South African National Halaal Authority
August 2008 :: Sha'baan 1429

No. 32

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
3rd international Halaal Conference report back

An audience of 121 delegates comprising of food industry players, academics, theologians, journalists, diplomats and regulatory organisation representatives were addressed by various speakers on Monday 21/7/08 at the THIRD INTERNATIONAL HALAAL CONFERENCE.

The Conference with its theme, "Raising Halaal to New Heights," was held at Gallagher Estate, home of the African Union Parliament and saw delegates from South Africa, Malaysia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Thailand, UK, Kenya and Belgium participate in the proceedings.

The SANHA spokesman in the opening address emphasized the need for these conferences in the face of burgeoning demand for Halaal by one fifth of humanity, with huge advances in science, and a shrinking cyber world without borders.

He urged delegates to treat this as a family gathering of all Halaal role players where openness and candour would be the order of the day.

And finally he reminded all that we must pursue this with a "Prophet" (PBUH) and not a "Profit" motive as a calling.

From the talks itself we have reproduced on our website Mufti Zubair Bhayat´s treatise on "Islamic Slaughter" and Mr. Matthew Karan´ important paper on "Quality Benchmarking of SA Beef - The Halaal Option" which heralded breaking news for the community on the painful Shari´ah issue of stunning.

For these papers go to www.sanha.org.za/misc.php

Insha Allah, we hope to present the other papers over the next few issues and post them on the website as well.

Our thanks to all the delegates, speakers and support team for an outstanding conference.

May Allah Almighty, unite the Ummah in our quest for Halaal food consumption and production.



May Street Masjid Jamaat

This organisation is responsible for administering the affairs of the May Street Masjid.

In the early 1900's, some 40 years after the arrival of the first indentured labourers from India amongst whom were Muslims, a number of Indians began settling in the Suburb known as Block A.K.

Being the nearest residential area to the Grey Street Indian Business Complex, Muslims who constituted the major traders in this complex also began moving into Block A.K and in a few years, almost 80% of the homes in the Suburb were built and owned by Muslims.

The need for a musjid was discussed by the residents and in 1910, the May Street Masjid was erected at the corner of May and Fynn street (opposite Arrow Cash and Carry) to cater for the needs of the Muslim community. It is well known that the Musjid and its officials admirably administered to the needs for almost a century.

Despite the fact that the Group Areas Act of 1968 designated Block A.K. as a White area and the removal of all residents, the Masjid was not affected and the musallees were allowed to perform Salaah.

Over the years, as more Muslims moved into Block A.K, the Musjid was not adequate for the growing community and almost 15 years ago was re-designed by adding a second floor and basement. Architecturally the outer facade of the new musjid could not be altered as it had to conform to the Historic Buildings Act.

Today it caters for over 500 Musallees and, accommodation has again become inadequate, particularly for the Jumuah Salaah, as Muslims have now moved into surrounding areas such as Berea, Morningside etc. The Musjid also runs a Ramadaan Iftaar scheme.

The Jamaat is proudly associated with SANHA and supports its endervours.

Contact details:
Br. Yunus G.H. Randeree
P.O. Box 3653
Durban 4000

Tel: 031-3093088
Fax: 031-3093081

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

Abdullah bin Ja´far radiyallaahu anhumaa narrated that Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said:

The best meat is that of the back portion.


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:

This narration does not contradict those stating that Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam liked the foreleg. Due to different reasons and quality both can be good. For example, strength-wise or it having less fibre, more fat etc. Therefore, due to different aspects both could be preferred and also be excellent.


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.

Jazaakumullah khayran to our guest chef this month, Sister F. Mayet of South Africa for her economical recipe.


  • 1kg leg mutton cubed in small pieces.
  • Sauté 2 medium to big onions thinly sliced (like how you slice for Beryani) in oil with cinnamon stick, clove, 2 cardamom pods, 1 star aniseed (you can use ½ star aniseed if the fragrance is too strong for you).
  • Marinade mutton with 1 heaped tblsp red ginger garlic masala, salt to taste, dhana jeero (coriander/cumin mix), 1 tblsp karahi Masala & cook for about 1½hour or maybe less.
  • Then take 250ml fresh cream, 2tblsp tomatoes paste, ½tsp tandoori powder. Let the soup thicken; add in 1tsp garam Masala, pinch of saffron strands.
  • Garnish with sliced green chillies, chopped up dhania & fresh ginger slivers.
  • Serve with parathas or plain white rice.

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.

"Saddaqallahul Azim" (Allah, the Almighty, has spoken the truth)

When attending Islamic functions such as Conferences, etc. the event begins with a recitation of a few verses of the Noble Quran which ends with the words "Saddaqallahul Azim"

This is a statement of truth that a Muslim says after reading any verses form the Quran, the meaning of which is "Allah, the Almighty, has spoken the truth".

The Qur´aan is the exact words of Allah. Therefore on completion of his reading, the reader affirms that he is reciting verbatim the words of truth from Allah.



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.

  • Bouquet garnis - bunch or small bag of herbs.
  • Crème fraiche - cream that is mature but not sour.
  • Flambé - served or covered with flaming spirit.
  • Infuse - steep in water or other liquid.
  • Jardinière - garnished with vegetables
  • Liaison - thickening agent such as cream, for sauces, soups, and the like.
  • Macerate - soften by soaking in liquid.
  • Puree - mash of pulp fruit or vegetables, as by long cooking or in a blender.
  • Sauté - fry lightly in a little fat
  • Soused - pickled.


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


A spice from the "Allium schoenoprasum" plant whose slender leaves are chopped and used to provide a subtle onion flavour and to enhance food appearance as a garnish and topping.

Popular in cottage cheese, soup mixes, sour cream dressings and omelettes.


Originating in India and Argentine, fennel is the dried ripe fruit of the herb "foeniculum vulgare". It has a licorice like flavour and works well in Italian sausage, Italian bread, pizza and spaghetti sauces and fish sauces.


Health and Beauty

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

Shouldering Life´s Burden

In our early years we were constantly told by parents and teachers not to slouch, stoop and to keep our shoulders straight.

They knew something that we didn´t. Our posture and attitude towards this can make or harm our image and general health. In fact the measure of our confidence is often judged by others on the way we "carry ourselves" in other words our posture.

Experts conclude that our shoulders tend to stoop naturally as our shoulder muscles are never strong enough, especially women who have weaker pectoral muscles. They tend to be a little underdeveloped as we don´t use them in daily life. So it's very important to have strong shoulders to have a good posture.

One reason why the shoulder is a key point for stress is that it's a place where the nervous system starts entering the brain, just behind the neck.

When we are stressed out, when we are reading intently or studying something we tend to focus and concentrate so much that we forget all about the posture.

You may not even realise while working that you are leaning over your computer and your shoulders are bearing the brunt of your flawed posture.

If one does not learn to relax and treat their shoulders right, then over a period of time you´ll develop spondylitis and other problems like a stoop.

There is a huge muscle called trapezius which extends from the upper back in the shape of a V. You´ll often find if you relax someone's shoulders their whole body relaxes.

Be kind to your shoulders, they'll return the favour by shouldering life's burden.



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:

The second part of Qantas´ Engineers from Australia displaying a "down under" sense of humour.

No sooner had we published the first of this two part article in our last issue, then Qantas experienced a problem on their flight QF30 from London to Australia which required an emergency landing in the Philippines.

Thankfully there were no fatalities and Qantas´ safety record is still unblemished.

Part 2

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That´s what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF always inoperative on OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you´re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sound like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Hajee Mahmood Mohamed

Marital Status: Married, 4 children

Secular - Roodepoort High School
Deeni Education – Jamea Ul Uloom Newtown

Other Interests:
Social Development
Caring for the needy
Making people smile

Representative on the Muslim Prison Board (MPB)

Position: SANHA - Chief Inspector; National Halaal Co-Ordinator - MPB

Key Responsibility: Development of the Inspectorate, Workshop Co-Ordinator, Human Resource Assistant

Message: The seeking of sound religious knowledge is compulsory on every Muslim male and female.

Therefore, we should endervour to also learn at least the basic principles of Halaal and further our knowledge regarding this subject to the best of our ability.



Questions & Answers

Q: A work colleague is always talking about the Juicy Lucy breakfasts. Are there any outlets suitable for Muslims?
A: Juicy Lucy is a national franchise outlet. SANHA has established an association with the Franchisor and has, to-date, only certified the outlet in the Musgrave Centre in Durban only.

Q: Please clarify SANHA´s stance regarding Centrum Multi vitamin. I have read that its Vitamin D component contains beef and pork gelatin.
A: The vitamin D in the Centrum multi vitamin is encapsulated in gelatine of bovine/porcine source and therefore NOT approved by SANHA.

Q: A number of European brands are offering "NON-ALCOHOLIC BEER". I want your valued guidance whether we Muslims can consider these products as "Halaal". Some non-alcoholic beer indicates alcohol content of 0.3%. What is the directive about these in our Deen?
A: Though these non-intoxicating beverages can technically be deemed Halaal, their appearance, taste profile, etc. resembles the "alcoholic" beer and therefore Muslims should avoid promoting and/or consuming such beverages.


Industry News

Business Opportunity

An Australian company with its own warehousing, marketing and distribution operations is looking for SA businesses to supply canned fruits and jams in substantial volumes for one of its private label clients.

Quantities would be 15-50 containers per annum – canned fruits in 425g and 850g tins and various flavour jams in 500g and 800g jars.

Contact: Lineke Fleischer at Exhibition Management Services on admin@exhibitionsafrica.com


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:

  • Chicken King, Isipingo Rail - Durban; Restaurant
  • Pure Health Aqua, Queenburgh - KZN; Beverages
  • Steers Lakeside Mall - Gauteng; Restaurant
  • Nativa Manufacturing - Gauteng; Medical

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


e-Bulletin 31 Competition

Prize: Ideal tog bags sponsored by CREST TRAVEL AND TOURS
1. In which centre is Crest Travel and Tours based?
2. Name 1 certified establishment in the Mpumalanga Province.
Answers: 1) Swift Centre, Overport;
2) Any of the following 16 certified Establishments

  • Abattoirs - Beef / Sheep
    • Karan Beef (Pty) ltd (Balfour)
    • PK Farming Abattoir (Devon)
    • Medina Meats (Middelburg)
  • Abattoirs - Poultry
    • An Naeem Food Enterprise CC (Middleburg)
  • Beverages
    • Onderberg Verwerkings Kooperasie Beperk (Malelane)
  • Catering Kitchens
    • Gardees (White River)
  • Culinary Products
    • Nestle South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Standerton
    • Spice Pod Pty Ltd (Nelspruit)
  • Raw Materials
    • Ovipro (pty) Ltd (Bronkhorstpruit)
  • Restaurants
    • Debonairs Ermelo (Ermelo)
    • Debonairs Secunda (Secunda)
    • Fishaways Ermelo (Ermelo)
    • Steers Secunda (Secunda)
    • Steers Total Super Motors (Nelspruit)
  • Snacks & Confectionery
    • Nutcracker Valley (Witbank)
  • Soya / Vegetable Products
    • McCain Foods SA - Delmas

  1. Fathima Abdul - Durban
  2. Dr Arshad Mather - Joburg
  3. Ebrahim Haffejee - Joburg
  4. Rhyman, E. (Ebrahim)- Joburg
  5. Shuaib- Durban
  6. Ismail Kazembe- Joburg
  7. Nasrin Bhamjee- Joburg
  8. Hassan Haniff- Durban
  9. Shireen Adam- Durban
  10. Mohammed Ameen Ragie - Joburg
  11. Suleiman- Durban
  12. Mrs H. Ismail - Joburg

Bulletin 32 Competition

An absolute must have with 6 assorted 300-370g mixed and ready to use spices of Amina´s wonder spice range with 2 Ramadaan items of samoosa´s + pie dip and Chillinaise.

See tell us and we´ll tell the world for sponsors details.

Answer the following questions:
1. How many variations will you find in Amina´s Wonder spice range?
2. Who is SANHA´s Chief Inspector?

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, 15th August 2008.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Aminas Wonder Spice

The true to life success story of determination and hard work reaping rewards for this dynamic company.

Established nine years ago, the husband and wife team of Abdulgani and Amina produce "ready-to-use" spice additives that have become firm favourite with butchers, caterers and housewives.

Many sumptuous dishes you have had at a restaurant could have been marinated with Amina´s Wonder Spice by the butcher supplier or the restaurant itself.

Amina´s Wonder Spice enjoys the SANHA mark of Halaal certification on all its products and is the sponsor of the "ultimate spice kit" in this issue – see competition/giveaway section for details.



Jazakallah, this is really very informative, keep up the good and excellent work that you are doing and may Allah Ta´ala give u the strength to continue serving the community, Ameen.


I attended the halaal conference on the 21st July 2008.

As a non Aalim or even one involved in the food and beverage business I found the topics discussed were very insightful and extremely informative and easy to understand. The manner in which the programme was handled ensured that there was neither time nor necessity for the audience to get bored.

May the organization grow from strength to strength and may Allah SWT reward the organization and all staff and members for their efforts.



Forthcoming Events

13 August 2008
A single day conference for Muslim women
Durban, South Africa
Contact: +27 (0)762232029

10-15 August 2008
International Congress of meat science and technology
Cape Town, South Africa
Contact: Retha Venter

13 August 2008
One – Day sensory symposium
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Symphony Road, Cape Town
Contact: Jricketts@delispices.co.za

19 August 2008
Islamic Workers Seminar
Durban, South Africa
Contact: admin@alansaar.co.za

25-28 September 2008
Mauritius International Agri Business Exhibition and Conference
Organizers: Exhibition Management Services
Contact sales1@exhibitionsafrica.com

28 August 2008
Green Supply Chain Conference
Glenburnlodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng
Contact: cvlarkin@ciltsa.org.za

30 August 2008
Holland Park Mosque centenary celebration
Brisbane Australia
Contact: 0431 300 111


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