South African National Halaal Authority
July 2008 :: Rajab 1429

No. 31

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Fortunate indeed are we to witness the longevity of one of the worlds most revered statesman, famous prisoner and Nobel prize laureate. But even more fortunate is the privilege of having witnessed his epic walk to freedom and the liberation of South Africa from the cruel, inhumane and oppressive yoke of apartheid.

His perseverance and dedication to his mission during his 27 years of incarceration, his commitment to consultation within the movement, his enormous capacity to forgive and reconcile with those that were hell-bent on destroying him and the values he stood for, and his care for children, all with unadulterated humility are lessons for all of us to draw deeply on.

Higher than hope and above the pot and kettle politics, we pray that those who claim the mantle of leadership reflect on this momentous achievement and be inspired.

We salute you Nelson Mandela, son of Africa and Father of the Nation. We pray for your physical and spiritual well-being.

Third International Halaal Conference
21 – 07-2008

Why have you not booked yet?

Last Week we covered 3 of 10 speakers whose presentations you should not miss.

Here are another four of the speakers.

Mufti Zubair Bayat - Mufti Zubair Bayat is the founder and current director of the Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre. A hafiz of the Quran, he completed his Aalim- Fadhil and Mufti Course at Darul Uloom, Deoband. Completed his MA Islamic studies at RAU with cum laude.

Matthew Karan – Product of Treverton College, Kwa Zulu Natal, Matthew Karan has gone from apprenticeship in Balfour abattoir to deboner in Ireland to the Export Manager of Karan Beef, largest producer of grain fed Beef in Southern Africa.

Ronnie du Plessis – with his extensive knowledge in category management. Business management, Marketing, General Merchandising and sourcing of products, 20 years retailing experience with Pick n Pay, Woolworths, and Saudi Arabia's largest retailer makes his talk a compelling one.

Paula Poole - 12 years with the Wimpy group, Paula has extensive experience in virtually every department of the franchising industry. Been exposed to the changing of consumer and supplier needs, to different taste profiles and innovation techniques and requirements in this industry, she is eminently qualified to give any discerning listener valuable insight.

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



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


In the early 1990´s certain residential areas in South Africa started to become grey. Most notable was Mayfair in Johannesburg, Woodstock in Cape Town, and Morningside in Durban.

Robertsham, mainly an ultra-conservative area, located on the south side of the M1 motorway in Johannesburg, was no exception. It presented itself as a destination area for many Muslims from various areas around Gauteng.

In (1992) 30 families had already moved into the areas centered around Robertsham. Faced with the absence of a common prayer facility for these families and keeping in line with legacy of our forebears, a property at Kimberley Road was purchased and converted into a Musallâ which became an active Salaah and Madrasah facility.

The Jamaat was harassed by the Council to apply for consent of use of the property and in 1994 special consent was granted to the Robertsham Muslim Jamaat to utilise the property as a place of worship and Masjid al-Hudâ Robertsham and Madrasah Islâmiyah Robertsham was officially inaugurated.Subsequently, by the Grace of Allah over a period of time 3 other properties were purchased.

Today, Masjid and Madrasah activities are ongoing with full time Imam, Muazzin quarters and Madrasah classrooms with 211 pupils and 11 teachers.

The organisation also has operates a nursery school and offers ghusl / burial arrangementsfor the community.

The members of the Robersham Jamaat extend a welcome to all to visit them and ask for your du´aas in serving the Ummah in a manner that pleases Allah (SWT) best.

Contact details:
The Secretary – Prof. Dr. M Tikly
P.O. Box 1358
Southdale 2135
South Africa

Tel: +27-11-433 8499

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

Aaishah radiyallaahu anhaa narrated:

It is not that Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam especially loved the meat of the foreleg. It is simply that he hardly had the chance to eat meat and the foreleg was the quickest to prepare.


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:

There are several reasons for Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam preferring the foreleg. One is the reason Aaishah radiyallaahu anhaa narrated. She denies him liking the foreleg in the sense of greed since that was against his dignity. Yet it cannot be denied that he preferred this portion.


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.

Our guest chef this month is Jenny Arjunan of South Africa with an economical recipe.

Yellow Potato Curry

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (pure butter fat – stocked by most supermarkets)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped or sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 to 2 green chilies cut in halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Few sprigs dhania (coriander/cilantro leaves)

1. Heat oil and ghee on high, add onion, garlic, curry leaves and mustard seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until golden brown.
2. Add turmeric, stir and add green chilies, potatoes and water. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add more water if curry becomes too dry.
3. Sprinkle with dhania leaves and serve with fresh white bread, basmati rice or rotis.

Makes 4 servings.

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.


The primary legal sources of the Shari'ah (Islamic Law) are the Noble Quran and the Sunnah.

As many of our non-Muslim friends are aware of the Quran but not the Sunnah, we elaborate below.

Sunnah means habit, practice, customary procedure, action and norm sanctioned by tradition.

Specifically, in the context of Islamic Law, the word Sunnah is used to refer to the sayings, practices and living habits of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

It helps interpret, explain and specify the meaning of the verses of the Qur'aan. The Qur'aan itself exhorts believers to follow the lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and thus the importance according to the Sunnah by Shari'ah.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking. Here are some international cooking terms simplified.

  • al dente - referring to pasta that is cooked but firm to the bite.
  • a point - referring to medium - cooked meat.
  • au bleu - referring to very rare meat.
  • bard - place fat on lean meat before roasting.
  • bien cui - referring to well-done meat.
  • blanch - boil very briefly
  • bouillon - stock or clear broth
  • brule - glazed with a caramelized sugar.
  • en croute - in pastry
  • medallion - small circular cut of meat or fish.
  • roux - mixture of fat and flour, used as base for sauce.
  • zest - outer, coloured skin of citrus fruit.


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

Kiwi fruit

Notwithstanding the recent bruising encounters of our national rugby team, the Springboks against New Zealand All Blacks and their famous Haka we give credit to the KIWI FRUIT.

Hardly known a few decades ago, the Chinese gooseberry has been popularized by New Zealand and renamed after their national emblem, the flightless Kiwi bird.

It can provide the full adult daily requirements of Vitamin C which helps us to absorb iron and promotes healing of wounds and the immune system.

It also supply's potassium which regulates body fluid levels for healthy blood pressure and heartbeat.

The soluble fibre helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.

A popular choice as an ingredient in Salad.


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.

Don't have the time for an elaborate beauty routine? Get that right look instantly with our instant "Kwik Tips"

While showering...

  • Take a steam shower as often as possible. It opens and clears the pores, thereby reducing blackheads and white heads.
  • Use a scrub or loofah in the shower. It removes the dead skin and leaves behind glowing skin. Make sure that you don't scrub too hard.
  • Add a few drops of aromatic oil or your favourite perfume in the tub, which will leave you smelling like a million bucks.

Make-up quickies

  • The use of sunscreen everyday is a must.
  • Using liquid foundation in the day looks gaudy. Instead, take a drop of the foundation, mix it with your moisturizer and apply. It gives an even tone to your skin, without looking too made up.
  • Just applying an eye pencil inside your lower eye lid and some lip gloss brightens your face, instantly.
  • The eye lashes define the eyes. Just running some mascara over them gives the eyes shape.
  • If you have thin lips, define them with a lip pencil. You can do a wee bit of cheating by running the pencil outside the lips. Instant fullness!

Shimmery and shiny skin

  • Mix 1 cup yoghurt, 1 tbsp orange juice and 1 tbsp lemon juice to form a paste. Apply on your face. Leave on as a mask for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water for a glowing complexion.
  • Grate carrots and apply fresh on pimples and blemishes. The Vitamin C cleanses your pores thoroughly
  • Mash banana with milk to make a paste. Apply on heels, elbows and face for a smooth makeover
  • Nourish the underside of the toes, not just the heels, is important, especially if you wear open toed footwear. Vaseline is good for those cracked heels.


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:

In our last issue it was bloopers from the USA. This time we go to Australia where Qantas maintenance engineers display a refreshing sense of humour.

Check their responses on the pilots "gripe sheet".

Complaints are marked with (P) and the solutions recorded as (S).

Published in two parts (Part 1)

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

Qantas, incidentally has an impeccable and enviable safety record.



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Moulana Muhammed Ameen Ravat

Marital Status: Single

Matriculated - Nirvana Secondary School
Aalim - Madrasah Arabia Islamia Azaadville

Other Interests: Reading and Socializing.

Position: SANHA - Applications Department, Gauteng

Key Responsibility: Processing of applications

Message: To draw positives from all situations even if it be seemingly negative.



Questions & Answers

Q: Does Sorbitol contain alcohol?
A: I suspect that you are concerned that this is an alcohol and is therefore not halaal suitable.

In Chemistry, Alcohols are considered a class of compounds that contain the -OH (i.e. hydroxyl) group. Although they are called Alcohols, they are not the alcohol that you find in beers and wines. This alcohol is chemically called ethanol or ethyl alcohol.

Sugar is chemically called sucrose and is also chemically classified as an alcohol, but is perfectly acceptable for Muslims to consume. Glucose and lactose are similarly classified. Sorbitol is not the alcohol found in spirits and is therefore acceptable for Muslims to consume.

Q: Is the Steers in Nelspruit Halaal? What about the Quick Shop in which it is situated and all the products sold there?
A: The Steers outlet at the Total Garage on Samora Machel Drive in Nelspruit is certified by SANHA.

However, our certification does not automatically extend to other service areas and / or products sold at Bonjour Convenience outlets unless these products bear the SANHA logo.

Q: I would like to know if Beacon "wine gums" are Halaal?
A: Beacon Wine Gums are NOT approved by SANHA as they contain gelatine from non-Halaal slaughtered animals.


Industry News

Continental Oil Mills commissioned its new R220 million crusher in April this year. This second crushing facility in Randfontein will according to the privately owned company boost its share of the oil processing industry and it will become the largest single crusher and refiner of edible oil seed in the country.

Presently South Africa's crush capacity collectively is in excess of 90 000 tons per month spread over eight crushing facilities, excluding the cold press processors. With the new facility, the production of this year´s crop will be easily crushed and the excess exported to neighbouring countries, according to the company.

Continental Oil is certified 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:

  • Juicy Lucy, Musgrave Centre - Restaurant; Durban
  • Delicious Savouries, Erasmia - Caterers; Gauteng
  • Mochachos Sunninghill - Restaurant; Gauteng
  • Mochachos Mondeor - Restaurant; Gauteng

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


Bulletin 31 Competition

"Lucky dozen" tog bags competition.

Yes! 12 lucky readers will win one of these ideal tog bags sponsored by CREST TRAVEL AND TOURS – see Tell us and We'll Tell the world for details on the company.

Answer the following questions:
1. In which centre is Crest Travel and Tours based?
2. Name 1 certified establishment in the Mpumalanga Province.

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, 25th July 2008.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Discover, experience, EXPLORE.

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As one of the very few truly BEE compliant travel management companies in South Africa, Crest Travel & Tours is able to comply with most procurement policy requirements. We specialize in corporate, leisure and pilgrimage travel and are accredited with SAHUC (South Africa Hajj and Umrah Council)

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CREST TRAVEL & TOURISM is the sponsor of our competition where you can win a convenient travel tog bag. See competition section.



Jazakallah to the Sanha team for their efforts to take Islam to the people. I take this opportunity to thank SANHA for the work undertaken for the benefit of the Islamic community. May Allah (SWT) make your task easy and grant you the ability to expand the beneficial work in serving the community.

May I suggest that you create a location on your website to enable your giveaway books to be downloaded or printed instead of it being posted as it may be costly.

Fiji Islands

Jazakumullah Khairan for your suggestion which we hope to implement shortly. InshaAllah


Forthcoming Events

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
Contact: pro-kzn@sanha.org.za

21 July 2008
Third International Halaal Conference
Midrand, Gallagher Estate
Contact - Tel: 031 207 5768

30 July 2008
Corporate Health and Wellness
The Forum, The Campus
Contact: camielah@knownes.co.za

15 - 17 August 2008
Conference 2008: Muslim Youth: Challenges, Opportunities & Expectations
Chester University, UK

12 August 2008
SA first retail advertising conference
EP Convention centre
Kempton Park, Gauteng
Contact: robnj@nab.co.za

6 August 2008
My customer 2.0 workshop and seminar 2008
Pick n Pay Institute
Contact: 031 303 2803


Halaal Helpline 0861 786 111

Tel: (+27 31) 207 5768
Fax: (+27 31) 207 5793
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