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

No. 43

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Editorial
Human Rights in Islam

South Africans commemorate Human Rights day on Saturday 21st March each year as a tribute to those killed in Sharpeville in 1960 for demonstrating against Apartheid.

It marks the foundation of the South African Human Rights commission in 1996 whose aim is to foster understanding, acceptance and a peaceful future with human rights for all.

On a world stage, this day also coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

However, the first truly universal charter of Human Rights long before the one written by the United Nations in 1940´s or the American President Lyndon Johnson in 1960, was the historical last sermon delivered by the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

The Human Rights that were recognized, declared and executed over 1400 years ago and summarised as follows:-

  • Freedom to all; irrespective of caste and colour.
  • Sanctity of life, wealth and property
  • Equality of all races
  • Justice in the eyes of God and the law
  • Women´s rights and obligations. They were to be treated as partners and not as subjects as treated by Roman and Greek civilizations.
  • No exploitation or monopoly. The rich are not to be richer while the poor are not to be poorer.
  • Rights of others are to be preserved and to be delivered
  • People are to take this declaration seriously. They are to preach it to others and practice it in their life and behaviour.

For a full translation of the speech, click here

We call on you as right thinking South Africans and brothers in humanity to come to common terms to these values. Let us work toward these and hold each other accountable to true human rights for you, me and the world.

Editor

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ORGANISATION PROFILE

Mirza Yawar Baig´s Summary

Founder & President of YAWAR BAIG & ASSOCIATES™, International Speaker, Life Coach, Trainer and Facilitator specializing in enabling individuals and organizations to create Enduring Leadership©, helping technical specialists transition into management & leadership roles. Yawar specializes in Family Business Consulting, enabling the critical transition from being "Person-driven to becoming Process-driven". Yawar applies his own experience of working both in family businesses and global MNCs to show business families how to grow, yet stay together. In his words, "It´s more about family than about business". His skill of working effectively across boundaries of culture, making Eastern values blend with Western systems, is his USP. Yawar leverages his 16 years hands-on experience in managing profit centers and 24 years in training & leadership development to bring practical experience of applying theories & methods to the classroom.

Founder and President of Yawar Baig & Associates, he heads up a consulting group with a team of experts in organisational developments.

Mirza Yawar Baig´s Specialties:

He has successfully trained managers in business, government & academia on 3 continents for over 24 years and developed a reputation for teaching effectively across boundaries of culture, function and nationality. Yawar works with Leaders at all levels in government and industry, to reduce the negative impact of change on the people while moving toward process improvement.

Mirza Yawar Baig´s Education

  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • MEP, Management, 1985 — 1986
  • P-CMM Certification Program, TeraQuest & Carnegie Melon University, Austin, TX
  • Training for Trainers for Continuing Education Faculty, Connecticut Central State University, New Britain, CT
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©, Otto Kroeger Associates, Fairfax, Virginia, Work Style Analyser©, Medwin Poots Associates, London, U.K
  • Advanced Applications of MBTI© in Change & Leadership, MBTI©, Step II

For full details of courses and company interventions go to www.yawarbaig.co.za

For a corporate slide presentation http://www.yawarbaig.com/opencms/opencms/internet-en/index.html

To win his latest book go to the competition section

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

Ummul Muminin (mother of the faithful) Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) - Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) wife - narrated:

The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) would come to me and ask:

"Do you have any food?" "No," I would reply. He would then say, "I shall then fast."

When he came to us one day I said, "O Prophet of Allah! We have received a gift. He asked, "What is it?" "Hays," I replied. He said, "I had started to fast this morning." He then ate.

For further info on Hays, refer Thareed

Commentary

Mawlana Zakariyya Kandalwi comments:
Two points of jurisprudence are derived from this Hadith. One is that the intention (niyyah) for optional fast (nafl sawm) should be made before half the day has passed. This is on condition that nothing which nullifies the fast has occurred since true dawn.

The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) made his intention (niyyah) after enquiring from our mother, Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). This is according to the Hanafis and Shaafis. According to the Maalikis, intention (niyyah) for optional fast (nafl sawm) is necessary from before dawn. This Hadith supports the Hanafii and Shaafi view. Nevertheless, due to the stricter view of a respected Imaam, it is better to intend optional fast (nafl sawm) from the night. If circumstances prevent and the intention is made before half the day has expired there is no harm.

The second point is that if one has intended to observe an optional fast (nafl sawm) one may break it (without compensation). This is the ruling of al-Imaam ash-Shaafi. According to the Hanafis it is not permissible to break any fast or Salaah due to the verse of the Qur´an (ayah), "Do not nullify your deeds." (Surah Muhammad:32) However, this narration explicitly mentions breaking a fast. A reconciliation is that the Hadith provides a concession to break the fast if a valid circumstance exits. Normally it is not permissible. It is clear from the Hadith that The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) broke his fast due to a reason.

Some Ulama interpret, "I had started to fast this morning," as meaning, "I thought to fast this morning." According to this humble servant the first explanation is correct.

According to the Hanafiis, if an optional fast (nafl sawm) is broken it will be waajib to repeat it. Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that The Prophet of Allah (peace be upon him) told her to observe the Qadhaa on another day.

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.

Almond Chicken

In keeping with the "nutty" theme in our mysterious spice column, we´ve turned to food enthusiast and author, Sister M Jadwat Omar for a winning recipe. It is the Almond Chicken and can be found in her book "Creative Cooking, the Easy Way" available in most spice stores. You may call 082 500 9921 for details of a stockist in your area.

    Ingredients
  • 1 chicken, cut into +- 10 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 6 dried prunes
  • 12 almonds, blanched
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1½ teaspoons chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves, to garnish

Method

  1. Mix tomato paste, garlic, chilli powder, turmeric, pepper, cardamom, salt and lemon juice with chicken.
  2. Heat ghee in pot and fry prunes and almonds for two minutes. Remove for ghee and set aside.
  3. Add chicken to ghee, braise well, lower heat and cook until chicken is tender.
  4. Garnish with prunes, almonds and coriander leaves.
  5. Serve with Butter naan

Serves 3-4

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.

The main source of the Islamic faith is the Qur´aan, a book that is 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.

The BEE rating

Von-Frisch received the Nobel Prize in 1973 for his research on the behaviour and communication of the bees. The bee, after discovering any new garden or flower, goes back and tells its fellow bees the exact direction and map to get there, via movements known as the "bee dance".

The meanings of this insect´s movements that are intended to transmit information between worker bees have been discovered scientifically using photographs and other methods. The Qur´aan mentions in the above verse how the bee finds with skill the spacious paths of its Lord.

"And thy lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men´s) habitations;

Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord"

Chapter 16 verse 68-69
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I DIDN'T KNOW THAT

Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Perfumes from the East

Two talented chemists, Jabir ibn Hayyan (born 722) and Ya´qub al-Kindi (born 801) helped lay the foundations and established the perfume industry.

Al-Kindi carried out extensive research and experiments in combining various plants and other sources to produce a variety of scent products. He elaborated on a vast number of recipes for a wide range of perfumes, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Musk and floral perfumes were brought to Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries from Arabia, through trade with the Islamic world and with the returning Crusaders. There are records of the Pepperers Guild of London which go back to 1179 whose activities include trade in spices, perfume ingredients and dyes.

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MYSTERIOUS SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE

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

NUTS ABOUT IT

Nuts have been a source of food and oil since the earliest times by food gatherers before the birth of agriculture. Evidence of this is noted in the Greek and Roman civilizations of the past.

They are also a feature of Middle Eastern cookery and medieval Europe learned this from the Arabs who used them in sauces with meat and poultry and also in marzipan nougat and other sweetmeats.

We feature two of them:

Almond (Prunus dulcis)

The seeds of a Mediterranean tree of the peach family, almonds, when growing, are covered with a green outer skin which is later removed. One of the most popular nuts worldwide, there are two types, sweet and bitter. The latter contains prussic acid and is never eaten raw, but its essence can be distilled and used as a flavouring. Sweet almonds are used whole for baking and confectionery, ground into a paste for butters, pralines, fillings, and nougat, chopped, diced and shredded for coating and garnishing, roasted, salted or sugared. Sugared almonds may be covered in sugar, syrup or honey.

For a recipe that uses almonds see our winning recipe section.

Cashew Nut (Anacardium occidentale)
The fruit of a tropical tree native to America, the cashew grows as a single, hard protuberance beneath a fleshy fruit. The nuts are used in baking, in cashew butter, or are eaten as a cocktail nut. They are usually sold shelled and salted.

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Health and Beauty

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

Stretch by the dozen.

Stretching improves your muscles' range of motion and helps keep them long. That's important because they tend to shorten as you get older and making you creaky. It's also important because an injury to a tendon or ligament could leave it permanently stretched, which raises the likelihood of a recurrent injury.

Follow a stretching routine to maximise the benefits of training and to minimise muscle stiffness and risk of injuries:

Muscle stiffness and risk of injuries:

  • Stretch after your exercise routine as part of your cooling-down routine.
  • When you stretch, ease your body into position, until you feel a mild pull on your muscles, tendons and ligaments. A stretch should not hurt.
  • Hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more. Wait 15 to 30 seconds before you stretch the next group of muscles.
  • Breathe deeply while you stretch to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles.
  • Don't bounce, and don't force yourself into an uncomfortable position.
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Photo Gallery

Get the picture – its worth a thousand words

The Truck Stops Here

Two truckloads of humanitarian aid for the people of Zimbabwe from the Al Imdaad foundation, an associate member of SANHA. Photographed outside Juma Musjid, Durban, the largest Masjid (mosque) in the Southern hemisphere.

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

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30-SECOND INTERVIEW

Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Abdul Ghalib Ibn Nxumalo

Marital Status: Married

Education:
Madinah University

Other Interests: Leather crafting, Shoe making and shoe repairing

Services:
SANHA

Position: Roving inspector

Key Responsibility at SANHA :
Inspections, Meeting with Abattoir management on Halaal issues, on-site training of supervisors and slaughterers, Relief supervisor at Halaal certified facilities locally and abroad.

Message: Knowledge is key.

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CONTENTS

Questions & Answers

Q: Please inform me if the Steers situated at the Engen garage in Windermere Rd, Durban is halaal or not.
A: Steers in Windermere Road, Durban is certified by SANHA.


Q: Could you please give me information on "Malt extract". Is it halaal? Always, or depending on the source?
A: Malt Extract is a mixture of starch breakdown products containing mainly maltose (malt sugar) prepared from barley or wheat. It is deemed a permitted ingredient in terms of Halaal dietary law.


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Industry News

WRAP IT UP´S FOXTROT

Hunger Buster Pizza is reintroduced.

A comfort food of a few years ago and unashamedly decadent, the franchisor of the Wrap-it-up group unveiled the Foxtrot Pizza.

Utilising fresh dough, the famous wrap it up style of marinated meats, sauced and smothered in cheese and some with chips and polony is available in four variants of steak and polony, beans, chilli chicken and BBQ steak all for R30.00.

Available from the following participating SANHA certified outlets.

  • Wrap it up North beach
  • Wrap it up Pavillion Mall
  • Wrap it up Harrismith
  • Wrap it up Ladysmith
  • Wrap it up Gateway
  • Wrap it up Randles road

Step out and grab a foxtrot

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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:

  • CP Rookies Ma Spices - Durban, KZN; Spices & Condiments
  • Debonairs Express - Durban CBD, KZN; Restaurant
  • The Green Door Fresh Supply - Primrose, Gauteng; Fruit & Veg
  • Steers, Glendower - East Rand, Gauteng; Restaurant
  • Choc & Chilli - Laudium, Gauteng; Caterer
  • Mochachos Lemon Tree Mall - Alberton, Gauteng; Restaurant

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

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Competition

Competition


Bulletin 42 / 43 Competition

Mirza Yawar Baig is an iconic and influential author and bridge builder extraordinaire. Through his influence and interaction with governments, corporates and academics, 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 288 page compelling and comprehensive manual. 5 lucky readers stand a chance of winning this book worth R150.00. Simply answer the following questions.

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

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

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, 3rd April 2009.

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Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Pure Health Aqua

Drinking your way to a healthier life

This water is filtered through our water purifiers removing the chlorine, toxins, aluminum and lead from it. One of the most effective ways to ensure good health is regulating the intake of pure water. This water has been tried tested and trusted and is approved by the Umgeni Water Board, SANHA and the health department.

It is sourced at 316 Underwood Road, Durban. Orders take +-7 day´s, best water for your health. A must try product. It´s approved by young and old with 0% bacteria, try it and u will be pleased.

Specializing in custom design labels for all occasions such as conferences, special events, weddings etc at a reasonable cost, now you can have water with your name on it.

Contact details
+27 (0)31 463 2409
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e-mail: purehealthaqua@telkomsa.net

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READERS WRITE

Salaams our area Empangeni / Richards Bay needs Halaal cafes. There are none at present. There are a lot of reps/ passerbys that need pure Halaal food, we see alot of them eating in non-Muslim owned restaurants and cafes,, Please suggest this to some of your accredited cafes/restaurants, that there is scope in this area. Jazakallah.

Muhammad- KZN

Editor's Note: Calling Muslim entrepreneurs, let´s respond to Muhammad´s plea, Insha Allah


It was with great satisfaction hearing you explain SANHA´s stance on Radio Al Ansaar regarding Halaal chicken. I am confident that a lot of misconceptions got cleared after you explained the queries raised.

May Allah (SWT) give you the reward and strength to continue the brilliant work you are currently doing at SANHA. Ameen

D.S
KZN


I note with interest the insert entitled "Interesting spice and all things nice", which lists star anise tea as a possible cure for colic. Whilst I do not purport to be an expert on the subject, I thought that it would be of interest to you to note the following:

TEA MADE WITH STAR ANISE CAN CAUSE ILLNESS IN INFANTS AND ADULTS RANGING FROM SEIZURES TO JITTERINESS, ACCORDING TO A FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ADVISORY WARNING ALL CONSUMERS TO AVOID DRINKING TEAS CONTAINING THE ASIAN SPICE.

I came across several articles detailing the dangers of utilising star anise tea for colic whilst researching the subject as a concerned parent.

Adv N.M
KZN

Editor's Note: Advice is given in good faith from open sources. It is advisable to check with your medical practitioner as a precaution when in doubt or to clarify.

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Forthcoming Events

21-23 March 2009
Foodexpo Kenya, International Trade Exhibition
Nairobi, Kenya
Contact: response@expogr.com

23-26 March 2009
Global Convenience Benchmarks 2009
Dublin
Contact: dan@insightresearch.co.uk

23-25 March 2009
Globalshop 2009
Las Vegas, Sands Expo
Contact: kara.kobrzycki@nielsen.com

24-25 March 2009
Mycustomer 2.0 - SA retail and wholesale environment workshop
Pick n Pay Institute
Contact: michelle@tradeintelligence.co.za

26 March 2009
What´s "Hot" in Logistics
Inanda Club - Johannesburg
Contact: events@cgsa.co.za

27 March 2009
Fundraising dinner - Al Ansaar Foundation
NMJ Hall - Durban
Contact: admin@alansaar.co.za

31 March 2009
First Aid Course
New Germany, Durban
Contact: +27 (0)31 705 8744

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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:

Following the theme of "conversation of the married" Sister T. Moola of Durban sent us a few quips under the title "that´s how the fight started"

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 80 in two seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale. That's how the fight started.

My wife stood looking at herself in the mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
"I really need you to pay me a compliment."
I said, "At least your eyesight's damn near perfect."
And then the fight started.

My wife asked me if a certain dress made her bottom look big.
I told her not as much as the dress she wore yesterday.
And then the fight started.

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Halaal Helpline 0861 786 111


KWAZULU NATAL
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
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