South African National Halaal Authority
March 2009 :: Rabi-ul-Awwal 1430

No. 42

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

Organizers were pleasantly surprised by the turnout of one hundred and twenty guests at SANHA´s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg on Saturday, 21st February 2009. This, despite short notice of the event.

Detailed presentations were made by the officials to the broad spectrum audience consisting of Ulama, community and business leaders. Amongst these, was the presentation of our audited financial statements in a spirit of openness and candour that prompted one invitee, Mr. Grant Hobbs, to remark, "Corporate South Africa needs more of this transparency."

Our esteemed guest speaker was the very eloquent scholar of Islam, Moulana Sulaiman Moola who enthralled the audience with his oratory skills and exposition on Halaal. His talk can be downloaded from our website www.sanha.org.za/downloads.php

A community citation award was presented to Moulana Yusuf Monia for his half a century of tireless and dedicated service to the community.

All the attendees were presented with a bound copy of the report, a few points of which we have summarised below.


  1. Ulama (Theologians) make up 30% of the staff of SANHA thereby giving further strength to the directives of management.
  2. Associate membership by Muslim Jamaats, Institutes, etc. now stands at 130 under review.
  3. About 4500 inspections were undertaken in the period under review.
  4. Confidence in SANHA extends beyond the borders of the Republic. It is represented on three committees of the World Halaal Council and has presented papers at several international conferences.
  5. SANHA will host the 4th International Halaal Conference in Johannesburg during July 2009.
  6. SANHA e-Bulletin now reaches close to 55,000 subscribers. It has also been lauded for its role in increasing the understanding of Islam amongst non Muslims with its articles, books and slide presentation giveaways.
  7. The Halaal helpline is rendering a sterling service and fielded 39 000 queries in the year.

We ask Allah the Almighty to accept our humble efforts, Aameen.




Messages received for the AGM
Sorry organisation members. We received so many messages of goodwill for our AGM that did not make it into the official handout that we hijacked your space. We reproduce some of them and say Jazakumullah Khairan. Truly we appreciate the support and thoughts from around the corner and around the globe, thank you.

I am very much indeed thankful, to The President and Head of SANHA and all the Brothers who are giving a helping hand to make sure the work of SANHA goes ahead successfully. May Allah reward all the Ulama and Brothers concerned and accept their effort and reward them in both worlds. May Allah reward you all, to keep touch with the Ummah worldwide to assist and help them to consume Halaal Foods. May Allah accept your effort and sacrifice for the welfare and benefit of the Humanity at large. Ameen

Shareef,Leicester city, England.

Wish your organisation well for the Agm, Keep up the good work.


May Allah give you strength & His blessing in whatever you do for the benefit of ummah.

Please accept my best wishes and prayer (dua) and wish all SANHA working committee a successful AGM Feb. 2009.

Hj. Rafek Saleh
Malaysia Airlines

This is to wish SANHA and all those involve with this great organization all the best in your coming AGM. May Allah bless your deliberations and crown your effort with success. Great e-bulletin please keep up the good job.

Mustafa Farouk, PhD
New Zealand

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your esteemed colleagues a successful AGM and much strength in attaining your objectives in the year ahead.

June Maurhart
Publisher of The Baker magazine

We find that there is not enough time to complete formalities for us to send a representative to your AGM. However our Duas are with you and hope Insha Allah that we will be able to send our representative in the future.

Brother A.G. Ganatra

Thank you for your invitation.

Corporate South African needs more of this type of transparency.

Grant Hobbs

We wish you a successful day.

Thanking you for your help and support to date.

Patrice and Nadine Hardy
Hardy Agencies

We at Hillcrest Berry Orchards wish you a very successful meeting and we look forward to another year of mutually rewarding business relations.

Betty O'Grady
Hillcrest Berries

We would however like to assure you of our continual commitment and mutual working relationship.

Frank A Gardner
Kemklean (Pty) Ltd

Convey our best wishes to all attending and note our apology herewith.

Roberto N Girardi.
FG La Pasta Sales

May Allah reward you for your efforts in His Path. We wish you well for the AGM. May Allah bless the function

Riaz Jamal
Al Ansaar Foundation

Thanks for the invitation to attend your AGM. Please accept this e-mail as my MESSAGE OF GOODWILL to your organisation.

Johan du Plessis,
SensoryFX cc

Many thanks for your kind invitation to attend your AGM

Micheal Gristwood
South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry

May ALLAH guide you all in the path of Islam and may You continue with the wonderful service.

Zaheeda Kadir RD (SA)
Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal.

Jazakumullah 4 invite & duas for success

Moulana S.A. Asmal
Muslim Prisons Board (kzn)

Alhamdulillah Shukr Saturday was a most valuable experience for me, to say the least. Admittedly and ashamedly, the gossip about SANHA had forged my opinion of the organisation accordingly. But ALLAH SWT sent me to you on Saturday to rectify that. I now have a new appreciation for your organisation and all your efforts and intentions. I thank you for your invitation and commend your organisation for all that you do to protect the Ummah at large. May ALLAH SWT carry you from strength to strength Insha ALLAH.

T. Sayed

Awrwb. I regret not being with you´ll @ agm on 21 Feb., but I do hope 2 meet you all soon. Accept my du'aas and salaams 2 d family. Khuda hafiz.

Halaal Food and Feed Foundation, Holland

Greetings Moulana good wishes for a successful AGM, kind regards,

Trevor Knight


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

A female companion of the Prophet, Umm al-Munzir Abdillaah (may Allah be pleased with her), narrated:

The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) visited me. His cousin and son-in-law, Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) was with him. We had a bunch of dates hanging. The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) began eating from it and Ali joined him. The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) said to him, "Stop O Ali, for verily you have been ill." Ali therefore sat aside while the Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) continued eating. I prepared for them a dish of beetroot and barley. The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) thereupon said to Ali, "O Ali, eat this. It is better for you."


Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments:
This proves that giving consideration to physical cause and effect does not negate belief and reliance upon Allaah. Al-Imaam al-Ghazzaali has discussed this matter in depth in his Ihyaa Uluumiddin. Whoever wishes for further clarification may refer to it.


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.

Most homes today have a microwave which is utilised mainly for defrosting and heating.

Be adventurous and try out this puffy omelette recipe for your Sunday brunch.


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 45ml mayonnaise
  • 30ml water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30ml butter


  1. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks, mayonnaise, water and seasonings.
  3. Gently pour yolk mixture over beaten whites and fold in.
  4. Place the butter in a 20cm glass pie dish and microwave on full power for 1 minute.
  5. Swirl melted butter to coat the dish.
  6. Gently pour in egg mixture and spread evenly in the dish.
  7. Microwave on medium for 6-8 minutes, rotating dish if necessary, until mixture is set but still glossy on top.
  8. Let set 30 seconds to 1 minute, and then run a spatula around sides of dish.
  9. Fold half of the omelette over and gently slide onto a serving plate.

Serves 1-2

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 main source of the Islamic faith is the Qur´aan, a book believed by Muslims to be of completely Divine origin, the last and final revelation. One can only marvel at the many clues of a scientific nature contained in it that supports this.


In 1880 fingerprinting became the scientific method of identification and is in world wide use today. No two persons on this planet including identical twins can ever have exactly the same fingerprint pattern.

This is what the Qur´aan has to say when unbelievers argue about resurrection.

"Does man think that we cannot assemble his bones?
Nay, we are able to put together in perfect order the very tips of his fingers."

Chapter 75 verses 3&4


Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

China to build Makkah Monorail

1.8 billion dollar deal to construct monorail to carry pilgrims around Holy City.

China Railway Co won the deal to construct the rail link between Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah, which are visited by massive tides of pilgrims during the annual hajj, the state news agency SPA said.

More than two million Muslims come to Makkah each year for the pilgrimage.

The project is set to be completed over two years, but will be ready to operate at 35 percent capacity for this year's hajj, which falls at the end of November.

According to media reports, the project comprises four elevated tracks intended to carry up to 20,000 passengers an hour.



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


A dried, star-shaped fruit of an evergreen shrub, with pods containing small, peppery- flavoured seeds. Often, the entire pod or ground seeds are used in oriental kitchens, and in many garam masalas. In the West it is used in cookies and pastries.

Also can be used in a tea to remedy colic and rheumatism and the seeds are sometimes chewed after meals to aid digestion.


Originates from the Mediterranean regions and very popular in Southern Italy. It is a dried herb that is more favourable than the fresh.

Mostly used in Italian cuisine, for tomato sauces, fried vegetables and grilled meat and commonly with pizza.


Health and Beauty

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


The two types of cholesterol are dietary cholesterol found in foods from animal sources and blood cholesterol produced by the liver.

The big threat to a healthy heart is high blood cholesterol level which is hereditary with diet and obesity as contributory factors.

Eat less fat especially Trans fatty acids (described as hydrogenated fats on labels) and plenty of wholegrains, pulses, vegetables and fruit.

Also include garlic in your diet as it suppresses cholesterol production.

    Eat More
  1. Wholemeal bread
  2. Wholegrain cereals and oats
  3. Pectin-rich fruit such as grapefruits, dried figs, apricots and prunes.
  4. Vegetables such as sweet corn, mangetout, broad beans and pulses.
  5. Garlic and onions.

Cut down on

Saturated fats and Trans fatty acids, found in:

  1. Hard cheese, cream, butter and other full-fat dairy products.
  2. Hard margarine and solid cooking fats.
  3. Fatty meat and meat products such as hamburgers, salamis, frankfurters and patés.
  4. Cakes, biscuits, pastries and chocolates.

Photo Gallery

Get the picture its worth a thousand words

The Halaal mark of management.

Submitted by Z. Moola of Durban

Send your picture to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za. We´ll publish and acknowledge your contribution to the bigger picture.



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Brother Marzuq Abdullah Alexander

Marital Status: Married - 6 Children

Matric + Production Management Diploma

Other Interests: Spread of Deen

Bringing the Masâjid alive as it was in the time of Nabi sallallaahu alayhi wasallam

Position: Office Manager SANHA Western Cape

Key Responsibility at SANHA :
Applications, Inspections

Message: Keep our Deen straight and simple, do A´maal with Istiqaamah (consistency) strive to improve. Be firm with self discipline and lenient with others.



Questions & Answers

Q: Many hairsprays, perfumes, creams, etc. contain an ingredient called Alcohol Denat , SD Alcohol or Benzyl Alcohol. Is it permissible to use these products and will salaah with these products on be valid?
A: The alcohols used in creams, cosmetics, perfumes etc. are denatured and furthermore are NOT from the 'khamr-asli' category which is najis (impure) thus the use of such perfumes, colognes etc is permissible.

Q: The canteen at the University of Johannesburg has a Halaal sign. Is the food acceptable (Halaal).
A: The canteen at The University of Johannesburg is NOT certified by SANHA and we do not have any information regarding their Halaal claim. If you can obtain further information, viz. which campus, whose Halaal sign, who runs the canteen, contact details etc, we shall then investigate further.


Industry News

SANHA at Gulfood 2009, Dubai

Since its debut in 1987, this has grown to one of the regions largest and strategic platforms for the Halaal industry and SANHA was there.

Our representative reported over 3000 companies from over 70 countries showcased their wares to some 40,000 trade visitors only.

13 South African companies flew the flag for the country in the South African pavilion. Over 50% of the South African companies were certified by SANHA.


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 Express - Durban CBD, KZN; Restaurant
  • Karoo Osche - Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Abattoirs - Lamb
  • Steers Damdoryn Junction - Hartbeespoort, North West; Restaurant
  • Fishaways Damdoryn Junction - Hartbeespoort, North West; Restaurant
  • Specialised Protein Products - Potchefstroom, North West; Food Manufacturer
  • Lentas Beverages - Umbogintwini, KZN; Beverages

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




Previous e-Bulletin 40/41 Competition

Prize: Munchmate lunchbox from our sponsor, Evernu Plastics
1. Name any 2 national chainstores where the Evernu plastics products may be purchased?
2. Mention two beef abattoirs certified by SANHA
1. Names of any 2 national chainstores, e.g. Pep, Game, etc.
2. Any 2 of the following:
  • Boshof Abattoir, Boshof
  • Groblershoop
  • LAW Abattoir, Groblershoop
  • EAC Blokhuis, Harrismith
  • Sparta Foods (Okk) Pty Ltd, Welkom
  • Karan Beef (Pty) Ltd, City Deep
  • Bull Brand Foods (Pty) Ltd, Krugersdorp
  • Jacques Abattoir, Estcourt
  • Halaal Fresh Meats, Thornville Junction
  • Triple A Abattoir, Cramond
  • Karan Beef (pty) ltd, Balfour
  • PK Farming Abattoir, Devon
  • Long Iron Meats pty Ltd, Randlespark
  • KLK Abattoir, Uppington
  • Swaziland Meat Industires, Industrial Site
  • Meatco Namibia, Windhoek Factory
21 winners - to be contacted via email

Bulletin 42 Competition

If you have time to read just one management book this year, this is it. About to be published by Breeze publications, "The Business of Family Business" by management and business transformation expert, Mirza Yawar Baig, is a compelling 288 page manual (see tell us and we´ll tell the world section). 5 lucky readers stand a chance of winning this book worth R125.00. Simply answer the following questions.

  1. What is the title of the book written by Mirza Yawar Baig?
  2. Who was the Guest Speaker at the SANHA AGM 2009?

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, 20th March 2009.


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

What is the one link that the world´s largest and most admired companies have in common? Whether its Coca Cola, Nestle, Tata, Sony, Anglo American, 3M, General Motors, Daimler, Boeing and others, they all made the paradigm shift, outlasted the "vision of the visionary" and effectively went from family to global business.

Mirza Yawar Baig is an iconic and influential author and bridge builder extraordinaire. Through his influence and interaction with governments, corporates and academic, he has laid the foundation of building bridges of transformation from "person-driven" to "process-driven". His latest book "The Business of Family Business" is a five part comprehensive manual written with that as its focus.

To order a copy go to: breezepublishing@gmail.com
To know more about Mirza Yawar Baig visit: www.yawarbaig.com
To win a copy: go to competition section


Indeed good job
GOD to be with you and your team


Congratulations and best wishes for your easy to read, user friendly and well laid-out newsletter. May Allah (SWT) reward you and your dedicated personnel for the excellent work you are doing in enlightening, educating and entertaining the Muslim community. Your dedication and tireless, charitable work have not gone unnoticed. May you grow from strength to strength and your perseverance in enlightening, defending things which may appear indefensible, and helping the community at large in all ways possible, be rewarded both in this world and in the hereafter. Keep up the excellent work and your tireless perseverance in times of extreme hostility will eventually pay off in the near and distant future. May Allah (SWT) be always with you and your team and reward you for all your efforts.

Professor A.T
University of KZN


Forthcoming Events

6th, 7th and 8th March 2009
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Muhammad peace be upon him - The Prophet of Peace
Seerah Jalsa

Darus Salaam Islamic Centre
Laudium, Pretoria
Contact: imamjeena@yahoo.com

9 March 2009
Supply Chain Intelligence Report
Contact: monika@tnova.co.za

10 March 2009
Anuga FoodTec
Cologne Exhibition Centre, Germany
Contact: sblignaut@germanchamber.co.za

11 March 2009
What´s ´hot´ in Logistics
Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town
Contact: events@cgsa.co.za

13 March 2009
Gaza Diaries
Orient Islamic School Centenary Road, Durban
Contact: Zahid Asmal CII
+27 (0)11 494 7000

15 March 2009
Generator World
Gallagher Convention Centre
Contact: +27-(0)11-783-7250

18 March 2009
Business Energy 2009 Conference and Exhibition
Birchwood Executive Hotel, Joburg
Contact: mogorosicom@gmail.com

15 March 2009
Sandton Convention Centre
Contact: lindyt@specialised.com



Halaal Supervisor

Urgently required for a Restaurant Outlet in the Durban area

  • Responsibility for Halaal Programme Management
  • General :
    1. Raw Material Control
    2. Hygiene (Tahaarah, etc.)
    3. Documentation Management
    4. Production Supervision
    5. Monitor and Control critical areas
  • Regular reporting to SANHA office
  • Follow up corrective measures

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Basic experience in food service field.
  • Sound Deeni reputation
  • Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam
  • Matric
  • Own transport essential
  • Code 08 Drivers License (Preferred)
  • Salary Negotiable

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices
e-mail: sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za
Fax: (031) 207-5768



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:

In this issue the submission of sister Z.M. of Durban looks at

"Conversations of the Married"

Wife: "What are you doing?"
Husband: Nothing.
Wife: "Nothing...? You've been reading our marriage certificate for an hour."
Husband: "I was looking for the expiry date."

Wife: "Do you want dinner?"
Husband: "Sure! What are my choices?"
Wife: "Yes and no."

Wife: "You always carry my photo in your wallet. Why?"
Hubby: "When there is a problem, no matter how impossible, I look at your picture and the problem disappears."
Wife: "You see how miraculous and powerful I am for you?"
Hubby: "Yes! I see your picture and ask myself what other problem can there be greater than this one?"

A newly married man asked his wife, "Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?"
"Honey," the woman replied sweetly, "I'd have married you, NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE!"

A wife asked her husband: "What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my lovely figure?"
He looked at her from head to toe and replied: "I like your sense of humor


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
Views and opinions reflected in the newsletter are not necessarily those of SANHA and its management.

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