South African National Halaal Authority
May 2010: Jumaadal Ukhraa 1431

No. 51

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


Other than our Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam, no individual is greater than the community he serves and no community can be greater than the Cause. And what Cause can be nobler than service to Allah (SWT). We at SANHA are grateful for the privilege to have been allowed the opportunity to serve that Cause through our mission on Halaal.

As a mark of our appreciation for your confidence in us and in keeping with good governance, we invite you, your family and friends to our Annual General Meeeting where financial information and operating details will be presented in a spirit of candour and openness, a rarity in the field of Halaal certification.

Please accept this as our personal invitation

TIME: 14h00 prompt

DATE: Saturday, 5th June, 2010
23rd Jumâdâ al-Ukhrâ 1431

VENUE: Hartley Road School
Entrance – Hopelands Road
Overport, Durban

1. Registration
2. Qiraat
3. Welcome
4. Minutes of AGM – 21/02/2009
5. Secretarial Report
6. Chairman’s Address
7. Theological Committee Report
8. Audited Financial statement
9. Guest Speaker
10. Vote of Thanks
11. Du’aa
12. Refreshments

For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance and the number of people attending by e-mail: sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za or by Fax: (031) 207 5793 by 1st June, 2010 latest.


We look forward to welcoming you soon.



We would like you to be there but if you can't, send us your message which we will share with the attendees, InshaAllah

Thank you


The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

 Crescent of Hope (CoH)

Founded in October 1992 during the period of the Somali refugee crisis in Kenya. After the experience gained in Kenya members decided to concentrate their efforts locally. Their main objectives are to provide:

  • ISLAMIC EDUCATION to reverts.
  • RELIEF when needed.
  • WATER to communities that do not have access to water.
  • SKILLS DEVELOPMENT opportunities to make people self - sufficient.
  • FEED the destitute and deprived.
  • SERVICE to the community.

Projects & Activities

1. Bosnian Orphans - Since 1994 providing orphans with clothes and other necessities.

2. Cultural Centres - These are educational centres that have the following functions:

  • To impart knowledge - be it secular or religious.
  • To initiate skills training for the pupils and community.
  • To feed the children and students.
  • To introduce classes for adult learners.
  • To provide clothing and food for the less fortunate.
  • 17 centres have been established to-date.

3. Disaster Relief - provided to areas affected locally (Cape Town, Estcourt, Ladysmith, Pietermaritzburg) and abroad (Afghanistan, Africa, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Chechnya, India, Indonesia, Kashmir, Kosova, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia and Turkey).

4. Magaliesburg Rehab Centre - Substance abuse rehabilitation is conducted in conjunction with spiritual upliftment.

5. Skills Training Centres - In Durban, Polokwane and Daxina. Support is also provided to a Skills Training Centre in Cape Town. The following skills are currently taught: Sewing, Knitting and Crocheting. The following is hoped to be provided in the future: Cooking, Baking, Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, Welding, Carpentry, Brick Laying & Motor Mechanics.

6. Udh-hiyah/Qurbaani - Qurbaani is done locally and in Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Malawi, Kenya.

7. Ramadaan - Iftar hampers are distributed to the poor and destitute during the blessed month.

8. Soup Kitchens - Bread and food is distributed among the poor and needy in Zakariyya Park and Polokwane areas.

9. Water - Wells, boreholes, hand pumps, drilling is provided to supply this essential resource.

10. Food Hampers - Monthly distribution is done among the poor.

11. Operation Winter Warm - Initiated in 2001 with the distribution of 2530 blankets. Alhamdulillah, 8787 were distributed in 2006.

12. Future Projects - Delft Islamic Centre, Ladysmith Islamic Centre, Modjadji Masjid, Potchefstroom Skills Centre, Somali Madrasah and Johannesburg Water Project

13. Halaal - CoH is an Executive member of the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) and guides as well as supports its activities.

Contact Details:

137 Rose Avenue,
Extension 2, Lenasia
PO Box 1635, Lenasia 1820

Tel: +27 (0)11 854 1809
Fax: +27 [0]11 852 1509

e-mail: coh@mweb.co.za
Website: www.crescentofhope.com


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

Anas bin Maalik radiyallahu ‘anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “When the food is placed (i.e. served) remove your footwear, for that is most relaxing for the feet.”

[ad-Daarmi, Book of foods, chapter on removing footwear when eating]


An easy prescription for obtaining the pleasure of Allah by virtue of implementing a Sunnah in our lives and also obtaining physical relief of relaxation.

The Prophet of Allah peace be upon him did not always expound the worldy benefit of obeying his commands, however, it is the firm belief of Muslims that virtue and benefit exists in the fulfilment of each and every command of Allah and His Prophet peace be upon him.



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.

Saffron Rice
This recipe makes 6 servings

1/4 tsp (1 ml) saffron threads
pinch granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15 ml) milk or water
3 cups (750 ml) water
3/4 tsp (4 ml) salt
1-1/2 cups (375 ml) long grain rice

With back of spoon in bowl, lightly mash saffron threads with sugar; mix in 1 tbsp (15 ml) milk or water. Set aside.

In saucepan, bring 3 cups (750 ml) water and salt to boil. Stir in long-grain rice; cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes. Gently stir in saffron mixture; cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

To know more about Saffron go to Mysterious Spice.

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.




Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking. Dating back to 6000BC dishes have been developed in various areas of the world. Here are a few of them.

Greek: Baklava – Dessert made from paper- thin layers of pastry, with chopped nuts and honey.

Indian: Koftas – Spiced balls of meat, fish, or vegetables.

Indonesian: Nasi goreng- savoury spiced dish based on fried rice.

Middle Eastern: Shashlik – skewer of grilled mutton chunks, with vegetables and peppers.



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 200 years our English has evolved with its own “flavours” borrowed unashamedly from Dutch, Afrikaans, Malay, Portuguese and indigenous languages. Why not share our unique expressions and words with our visitors and friends. Here are a few proudly South African ones.

A bathing suit is a "swimming costume".

A traffic light is a "robot".

An elevator is a "lift".

A car hood is a "bonnet".

A vehicle trunk is a "boot".

A pickup truck is known as a "bakkie'.

A Barbeque is fondly known as a "Braai".

"Now now" or "just now" can mean anything from a minute to a month.

"Takkies" are running shoes, trainers or sneakers.




Clover Sour Cream



The vegetarian community are also cautioned as the gelatine is of animal origin.

Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspects of Halaal may be referred to our offices.

SANHA Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111



Who's who in the world of Halaal

Name: Imtiaaz Ahmed Baiyant

Marital Status: Married, 4 Children

Education: Graduate Islamic Studies, Darul Uloom Zakariyya, Damelin College

Other Interests: Archery, Horse Riding, Fishing, Hiking , Hunting , Camping, Travelling (traveled by road through Africa for Hajj), Running, Gardening, Farming.

Services: Imaam, Ustaad – Bethal Masjid and Madrasah, Tabligh, Social work, Prisoner counseling, Rural Area Dawah centre.

Position: Highveld Inspector for SANHA, Ustaad and Imaam of Bethal Muslim Jamaat.

Key Responsibility at SANHA: Member of the Inspectorate Department.

Message: “There is no love more sincere than the love for food” eat Halaal and wholesome!



Ham Sham – get the picture

Ham Sham

The Cheese and Onion loaf with a serving of ham to go - See letter in Readers Write section



One out of every five persons on this planet is a Muslim. He is your neighbour, customer, supplier, employee, boss or friend.

The incredible historic event and reaction to the letter sent to the Christian King of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) as reported in Bulletin 50 continues;

When the Apostolic letter was communicated to Negus by the emissary, he took the parchment and placed it on his eye, descended to the floor, confessed his faith in Islam and wrote the following reply to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

“In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. From Negus Ashama to Muhammad, the Messenger of Allâh. Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allâh! and mercy and blessing from Allâh beside Whom there is no god. I have received your letter in which you have mentioned about Jesus and by the Lord of heaven and earth, Jesus is not more than what you say. We fully acknowledge that with which you have been sent to us and we have entertained your cousin and his companions. I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allâh, true and confirming (those who have gone before you), I pledge to you through your cousin and surrender myself through him to the Lord of the worlds.”

The Prophet (peace be upon him) had asked Negus to send Ja‘far and his companions, the emigrants to Abyssinia (Ethiopia), back home. They came back to see the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Khaibar. Negus later died in Rajab 9 A.H. The Prophet (peace be upon him) announced his death and observed prayer in absentia for him.




VACANCIES Kwa Zulu Natal


• Successful Applicant will be responsible for monitoring & supervising,
• Receiving, processing, storage & despatch.
• Responsible for the Halaal Programme Management.
• Compilation of weekly reports.
• Following up on corrective measures.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Sound Deeni Reputation.
• Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/Haraam.
• Matric.
• Good Communication Skills.
• References essential.

Forward CV to 031-207 5793 031-207 5793 or
email: admin-kzn@sanha.org.za

(2) Halaal Catering Supervisor

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

* Basic experience in food service field.
* Sound Deeni reputation
* Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam
* Matric
* 2 letters of traceable References
* Letter from Community organisation/Mosque
* Salary Negotiable

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices
Email: adminkzn@sanha.org.za
031 207 5793





Ml Abdul Quddus Sayed

Scholar of Islam who dedicated his life to teaching and spreading Deen to both children and adults. During the latter part of his life he served in SANHA's regulatory and inspectorate departments. He was returned to his Lord on 24 April 2010 and he leaves behind his wife, seven daughters and a son.

We make Dua that Allah grants him Maghfirat and Jannatul Firdaus, Ameen.



Q- I am visiting India and would like to know who I can contact regarding the Halaal status of a few places here like Mc Donalds, KFC, Wimpy etc. Muslims are eating in these places how can I confirm that its Halaal?

A – Please contact the following Halaal certifying authority in Mumbai whose officials are known to SANHA.


Q- Please could you tell me if the karan beef outlets are Halaal.?

A - The Karan Beef Abattoir and Fresh Meat Wholesale Depot are certified Halaal by SANHA.

The Karan Beef Retail Butchery outlet in City Deep however, is not certified Halaal.


Complimentary tickets up for grabs!!!!


As in previous years once again the SANHA Pavilion will be part of Africa’s Biggest trade Event held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng on 19-21 July 2010.

SANHA shall be featuring the Halaal World thereby providing a unique platform for the Halaal accredited establishment/s to market their products.

With the importance of Halaal in all facets of trade with Africa and the global Muslim community, SANHA has once again been invited to endorse and support this trade show for the continent.

For further details and contact person click here


SANHA certifies over 1000 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:

* Chilli Pepper t/a Europa Café, Northcliff Gauteng; Restaurant

* Supreme Foods, Morningside Durban, Culinary/Sauces

* Masterbake, Phoenix, Bakery

* Spices 4 Africa, Kempton Park - Gauteng, Spices

* Best Gourmet, Sandringham - Gauteng, Bakery

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


Bulletin 51/52 Competition

A prize in good taste. Matrix Meals, the new home catering sensation, are sponsoring 10 (ten) taste sampling platters of their delicacies worth R60.00 each.


1. Describe the ingredient used by Matrix meals to ensure freshness.

2. Date of SANHA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Closing date: 07 June 2010

NOTE: Voucher for the prize is collectable Only at the Durban office. The platter will be ready for collection from Matrix meals 5 days after winner has notified them.

Send your answer to helpline@sanha.org.za

Bulletin 50 Giveaway



Congratulations to the following readers on winning the book giveaway.

Several entries were disqualified for not specifying the office for collection. Better luck next time.

Bulletin 50 winners

Galima Harris – Cape Town
Hoosain Narker – Cape Town
Riaad – Cape Town
Abdurraham Ebrahim – Johannesburg
Abrahams.T – Johannesburg
Arshad – Johannesburg
Dhanchora – Johannesburg
Farred Shenaaz – Johannesburg
Haroon Bodhania – Johannesburg
Ismail Laher – Johannesburg
Tasneem Akojee – Johannesburg
Tasneem Lunat – Johannesburg
Amirah Peer – Durban
Fathima Abdul – Durban
Luthfiya Malek – Durban
Mehmoud Haffejee – Durban
Mohammed Mayat – Durban
Shireen Adam – Durban
Yaseen Jooma – Durban
Zak.H- Durban
Zohra Cassim – Durban

Bulletin 49/50 Competition

Prize: Scores of lucky winners will get 4 (four) that’s right, not one but 4 (four) Sporty Stevie sponge snack worth R20.00.

Question & Answers:

1. How many flavours is the sporty Stevie available in? -2 Flavours

2. Name two chicken brands certified/approved by SANHA? - Rainbow, Farmer Brown, Early Bird.

Bulletin 49/50 Winners:

Galima Harris – Cape Town
Z.Salejee – Cape Town
Zaida Abrahams – Cape Town
Abdurrahamn Ebrahim – Johannesburg
Adil Patel – Johannesburg
Fatima Jada – Johannesburg
Ismail Hussain – Johannesburg
Jamila Karolia – Johannesburg
Maimoonah Kathrada – Johannesburg
Sara Khan – Johannesburg
Tasneem Bhyat – Johannesburg
Azhar Mahomed – Durban
Bilkis Vawda – Durban
Deasi Rizwana – Durban
Fathima Abdul – Durban
Firdous – Durban
Mahomed Hoosen – Durban
Safwaan – Durban
Shakoor Khan – Durban
Soogra Ismail – Durban
Sumauya Bhayla – Durban
Yaseen Jooma – Durban



Without doubt, the most exciting newcomer in the Halaal Corporate small / medium catering category in Durban and surroundings.

Judging from the numerous calls received on the innovation and superb quality of food, personalized service by a husband and wife team, freshness using “just bought” ingredients and served with passion, they are the champions.

Big ideals yet with downright homely service, Matrix Meals are dedicated to serve affordable SANHA approved Halaal dishes for corporate functions, meetings, family get togethers, presentations/product launches and B & Bs. Ideal for holiday makers and working parents. Whether simple sandwiches, dainty delicacies, meaty mouthfuls or multiple course dinners Matrix meals deliver… with passion.

Joburg visitors – welcome to Durban. Give Matrix Meals a trial order.

Contact details: Aaliyah Mia
+27 (0) 83 2969 451

To win sample platters see competition section


I recently had a situation whereby I purchased Cheese and Onion Bread from Fruit and Veg City in Port Elizabeth. When I got home and cut the bread I noticed that it was lined with HAM in the inside. It was well hidden underneath the crust and was almost consumed by me! Is it possible that you can use this platform to inform the Ummah that they must be very careful regarding what they buy as I see many Muslims purchase bakery products from this store on a daily basis? Enclosed please find pictures taken by me.

A.S. Port Elizabeth

Purchasing from a non Muslim facility not certified Halaal by any reputable certifying authority, with the outlet having no continuous Muslim supervision and monitoring, and it stocks Haraam on its premises, can be likened to deliberately walking blindfolded onto a hazardous minefield... KABOOM! Need we say more?

Might I add that your newsletter is in a class of its own. its so refreshing to see such fine standards being set by an islamic organisation. the effort and work put into the newsletter definitely shines through.keep up the good work in all that you aspire to do and may Allah take u from strength to strength.

T.A Rep of Ireland


Forthcoming Events

21-23 May 2010
Grand Designs live
Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg Expo Centre
Contact details: Ben Gannon
Tel: +(27) 011 835 1565

26-27 May 2010
International Grocery Equipment and Technology Exhibition 2010
Conventry, UK

Ricoh Arena
Organizers: Insight Research and NACS
Contact: Dan Munford
Tel: +44 (0) 1938 556 090

5 June 2010
SANHA Annual General Meeting
Durban, South Africa

Hartley Road School
Organizes: SANHA
Tel: 031 207 5768

12-14 June 2010
Kenya International Trade Exhibition
Nairobi, Kenya

Organizers: Afrotrade
Tel: +971-50-4756220

14-16 June 2010
Agritech South Africa

The Royal Agricultural Society of Natal

16-17 June 2010
All Things Organic Conference and Trade Show
Chicago, USA

McCormick Place
Organizers: Organic Trade Association
Tel: +00-(207)-842-5568
Email: info@organicexpo.com

Trade Opportunities

“… but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill”
Noble Quran Chapter 4 Verse 29

An introductory service to foster trade. Please undertake your own checks as SANHA cannot warrant nor take responsibility on any transactions.



Pakistan’s leading and modern food manufacturing company involved with production of a wide range of mayonnaise, table spreads in a variety of flavours and honey seeks distributors in Southern Africa. Youngs have successfully entered over 18 international markets.

They are ISO and SANHA certified Halaal.

For details and application form for partnerships go to:

Tel: +92-21-3452 1387-8
Fax: +92-21-3452 1380

Email: info@youngsfood.com
Website: www.youngsfood.com



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

Saffron - The worlds most expensive spice

Derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), It takes 75,000 blossoms or 225,000 hand-picked stigmas, grown in an area the size of a football field to make just 450grams of saffron. It has been used in cooking for thousands of years and is the ingredient considered to be the caviar of the spice rack. Derived from the Arabic word (za'faran) meaning yellow, it is a native of the Mediterranean, now imported primarily from Spain, where Muslims had introduced it in the 8th century along with rice and sugar. Saffron is used as flavouring and a colouring agent in dishes where it leaves a yellow tinge to the dish. It has now assimilated itself into many cuisine cultures, such as Asia in pilau and rice dishes, ice creams, meat and seafood, English baking, Italian risotto, French bouillabaisse and paella from Spain.

For a recipe using Saffron go to Winning Recipe


Health and Beauty

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

Butt in the drink is no fishy story

Chemical extracts from cigarette butts - so toxic they kill fish - can be used to protect steel pipes from rusting, a study in China has found.

In a paper published in the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the scientists in China said they identified nine chemicals after immersing cigarette butts in water. When applied to the type of steel used in oil pipes,they found that they protected the steel from rusting.

"The metal surface can be protected and the iron atom's further dissolution can be prevented," they wrote. The chemicals, including nicotine, appear to be responsible for this anti-corrosion effect, they added.

The research was led by Jun Zhao at Xi'an Jiaotong University's School of Energy and Power Engineering and funded by China's state oil firm China National Petroleum Corporation.


Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, online March 26.


Related reading: Sanha Flash News 37


Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111 - WEBSITE: www.sanha.org.za

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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