaajid and institutions. These notices are of public interest and are of an advisory nature. We have no special agreement or arrangements for the placing of the notices. We respect, rely and accept without question the decisions of the Trustees. This is in deference to the principle of the independence of the Musaajid and the integrity of officials, a principle that we will vigorously defend irrespective whether our notices are posted or not.

Was salaam

The Editor



 I am spice for whom men have gone to the ends of the earth, fought wars and sometimes lost their lives. I am almost indispensable in food preparation. You will find me in your pantry. Do you know me? Who am I?

I am spice for whom you have gone to the ends of the earth, fought wars and have become almost indispensable to the food industry. You will find me in your home. Do you know me?


  1. I am the dried fruit of the “cuminum cyminum” and am used both whole and ground. I have a warm aromatic and balsamic flavour. I am popular in cheese, soups relishes, meat and Spanish rice. I am of Eastern origin, from Iran, India and Lebanon.

Do you know me?                     I am CUMIN SEED.

  1. Spicy sweet odour with a hot taste, I am very African and abound in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Jamaica. From the plant “ Zingiher officinale” , available in ground or while form, you will find me in Chinese foods, cakes and biscuits, sauces.

Do you know me?                      I am GINGER.



SANHA certifies over 500 establishments ranging from large multi – nationals to many proudly South African enterprises including cottage industries.

We congratulate the following for being awarded or renewing the coveted SANHA Halaal Mark of Assurance.

American Parlour

Ice cream


House of Orange



Quench beverages



Wedgewood Nougat



Unique Flavours

Flavour house





Richneau Water


Western Cape

Willowton Palace



Willowton Meats



Willowton Meats



Pouyoukas Foods



Rafiqs Poultry Farm



Rafiqs Poultry Farm



Ebrahims veg and meat market

Veg and meat






For a detail list of SANHA certified establishments and general email queries, please email



The Jami‘ atul 'Ulama (JU) well known as the Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal was established in 1923 to service the religious needs of the Muslims. It was originally founded by Moulana Mohammed Waliullah and was later revived by Moulana Muhammad Mia & Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (may Almighty Allâh be pleased with them). Many Ulama, too numerous to mention, spent their lives serving Islam and the Muslims through the Jamiatul Ulama. As the needs of the Muslim community grew, the JU accordingly responded. It was in the 1980's, that more branches and representatives were needed to service the ever growing and geographically diverse Muslim population. Alhamdulillah, today the JU has six fully operational branches and six zonal representatives operating in six of the nine provinces in South Africa.

The JU has been the forerunner in co-ordinating educational syllabi in Madrasah institutions from the early 1940's. It has been serving the needs of the community in various areas some of which are as follows:

  • Publications
  • Social Services
  • Counseling services
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Community Radio
  • Aids Awareness
  • Burial Services
  • Government Liaison
  • Dawah (Propagation)
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Judiciary
  • Fatwa Council
  • Youth Development
  • Disaster Relief
  • Institution for higher learning
  • Halaal Consumables

The 1990s inaugurated the JU into a completely new era: an era of new challenges, rapid change, expansion, and diversification. It is a founding member of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA), a national Ulama body representing Muslims on national issues.

The JU is a founder member of SANHA and has ceded the activity of Halaal certification and monitoring to SANHA since inception. Due to its strategic position and valuable input the JU along with the JU KZN was awarded an additional seat on the SANHA Board of Executives. The JU also serves on SANHA's Ulama Council and Theological Committee.



The Mother of the Believers, Aishah (may the Almighty be pleased with her) narrated that Rasulullah (may Almighty's salutations and peace be with him) said:

When one of you eats he should say, “Say the name of Allah (say bismillah – in the name of Allah). If he forgets he should say, “In the name of Allah, in the beginning and the end.”



Allah remembers us very moment of our existence. Who is it that continuously orders our lungs to breathe and our hearts to beat? Who makes our food digest and give us its energy? Certainly we do not even think of these acts which are essential to our survival. Just as Allah remembers us we should also remember Him as far as possible. At the very least we must remember Him when enjoying His bounties. Allah is so compassionate that if even we, His ungrateful slaves, forget Him we may still offer a supplication during the meal. If one forgets to recite bismillah at the beginning one should recite, “bismillah, awwalahu wa akhirahu.” An alternate pronunciation is, “bismillah, awwalihi wa akhirihi.”


Riyadus Salihin by al-Imam an-Nawawî, Etiquettes of Eating, Chapter of mentioning Allah in the beginning and praising Him at the end, Hadîth # 729 – authenticated by al-Imam at-Tirmizi and al-Imam Abu Dawud.



In the serious world of Halaal we take this moment to bring you a smile. Laugh or even scream if you have to. We have no objection if you want to do it all together. It’s therapeutic, so pass it on:

 A global survey was conducted by the United Nations.

The question was: “What is your opinion on the food shortage in the rest of the world, please?”

Unfortunately, the survey failed,

In Africa, they did not know what “food” meant.

In Western Europe they did not know what “shortage” meant.

In Eastern Europe they did not know what “opinion” meant.

In South America they did not know what “please” meant.

And in the USA, they did not know what “the rest of the world” meant



Tried and tested recipes from chefs, contributors and kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

Save the information and make up your own collection of winning recipes. For this issue, Mariam Jadwat-Omar, author of the book “Creative Cooking- the easy way” writes for us.

The accomplished cook has chosen the “Turkish Platter” which is suitable for alfresco, sit down or buffet, brunch or dinner. An unusual dish with instructions for the bread, sauce and the meat. Enjoy!

Pita Bread: Meat:
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 teaspoons ghee
1/3 cup sour milk
1 kg steak fillets, thinly sliced and cut into thin strips
2 tablespoons butter
2 green chillies , sliced
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
Salt to taste


14 whole red dry chillies
1 cup boiling water 
2 medium tomatoes
2 tablespoons chilli sauce (any brand)
Salt to taste
grilled cherry tomatoes
grilled whole peppers, to garnish
melted ghee, yoghurt, to serve

2 tablespoons tomato paste
tablespoons butter


  1. Pita Bread:
  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt and ghee in a mixing bowl.
  • Using fingertips, rub ghee into flour until crumbly.
  • Add enough sour milk to mix to soft dough.
  • Divide dough into four balls.
  • Working on a floured surface, roll each ball into a rectangle ( the same shape as your platter but slightly smaller in size)
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan, place pita and cook on both sides until blisters form.
  • Remove from pan and place onto platter.
  • Using a pizza slicer, slice diagonally into small pieces.
  1. Meat:
  • Braise green chillies and garlic in butter.
  • Add steaks and seasonings and cook until meat is tender. Add water if necessary.
  1. Sauce:
  • Soak dry chillies in boiling water for 20 minutes and drain.
  • Liquidize chillies with lemon juice and tomato paste, chilli sauce, salt and butter.
  • Simmer for about five minutes until sauce is slightly thickened.
  1. To serve:
  • Arrange meat over hot pita bread
  • Drizzle sauce and melted ghee over
  • Garnish with grilled tomatoes and peppers. Serve with yoghurt.



At a highly enthusiastic AGM meeting held at the Islamia College in Cape Town on Sunday 10/09/06, the following officials were elected to serve as office bearers for the new term.

  •  Sheik. I Essop – Chairman

  • Brother Ebrahim Vawda – Vice Chairman

  • Brother O F Moolla -Secretary

  • Moulana Junaid Adam -Treasurer

About 170 people witnessed the event, the tabling of reports and inspiring talks by special guests:

  • Sheik Riyaadh Walls – Scholar and Imaam of Stegman Road Musjid.
  • His Excellency Hajee Zulkepli Perai – Trade Commissioner Matrade
  • Moulana Ebrahim Adam – World renowned researcher, scholar and senior Ulama of South Africa.



Q. I have heard that Netcare Garden City is Halaal. Is this true?

 A. Kindly be advised that the Netcare Garden City Catering Kitchens is certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q. Is Chickenland on Sparks Road Halaal?

 A. Chickenland on Sparks Road is owned by a non-Muslim and has not certified the outlet as Halaal.

Q. Can we eat partially hydrogenated fat and oil?

A. Hydrogenated fat and oil – Hydrogenation is the process of turning liquid oil into solid fat. Generally, it makes vegetable oil suitable for use in biscuits, fast foods, margarine and other confectionery items. Persons who suffer from coronary heart disease should avoid it

Q. Can you please tell me if the Steers at the Pavilion in Westville is Halaal.

A – A non-Muslim person owns Steers in the Pavilion and SANHA has not certified the outlet.





Calling all SANHA certified establishments. We know what you do, but why not tell the world.

 Send us your profile or details of products, innovations or any information of use for our readers and we’ll advertise for you. For more information, call our PRO, EBI Lockhat (+2731) 207 5768

Recent Announcements






at various restaurants & hotels

(as confirmed by FEDHASA spokesperson)

Consumers are hereby alerted to be wary of such fraudulent practice.




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

What do Muslims believe?

Like Jews and Christians, Muslims are monotheists. They believe in one God, the creator, sustainer, ruler and judge of the universe. Muslims believe in prophets not just the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), but also the prophets of the Hebrew Bible, including Abraham and Moses, and of the New Testament, Jesus and John the Baptist. They also believe in angels, heaven, hell and the day of Judgement. Islam teaches that God’s revelation was received in the Torah, the New Testament and the Quran. Thus, Muslims view Jews and Christians as “People of the book”, communities of believers who received revelations through prophets from God in the form scriptures or revealed books.

As Christians  view their revelation as both fulfilling and completing the revelation of the Old Testament, Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad received his revelations from God, through the angel Gabriel, to correct human error that had made its way into the scriptures and belief systems of Judaism and Christianity. Therefore, Muslims believe, Islam is not a new religion with a new scripture; rather, Islam is the oldest religion, because it represents the original as well as the final revelation of the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad ( Peace be upon him).

 Source :  Oxford University Press



 Urgently required for Processing Plant in Krugersdorp

  •  Incumbent will be responsible for monitoring and supervising Halaal offal, receiving, processing, storage and despatch.

  •  Regular reporting to SANHA office

  • Responsible for the Halaal Programme Management

  • Reporting results to production Management


Minimum Qualification:

  • Sound Deeni reputation

  • Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam

  • Own transport essential

  •  Code 08 Drivers License

  • Salary Negotiable

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It’s the write stuff Some comments on our e-Bulletin Jazakumullah Khairan - Editor

Assalamu alaikum

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Fozie Khan

Salamua laikum
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Aisha Mijindadi

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Assalâmu alaikum wr wb
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