South African National Halaal Authority
September 2008 :: Ramadhaan 1429

No. 35

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Eid Message 1429

Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two major festivals of the Muslims and is the culmination of the month long fast of Ramadaan. Celebrated by over a billion Muslims in the world, it is an occasion of great joy, as a day for Allah, peace, remembrance, forgiveness and victory.

In South Africa too, Muslims will be celebrating the satisfaction of having retraced one´s step towards piety and devotion through fasting and prayer. A tremendous sense of achievement will be felt by the Muslim community for having carried out Allah´s command of vigorous self denial, sacrifice and abstinence as an exercise in spiritual rejuvenation en masse.

The uniqueness of the institution of the Muslim fast is that it is obligatory on all Muslims irrespective of colour, creed, and status to strive towards closeness with the Creator. The acts of faith done in unison by all Muslims globally, creates empathy and instills a sense of unity of purpose.

This month is also a celebration of the anniversary of the revelation of the Holy Qur´aan to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). A momentous event of truth that flickered into life from a candle in the Arabian desert and exploded into a blazing beacon of hope to the far flung corners of the world.

Yet whilst we went hungry voluntarily, millions of unemployed in our country had to suffer the pangs of hunger involuntarily. Whilst we went about our prayers and peaceful contemplation in the serenity of our homes and tranquility of our Masaajid, horrific violent crimes continued unabated and made orphans out of once smiling children. The unjust disparities in health, wealth and peace of all our citizens still exists whilst we renewed our affirmation of faith during Ramadaan. Political turmoil within the leadership as we approach an election year still paralyses a government that has the potential to deliver much.

So, if we fail to draw from the rich first-hand experience of the high-intensity training and regimen of Ramadaan, then our fasting was nothing but hunger.

Ramadaan and its culmination on Eid must not be reduced to another imitative and repetitive ritual. The message and ethics of the Qur´aan which was instilled in us over the month must be passed on to our fellow citizens.

We pray for lasting peace, prosperity and guidance for our leaders. We pray that the Almighty accepts our humble efforts.

On behalf of all of us at SANHA, our certified plants and families, we wish Muslims a joyous Eid Mubarak and peace to all South Africans.



Verulam Madressa Koovathe Islam

At the turn of the last century with the arrival of Muslims from the Indian subcontinent as labourers and merchants in the then British colony of South Africa, a need for Islamic education arose.

The Muslims of Verulam took up the challenge and formed the Verulam Young Muslim Society in 1917. One year later Madressah education was provided at a home. The Verulam Madressah Koovathe Islam organisation was formed and tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the educational needs.

The society with its dedicated officials pursued their task over the decades with vigour and adapted to the challenges faced by the community for secular education as well. Amongst the momentous decisions and achievements was the establishing of the school in 1955 and achieving a state-aided Indian school status in 1962. The apartheid laws prevented the community from offering education to any other population group except Indians.

Today by the grace of Allah (SWT) the school has its own premises with 23 classrooms, 2 specialized hifz classes and a multipurpose hall. It caters for 550 learners ranging from preschool to matric with an Islamic ethos.

The most striking feature of the school is that 65% of its learners are from the indigent population and their fees are fully subsidized by the society from their fund raising activities.

The organisation and its achievement is a fitting tribute to the founding members who in 1917 desired Deeni education for their fellow human beings. May Allah (SWT) be pleased with them.

To know more or visit the institution contact

Brother CAL Hoosen
Trustee and chairman of the Board of Governors
Tel/fax: +27 (0)32 5331256
Mobile: +27 (0)82 8700619
Address: P.O. Box 544
Verulam 4340

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

Abuu Musaa radhiyallaahu anhu (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said

The virtue of Aaishah (the Prophet´s wife) over other women is like the virtue of thareed over other food.


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi (RA) comments:

This Hadith proves both the virtue of the Prophet´s wife, our mother, Aaishah radiyallaahu anhaa (may Allah be pleased with her) over other women and thareed over other food. Thareed is a delicacy in which bread and gravy is mixed. It is tasty and nourishing. It digests quickly and has other benefits as well. It is a custom in Arabia to eat this delicacy and was counted as amongst the best of foods.

There are many narrations which mention the excellence of Aishah radiyallaahu anhaa (may Allah be pleased with her). Ulama (Muslim scholars) differ to whether her excellence is above all women or are there some more excellent than her? Is her excellence above that of the Prophet´s first wife, our Mother Khadijah radiyallaahu anhaa and the Prophet´s daughter, Faatimah radiyallaahu anhaa (may Allah be pleased with them both)? Different Ulamaa (scholars) give superiority to each of the three. According to this humble servant each is superior in a special manner to each other. The superiority of Aishah radiyallaahu anhaa (may Allah be pleased with her) lies in the love of the Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wasallam had for her as his wife who was learned in jurisprudence and he received revelation while laying in her lap. Khadijah radiyallaahu anhaa is superior as the first to accept Islaam, the first wife of Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam and many other virtues. Faatimah radiyallaahu anhaa is superior in being the beloved daughter of Rasulullaah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam and the queen of the ladies of Jannah.


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.

Ideal for the lunch box, picnic, or alfresco meals, this delicious pepper steak pie recipe is from the author and food enthusiast, Mariam Jadwa-Omar's book, "Creative cooking-the easy way". Available in most community book stores.


  • 2 large sheets pre-rolled puff pastry
  • 500g rump steak, cut into 1cm cubes
  • 1 Tblsp butter
  • 1 green Chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic pasta
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup sago
  • Egg, lightly beaten, to glaze
  • Poppy seeds, to sprinkle
  • 18 mini foil packs

Braise green Chilli and garlic in butter
Add meat, pepper and salt, and cook until meat is tender.
Boil sago in water until clear and glossy and add to cooked meat.
Using a round cutter, the same diameter as mini foil pack, cut 18 rounds from each pastry sheet.
Line each foil pack with one pastry round.
Spoon filling over base and cover with another pastry round. Press edges to seal.
Brush with egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Bake at 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 18

Chef´s tip: Have you had your brush assessed yet? For free assessment and exchange/purchase of Halaal brush for Haraam. Go to http://www.sanha.org.za/flashnews.php

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.

What is "Islamic Fundamentalism"

There is no concept of "Fundamentalism" in Islam. The media has coined this term to brand those Muslims who wish to return to the basic fundamental principles of Islam and mould their lives accordingly. Islam is, by its very nature, a religion of moderation and a practicing Allah-fearing Muslim does not transgress the bounds of moderation Islam has set. The Qur´aan declares,

"Thus, We have made you a moderate nation that you may witness against mankind..." (al-Baqarah 143)



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Makkah´s large Iftaar stretches for 12km

The Holy Masjid of Makkah, each evening during the month of Ramadan witnesses the biggest breaking of the fast (Iftaar) in the world.

More than 12,000 metres of tablecloth are stretched daily along the Masjid area for worshippers to end their fast. Officials in charge of the iftar in the Holy Masjid say its daily cost amounts to about R2,5 Million. Iftar does not take more than 15 minutes - from the time that people stretch the tablecloths out to the clearing of the remaining food.

The Presidency of the Two Holy Masjids Affairs divided the squares around the Holy Masjid into various sections and assigned them to charity givers willing to provide Iftaar for worshippers.

Iftaar offered by these benefactors are made of dates, juice, milk, and cakes. Dates and Zam Zam water are served first before Iftaar. The number of dates consumed daily by worshippers in the Holy Masjid is estimated to be more than 5 million and more than two million bottles of Zam Zam water are consumed. About 1.2 million worshippers attend the evening (Maghreb) prayers in the Holy Masjid.



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


A condiment produced from three different plants of the cruciferae (cabbage) family with the colour of the seeds giving the name of the mustard type.

It is used in the form of whole seeds, powder and paste. There are various types that match different food types.

Here are two of them.

Made by a combination of black and white mustard seeds, a quantity of wheat flour and sometimes a small amount of turmeric.

Hot and therefore good accompaniment to roast beef, hamburgers, chops and steak.

Also used as an ingredient in toasted cheese dishes.

A plain mild French mustard containing a variety of herbs, particularly tarragon, vinegar and sugar. Good for cold meats, salad dressings and a sauce when combined with honey, brown sugar and lemon juice.


Health and Beauty

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

Help for people with sensitive skin

Exfoliating on a regular basis is important with oatmeal being almost perfect. Oats replenish the skin with moisture and restores both softness and suppleness. Complemented with honey and yoghurt it will bring a healthy glow to your face.

  • ½ cup hot water
  • 10 tablespoons quick oats
  • ½ apple (cored, do not peel) (apple seeds contain toxins- be sure to core your apple)
  • 2 heaped tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg white

Combine hot water and oats;
stir until mixture is smooth.
Let stand for 5 minutes, until water is absorbed completely and the mixture resembles a paste.
Put the remaining ingredients into a blender and mix for 30 to 45 seconds.
Then add oatmeal mixture and blend for another 10 to 20 seconds.
For a thicker masque, add more oatmeal paste.
Apply masque to entire face evenly and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, until the skin begins to feel tight.
Rinse thoroughly with water. Makes ½ cup, enough for 1 application.



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 second of two parts that we present with apologies to all our friends in the legal profession.

PART (2)

ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: And how many were girls?

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
ATTORNEY: And was this person a male or a female?

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: Dah, all of them.

ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK?
ATTORNEY: What school did you go to?

ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy on him.

ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.



Questions & Answers

Q: Does synthetic pork have the same nauseous stench of real pork? Do you have any qualms in eating synthetic pork? - Molvi H Ebrahim - "Jamiat" De Deur, Gauteng
A: We don´t know of synthetic pork nor its characteristics. Given the Haraam status and Muslim aversion to anything pork your preoccupation with this topic is counter productive.

Q: We have previously heard that the red colouring used on crabsticks is of a non-Halaal source. I have recently seen crabsticks on restaurant menus that are SANHA approved. Are crabsticks Halaal suitable?
A: Crabsticks are actually made of fish, hence permissible for Hanafis too. Some crabsticks manufacturers use a red colour, E-120 which is derived from insects and deemed non-Halaal. The products sold at SANHA certified restaurants do not contain E120 and have accordingly been approved and may be consumed.

Q: Is caffeine Halaal or not?
A: Caffeine is a Halaal suitable Alkaloid found in coffee and tea as is also known as theine. It is a stimulant which could temporarily avert fatigue or tiredness. Some soft drink beverages also contain caffeine.


Industry News

Two great international industry events in the Gulf

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.

2nd Halaal Expo 2008
Dubai - UAE
24-26 November 2008

Incorporating Gulf Halaal forum, a round table dialogue among leading Halaal industry, certifying bodies and role players.

Exhibitors from food, non food, Islamic banks, publications, hospitality and Halaal certifiers.

SANHA is a facilitator and supporter of these exhibitions and is ready to assist you with your enquiries.

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


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:

  • La Masseria, Stellenbosch; Dairy
  • De Pekelaar, Patterson, E/Cape; Dairy
  • Morning Milk, Plettenberg Bay, E/Cape; Dairy
  • Lakhis Chicken, Pmburg - KZN; Poultry Abattoir

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


Certification Terminated
The following establishments are no longer certified by SANHA:
  • Steers Braamfontein, Gauteng; Change of ownership
  • Debonairs Braamfontein, Gauteng; Change of ownership
  • Mochachos Louis Trichardt, Makhado, Limpopo; Certification Cancelled

Bulletin 35 Competition

Ten lucky subscribers could win a fantastic hamper of Allifas products worth One Hundred Rand each.

Answer the following questions:
1) In what year was Allifas established?
2) When was the 1st issue of the SANHA e-Bulletin circulated (month and year)?

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, 10th October 2008.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Allifas - 100% Pure Spice

Established in 1975. Allifas has grown over the years into a major manufacturer and distributor of spices in South Africa, as well as internationally. Clients today hail from as far afield as Australia and the United Kingdom.

Whilst over time their product line has increased, Allifas pride themselves on tried and tested recipes which are still in demand today.

They constantly strive to create new and innovative products to remain ahead of the rest.

All products are manufactured to the highest international standards and without succumbing to the temptation of diluting the syrups which is becoming prevalent in some quarters.

Customer satisfaction is of priority in running their company and service delivery is a very crucial aspect.

All products meet the criteria for Halaal and are SANHA certified.

For the best spices in town try their products and taste for yourself.

For more information
Tel: +27 (0)31 9122410
Fax: +27 (0)31 9122407
Email: sales@allifas.co.za
Website: www.allifas.co.za

See Competition/giveaway section for details on winning a spice hamper worth a hundred rand.



I received your announcement on the rumour about early Bird.

Jazakallah for your wonderful work may Allah Reward you well.

South Africa

Truth has prevailed over false allegations. For the latest go to www.sanha.org.za/

As-Salaam Alaikum

Jazakumullah Khairan, I would also like to say Jazakumullah to all of you at SANHA for all the work that u have done, it would not have been possible for us to know whether we were eating the Haraam or halaal products that are coming in from other countries.

Z –

I appreciate your efforts and I would be grateful to you to keep me updated with more coming issues in future.

Wishing you all my Muslim brothers and sisters very happy "Ramadan Kareem".

South Africa


Forthcoming Events

25-28 September
International trade Exhibition for food and Beverage Industries.
Swami Vivekananda International Exhibition Centre,
Port Louis, Mauritius
Contact Details: admin@exhibitionsafrica.com

28 September 2008
Intermeat Germany
Düsseldorf (Germany)
Email: info@auma.de

1 - 2 October 2008
Agri Outlook Conference 2008
CSIR Conference Centre, Pretoria
Email: minda@amtrends.co.za

11-13 November 2008
Halal World Expo
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE
Contact: Hj S. Mahomedy
Tel: +27 (0)31 2075768

2nd Halal Expo 2008
Crowne Plaza, Dubai
Contact: Hj S. Mahomedy
Tel: +27 (0)31 2075768



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Moulana Abdul Quddus Sayed

Marital Status: Married, 8 children

Aalim - Darul Uloom Newtown, Karachi, Pakistan

Other Interests: Inviting under-privileged non-Muslims to Islam

28 years teaching
Lenasia Muslim Association
Waterval Islamic Institute (Mia´s Farm)

Position: Regulatory Department - SANHA Gauteng

Key Responsibility at SANHA : Departmental Assistant

Every person´s ultimate end is death. In this light, we have to spend our time striving to please Allah Ta´ala, save ourselves from the fire of Jahannam and gain entry into Jannah.


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