South African National Halaal Authority
June 2010: Rajab 1431

No. 53

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



Giving effect to one of its founding objectives of being transparent, SANHA once again hosted it’s Annual General Meeting open to the public on Saturday, 5th June 2010 at the Hartley Road School in Durban.

Much to the delight of its supporters, SANHA officials took to the podium one by one and stood in the spotlight under the full glare of public scrutiny and delivered their reports.

In a feat rarely emulated by other organizations and certifying bodies, SANHA once again presented its report and disclosed its audited financials to the public which were included in the handouts.

Some salient features from the report were:-

5230 inspections were conducted during the year
1140 plants are now certified by SANHA
230 Muslim employees directly and indirectly
46 Abattoirs now approved
R8.5 million expenses were not matched by R8.1 million income.
Workshops were held for Jamiyyathul Ulama, Sri Lanka, American Halaal Advocates and Malawi Halaal Department amongst others.
34 826 queries received in the year.

Professor Syed Salman Nadvi was singled out for a special Community Appreciation Award for his monumental contribution, community activities, encouragement and support of Islamic organizations.

The key note address was delivered by the eminent Moulana Ebrahim Bham, Secretary General of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa. The focal points were expressing support and joy for progress of others, co-operation with all in the furtherance of Deen and cultivating steadfastness against intolerance.

SANHA appreciates the support it receives from the community and pledges to continue upholding the tradition of transparency and openness, Insha Allah. (God Willing)



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


Reservoir Hills is a suburb of the city of Durban in South Africa. It was established in the early 1960’s as an “Indian” area in line with the then Nationalist Government’s apartheid policy. No provision was made for places of worship.

The inaugural meeting of the Reservoir Hills Muslim Society was held on 12th March 1964 when a small group of concerned residents met to determine how to meet the cultural and religious needs of the Muslim residents of Reservoir Hills. Their main concern was the establishment of a Masjid and Madrasah.

Today, the Society has, by the Grace of Allah, made phenomenal strides with the establishment of a Masjid, Madrasah, preschool and various much needed community facilities.

Amongst this are Hifz classes, the arranging of Eidgah prayers and Ghusl and Kafan (washing and shrouding) requirements of the deceased. The society is associated with SANHA and fully supports its activities.

A project of the Reservoir Hills Muslim Society is the Madrasah Mothers Committee who, in a decade of tireless work, were responsible for establishing the magnificent Reservoir Hills Islamic centre (see photo Gallery).

This new centre houses madrasah classes from grade 1 to 8 with 8 teachers catering for 70 pupils. Income derived from hiring of the hall is ploughed back into the society to help make it self sufficient.

The hall situated at the corner of Mountbatten and Halpin Avenue, Reservoir Hills, seats 400 in a dining reception setting, is fully air conditioned and has easy access support facilities for banqueting. It is proving to be popular as a wedding venue and has been selected for an international family reunion. Click here to see photo

For details and enquiries:

Reservoir Hills Islamic Society

Tel: +27 31 262 8268
Contact person: Sister Zubeida Vawda


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

The cornerstone of Islamic teachings in this area is the requirement that we do not cause anyone any hurt through our words or actions.

A famous hadith states, "A Muslim is the one from whose hands and tongue other Muslims are safe." [Sahih Muslim].

Keeping others safe from our hands and tongues does not only mean that we do not hurl stones or abuses at them, it also means that we do not say or do anything that will hurt them.

This hadith clearly describes this as a defining trait of a Muslim. While it refers to "other Muslims," scholars agree that it is a general requirement that equally applies to non-Muslims. A person who, through his intentional or careless actions or words inflicts unjustified pain on others is not worthy of being called a Muslim.



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.

Our guest chef this week is Sister Sabera Ghumra, a reader of the Bulletin.

We did not test her recipe and leave it to you to tell us the result and suggestions.

Chicken wings

1 kg chicken wings with skin
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp BBQ spice
1 1/2 tsp chicken masala spice
½ tsp corn flour
1/2 cup black vinegar



Wash wings and make gashes
Marinate in above for 2 hours and keep balance of marinade
Fry till done and set in pyrex
In pot,simmer leftover marinade and add 1/2 tsp of cornflour
Cook till saucy but not too thick
Pour over fried wings
Serve with chips and salads.

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 6000 BC, dishes have been developed in various areas of the world. Here are a few of them:

Indian: Vindaloo – cooked in curry sauce with ginger and chilli.

Middle Eastern: Hummus – dip made from pureed chickpeas.

Spanish and Latin American: Paella – seasoned rice dish with chicken, shellfish, and often vegetables.

Greek: Tzatziki – cucumber and yoghurt salad or dip with oil, vinegar, and garlic.



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:

Jazakumullah Khairan to Brother Mohamed Seedat for sending us these priceless gems out of the mouths of babes.

Read the result of six year olds who completed the remainder of a proverb once given the first half.

Don’t change horses…. until they stop running
Strike while the…. bug is close
A bird in the hand…. is going to poop on you
If at first you don’t succeed…. get new batteries
A penny saved is…. not much



Chicken fillets sold deceptively as Halaal by a Muslim person of Sitara Avenue, Azaadville.

Muslim traders and consumers to take urgent note.

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

SANHA Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111

Ann 011/06.10


Parktown North, Gauteng

has used the SANHA logo on advertising material / menus without authorisation.

SANHA has not certified any NANDO’S stores countrywide.

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

SANHA Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111



Petits Desserts
Pralines du Confiseur &
Champagne de Marc Truffles

Contain Haraam Liquor Ingredients

Please abstain!!!

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: Muhammad A Chiosa

Marital Status: Married

Education: International Diploma in IT and Aálim Course

Other Interests: Reading and Writing

Services: Administration and Halaal Supervision.

Position: SANHA’s Site Supervisor / Halaal Controller at Famous Brands, KZN

Key Responsibility: Monitoring Halaal programme, Controlling Halaal Stock, Ordering, Liaising with Suppliers and Muslim Customers, etc

Message: Never be judgmental until you learn from those who know and the experienced. I thought I knew enough regarding Halaal but when I joined SANHA and interacted with the Management and staff, I realized how little I knew. Keep an open mind and continue learning.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Prayer in the centre

Reservoir Hills Islamic Centre

Reservoir Hills Islamic Centre
See organization Profile for contact and hire details



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


A towering Muslim personality, was an alchemist at the court of Caliph Harun ar- Rashid. Schooled in Quran and mathematics, he was an astronomer, engineer, geologist, philosopher, physicist, pharmacist and physician.

He is most renowned for his contribution to chemistry and influenced the Medieval European alchemists.

Nearly 3000 treatises and articles are credited to him including some works under authorship of his name Latinized as Geber.

He is also credited with the invention of over twenty types of today’s basic chemical laboratory equipment and commonplace substances such as hydrochloric and nitric acids and distillation. see 'mysterious-spice' column



Kwa Zulu Natal


• Monitoring & supervising,
• Oversee receiving, processing, storage & despatch.
• 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 FAX: 031-207 5793 or
email: admin-kzn@sanha.org.za

(2) Personal Assistant to Executive Officer

• Core Secretarial function
• Diary Management
• Preparation of Minutes
• Finance Management
• Collation of figures and preparation of Management reports
• Activity Co-ordination and follow-ups
• General housekeeping and Office duties

Minimum Qualifications:
• 3 years experience
• Sound Deeni reputation
• Matriculant
• Excellent Computer Literacy
• Very Good Communication Skills
• References essential

Fax cv to: 031 207 5393 031 207 5393 or
Email: executiveofficer@sanha.org.za


(3) Consumer Helpline Consultant

• Answering of telephonic queries
• Answering of email queries
• Meetings with companies
• Research products
• Preparation of weekly and monthly reports
• Database management
• Query Co-ordination and follow -ups
• General administration

Minimum Qualifications:
• Sound Deeni reputation
• Articulate Communication
• Excellent People Skills
• Good Computer Literacy
• Able To Work Under Pressure
• Matriculant

References Essential

Fax cv to: 011 870 8020 or
Email: manager-gp@sanha.org.za




Q - I would like to know if the Mielie Kip Chicken Viennas are Halaal?

A - Kindly note that Mielie Kip Chicken Viennas are NOT Halaal.

Q - I have heard that non Muslims customers are allowed to bring their own wine when eating at Ocean Basket Marine Parade.

A - A blatant untruth as the outlet is certified as Halaal. SANHA does not allow consumption of alcohol at Halaal certified premises.

Click here for the related article:



Congratulations to Hassen Cassim of MOCHACHOS ORMONDE for being finalist in the prestigious Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) Annual Awards 2010 for excellence in franchising.

Beating off many top contenders, this SANHA certified outlet is a 45 seater diner with Wudu, Salaah and Hijaab facilities servicing the wider community in Ormonde and Robertsham that also includes the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City Theme Park. Hassen is a model franchisee who has doubled the turnover of his outlet in 5 years through dedication and hard work.

To sample their excellent award winning service visit Mochachos Ormonde.

Contact: Hassen Cassim

011 496 2721 / 2612



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:

* Red Crest Farms t/a ANCA Poultry, Stutterheim, Poultry Abattoir

* Barex Agencies, Strydom Park

* Sunraise Poultry, Eikenhof, Meat Distributor/Processor

* HLM Global Sports Events (FIFA 2010), Caterers

* Steers/Fishaways, Kempton Park, Restaurant

* Delhi Delicious, Roodepoort, Bakery

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


Bulletin 53 Giveaway

A Delicious Prize

Have your cake and eat it!

Scores of lucky winners will get 4 (four) that’s right, not one but 4 (four) Sporty Stevie sponge snacks.

All you have to do is to simply answer the following questions correctly and soon you will be munching on the latest snack sensation.

1. Who is the manufacturer of Sporty Stevie?

2. How many plants are currently certified by SANHA?

Closing date for competition:
7 July 2010

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

Bulletin 52/53 Giveaway


We are giving away the book that has helped thousands of people to give up smoking.

All you have to do is send your request with your postal address.
If you wish to download the book click here

About Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb? click here

Bulletin 51/52 Competition

Prize: Matrix Meals sponsoring 10 (ten) taste sampling platters of their delicacies worth R60.00 each.

Questions and Answers:

1. Question: Describe the ingredient used by Matrix meals to ensure freshness.
Answer: Just bought ingredients

2. Question: Date of SANHA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Answer: 5th June 2010

• Moola
• Farzana Badat
• Hafiza Shaik
• N.Hansa
• Shabbir Sheik
• Shanaz Khan
• Sumaya Basha
• Tasmiyah Molla
• VM Essa
• Zahra Hoosen



The manufacturers of Sporty Stevie certified by SANHA is a division of Maxim Foods (Pty) Ltd and a member of the Master Bake organisation.

Sporty Stevie is a sponge covered snack treat with a rich creamy centre. It is cholesterol free, baked in olive oil and available in vanilla and chocolate flavours. It does not use gelatin from non Halaal slaughtered animals.

Contact details:
Mohammed – 079 155 6933
Email: info@masterbake.com
Website: www.sportystevie.com


Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Saheb is the Imam of Musjid-e-Noor, Asherville and the Principal of Madrasatus Swaalihaat, the first girls´ Madrasah in Durban. Moulana served as President of the Jamiatul Ulama KwaZulu Natal for many years and takes a keen interest in the work of SANHA.

Thousands have benefited from his various discourses on Islam.

See competition / giveaway section for book by Moulana Yunus Patel click here

Contact: maulana@yunuspatel.co.za


Salaams. It took a heart attack on Sunday 23 May to make me stop smoking.


The destructive force of smoking can never be underestimated. A two year old child is addicted to smoking 40 cigarettes a day. Click here to view

Jazakallah so much for my prize I am very grateful, my granddaughter loves the book.

S.F Johannesburg


Forthcoming Events

18-20 June 2010
East Africa International Trade Exhibition
Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

Diamond Jubilee Hall
Organizers: Afrotrade
Tel: +971-50-4756220

21 -22 June 2010
The 5th World Halaal Forum

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Contact: World Halal Forum Secretariat
Tel: +603 6203 1025
Fax: +603 6203 4072
Email: info@worldhalalforum.org

22 June 2010
The Retail Bulletin’s Customer Loyalty Conference
London, UK

Cavendish Conference Centre
Organizers: the Retail bulletin
Contact: Ian Sprange
Tel: 0044-01737-64-7100
Email: ians@theretailbulletin.com

23-25 June 2010
Consumer Goods Forum
London, UK

The Queen Elizabeth II Conference centre
Organizers: CIES
Tel: +33 1 44 69 84 91

30 June – 4 July 2010
Bangkok, Thailand

IMPACT Challenger
Organizers: Koelnmesse
Contact: Rabita Jamal
Tel: + 65 6500 6732
Fax: + 65 6294 8403
Email: r.jamal@koelnmesse.com.sg

Trade Opportunities

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


A treasured resource of Pakistan and a tribute to the quest for excellence in food.

A Dairy market leader with an obsessive passion for hygiene and packaging, it is famed for its standardized and homogenized UHT milk, skim milk and pure juices.

Catering for different pallets with innovations such as Haleeb Labban (delicious traditional lassi) cardamom flavoured tea whitener, they are already exporting to South Korea, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

They hold HACCP, ISO 9002, ISO 14000 and the SANHA Halaal mark of certification.

For opportunities contact

Tel: +92 (42) 111 135 135
Fax: +92 (42) 759 0376
Email: info@haleebfoods.com



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

Acetic Acid

A clear, colourless organic acid with a distinctive pungent odour, used as a solvent and in the manufacture of rubber, plastics, acetate fibers, pharmaceuticals, and photographic chemicals. It is the principal component of vinegar which is used in cooking, as a preservative and flavouring agent in foods such as mayonnaise and pickles. The strength of acetic acid varies considerably with each type of vinegar. The level required in table vinegar ranges from 4 to 8 percent and up to18 percent for pickling. White vinegar is often used as a household cleaning agent. Because it is acidic, it can dissolve mineral deposits from glass, coffee makers and other smooth surfaces.

Vinegar has been made and used by people for thousands of years. Traces of it have been found in Egyptian urns dating from around 3000 BC. Evidence shows that it was in use in China during the Xia Dynasty, around 2000 BC. In the 8th century, Muslim alchemist Jabir Ibn Hayyan (Geber) was the first to concentrate acetic acid from vinegar through distillation. See Know Islam column.

SANHA accepts all vinegars including cider vinegars, herb vinegars, rice vinegar, cane vinegar etc. to be Halaal unless there is added non-Halaal ingredient which would alter the products Halaal status. Even wine vinegars are permitted since the Jurists of Islamic Law have established in the Light of Prophetic traditions that the changes and transformation through the process of oxidation renders the product acceptable.

For related reading on Balsamic vinegar click here:


Health and Beauty

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


A sound blast from a vuvuzela from 2 meters away measures 131 decibels, the equivalent to standing 100m away from a jet taking off. This far exceeds the 85 decibels threshold regarded as potentially dangerous for the nerve cells in the ear. A more than twenty minutes exposure to excessive sound of this level on a prolonged basis can cause headache, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and short term hearing loss according to audiologists.

Ensure that you and especially children are equipped with good quality ear plugs to withstand the cacophony of the vuvuzela.

Raising the team spirit while lowering your hearing is playing the man not the ball. HEAR! HEAR!


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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