- GIFT OF HEALTH
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
wish all our readers, friends, certified
plants, staff members, associates and
Muslims the world over, a fulfilling Ramadaan
of prayer, peace and contentment.
Story of our Beginning, the Present and
- An organization formed to carry out a
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
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
Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), endeavours
to assist those afflicted by disaster locally
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.
Tel: +27  31 3096 786 +27 313096447/57
Fax +27  31 3096 512
Cell +27  83 787 7861 or +27  828528038
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
a free booklet on Zakah please send your
request with your postal details to firstname.lastname@example.org
and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad
peace be upon him)
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
(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.”
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.
and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet
connoisseurs, contributors and also from
kitchens of our certified plants for your
the information and make up your own collection
of winning recipes.
Hanif Manjoo has made available 29 recipes
for Ramadaan for our dear readers. Jazakumullah
send your request to email@example.com
and we will forward it to you.
the 29 we have selected:
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
you have a recipe to share with the readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org
and who knows, you could be our "guest chef"
for a future edition of the e-Bulletin.
"bites" to whet the appetite
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
Naan – leavened bread, usually cooked
in a clay oven
Middle Easter: Pita –
flat, unleavened bread
and Latin American: Tortilla
– thin maize-meal pancake, usually
served hot with a savoury filling.
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.”
and presented on Radio Islam by our humorist
every Monday morning after the 8:00 am
it weekly on audio streaming
OF HARAAM AT
IN-STORE TASTE DEMOS
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
extreme caution due to the possibility of usage
of Haraam ingredients or contamination in preparation,
storage etc. This includes non-meat products too.
rule: When in doubt, leave it out!
queries pertaining to the above or any other aspects
of Halaal may be referred to our offices.
Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111
who in the world of Halaal
Marital status: Married
with 3 Children
Education: MSCE (Matric)
(Blantyre Islamic Mission Malawi) Aalim
(Blantyre Islamic Mission Malawi) &
Diploma PC Engineering (Intec College SA)
Interests: Debating, reading and
& social services
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.
the picture - it's worth a thousand words
- take down
fast, Jeddah 2009
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
Notwithstanding Africa’s diversity of
tribes, cultural patterns and the legacy of
colonialism, most of the Continent still holds
true the concept of Monotheism.
perception of Allah as the Creator and only
Supreme being worthy of worship is illustrated
in African traditional names.
Zulus of South Africa, a nation of 11 million
people with a proud military history use the
meaning the Creator. Their traditional name
for Allah is “Umvelinqangi”
which means “He who brings
that which is not there until He creates it”
HALAAL SUPERVISORS FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING FACILITY
Monitoring & supervising,
• Oversee receiving, processing, storage
• Halaal Programme Management.
• Compilation of weekly reports.
• Following up on corrective measures.
• Sound Deeni Reputation.
• Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/Haraam.
• Good Communication Skills.
• References essential.
Forward CV to FAX: 031-207 5793
- Is lunch bar chocolate Halaal?
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.
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?
– 1. In terms of information
at our disposal Fruitime Juice is
2. a) 100% pure fruit juice is Halaal
suitable as long as the grape /
apple base concentrate is approved
2. b) In the case of fruit juice
blends, we have come across many
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
2010 - World First Iftaar and Taraweeh
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
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.
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.
details on IUFOST email@example.com
certifies over 1100 establishments
ranging from large multi-nationals
to many proudly South African
enterprises including cottage
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
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
a detailed list of SANHA
certified establishments and
other queries, please email
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
The prize is not redeemable
for cash or for other items on
See Bulletin 54 Tell
us and we’ll tell the world
Competition deadline date:
Send your answer to
1 – Ramadaan Health Guide
comprehensive guide encompassing
all aspects of Ramaadan from spirituality,
to physical health.
To Download click
here or send your request
2 – ZAKAH CALCULATOR
unique zakah calculator. Designed
by experts to help you calculate
your zakat obligations easily
To download click
here or send your request
see organizational profile for
Sanzaf click here
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.
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.
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”
cheeses are proudly certified Halaal by
trade enquiries: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +27 21 863 3959
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Thank you for your call and your
support, We appreciate it very
much. The Quit Line Number is
011 720 3145.
Y.S (National Council Against
information on smoking that was
sent to the Council click
Great service – keep it
up – our Ummah needs this.
Macadams Bakery and Food service
Macadams Business Park
Contact: Bronwyn Swart
Tel: 021-907 1000
Organizers: Decorex SA
Contact: Penni Will
Tel: 011 549 8534
Food and Technology expo
Organizers: NNS Events &
Tel : +91 11 46867500
Hong Kong Food Expo
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Tel: 011 322 4583
Hong kong International Tea
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Tel: 011 322 4583
Free consultation day
IUFoST 2010 – 15 World
Congress of Food, Science and
Town International Convention
but let there be amongst you traffic
and trade by mutual goodwill”
Noble Quran Chapter
4 Verse 29
introductory service to foster
trade. Please undertake your own
checks as SANHA
cannot warrant nor take responsibility
on any transactions.
wait for the opportunity to knock
at your door. Get up and seize
the meeting place of Europe and
Asia, visit the Halaal
and Healthy product fair
in Istanbul between 30th
September and 3rd October 2010.
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.
knows, you may come back with
products and innovations ahead
of your competitors.
more information contact CNR Ekspo
Yesilkoy Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +(90)(212) 4657474/4652149
discovery column of spectacular
spice, fabulous fruit, incredible
ingredient, vital vegetable, marvelous
mineral and vibrant vitamin.
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.
substance is scientifically named
Potassium bitartrate also known
as Potassium hydrogen tartrate
is a by product of wine making
from the juice of grapes.
for many culinary purposes apart
from baking where it reacts with
baking soda to produce carbon
dioxide to leaven batters.
is also used in stabilizing egg
whites, reducing discoloration
of boiled vegetables, in preventing
sugar syrups from crystallizing
and in sodium free salt substitutes.
good - feel good. Tips for
a sound mind in a sound
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.
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
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.
: Laci Chiodo