South African National Halaal Authority
February 2009 :: Safar 1430

No. 41

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

You are, Insha Allah (God Willing) and Moulana Sulaiman Moola, our guest speaker.

Yes! we are hoping to have the privilege and honour of welcoming you to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 21st February 2009 at the Baitul Hamd Auditorium, cnr High and Dolly Rathebe Roads, Fordsburg.

Just as a graduate is anxious to present his achievements to his parents, we too want to report back to you. Your encouragement and constructive criticisms serve to inspire and motivate us for another year ahead.

Thank you for the many goodwill messages, confirmations and apologies received. Moulana Sulaiman Moola will be delivering the key note address.

We request your duas.



An eloquent speaker who has addressed hundreds of thousands of people in various parts of the world.

He is a graduate of Darul Uloom Zakariyya (Lenasia, South Africa) and today is a lecturer at his alma mater on Religious Sciences.

Many of his lectures are available on audio.

For more details go to www.sulaimanmoola.com



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future
Ashrafiyyah Trust

The Ashrafiyyah Trust is the group of trustees that oversee the affairs of the Waterloo Masjid situated in Kenwyn in Cape Town.

During 1986 a few brothers came together and decided to renovate a Masjid neglected for approximately 18 months, in a previously Muslim majority suburb (and a target for "bergies" homeless vagrants). In terms of the then government´s inhuman apartheid policy of forced removals only about 5 Muslim families remained. During Ramadaan of that year Taraweeh was started by candle light and thereafter by generator. Because the full Quraan was read, the Masjid became a favourite among those wanting to practise on the Sunnah of listening to the entire Qur'aan in Taraweeh and expats from Joburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

The first unofficial Imaam was Ml Shabeer Raajah and the unofficial Muadhin was Brother Marzuq Alexander, the office manager of SANHA in the Western Cape today. Soon thereafter, the other facilities were upgraded and it became a must visit for learned Ulamaa and pious Elders locally and from abroad – to whose du´aas members believe the Masjid owes its phenomenal growth. Presently the area has about a 50% Muslim population especially and is popular among expats. The Masjid presently offers daily Hifz classes.

SANHA is proud to count this organisation as an associate member who endorses and supports the SANHA mission of Halaal.

Contact: Trustees
Brother Shafiek Bulbullia – 021 637 6473
Brother Farouk Biko – 021 715 2103

(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 went out and I accompanied him. He came to the house of an Ansari woman. She slaughtered a sheep for him. He ate there from. She also brought him a bunch of moist dates which he ate. He then performed ablution (Wudhu) for Salaat al-Dhuhr. After the Salaat, he returned and she served the remaining meat. He ate and performed Salaah al-Asr without repeating his Wudhu.


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments:
This Hadith proves that it is not necessary to repeat wudhu after eating food cooked on fire. It also proves that the Prophet of Allah peace be upon him did eat twice in a day. The narration that he only ate once daily may be according to the knowledge of the narrator. It may mean that while he did eat twice a day the narrator denied filling his stomach twice a day.


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.

Egg dishes are versatile and easy to cook. Combine these with the taste and health benefits of mushrooms and you will have the family asking for more.

Here is a fluffy mushroom omelette that can be made ready in about 25 minutes and serves four.

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 125g baby button mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g fresh chives, chopped
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 100g cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Heat the oil and the 2 tablespoons butter in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the mushrooms to the pan and toss well in the pan juices until tender.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute, then season. Remove from the pan.
  3. Put the egg whites into a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Gently beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl, and then fold into the egg whites until completely missed.
  4. Heat half the remaining butter in the pan over a medium heat and when melted, add half the eggs. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until the underside is just set and golden. Sprinkle 1 side with half the cheese and add the mushrooms. Flip over the other half of the omelette and remove from heat. Repeat to make the second omelette.
  5. Halve each omelette and divide between four. Serve with toasted ciabatta.

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.

Does Islam and Christianity have different origins?

Together with Judaism, these three religions go back to the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), and their three prophets are directly descended from his sons – Muhammad (peace be upon him) from the eldest Ishmael and Moses and Jesus from Isaac (peace be upon them). Abraham (peace be upon him) established the settlement which today is the city of Makkah and built the Ka´bah with his son Ishmael (peace be upon him) in which direction Muslims all over the world face when they pray.

As Muslims we are commanded in our Scripture, the Noble Quraan, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to ensure the sanctity of life and contribute towards a peaceful society.

We are told in the Holy Quran in Chapter 5 Verse 85

"And nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say ´we are Christians´, because among these are men devoted to learning..."

The constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentiam of the Vatican ii in Chapter 16 takes cognisance of this when it states.

"But the plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator. In the first place among these are the Muslims, who professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us adore the One and Merciful God, who on the last day will judge mankind."


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.

Béarnaise - sauce of egg yolk, butter, lemon juice or vinegar, and herbs

Chasseur - brown sauce with shallots, mushrooms and tomatoes, for hot meat.

Soubise - white sauce with pureed onions

Tartare - mayonnaise with chopped gherkins, chives and cream, for hot fish

Veloute - white sauce made with veal, chicken or fish stock, with added cream and egg yolk.



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


There are more than 2500 varieties of mushrooms in existence and used extensively in the cuisine of many nations, notably Chinese, Japanese and Europeans.

They are a good source of copper which helps the body absorb iron from food, contains potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure and phosphorous for healthy teeth and bones.

Excellent standby item, great for sauces, side dishes, casseroles, soups and pastas. It is a popular international breakfast item with omelettes and scrambled eggs.

Available in fresh, dried, canned and pickled varieties. Dried mushrooms can keep up to a year.


Health and Beauty

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

Green Tea! Health benefits in one steaming cup.

The polyphenols in green tea-chemicals packed with antioxidants and are believed to be more potent than vitamin C.

Green tea may be responsible for numerous health benefits, some of which are described below.

Reduced cancer risk
Researchers think polyphenols can help kill cancer cells and stop the creation of new cells and blood vessels that supplement tumors. Numerous studies have shown that drinking green tea regularly reduces the risk of bladder, ovarian, breast, stomach, lung, esophageal, skin and colon cancer.

Heart-healthy benefits
Green tea can help prevent atherosclerosis, the plaque build up in blood vessels that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Polyphenols help keep blood vessels clear, which reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol.

Weight loss
Green tea may help speed up the body´s metabolism, helping to burn calories more quickly.

Studies show that green tea may help prevent Type I diabetes and slows its progression after diagnosis. It regulates glucose tolerance in the body.

Liver and bowel diseases
Green tea seems to protect the liver from damage and also helps reduce inflammation caused by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Neurological Ailments
Numerous anecdotal reports of studies showing that green tea consumption can also help prevent or treat neurological ailments such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson´s disease, and Alzheimer´s disease.

Green tea is even a good antiseptic for relieving itching and swelling. Just soak a cotton ball in it and apply the tea to blemishes, sunburns, scrapes, insect bites, scratches or puffy eyelids.

With so many potential good effects and almost no potential harmful effects, reach for a cuppa - a cuppa green tea and drink your way to health.



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:

We all know that age of the child where the day is preoccupied with the why questions.

Here are some unanswered adult why questions submitted by our webmaster.

  • Why do we press harder on the remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
  • Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough money?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
  • If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
  • Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
  • Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over
  • Why do you never hear father-in-law jokes?
  • Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?


Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Mohamed Nazim Abdulla

Marital Status: Married - 3 Children

Matric with Islamic studies

Other Interests: Sports: soccer and cricket

Community work / Musallee Committee

Position: SANHA Halaal Supervisor – Rainbow plant Hammarsdale

Key Responsibility at SANHA :
Supervising, monitoring and controlling the Halaal programme and slaughter over the last 27 years.

Message: Heed the message of the Qur'aan:
"O mankind, eat of what is in the earth Halaal (permissible) and pure and do not follow the footsteps of shaytaan verily he is unto you a clear enemy."



Questions & Answers

Q: Please could you provide an alternative to Autrin (Iron supplement).
A: Ferros Forte manufactured by Georen Pharmaceuticals is an alternative Iron supplement which is certified Halaal. Please consult a medical practitioner before administering any medication.

Q: Please advise me on the undermentioned products: 1) Aquafresh White; 2) Tastic Curry; 3) Royco Sauce; 4) Romany Creams Balls; 5) Dentyn Ice; 6) ProNutro Bar
A: AQUAFRESH WHITENING - NOT approved by SANHA as it contains glycerine from non-Halaal slaughtered animals.
ROYCO SAUCE - NOT approved by SANHA.
ROMANY CREAMS BALLS - Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.
DENTYNE ICE – Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.
PRONUTRO BAR - Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.


Industry News


The 97 store 3 Billion Rand turnover Fruit and Veg City group is teaming up with Caltex in a trial to roll out the Fresh stop brand countrywide.

Woolworths already has a relationship with the Engen group.

As many convenience outlets are Muslim owned and play an important role in providing Halaal provisions 24/7, we welcome any initiative in this spirit.


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:

  • Wellington Fruit Processors, Western Cape; Beverages
  • Debonairs Pizza - Claremont, Western Cape; Restaurant
  • Debonairs Pizza - Cavendish, Western Cape; Restaurant
  • Oxygen For Life - Muldersdrift, Gauteng; Medical
  • C & N Oil Traders - Boksburg, Gauteng; Raw Materials
  • The Green Door Fresh Supply, Primrose - Gauteng; Fruit & Veg
  • All Day Energi Foods - Durban, KZN; Bakery

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




Scores of lucky winners will receive the Munchmate lunchbox from our sponsor, Evernu Plastics. (See Previous e-Bulletin 40 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 2 national chainstores where the Evernu plastics products may be purchased?
2. Mention two beef 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, 27th February 2009.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World


Following her passion and years of experience in a traditional family home blessed with talented cooks, Rashida Bassa has set up a catering company that “garnishes to perfection”.

Catering for events big and small, corporate to private parties, special events and so on, Rashida and her dedicated team have won many kudos for tailor-made menus and outstanding service.

Based in Westville, Durban but with links to major centres in South Africa, Saffron should be your caterer of choice for your function.

And now, they have also received SANHA’s certification as your next Halaal assurance.

Contact details: Rashida Bassa +27(0)31 266 4111

Evernu Plastics

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

With 32 injection moulding machines and a fleet of vehicles that ensures on-time deliveries nationwide, they offer customers superior quality products at competitive prices.

Muslim-owned and Islamically motivated, the company prides itself on its Islamic ethos, quality products and uncompromising service.

Contact details are:

Tel +27(0)32 459-1314

Tel +27(0)31 208-1980

Tel +27(0)31 207-9286



Assalamu alaikum

As avid readers of your very informative eNewsletter that keeps us abreast online and in line on issues related to halaal living, we wish SANHA and it´s hard working team a successful AGM and, notwithstanding the distance between us, please be assured that our thoughts and hearts are with you as you reach another milestone as a beacon of information for the Muslim community not only in South Africa but around the world.

Mustafa Ally
President: Crescents of Brisbane Inc.
Editor-in-Chief: Crescents Community News (CCN)

Hello i would like to subscribe for the free news letters that u send via e mail. I have been reading through my friends and find it very informative. I a very strict vegetarian and your mails have been very helpful.


Dear Sanha Committee

I am a recipient of your E bulletin and regularly read your dispatches. I do not know anybody at Sanha. I am very impressed by the work that you are doing and by the transparency that you have displayed. Please accept my best wishes and duas. May Allah swt take you from strength to strength and may your organization be a benchmark model for similar bodies throughout the world!

Rafik Osman Kassim
Colombo, Sri Lanka


Forthcoming Events

23 February 2009
Enterprise Risk Management Africa Johannesburg
Sandton Convention Centre
Contact: shabangu@terrapinn.co.za

23 February - 26 February 2009
Gulfood 2009
Dubai International Convention Centre
Contact: www.gulfood.com

24 February 2009
Food Expo Ukraine
Organizers: KIYV International Contract fair
Contact: prod@kmkya.kiev.ua

25 February 2009
PLMA´s Roundtable Conference
Organizers: PLMA
Contact: info@plma.nl

26 February 2009
Purposeful Teams Intervention
Beverly Hills Hotel, Durban
Contact: marketing@worldsv.com


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