South African National Halaal Authority
January 2009 :: Safar 1430

No. 40

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

A new year heralds a time of hope and regeneration in the journey of life. It is a time for course correction through evaluation, regeneration, strategizing and implementation.

Wayfarers are optimists, for to reach distant lands they leave the safety of the shores. Excess baggage, outmoded ideals and creature comforts have to be sacrificed. And nothing weighs down on the human mind and mitigates progress than unfounded rumours and myth information.

At SANHA, we deal with about 70,000 queries in a year and amongst these are many a myth that needs to be distilled out. Some are repetitive, old favourites, annoying and even amusing, whilst others are accelerated by a current event.

The four most popular myth information and rumours for 2008 in their categories were :-


Started strong but ran out of steam in the second half of the year. Whilst one KZN organisation resigned in 2007, there remains eight Ulama bodies represented on the Ulama Council of SANHA. The Executive component of SANHA also has majority Ulama represented on it´s board.

Furthermore, more than 50% of SANHA´s operational staff are Ulama and with new members such as the highly motivated and respected Darul Ihsan Centre of KwaZulu-Natal taking up an Executive position, the myth was laid to rest.


Steady rumours continued throughout the year with increased activity during Israel´s brutal war on Palestinian civilians.

SANHA has never certified any Israeli company or received funds from the Israeli Government. SANHA condemns the Israeli aggression.

We will never recognize the occupation of the sacred land of Palestine, the home of Masjid al Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam. We pray for its liberation.


Fuelled by a few miscreants capitalizing on a labeling error ´spice for pork´, this rumour appears to be on a waning cycle.

SANHA has never certified any pork product. The spice in question was manufactured entirely of Halaal ingredients. Our logo appeared on the product due to a labeling error and was rectified way back in 2007.


First it was Early Bird chickens, then it was Rainbow and finally all commercially produced meats were declared Haraam by a fringe group and its cohorts.

Notwithstanding this, senior Ulama of the country and others debunked the myth and declared the product Halaal.

With negative campaigning using questionable means, the rumour is set to continue into 2009 and as always the Truth will prevail.

Wishing all our readers a spiritually uplifting, healthy and successful 2009 / 1430.




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

YOU GET THE TALKERS AND THE DOERS. The Al Imdaad foundation certainly delivers.

165 tons of desperately needed supplies including medicines, baby foods and emergency humanitarian aid were delivered into Gaza on the 9/1/09. This was carried out by Al Imdaad´s Jordan office under supervision of monitors from South Africa.

The Al Imdaad Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian aid relief organisation (NGO) registered in the Republic of South Africa. It is dedicated to provide humanitarian services in crisis and non-crises situations to needy orphans, widows and the destitute, irrespective of race, culture and geographical boundaries but within the confines of the Shari´ah.

It has already rendered assistance to over twenty five countries of Indonesia, Burma, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Algeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Iraq, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Niger, Sudan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria and several projects in South Africa.

The Foundation aspires to excel in humanitarian relief, providing services with the highest level of compassion, professionalism and care under the supervision of a team of Ulama from South Africa and abroad. All trustees and personnel of the foundation strive to serve humanity with the skills and expertise that they are blessed with. The team comprises of Ulama, Academics, Accountants, IT Specialists, Medical Personnel, Paramedics, Attorneys, Businessmen and other voluntary aid workers.

The Al Imdaad Foundation has registered offices in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Amman, Jordan. These offices are established to take care of various projects in these regions. Furthermore, the foundation is at an advanced stage of establishing further representative offices in other parts of the world.

In working together, there is no limit to what can be achieved in striving to serve humanity. Your generosity enables help for those in need.

The foundation networks with other Islamic organisations. It is an Associate member and fully endorses the work of the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) in its mission of Halaal.

Tel: 0861 786 243
+ 27 36 3521557
Website: www.alimdaad.com

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

A companion of the Prophet, Jaabir bin Abdillaah (may Allah be pleased with both him and his father), narrated:

The Prophet of Allah peace be upon him visited us at our home. We slaughtered a sheep in his honour. The Prophet peace be upon him said, "It is as if they know we like meat."


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments:
This may part of an incident at the Battle of the Trench. A miracle occurred during this incident. The narrator, Jaabir bin Abdillah (may Allah be pleased with both him and his father says):

I saw signs of hunger on the Prophet (peace be upon him). I went home and asked if there was any food. There was a lamb and some barley in a bag. I slaughtered the lamb while my wife ground the barley into flour. We put the meat in a pot to cook. I went to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and whispered to him, "There is some food ready." I invited him and a few Companions. The Prophet (peace be upon him) announced to all present at the trench, about a thousand in number, that there was an invitation to the house of Jaabir and all were invited. The Prophet (peace be upon him) told me not to remove the pot from the fire. Also, I was not to start preparing the bread until he came. When he came he blew on the pot. So much blessings resulted that curry kept coming from the pot and bread from the dough. By Allaah! The thousand guests ate and went but the curry and bread kept on coming.


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.

To coincide with the start of a new schooling year, we depart from our recipe format to bring you nutritional advice for our childrens´ lunch box.

Prepared for SANHA by a dietician - lets nourish the little and not so little ones with food that is wholesome and good.

Whilst every parent believes that they provide the best possible nutrition for their children- What is the best?

  • Is it the most popular take-away food that the child asks for, if he won’t eat the meal provided at home?
  • Is it the meal that is offered with a toy?
  • Is it that which was on special at the supermarket- fruit for the week, or ice-cream on special, etc.

Research & experience tells us that the best is:

  1. A child never leaving home without breakfast (preferably bread/cereal that is whole-wheat)
  2. 2-3 glasses of milk/yoghurt per day
  3. 2-3 fruit per day (preferably eaten with the peel on)
  4. a lunch box daily
    • Sandwiches with protein fillings(chicken/meat/fish/ cold meats/peanut butter/cheese)
    • Fresh fruit/ dried fruit bars
    • Peanuts & raisins
    • Baked scones/muffins- preferably whole-wheat or bran
    • Yoghurt - preferably low-fat
  5. Water - instead of high-energy drinks
  6. Supper that is wholesome:
    • Lentils / dhall / beans
    • Basmati rice
    • Pasta
    • Meat/ fish/chicken/Soya
  7. Spice and season as usual, prepare with less fat than you usually do.

Why high-fibre/wholewheat and low fat?

Wholewheat/high-fibre foods helps keep children more satisfied, without providing too much refined sugar (keeping their energy levels more stable), thereby preventing hyperactivity and ensuring that a child is adequately nourished and attentive in class; enhancing performance at school. Other dietary concerns among school-going children is obesity and its related complications in childhood (like type 2 diabetes). We often do not realize that a child may be overweight, and assume that he /she will "outgrow" the weight.

To address these, it is essential that children are assessed by healthcare professionals timeously.

What about eating out/take-aways?

Eating out has certainly become a social event. We entertain with food. With more families having both parents working, or involved in afternoon activities with children, less time is given to food preparation. The home industry has certainly boomed, with more & more pre-cooked meals. All of this certainly impacts on the childs perception of eating. This cannot be totally excluded, however, the parent has to ensure that these are done in moderation. Moderation is a relative term, and must be seen as less than what is currently done.

Healthy eating is not about buying "diet products", boiling food or giving up all your favourite foods but rather choose better, be creative, adapt preparation methods and lead by example & self discipline.

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 dark scourge of xenophobia that reared its ugly head and shamed our nation last year must never, never be tolerated in our midst again.

We reproduce a summary of a valuable lesson against xenophobia that was taught by the mighty teacher of mankind, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in Madina.

A man visited the Prophet´s Masjid (Mosque) in Madinah. Where he saw a group of people discussing faith. Among them were Salmaan (who came from Persia), Suhayb who grew up in the Eastern Roman empire and was regarded as a Greek, and Bilal who was an African. The man then said: "if the Madinan tribes support Muhammad, (it is understood because they are Arabs like him) they are his people. But what are these (foreign) people doing here?" (Implying an obvious dislike for foreigners).

The Prophet became very angry when this was reported to him. He went to the Masjid and summoned people to prayer. He then addressed them saying: "O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one; your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not (by virtue of the nobility of) your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language)." The Prophet further said: "Let people stop boasting about their ancestors. One is only a pious believer or a miserable sinner. All men are sons of Adam, and Adam came from dust." (Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi).

Humanity is one unit, the family of Allah. Its individuals are members of one society bound together by their common origin, which is so comprehensive that it includes all differences within its oneness. The Prophet (SAW) has said: "Humanity is the family of Allah, the best human is one who is kind is to His (Allah’s) family." (Mishkat) Extending a helping hand to a ´foreigner´ is extending your hand to your own family member.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking. Dating back to 6000BC, certain sauces have become renowned throughout the world. Here are a few of them.

Aioli - garlic mayonnaise

Ravigote - oil and vinegar sauce with herbs, for boiled meat or fish

Satay - spicy peanut and coconut sauce, served with Indonesian dishes

Tabasco - pungent pepper sauce

Vinaigrette - oil, vinegar and seasoning sauce, as served with salads.



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


Any animal or vegetable fat or oil that "shortens" or retards the development of gluten strands in baked goods for the purpose of producing a tender, crisp texture. Solid fats are most commonly used instead of oils because of their plastic nature. It is used in baked goods.

If in any doubt on the type of fat used in a product please call our helpline.

Bread Flour

A hard-wheat flour, which generally contains in excess of 10.5 percent protein and is obtained from straight or long patent flours. These flours have high absorption and good mixing tolerance which makes them suitable in yeast-leavened breads.


Health and Beauty

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


No more heading to the spa, salon, or beauty shop! Check out these brilliant homemade facial products recipes.

  • Curd Pack - Blend together some rosewater, almond oil, honey, egg yolk (if you want) and curd into a paste. Apply it to your skin for 10 minutes thrice a week.
  • Olive Oil Cream - Beat an egg white until it turns frothy and add some drops of olive oil and Glycerine to it. Apply this cream to your face for 15-20 minute and then wash it off. Use cocoa butter or beeswax if eggs aren´t your cup of tea.
  • Strawberry and lime face mask - Blend together some drops of limejuice with a handful of ripe strawberries, along with a tablespoon of oatmeal and curd. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes and let the natural astringents do their thing.
  • Apple and Grape Cleanser - Dip some thin apple slices into freshly squeezed green grape juice and cleanse your face with these natural ´pads´. We warn you though- eat those slices at your own risk!
  • Strawberry Butter Mask - Blend one tablespoon of unsalted butter with a large strawberry. Apply the mixture on your face for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off.
  • Glycerine Cream - Two tablespoons of Glycerine and two teaspoons of lime juice applied each night is all it takes to keep your skin healthy and moisturised.

Note: do not store these preparations as they do not contain preservatives.

Disclaimer: If you have sensitive skin or skin allergies, please consult a dermatologist before using any of the above formulations.



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:

After 17 years on the top with his prime time show, comedian Jay Leno has not lost his cutting edge humour on topical events.
Here is ten recent "Lenoisms"

  • The US has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps the building standing,. Its called the stock market;
  • Do you have any idea how cheap stocks are? Wall Street is now being called Wal Mart Street;
  • The difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker. The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW;
  • What's the difference between a guy who lost everything in Las Vegas and an investment banker? A tie;
  • The problem with investment bank balance sheet is that on the left side nothing's right and on the right side nothing's left;
  • I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show, if you get any e-mails from Washington asking for money, it's a scam. Don't fall for it;
  • Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favourite candy bar;
  • The rescue bill was about 450 pages. President Bush's copy is even thicker. They had to include pictures;
  • President Bush's response was to meet some small business owners in San Antonio last week. The small business owners are General Motors, General Electric and Century 21;
  • What worries me most about the credit crunch, is that if one of my cheques is returned stamped 'insufficient funds'. I won't know whether that refers to mine or the bank's.


Questions & Answers

Q: I am impressed with the Juicy Lucy health meals. Please provide a list of their Halaal outlets.
A: There are two SANHA certified outlets:
Juicy Lucy - Westwood Mall, Durban
Juicy Lucy - Musgrave Centre, Durban

Q: Is the breakfast at Southern Sun Elangeni hotel in Durban Halaal? Many Muslims who book in at Elangeni make use of the breakfast provided by the hotel. Therefore, I feel SANHA should endeavour to certify the breakfast at the hotel as Muslims are informed that it is Halaal (fried eggs, sausages, confectionery, etc.)
A: We engaged this group when claims were originally made and ascertained that with alcohol on the premises and ramifications thereof, we were unable to consider certification.

We have over the years cautioned Muslims on food and coffee at hotels that rely on phrasing such as ´Halaal compliant´, ´all meats sourced from Halaal butchers´, ´Halaal friendly´, etc.


Industry News

Parmalat does it again

The world-class, SANHA certified Parmalat establishment has incorporated a "press-to-close zip lock" into the packaging of the popular 230g resealable cheese range.

According to Janine Greyling, Parmalat brand manager: "When exposed to oxygen, cheese quickly loses its freshness, develops mould and hardness, and decreases in nutritional value. Our convenient resealable packaging prevents this wastage and spoilage. It also includes an easy-to-peel strip that allows consumers to open the pack without the use of scissors or a knife."

The Parmalat resealable cheese range consists of Gouda, Cheddar, Mature Cheddar, Bon Blanc and Edam.

For a full list of cheese manufacturers certified Halaal by SANHA, visit the SANHA Website

Recently Certified List

SANHA certifies over 800 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:

  • Debonairs Pizza, Southgate Mall, Joburg; Restaurant
  • Delhi Delicious, Phumulami Mall, Olifansfontein, Gauteng; Bakery
  • Delhi Delicious, Wonderboom, Tshwane - Gauteng; Bakery
  • Delhi Delicious, Bloed Street, Tshwane - Gauteng; Bakery
  • Delhi Delicious, Klerksdorp, - North West; Bakery
  • Chill Beverages Stellenbosch - Cape Town; Beverages
  • Curry Queen, Wynberg, C.T. - Western Cape; Catering Kitchen
  • Rockafelas, Montague Gardens, C.T. - Western Cape; Cullinary

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



Previous Competition
e-Bulletin 39
Prize: The book "Islamic Guide to Business" sponsored by AMAL
Questions: 1. AMAL membership is open to Muslim professionals in various fields. Name 2 of those fields.
2. Name 2 airline companies that provide full meals certified Halaal by SANHA.
Answers: 1) Legal, economic and commercial fields.
2) Etihaad Airways, Interlink Airlines, Malaysian Airlines

  • A.K Sultan – Durban
  • Firoza Akoon – Durban
  • Paul Nagan – Durban
  • Muhamad Patel – Joburg
  • Ghanny Aadilah – Joburg

Bulletin 40 Competition

Scores of lucky winners will receive the Munchmate lunchbox from our sponsor, Evernu Plastics. (See Tell us and we´ll tell the world). It´s the latest in their wide range of food quality lunch boxes. It is a 1,2 litre large lunch box with a "swing-wing keep-fresh" hinged lid

Answer the following 2 Questions:
1. Name any 3 of EverNu Plastic´s brand ranges?
2. Mention Four poultry abattoirs certified by SANHA.

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, 13th February 2009.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Evernu Plastics

A leading manufacturer, importer and exporter of moulded affordable plasticware in the South African market for over a quarter of a century with the well known brands of NuWare, Tuffy, Freezette and Babycare.

Its customer base includes national chainstores, national and independent cash & carry wholesalers, corporate companies and medium to small enterprises

With a knowledgeable and dedicated team in their production and sales divisions, and 32 injection moulding machines ranging from 75 ton to 1400 ton, they offer customers a wide range of innovative solutions and superior quality products at competitive prices.

A dedicated fleet of vehicles, ranging from 30 m3 to 100 m3 ensures on-time deliveries nationwide.

Muslim-owned and Islamically motivated, guided by its Ameer, Mohamed Siddiq Jakhura, the company prides itself on its Islamic ethos, quality products and uncompromising service.

Contact details are:

Tel +27(0)32 459-1314
e-mail: shazim@evernuplastics.co.za

Tel +27(0)31 208-1980
e-mail: sales@evernuplastics.co.za

Tel +27(0)31 207-9286
e-mail: intl@evernuplastics.co.za



Assalamu alaikum

I just wanted to say thank you for the book on Salaah which was sent to me. We learn about Islam more and more each day.

Keep up the good work that SANHA’s organisation and members are doing. May Allah reward you.

South Africa

May Allah Ta´ala reward SANHA, Radio Islam, and those behind the spotlight who are directly or indirectly involved in the services offered. May Allah Ta´alah instill such values and morals that will keep Radio Islam and SANHA firm on the straight path.

M.A.K - Durban


Forthcoming Events

1 February 2009
Seafood Summit
Hilton San Diego Resort
Contact : 1-908-626-0111
e-mail: Stephanie@seafoodchoices.org

1 February 2009
ISM- International Sweet and Biscuit Fair
Cologne Exhibition Centre
Contact : 49-180-520-4220
e-mail: ism@visitor.koelnmesse.de

4 February 2009
Fruit Logistica
Messa Berlin GmbH - Berlin
Contact : content@virtualmarket.fruitlogistica.de

4 February 2009
Food Safety Conference
Catalonia Palace of Congresses - Barcelona
Contact: m.jarvinen@ciesnet.com

5 February 2009
Lean Logistics - Joburg
South Africa
Contact: bernadinem@marcusevanskl.com

18 February 2009
Interfaith summit
Brisbane City Council- Conference Hall
Brisbane, Australia
Contact: mfc@griffith.edu.au

21st February 2009
SANHA Annual General Meeting

Baitul Hamd Auditorium
cnr High / Dolly Rathebe Roads
Fordsburg, Joburg




Mufti Radha-ul-Haq Saheb (DB)

  • Ameer – Board of Muftis – South Africa
  • Chief Mufti – Jamiatul Ulama
  • Sheikhul Hadith & Head Mufti – Darul Uloom Zakariyya, South Africa

conducted a visit to the Rainbow Chicken Abattoir in Hammarsdale (KZN) and has declared its slaughter systems and processing procedures to be in conformity to the Shari´ah.



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Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Mohamed Essack Goolam Hoosen

Marital Status: Married - 5 Children

Standard 8 / Madrasah - Qur'aan

Other Interests: Sport: Soccer / Volley Ball

Da'wah Work - built Jamaat Khana for the community

Position: Halaal Supervisor – Rainbow Chicken Farms, Hammarsdale (since 1977)

Key Responsibility at SANHA : Overseeing the Halaal process in the Rainbow Plant P2

Where were we 100 years ago, where will we be 100 years from now? Allah (SWT) as given us a short life span to prepare for a life that is everlasting.


Halaal Helpline 0861 786 111

Tel: (+27 31) 207 5768
Fax: (+27 31) 207 5793
Tel: (+27 11) 870 8000
Fax: (+27 11) 870 8020
Tel: (+27 21) 633 4145/6
Fax: (+27 21) 633 4148
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