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

No. 33

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

The other day I undertook a journey back in time a hundred years to another continent, fast forwarded through the decades and landed back in 2008, thoroughly inspired by Muslim aspiration and determination, Alhamdulillah! (Praise be to Allah).

My journey was not in a high-tech futuristic time machine or some sort of a space craft, but in one driven by curiosity, powered by intellect and transported on the wings of imagination.

The ignition was a sneak preview of a special commemoration publication of the centenary celebration of the Holland Park Masjid in Brisbane, Australia, scheduled for 30th August 2008. This study has a South African connection as it was meticulously produced by an expatriate South African, Brother Mustafa Ally, previously the Dean of the Durban Technikon Business facility and now with the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

His well-researched, carefully crafted and beautifully presented treatise with historical photographs, effectively transports one to the bygone era. One goes through the whole gamut of emotions from the sense of optimism of the early Afghan Muslims brought in to develop Australia´s transport through camel trains, to the frustration at the all-white migration policy suddenly imposed by the Government. One wants to cheer at the unstinting efforts by the pioneers which yield a rich canvas of achievement and assimilation of Muslims including those of European extraction and efforts in providing education and welfare activities. Finally there is the present day challenges of a post 9/11 era with threats to the institution.

To view this fascinating study go to: http://www.nazimahansa.com/The%20Holland%20Park%20Mosque.pdf

During this month of Ramadaan as we spend more time in the Masjid than any other time throughout the year, let us also reconnect and be inspired by the efforts of our elders of the past. South Africa has over 300 years of colourful history with numerous institutions doing sterling work. Let us compete with the good work of our forbears by highlighting this heritage to our youth to inspire them to greater heights. Let us also ferret out the snippets of history within and around us that serve as markers on our journey through life.

Jazakumullah Khairan to Holland Park Masjid and Mustafa Ally for the ride and May Allah give them success in their service to the cause of Islam.




The Empangeni Muslim society was formed in 1990 to serve the need of this bustling town situated 180km to the north of Durban. The late 80´s saw the influx of Muslim businessmen, artisans and professionals.

With the humble beginnings of a storeroom used as a Musallah for prayer and Madrasah for 25 children, growing demand soon put pressure on the community for a Masjid and proper Madrasah facilities. After much negotiation with the Empangeni Council, a site was purchased in North Street in 1996. The building of the Masjid commenced in August 1997, and Moulana Abdul Hamid Saheb, the Rector of Darul Uloom Azaadville inaugurated the Masjid in November 1998.

The Masjid can accommodate 400 Musallees with a bottom section that is used as a Madrasah. It has four classrooms with about 55 children presently. Alhamdulillah! The Madrasah also offers Hifz classes.

Presently Empangeni has 65 Muslim families with a large number of indigenous Muslims in the surrounding areas as well as foreign muslims. Weekly ladies´ taleem programmes take place, as well the men´s Ghust / Jawlah.

The society has a burial facility and maintains a graveyard for Muslims.

The Imaam undertakes a weekly visit to the local prison (Galakabusha) to minister and provide Dawah.

The Sisters of the Society too are active with a feeding programme catering for two schools on a weekly basis.

This vibrant Muslim community is an Islamic island of hope in the vast sea of the Zulu Kingdom and a proud Associate Member of SANHA.

For more details or a visit to meet the Muslim Community of Empangeni contact

Contact details:
P.O.Box 106
Empangeni. 3880
Fax: 035-7727630
Tel: 035-7721551/7725750
e-mail: mags786@hotmail.com

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

Aishah radiyallaahu ´anhaa narrated that Rasulullah sallallaahu ´alayhi wasallam said:

What an excellent curry vinegar is!


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:

There is no preparation needed for vinegar. One can easily eat bread with it. It is easily available. It also keeps away formalities which is important since one lives in this world but for a while.

Vinegar has many benefits. It is an antidote for poison. It stops phlegm and gall. It helps digest food, kills worms in the stomach and creates a good appetite. Due to its cold effect it might not be good for certain people. Nevertheless, it surely is a good curry which is easily obtainable. In whatever way it is praised, its full benefits cannot be emphasised.

It is stated in a Hadith that Rasulullah sallallaahu ´alayhi wasallam ate it and said "What an excellent curry it is!"

In another Hadith Rasulullaah sallallaahu ´alayhi wasallam offered du´aa for barakah in it and said, "It was the curry of the previous Ambiyaa also."

Another Hadiith states, "The house that has vinegar will not be in need." i.e. it will not be in need of curry.

These narrations have been mentioned in the Jam´ul Wasaail of Ibn Maajah.


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 our guest chef this month Khudaija Ayob of Polokwane province, South Africa for the prawn recipe.


  • 1kg Prawns
  • 2tsp Fish Masala
  • 2tsp Fish Spice
  • 2tsp Chilli Masala
  • 1tsp Crushed Garlic
  • Salt to Taste
  • 6 Green Chillies
  • 1-2ml Tumeric Powder
  • 1tsp Jeero & Dhana
  • 1 Medium Size Onion (Sliced / Diced)
  • 1-250ml Plain Yoghurt

Fry Onions in Ghee till Golden Brown
Mix all Masalas, Salt and Crushed Garlic with yoghurt into a paste
Add to Onions and stir for 1 min.
Then Add Prawns and cook till done
Top with Fresh Dhania (Coriander)

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.

Common Parenthood

Muslims accept the common parenthood of all mankind as espoused in the message of the Noble Quran in Chapter 49 Verse 13

"O Mankind! We have created you from a single male and female, and made you into nations and tribes so that you may know each other. (Not that you may despise each other). Verily the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the one who is most righteous. Behold Allah is all knowing, all aware."

Before Almighty we are all one, and the most honour goes to the most righteous.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking. Dating back to 6000BC, certain soups have become synonymous with various nations. Here are a few of them.

  • Bisque - thick French shellfish soup
  • Cock-a-leekie - Scottish soup of chicken and leek
  • Gazpacho - spicy Spanish vegetable soup, usually served chilled
  • Gumbo - African, Caribbean, and U.S. soup or stew thickened with okra
  • Minestrone - Italian vegetable soup with meat and rice or pasta


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

Sugar cane is of ancient origin and first cultivated in India 2500 years ago. It was referred to as Karkara in Sanskrit. Sugar derives from the Arabic form of the word Sakkara (sukkar).

Here are two types of sugar:-

Powdered sugar with the addition of tricalcium phosphate or cornflour as a conditioner against damp. Used to make meringues, cakes, cake icing and confectionery.

Vegetables dyes are added to white sugar to produce pastel- shaded crystals. Served with coffee for attractive presentation and often used for decorating cakes and other baked goods and confectionery.


Health and Beauty

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

Soft and gentle eye makeup remover

Castor oil is a highly valued ingredient in cosmetics. It is terrific for removing makeup, especially the more stubborn products such as mascara.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil

In a small cosmetic bottle, combine all of the ingredients. Shake gently to mix thoroughly. Apply to eye area with a cotton ball. Avoid getting formula into eyes. The makeup will be wiped clean instantly.

Store at room temperature and discard after 5 days.



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 smile awhile in Urdu submitted by avid reader, Moulana A.Y. Thank You. We have arranged a translation as well.

Ek Gadha:- Yaar mera malik mujhe bahut maarta hai.
Donkey 1:- Heavens! My master beats me up a lot.

Dusra Gadha:- To tu bhaag kyu nahi jaata.
Donkey 2:- Then why don´t you run away.

Pehla Gadha:- Bhaag to jaata.. par yahaan future baara bright hai ... malik ki khoobsurat beti jab shararat karti hai to malik kahta hai,
"Teri shaadiis gadhe se kar dunga...!"

Donkey 1:- I could run away... But the future here is very bright ... whenever the master´s beautiful daughter misbehaves he tells her "I am going to get you married to this donkey..."

Bas isi ummeed me baitha hoon........
So it is in this very hope that I remain here.

Ummeedo Ka rakhna agar che mustaqbil
Ku muzayyan nahi kar sakta lekin daroor aaj ka
Dukh kam karta hein!!!

Keeping hopes may not improve your future,
But it will certainly
Reduce the pain of today!!!



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Moulana Abraar Ahmed Varachia

Marital Status: Married, 3 children

Matriculated Damelin
Aalim Darul Uloom Zakariyya

Other Interests:
Fishing and Outdoor activities

Ustaadh - Madrasah Jamia Islamiyah, Lenasia

Position: Inspector (based at the SANHA office in Gauteng)

Key Responsibility: To maintain the Halaal programme in allocated SANHA certified establishments.

Message: Inculcate Taqwa. This will guide us in every step of our lives



Questions & Answers

Q: Plz tell me if mouthwash products (a solution for bad breath) is Halaal.
A: Whilst most mouthwashes contain ethyl alcohol, where this is prescribed and administered for dental infections, oral care, etc. it would be condoned as it is not ingested.

Also, check out for ingredients such as animal glycerine.

Q: Our company is intending to manufacture confectionery items which use gelatine. Where can we purchase Halaal gelatine?
A: Halaal gelatine certified by SANHA may be purchased from Chohan´s Spices - Durban, EH Akhalwaya & Son - Fordsburg and Sundew Food Manufacturers - Lenasia.

Their contact details may be found on our website - www.sanha.org.za


Industry News


One cannot emphasize enough on food safety solutions.

Independent studies have proven that Radical Waters´ natural ECA sanitation solutions can safely be dosed into processing water or added to the final dip or spray before packaging.

ECA solutions are safe on all food, fast in eliminating pathogens and spoilage organisms on poultry and equipment, and effective as a shelf life extender.

Radical Waters´ is approved by both the Beth Din (Kosher) and SANHA (Halaal) for use within these processing environments.

Contact details:
Tel: +27 (0)11 466-0610 Fax: +27 (0)11 466-0114


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:

  • Silicone & Technical Products (Pty) Ltd, Epping - Cape Town; Bakery Raw Materials
  • The Red.T.Co.(Pty) Ltd, Clanwilliam - Western Cape; Beverages
  • Easy2usesites Pinetown - KZN; Beverages
  • Debonairs TradeRoute Mall Lenasia - Gauteng; Restaurants
  • Crunch Away Foods Lenasia - Gauteng; Snacks & Confectioneries
  • Cell B Wellness Jeppestown - Joburg; Fruit & Veg

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


Bulletin 33 Competition

Bulletin 32 Competition - closing date extended to 28th August 2008

A chance to re-check your answers and enter again.

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, 29th 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.

They produce over 17 variants and have agents countrywide.

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.

Visit their website on: www.aminaspice.co.za



Jazakallah for the info. And we are very grateful of this site.

South Africa

I would please like to be considered as a recipient of the above give-away. I would also appreciate it if you would let me know where I can get more Islamic literature as I have a non-Muslim colleague who is very keen to learn about the Deen of Islam.

South Africa

I am a subscriber of your newsletter, which I receive regularly, and which I forward to all my friends. Jazak Allah for that.

I enjoy reading literature of Islamic nature.

In Islam one has to "seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave".



Forthcoming Events

28 August 2008
Green Supply Chain Conference
Glen Lodge, Muldersdrift, Gauteng
Contact details: 011 789 7327
Email: cvlarkin@ciltsa.org.za

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

7-10 September 2008
17th World Meat Congress
International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Contact details: 012 361 4545
Email: Congress2008@samic.co.za

25-28 September
International Trade Exhibition for Food and Beverage Industries.
Swami Vivekananda International Exhibition Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius
Contact Details: admin@exhibitionsafrica.com
011 783 7250

11-13 November 2008
Halaal World Expo
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE
Person: Hj S. Mahomedy - Executive Officer
Contact: executiveofficer@sanha.org.za
Tel: 031 2075768


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