South African National Halaal Authority
August 2010: Sha'ban 1431

No. 55

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



Ramadaan, the most important month of our calendar is a tremendous gift from Allah to uplift and empower muslims. The most important message of Ramadaan is that we are not just body but body and soul. And that's what makes us human beings and that determines our value as human beings is the soul and not the body. During Ramadaan we deprive the body to uplift the soul. Ramadaan liberates us from all of this. Taking a break from the endless and futile pursuit of happiness in sensory pleasures helps to rediscover our inner self that has been buried deep under it. Devoting our time to the reading of the Qur'an, to extra prayers and supplications to Allah allow us to reflect and review the direction of our lives and establish priorities.

And amongst His innumerable blessings is that our bodies automatically receive a wealth of physical health benefits while we spiritually uplift our soul.

Rest and Rejuvenation
The entire digestive tract from the mouth down the stomach, liver, pancreas and intestines is at rest during the fast. Organs rested this way have time to repair and renew themselves for sustained work with renewed vigour.

The food we consume gives us life-sustaining nutrition as well as toxic by-products which are excreted in urine, stool and sweat. The detoxification process is undertaken by the liver which has ample time to catch up with its pending work during the hours of fasting.

Prevention of cell choking
Each cell in the body is a chemical factory. By the constant supply of digested products, the cell gets ‘choked’, and fasting gives it ample time to clear pending work.

Weight loss
Fasting leads to modest weight loss which results in a host of benefits like improvement in blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep, atherosclerosis, heart diseases, lung diseases, obesity, digestive disorders, fatty liver, infertility and prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

However, these benefits only come to those who adhere to their fasts the way it has been laid out in the Noble Qu’ran and Ahadith (Prophetic traditions) and not to those who fast all day and feast all night, as fasting in Ramadaan has widely become prevalent these days. Islam’s prescription of month-long fasting if done correctly, can act as an insurance against the obesity pandemic overtaking our society.

Tuning and Toning
During fasting, every day the glycogen storage in the liver gets depleted during the day and replenished in the night. Similarly, the dormant fat in the body cells gets renewed. This dormant fat is committed into active participation of energy generation.

Mental acuity and stamina
Fasting also improves mental acuity as well as increasing the physical and mental stamina of the fasting person. The more athletes practice, the more stamina they acquire. Fasting works the same way; making the body get used to working without the instant gratification provided by food and drink.

Doctor’s advice
Kindly break your fast with some dates, fruit and juice for instant energy, drink water and take a small, bland and easily digestible meal like porridge. Take your usual night meal and do not make your Sehri (pre dawn meal) too heavy or too light. Make sure to drink water at regular intervals. (Dr Ashraf Ali)

We wish all our readers, friends, certified plants, staff members, associates and Muslims the world over, a fulfilling Ramadaan of prayer, peace and contentment.

Ramadaan Mubarak


The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

SANZAF - An organization formed to carry out a religious commandment

Established in 1974, SANZAF with 32 offices in 7 Provinces is one of the major National NGO’s in social welfare that reaches out to the poor, needy and destitute. SANZAF is a non-profit organisation (NPO) bearing the number 007-160, and is also registered as a tax exempt Public Benefit Organisation (PBO NO: 930001714) with the South African Revenue Services (SARS). As such, the organisation is authorised to issues s18A tax certificates that donors may use to save on their annual income tax returns.

Zakah is compulsory alms that Muslims are divinely commanded to pay to the needy - an amount of at least 2.5% on their accumulated excess wealth and certain classes of assets. In this regard, SANZAF's core activity is to assist Muslims in the effective collection and distribution of this religious obligation. Zakah is the third of five important pillars in Islam.

After more than three decades of selfless social services to South African communities, many have lauded SANZAF'’s poverty alleviation, empowerment, and upliftment initiatives. In 2007 SANZAF received the coveted FNB Islamic Finance “Community Organisation Of The Year” award in recognition of its work in the community.

Today as an initiative to break the cycle of poverty, the organization has shifted focus from its "handout approach" of the early years of merely putting out the so called fires of poverty to a developmental and empowerment approach by ploughing more funds into human resource development through its various projects and programmes.

SANZAF undertakes many activities, some of which includes :-

• Holistic welfare related services incorporating our FARD project.

• As its skills development initiative, it has classes for entrepreneurial development, in-house computer centre for specialist IT training, sewing/dress making, specialist cooking & chefs course etc..

• Providing educational opportunities via its bursary project (SANMBF).

• Is the counterpart organization to the Islamic Development Bank's loan scholarship programme in Southern Africa.

• The Student Development Programme is funded by the IDB Scholarship Trust. It provides specialist tuition to previously disadvantaged students in grades eleven & twelve so that they can acquire suitable grades to enter tertiary institutions.

• Facilitating the Muslim Feeding Scheme (MFS): Provides 20 000 hot meals monthly in Durban and surrounding areas to the poor.

• Is a founder member of the Muslim Prison Board (MPB) in KZN.

• Conducting literacy classes to benefit the illiterate in the community.

• Aiming to assist Muslim children of indigent families to further their Islamic education.

• Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), endeavours to assist those afflicted by disaster locally and internationally.

• Operation Qurbani & Zabah: On behalf of those who may possess the means but no facilities to undertake their sacrifices. SANZAF also undertakes to distribute the Qurbani meat to the poor.

• Operation Fitrah, forms an integral part of SANZAF's Ramadaan programme, to ensure that needy Muslim families have sufficient recources for the day of Eid.

Undoubtedly, SANZAF is a friend of the poor and needy that has won the confidence of the Ummah. It also networks with many organizations in the spirit of brotherhood. Indeed, as a proudly South African organization SANZAF supports the endeavours of SANHA. May you grow from strength to strength, Ameen.

Contact details

Tel: +27 [0] 31 3096 786 +27 [0]313096447/57
Fax +27 [0] 31 3096 512
Cell +27 [0] 83 787 7861 or +27 [0] 828528038
e-mail: ndir@sanzaf.org.za or dbn@sanzaf.org.za www.sanzaf.org.za

For a free booklet on Zakah please send your request with your postal details to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za


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

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:

“Seek (Learn) the recitation of the Quraan from four persons – Abdullah bin Masud, Saalim the freed-slave of Abu Huzayfah, Ubayy bin Kab and Muaaz bin Jabal.” [Muslim]

Comment: The Hadith further adds to our understanding of the status of Muaaz radiyallahu anhu, the most learned of the Ummah concerning matters of Halaal and Haraam. We also understand from this the importance of knowledge of the Quraan in determining and establishing what is Lawful and unlawful.



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.

Brother Hanif Manjoo has made available 29 recipes for Ramadaan for our dear readers. Jazakumullah Khairan.

Simply send your request to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and we will forward it to you.

From the 29 we have selected:



4 potatoes
½ cup grated cheese
2 cups frozen corn or 1 tin corn
1 small cup fresh cream
1 tsp ground green chillies
1 sliced onion
1 tsp cumin (jeeroo)
1 tbsp ghee
salt and pepper to taste


- Cube and boil potatoes
- Mix potatoes with the rest of the ingredients
- Sauté 1 sliced onion until light brown in 1 tbsp ghee and 1 tsp cumin (jeroo)
- Mix this in the corn mixture.
- Set in a casserole dish. Spread a little grated cheese on top.
- Bake on 180 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.

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, bread being the most basic.

Indian: Chapati – thin, flat cake of unleavened whole meal bread

Indian: Naan – leavened bread, usually cooked in a clay oven

Middle Easter: Pita – flat, unleavened bread

Spanish and Latin American: Tortilla – thin maize-meal pancake, usually served hot with a savoury filling.



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:


Our story for today is one of the government members who is in discussion with an entrepreneur who is desperate to win a huge contract. He offers to buy the official a top of the range sports car. The official was indignant and told the entrepreneur in no uncertain terms that decency and dedication to duty for him would preclude him from accepting such a gift and felt insulted that he was being offered something for free. He believed that if he wanted anything he would buy it and gladly pay for it. The entrepreneur immediately changed his approach. He apologised to the official and said “I am sorry, I understand and it won’t happen again.” He said sir, may I offer you a 2010 model sports car for R100? “Yes, that’s fine” said the official, “at that price I will take two.”

Conceived and presented on Radio Islam by our humorist every Monday morning after the 8:00 am news.

Catch it weekly on audio streaming http://radioislam.ndstream.net/





Beware the risk of consuming Haraam at some instore taste demonstrations as some Muslim consumers were unfortunately subjected to at a chain supermarket in a major shopping mall recently.

Exercise extreme caution due to the possibility of usage of Haraam ingredients or contamination in preparation, storage etc. This includes non-meat products too.

Golden rule: When in doubt, leave it out!

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: Ahmad Mapira

Marital status: Married with 3 Children

Education: MSCE (Matric) (Blantyre Islamic Mission Malawi) Aalim (Blantyre Islamic Mission Malawi) & Diploma PC Engineering (Intec College SA)

Other Interests: Debating, reading and sports

Services: Daw’ah & social services

Position: Assistant Admin Clerk. Durban Office

Key Responsibility: Mailing, Filing & Administration

Message: Don’t oppress the weak you will be oppressed by those who are more powerful.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Sundown - take down

Breakfast Jeddah

Breaking fast, Jeddah 2009



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

The African Perception of Allah - The Zulus

Notwithstanding Africa’s diversity of tribes, cultural patterns and the legacy of colonialism, most of the Continent still holds true the concept of Monotheism.

The perception of Allah as the Creator and only Supreme being worthy of worship is illustrated in African traditional names.

The Zulus of South Africa, a nation of 11 million people with a proud military history use the attribute “Umdali” meaning the Creator. Their traditional name for Allah is “Umvelinqangi” which means “He who brings that which is not there until He creates it”



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




Q - Is lunch bar chocolate Halaal?

A- Cadbury Lunch Bar have changed their Tartaric Acid to a Halaal variant since last year. Accordingly, the product is now deemed Halaal suitable. The ‘Best Before Date’ on the packaging should be 1st July 2010 and beyond.

Q- Is the Fruitime juice range Halaal suitable? When it comes to fruit juices that show on label "100% pure fruit juice/blend" is it in this case Halaal suitable?

A – 1. In terms of information at our disposal Fruitime Juice is Halaal suitable.

2. a) 100% pure fruit juice is Halaal suitable as long as the grape / apple base concentrate is approved as Halaal.

2. b) In the case of fruit juice blends, we have come across many instances where

Flavourants are a critical area in terms of Halaal suitability as the use of liquor / liquor extracts in flavourants are common place. We therefore advise that consumers be circumspect in this regard.


IUFOST 2010 - World First Iftaar and Taraweeh for delegates

Muslim delegates to the 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology taking place in Cape Town on 22-26/8/2010 will be able to break their fast and perform Taraweeh with the local Muslim community.

The event which will be the biggest food related event ever held in South Africa has already registered over 1500 delegates from 73 countries and some 200 papers have been prepared.

SANHA as the country’s premier certifying authority has been invited to present a paper on Halaal and science and is facilitating the breaking of the fast for the Muslim delegates.

For details on IUFOST info@iufost2010.org.za


SANHA certifies over 1100 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:

* Pappa's Kitchen, Corner Mint & Main Road, Fordsburg - Restaurant

* Wesmelk Melkery, The Grange, Setlagole - Dairy

* Cubbs Foods, 650 Jamestown Street, Elarduspark - Party Dips

* Crazee Foods, 8 Bates Avenue, Marburg, Port Shepstone, KwaZulu Natal - Snacks

* Gauchix, Plot 21, 2nd Street, Spaarwater, Heidelberg - Poultry Abattoir

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


Bulletin 54/55 Competition

Fancy getting the taste sensation of a platter of ¼ chicken and chips at Durban’s newest secret by the sea the Sunkist?

Then answer the following simple questions and 15 lucky entrants will be winners:

1. Name the venue that the Africa Big 7 Exhibition was held at?

2. How many people can be accommodated at Sunkist?

The prize is not redeemable for cash or for other items on the menu.

See Bulletin 54 Tell us and we’ll tell the world

Competition deadline date: 10/8/2010

Send your answer to

Giveaway 1 – Ramadaan Health Guide Slide Presentation

A comprehensive guide encompassing all aspects of Ramaadan from spirituality, to physical health.

To Download click here or send your request to


Sanzaf’s unique zakah calculator. Designed by experts to help you calculate your zakat obligations easily and accurately.

To download click here or send your request to

Also see organizational profile for Sanzaf click here



Bridging the gap between the ridiculously simple brief of a feta in the right taste, quality and quantity without brine to the final product, Fairview feta’s latest fare has surpassed all expectations.

Developed over 6 months by cheese maker Bruce Rowbotham, and using the latest technology the new feta is a firm brineless variety made from 100% jersey cow’s milk sourced from a single herd in the Boland.

In a convenient 100g and 200g size thermoform pack, this is one fantastic feta that will top the flavour of the “submarine salt saturated tub variety”

Fairview cheeses are proudly certified Halaal by SANHA.

For trade enquiries: email: info@fairview.co.za
Tel: +27 21 863 3959


Salaam. Thank you for your call and your support, We appreciate it very much. The Quit Line Number is 011 720 3145.

Dr Y.S (National Council Against Smoking)

For information on smoking that was sent to the Council click here

Great service – keep it up – our Ummah needs this.



Forthcoming Events

3-4 August 2010
Macadams Bakery and Food service open days
Cape Town

New Macadams Business Park
Organizers: macadams
Contact: Bronwyn Swart
Tel: 021-907 1000
Email: bswart@macadams.co.za

5-9 August 2010

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers: Decorex SA
Contact: Penni Will
Tel: 011 549 8534

6-8 August 2010
Food and Technology expo
New Delhi

Expo Centre
Organizers: NNS Events & Exhibitions Pvt.Ltd
Tel : +91 11 46867500
Email: info@foodandtechnologyexpo.com

12-16 August 2010
Hong Kong Food Expo
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Organisers: HKTDC
Tel: 011 322 4583
Email: Conrad.hendry@tdc.com

12-14 August 2010
Hong kong International Tea Fair
Hong Kong

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Organisers: HKTDC
Tel: 011 322 4583
Email: Conrad.hendry@tdc.com

14 August 2010

AMAL Free consultation day

For details click here

22-26 August 2010
IUFoST 2010 – 15 World Congress of Food, Science and Technology
Cape Town

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Organizers: SAAFost
Contact: info@iufost2010.org.za

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.


Don’t wait for the opportunity to knock at your door. Get up and seize it.

At the meeting place of Europe and Asia, visit the Halaal and Healthy product fair in Istanbul between 30th September and 3rd October 2010.

It congregates the largest number of halal industry players and entrepreneurs for the sourcing & selling of global quality halal consumables, products & services. From pastries & dairy food, baby food & bottled water, food processing equipment to storage systems.

Who knows, you may come back with products and innovations ahead of your competitors.

For more information contact CNR Ekspo Trade Fairs
Yesilkoy Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +(90)(212) 4657474/4652149



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

Baking goods

Ingredients play a vital role in baking. Whilst some may be decorative such as colourings and confections, others such as raising and thickening agents are unobtrusive.


This substance is scientifically named Potassium bitartrate also known as Potassium hydrogen tartrate is a by product of wine making from the juice of grapes.

Used for many culinary purposes apart from baking where it reacts with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide to leaven batters.

It is also used in stabilizing egg whites, reducing discoloration of boiled vegetables, in preventing sugar syrups from crystallizing and in sodium free salt substitutes.


Health and Beauty

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

Natural Tips for Shiny Hair

Sun, wind, saltwater, pollution and chemicals are just some of the shine-depleting elements your hair may be subjected to on a daily basis. They can strip your hair of its natural oils and create build-up leaving it dull and lifeless.

Turn to natural methods and avoid those expensive products and treatments. Mother Nature has the solution to put the bounce back into your hair.

The Alluring Avocado
Mash an avocado (one avocado for short hair, two for long) in a bowl until it forms a thick paste. Spread the paste on your hair from root to tip and leave on for 20 minutes. Shampoo and rinse. Avocados are high in fatty acids and nutrients. Feed your hair!

Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of water and use as a hair rinse after your regular shampoo. Rich in alpha-hydroxy acids, apple cider vinegar helps break down residue build-up leaving your hair soft and full of shine. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and it will be shining in no time.

Source : Laci Chiodo


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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