E-Bulletin
South African National Halaal Authority
e-Bulletin
September 2008 :: Ramadhaan 1429

No. 34

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Editorial
RAMADAAN WITH ATTITUDE

Attitudes are more important than facts. A handicap, hardship or a disaster is a fact and one can choose to be victorious or be defeated by it. You can complain and be paralyzed to inactivity or rise to the occasion.

There is nothing inevitable about attitudes for they can be adjusted or new ones acquired. All you have to do though, is discard the old ones.

During this month of Ramadaan, Muslims are blessed with the 30 day rigorous regimen of abstention from food, drink and conjugal relationship between dawn and sunset, with additional prayers undertaken and deeds of charity increased.

It is the perfect time for us to reflect on the past year and plan ahead with a new found attitude. Man is a creature of habit and old habits die hard. Let us wilfully jettison those attitudes that have distracted us from our purpose in life and stymied our progress for new ones of transformation and change with friends, family and organisations.

With organisations in particular, let us be circumspect and evaluate whether they still serve their purpose and missions as promised and deserve our support both morally and financially. Most of them, together with their dedicated officials render a sterling service and must be supported and strengthened.

On the flip side of this are those few organisations that are caught in a time warp of protest politics of the past that serve only to disunite the Ummah. They rely on yesterday’s bankrupted policies of divisiveness replete with name calling but offer no solutions. They not only fail to embrace change for the better but prevent others from doing this. They ought to be given an all mighty boot and our efforts must be channeled to those who deliver.

On behalf of all our certified plants, member organisations, officials and staff, we wish you a fulfilling Ramadaan of peace, prayer, good health and positive attitudes, Insha Allah (God willing).

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ORGANISATION PROFILE

ANJUMAN ISLAM PRIMARY SCHOOL

Anjuman Islam is a primary school situated in the central business district of Durban. It was first established some fifty years ago as a State-Aided Primary School. Since its inception, the school has served the educational needs of the community in the area. There are many medical doctors, teachers and other professionals who have emerged from this old school since the fifties.

The school has re-opened in January 2006 and is accepting learners from the poor socio-economic families that live in the vicinity of this school. Islamic studies, however, has remained integrated as part of the school curriculum.

At present the school has a population of about 284 learners of whom fifty percent are non- Muslims. All learners study Islamic Studies and in this way we conduct a daily dawah programe. Our school provides the following:

  • All educators are fully qualified
  • Integrated secular and Islamic education
  • Fully integrated outcome based education (RNCS)
  • Low fees (less than R150 a month)
  • Maintaining an Islamic ethos
  • Registered as a section 14 school with the Department of Education
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Computer studies
  • Affiliated to the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS)
  • Affiliated to Islamic Education of South Africa (IEOSA)

The Board of Governors and School Governing Body are working towards making the school one of the best in the country. May Allah (SWT) grant us this wish so that the school can grow from strength to strength.

Anjuman Islam Primary School is a project of the Anjuman Islamic Trust and a proud Associate Member of SANHA.

Contact details:
Nizaam Ebrahim – Principal
Tel : +27 (0)31 306 0122
Email: anjumanislamicps@yahoo.com
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HADITH
(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him)

Umm Haani radiyallaahu anhu (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated:

Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam came to me and asked, "Do you have anything to eat?"

"Nothing," I replied, "Except for dry bread and vinegar." Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said, "Bring it. A house which has vinegar is not bereft of curry."

Commentary

Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:

Ibn Abbas radiyallaahu anhumaa narrates this incident in more detail. The takhrij of al-Bayhaqi concerning this incident is briefly as follows. Upon the conquest of Makkah (20 Ramadhaan 8 Hijri) Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam went to the house of Umm Haani. He asked, "Do you have anything to eat?" She replied, "Yaa Rasulallah, there is only dry bread. I feel ashamed to present it to you." Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam said, "Do not worry. Bring it." She presented it. He broke it into pieces, soaked them in water and added salt. He then asked, "Have you any curry." She replied, "Only vinegar." He requested it and poured some on the soaked bread. He ate and thanked Allaah. He then said, "O Umm Haanii, the house that has vinegar in it is never without a curry."

Allaahu Akbar! What a simple life Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam led. How wonderful if Allaah through His mercy and the intercession of Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam granted us such simplicity as well. Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam only gave food importance to the extent of need. He ate whatever was available. Eating was looked upon as a means to sustain life. It was not as we see it that filling the stomach is more important than religious deeds.

Their aim in life was to propagate Deen and make a fertile ground for it. Eating was simply a human need. It is also established from the Hadith that where one has an informal relationship with someone there is no harm in asking for something.

Reference

Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizi, Chapter on the curry of Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.

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WINNING RECIPES

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 is Sister Noor Ebrahim Khan who really made us feel hungry with her submission of her Mixed Herb chicken fillet.

Jazakillah Khairan and Ramadaan Mubarak to her.

MIXED HERB CHICKEN FILLET

    Ingredients
  • 1kg chicken fillet
  • 1tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2tsp garlic (fresh) or flakes
  • ¼ tsp mixed herbs
  • ¼tsp basil
  • ¼tsp Origanum
  • ¼ sweet basil
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp marjoram
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 heaped Tblsp aromat
  • 250g butter

Method
Marinate chicken with above ingredients. Leave overnight. Melt butter in pot and add meat. Simmer till meat is tender.

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.

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KNOW ISLAM SERIES

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

WHAT DOES ISLAM SAY ABOUT WAR?

  • Like Christianity, Islam permits fighting in self-defense of religion, or on the part of those who have been expelled forcibly from their homes and those oppressed. It lays down strict rules of combat which prohibit harming civilians (i.e. women, children, the elderly, the infirm and non-combatants), destroying crops, trees, livestock or destroying places of Worship. As Muslims see it, injustice would be triumphant in the world if good men were not prepared to risk their lives for a righteous cause.
  • The Quran says:
    "Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors." (2:190)

    "If they seek peace, then seek you peace. And trust in God for He is the one that Hears and Knows all things." (8:61)

    War, therefore, is the last resort and is subject to the rigorous conditions laid down by the sacred law. The term "Jihaad" literally means "struggle" and Muslims believe that there are two kinds of Jihad. The other "Jihaad" is the inner struggle, which everyone wages against egotistic desires, for the sake of attaining inner peace and proximity to the Divine Being.

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    I DIDN'T KNOW THAT

    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.

    • Chowder - Thick U.S. soup or stew made with shellfish or fish
    • Consommé - clear, stock-based soup
    • Mulligatawny - curry-flavoured soup of Anglo-Indian origin
    • Pot-au-feu - thick French soup of vegetables and meat, sometimes with pasta or rice.
    • Vichyssoise - thick soup of leek and potato, usually served chilled
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    MYSTERIOUS SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE

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

    VINEGAR

    Vinegar has been made and used for thousand of years. It is mentioned in the Bible and was a favoured condiment of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam (peace be upon him).

    The word comes from the French "vin aigre" meaning sour wine. It is a by-product of fermentation providing its key ingredient, acetic acid.

    There are various strengths and types of Vinegar. We list two of them below:-

    SPIRIT VINEGAR

    The liquid, (often molasses or sugar beet alcohol is distilled till all the alcohol is converted to acetic acid. It is colourless and preferred for pickling.

    CIDER VINEGAR

    The sugar in apple pulp is converted to alcohol and then to acetic acid. It is used in general cooking and makes an excellent substitute for rice vinegar in Oriental cooking. Also good for salad dressing.

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    Health and Beauty

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

    Body Mass Index

    Invented by Belgian Adolphe Quetelet in the mid 1800´s, Body Mass index (BMI) or the Quetlet index is a statistical measurement which compares a person´s weight and height.

    Whilst it does not measure body fat it is widely used and a useful diagnostic tool to estimate healthy body weight.

    The mathematical formula is your weight in Kilograms divided by your height in metres squared (BMI = Kg/m2).

    BMI Guidelines

    • Below 18.5 - you are extremely thin. Get some meat on you.
    • 18.5 to 4.9 - you are all right, maintain this ideal weight.
    • 25 to 29.9 - overweight. Start on a diet and exercise routine.
    • 30 to 39 - borderline ´obese´. Lose a few kilos to prevent problem such as heart, high blood pressure, and gall bladder diseases.
    • 40 + - Fat off now!!!

    Nestle South Africa, many of whose products are certified by SANHA have an online BMI calculator that is simple to use.

    Go to http://www.nestle.co.za/default.aspx?pid=80

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    SMILE AWHILE

    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:

    These quotes are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters. This is the first of two parts that we present with apologies to all our friends in the legal profession.

    PART (1)

    ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
    WITNESS: July 18th.
    ATTORNEY: What year?
    WITNESS: Every year.

    ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
    WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

    ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
    WITNESS: I forget things.
    ATTORNEY: You forget things? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?

    ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
    WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
    ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
    WITNESS: Forty-five years.

    ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
    WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
    ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
    WITNESS: Because my name is Susan

    ATTORNEY: Now doctor isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
    WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

    ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty year old, how old is he?
    WITNESS: Uh, he's twenty

    ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
    WITNESS: Would you repeat the question?

    ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
    WITNESS: Uh....

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    30-SECOND INTERVIEW

    Who's who in the world of Halaal

    Name: Moulana Dawood Vahed

    Marital Status: Married, 3 children

    Education: Aalim Faadhil - Darul Uloom Zakariyya and Madressa Jamia Islamia, Dabhel - India

    Other Interests: Fishing - Honorary officer of Ezimelo KZN Wildlife

    Services:
    Inspector - SANHA
    Imaam – Quwwatul Islam Jaame Masjid, Verulam
    Co-ordinator - Hifz classes at Quwatul Islam Jaame Masjid
    Inspector - Talimi Board, Verulam area Makaatib
    Interpreter – Department of Justice

    Key Responsibility at SANHA : Inspecting and monitoring certified Establishments in the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast region.

    Message: Strive hard with sincerity to serve the Deen of Islam at any level

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    CONTENTS

    Questions & Answers

    Q: Are Earlybird (Goldi) chickens Halaal?
    A: The product is Halaal. False rumours have been circulating on the Halaal status of this product. For the full story, go to www.sanha.org.za/earlybird.php


    Q: How much did the Israeli Government pay you to pronounce Israeli products halaal? - Molvi H. Ebrahim – Jamiat Gauteng, De Deur
    A: A rather inane question. SANHA has no dealings with the "Israeli" Government.


    Q: Is Melrose cheese spread and Nido formula milk Halaal?
    A: Melrose cheese spreads are NOT approved by SANHA.

    Nido baby formula manufactured by Nestle South Africa is certified Halaal by SANHA. See website for details of this and other certified baby products.

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    Industry News

    Halal World Expo 2008
    Abu Dhabi
    11-13 November 2008

    A leading Halaal industry platform in the Gulf with a global focus bringing together leading industry professionals.

    Supported by leading international media and organisations including SANHA, the exhibition will give entrepreneurs access to this highly lucrative and growing market.

    SANHA is a facilitator and supporter of this exhibition and is ready to assist you with your enquiries.

    Contact: Hajee S Mahomedy
    Executive Officer
    Tel: +27 (0)31 207 5768
    Fax: +27 (0)31 207 5793
    Email : executiveofficer@sanha.org.za

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    Recently Certified List

    SANHA certifies over 750 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:

    • Prime Product Manufacturing, Pelindaba - Tshwane; Cosmetics
    • Scooters Bosmont, Joburg - Gauteng; Restaurant
    • Yeastpro, Industria - Joburg; Bakery Raw Materials
    • Moss Packaging, Alrode - Gauteng; Toll Packer
    • Gauteng Dairy Roodepoort - Gauteng; Dairy
    • Steers Rowhill Springs - Gauteng; Restaurant
    • Ace Nut Traders Randburg - Joburg; Snacks
    • Annique Skincare Products Irene - Gauteng; Cosmetics
    • Chicken King Isipingo Rail - KZN; Restaurant

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

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    Competition

    Bulletin 34 Competition

    Previous e-Bulletin 33 Competition

    Prize: 15 ultimate spice kits valued at R100.00 each
    Question: 1. How many variations will you find in Amina´s Wonder spice range?
    2. Who is SANHA´s Chief Inspector?
    Answers: 1. AMINA´S WONDER SPICE HAS 17 VARIATIONS
    2. HAJEE MAHMOOD MOHAMED

      Winners
    • Asma Ismail – Joburg
    • Tasneem Lunat - Joburg
    • Ayub M Goga – Joburg
    • Jamila Karolia – Joburg
    • Razaan Mohammed – Joburg
    • Haroon Bodhania – Joburg
    • Khadija Haffejee – Joburg
    • Mohammed Ruweida – Joburg
    • Zohra – Durban
    • Fathima Abdul – Durban
    • Sakina Ansaar – Durban
    • Sara Vawda - Durban
    • Mohamed H. Imam – Durban
    • V.M. Essa – KZN
    • Soraya Baradien – Cape Town

    * Winners will be contacted when their prizes are available for collection

    Bulletin 34 Giveaway

    A timely "gift" for the Mubarak month of Ramadaan.

    A free 82 page booklet by Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb entitled "Ikhlaas (sincerity)".
    This is a compilation of Moulana Saheb´s discourse of du´aas and advices, some with his own inimitable analogies to attain sincerity.

    You can also read or download this book from Moulana Patel Saheb´s Website www.yunuspatel.co.za

    See tell us and tell the world for more information

    Send your request for Ikhlaas booklet to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za

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    Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

    ABOUT MOULANA YUNUS PATEL SAHEB

    Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb is the Khalifa of Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (DB) and Hazrat Mufti Mahmood-Ul-Hasan Gangohi (RA). He is the Imam of Musjid-e-Noor and the Principal of Madrasatus Swaalihaat, the first girls´ Madrasah in Durban. Both are situated in Asherville, Durban.

    Amongst his current programs are the two famed and well attended "first 20 days of Ramadaan" and the "last 10 days", programmes.

    Thousands have benefited from his various discourses on Islam. May Allah Ta'ala grant him a prolonged lifespan with good health so that the Ummah may benefit further.

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    READERS WRITE

    Enjoyed the conference - I appreciate the fact that you do not avoid 'the hot potatoes' and try to find solutions which are both in line with religion and manufacturing practices. This is also a bit the way we try to work.

    I also enjoyed South Africa (I was here with my family to spend holidays).

    So from now on, I am only looking to find a reason to come back!

    K.De P
    Belgium


    As-Salaam Alaikum

    Thank you so much for the update.

    A.L.M
    National Halaal Institute - Suriname
    President


    Attending the conference was a real eye opener for me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend.

    N.M
    Proudly South African


    This is brilliantly written- a case of the review outshining the reviewed.

    (Comment on the e-bulletin editorial (no33) of the Holland St. Mosque centenary celebration.)

    M.A.
    Australia


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    Forthcoming Events

    3 – 5 September
    World of Food
    Shanghai - China
    http://www.worldoffoodchina.com/

    7-10 September 2008
    17th World Meat Congress
    International Convention Centre, Cape Town
    Contact: Congress2008@samic.co.za
    Website: www.worldmeatcongress2008.co.za

    8-10 September 2008
    Hostex Expo
    Durban, South Africa
    contact: Aubrey Allchin
    +27 (0)83 652 5867
    www.gerberfresh.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

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

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    Tel: (+27 31) 207 5768
    Fax: (+27 31) 207 5793
    sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za
    GAUTENG
    Tel: (+27 11) 870 8000
    Fax: (+27 11) 870 8020
    sanha-gp@sanha.org.za
    CAPE
    Tel: (+27 21) 633 4145/6
    Fax: (+27 21) 633 4148
    sanha-cpt@sanha.org.za
    DISCLAIMER
    Views and opinions reflected in the newsletter are not necessarily those of SANHA and its management.

    SANHA is member of the Proudly South African campaign

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