South African National Halaal Authority
November 2010: Thul Hijjah 1431

No. 58

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


“O Mankind listen to me”

One thousand four hundred and twenty one years ago, a man sitting atop a camel in the burning heat the Arabian desert delivered a sermon to the multitude gathered there. It was no ordinary sermon by no ordinary man for its effect was to reverberate to the far flung corners of the of the world with the adherents of that religion numbering more than 1,5 billion of every hue, colour, creed, kind, nationality, living in almost every country of the planet today.

It was a momentous farewell address by the Final Messenger to Mankind, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was a miracle of elocution and compelling power delivered with conviction and its message enshrined virtue, piety, modesty and brotherhood of man. In fact it was 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.

For a summarised translation of the farewell sermon, click here

A video narration can also be viewed on:


As an article of faith, Muslims have to consume food that is Halaal. As per the latest research the total size of the global Halaal food market is worth about US$632 Billion per year. Through out the world people, including non-Muslims, are shifting to Halaal products due to health, purity and hygiene, ultimately making Halaal a lifestyle choice. SANHA’s mission accords with the providing of services to meet this need.

However, of late, non-Muslim producers who cater for the needs of the Muslim community have been targeted by religious extremists. Islam is a religion of moderation and we deplore and reject extremism from wherever it emanates, be it by Muslims or non-Muslims. Today, on the eve of the assembly of Hajj culminating with the Festival of Sacrifice, i.e. Eid ul Adha, more than ever, in a world awash with rivers of blind prejudices and uncalled for splits and rivalry, the Divine Message must serve as a purging torrent of spiritual enlightenment and unity.

In keeping with the spirit of the message, our prayers are for all our certified plants, member organisations, associates, well wishers, staff, families and friends, Muslim brothers and sisters and our critics, to have a peaceful and joyous Eid ul Adha.



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

Verulam Madressa Koovathe Islam

At the turn of the last century with the arrival of Muslims from the Indian subcontinent as labourers and merchants in the then British colony of South Africa, a need for Islamic education arose.

The Muslims of Verulam took up the challenge and formed the Verulam Young Muslim Society in 1917. One year later madrasah education was provided at a home. The Verulam Madressa Koovathe Islam organisation was formed and tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the educational needs.

The society with its dedicated officials pursued their task over the decades with vigour and adapted to the challenges faced by the community for secular education as well. Amongst the momentous decisions and achievements was the establishing of the school in 1955 and achieving a state-aided Indian school status in 1962. The Apartheid laws prevented the community from offering education to any other population group except Indians.

Today by the grace of Allah Almighty the school has its own premises with 23 classrooms, 2 specialized hifz classes and a multipurpose hall. It caters for 550 learners ranging from pre-school to matric with an emphasis on Islamic ethos.

The most striking feature of the school is that 65% of its learners are from the indigent population and their fees are fully subsidized by the society from their fund raising activities.

The latest project of the school is the replacement of the prefabricated preschool classroom with a new modern building.

The organization and its achievement is a fitting tribute to the founding members who in 1917 desired to provide sound education to their fellow human beings. May Allah Almighty be pleased with them.

To know more or to visit the institution contact

Brother CAL Hoosen
Tel: +27 (0) 32 533 1756
Fax: +27 (0)32 5331256
Mobile: +27 (0)82 8700619
Address: P.O. Box 544 / Verulam 4340



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

Ummu Salamah radiyallahu anha narrates that Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, "When you see the new moon of Zul Hijjah, and intend to slaughter, then refrain from (trimming) your hair and nails." [Muslim, Kitaabul Adaahi]

Commentary: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has advised that those who will be slaughtering for Id al-Adha, should refrain from cutting their hair and nails from the sighting of the moon of Zul Hijjah until the slaughter. The benefit of this practise is that the rest of the Ummah experiences an aspect of the Ihraam state of the Hujjaj. Of course this is not compulsory as Ihraam is, nor is there a penalty upon those who would cut their hair and nails, as there would be for the Hujjaj.

The slaughter thus entails a financial sacrifice, an emotional sacrifice (especially in the past when even city-folk would rear the animal for several months and develop an emotional attachment to it) as well as a bodily sacrifice.

The narrator of this Hadith is our Mother, the honoured wife of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Hind bint Abi Umayyah, nicknamed Mother of Salamah. This is a reminder that our sisters too bear a responsibility in their own capacities to uplift and spread this Deen.



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.


Meat is the focal point of the Braai (BBQ) and as the host you are “steaking” your reputation on it. Choosing fine cuts of meats and using the proven marinade recipe of the Mothers Committee of the Reservoir Hills Madressa of Durban, will zoom you to the top of the pops with your guests.


2 kg meat
1 1/2 packet Knorr meat marinade
1 cup Knorr meat marinade sauce
1 1/2 tsp barbecue spice
1 1/2 tsp steak and chops spice
1 tsp mustard powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp red chillie powder
1 tsp ginger garlic
3/4 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice


Mix above ingredients together
Marinate steak in marinade 1 hour before braaing
Chops can be marinated a few hours before braaing.

The Knorr range of marinade products, sauces, soups, pastas, noodles and spices are certified Halaal by SANHA. Look out for our logo.

See competition section for a chance to win the Braai Boss Braai Pan (click here)

Do you have a recipe to share?

Send in your recipes to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and see it on our soon to be established recipe column on the net.

We'll publish - you'll get the credit!




Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


Award for Darul Ihsan Islamic Services Centre

An executive member of SANHA, they scooped the Islamic Finance 2010 Business Award in the Corporate Social Investments category.

No doubt its leadership role in KZN as an Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians) organization with its multi pronged approach is yielding results and appreciated by donors and the public.

For details go to http://www.darulihsan.com



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:

The Boy from Hamilton with apologies to our Kiwi friends.

On the first day of primary school the teacher asks everyone to count to 30. Some count as high as 10 or 15 others can’t get past 20, but Farouk counts up to 30 without making any mistakes. When he tells his Dad how well he did, his dad says, “that’s because you are from Hamilton, my son.”

The next day, the teacher asks everyone to recite the alphabet. Most can only make it halfway through without trouble, but Farouk rattles off the letters perfectly. When he brags to his dad about how he did, his Dad explains, “that’s because you are from Hamilton, son.”

The next day the teacher takes the kids out on the field for sports and activities. Whilst most of them are nervous and hesitant, Farouk excels. He runs faster, jumps higher, does the haka stronger and kicks the rugby ball further than the others. That night he boasts, “Dad, I am the strongest in my class. Is it because I am from Hamilton?
“No, son,” explains his dad. “it’s because you are 22”

Conceived and presented on Radio Islam by our humourist every Monday morning after the 8:00 am news. Catch it on audio streaming http://radioislam.ndstream.net

Please feel free to download and use as you like. The courtesy of an acknowledgement will be appreciated if you intend posting and/or republishing.






Ann: 017/10.10

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

SANHA Halaal Helpline: 0861 786 111


Ham Flavoured
Cream Cheese

has erroneously appended the SANHA logo on packaging material.

Although the flavour is synthetic and does not contain Ham, SANHA does not allow its logo on products with Haraam connotation.

Kindly Exercise Restraint!!!

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

SANHA Halaal Help Line: 0861 786 111

Ann 019/11.10



Who's Who in the world of Halaal

Name : Maulana Kassim Hussein Akili

Marital Status : Married

Education : Hafiz ul Quraan – Darul Uloom Azaadville
Alim – Darul Uloom Azaadville

Other Interests : Reading, Sports and Wildlife Adventure

Position : SANHA inspector, Gauteng office

Key Responsibility : Inspections of certified plants and assisting with office administration

Message : Always remain humble, it will only increase you in honour.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words


Saudi Train
170,000 passengers expected to use the train during the Hajj this year.
When completed it will transport 2 million pilgrims.




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

When Scriptures of three of the world’s major religions have embedded in them a common concept of the ultimate sacrifice of a son by his father for the pleasure of God Almighty, then it becomes incumbent for cousins to understand its significance and importance.

Click here for the article that we have produced on this subject.



A column of positions vacant at SANHA and its family of certified establishments.

Vacancy - Halaal Supervisors

Required for Retail Bakery Outlet
(Amanzimtoti and Bluff areas)


* Responsible for the Halaal Programme which includes in the main:

  • Monitor hygiene requirements
  • Production supervision
  • Stock control and monitoring of Halaal items and critical areas
  • Other allocated tasks

* Regular reporting to the SANHA office
* Follow up corrective measures


  • Experience in the food service field an advantage
  • Sound Deeni (Islamic) reputation
  • Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam
  • Matriculant preferred
  • Traceable references
  • Salary negotiable

Training provided

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices
Email Only: sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za
Fax: 031 207 5793


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

PS: SANHA establishments: send your vacancies to




Q. Could you please tell me if Steers 1000 Island Sauces are Halaal, as I have seen the E-number E270 as an ingredient. I have seen a list stating E270 contains pig fat. Please clarify?

A. Kindly note that the Steers range of sauces are certified Halaal by SANHA. E 270 (Lactic Acid) is a Halaal ingredient. It does not contain pig fat.

Q. Is bioplus and turbovite available in sachets at the pharmacies permissible to use?

A. In terms of information at our disposal

• Bioplus syrup contains a high dosage of alcohol and should not be taken.

• Turbovite Whizz Fizz is Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.

Q. Which jelly is suitable to have?

A. The following Jelly manufacturers are certified Halaal by SANHA:

1) Gourmet Provisions - 021 975 1950
2) Saucalitos - 011 452 3300
3) Simply Delish - 082 901 3335
4) Sundew Food Man - 011 854 5845
5) Tekweni Food - 031 701 3604
6) Star Products – 031 569 2025
7) Chipkins – 011 201 9400


1st Global Halal Congress - December 4, 2010, Karachi - Pakistan

Halal Development Council is organizing the 1st Global Halal Congress in Pakistan with the theme ‘Discover Pakistan’s Halal Potential’. The Halal Congress is an International conference to introduce Pakistan to the leading Halal industry experts, global Halal agenda promoters and international Halal certifiers.

SANHA who was the first to provide Halaal certification services in Pakistan will be among the more than 30 renowned scholars, scientists & Halal authorities from 20+ destinations (including Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, Mauritius, Malawi, Turkey, Iran, Australia, Switzerland, USA, UK, Brazil, Poland, Italy, France, Germany & Bosnia) to participate in the congress.

The Congress will enable business professionals from banking, insurance, food and beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, tourism, logistics, and packaging to identify the investment, joint venture and trading opportunities in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s strength is a 100% Halal production capacity base being from a Muslim country, with over 170 million consumers within Pakistan and a direct access to a grand total of 470 million Halal consumers in Afghanistan, Central Asia & Middle East.

Halal Development Council (HDC) is an NGO located in Karachi, in Pakistan dedicated to the development of Halal Economy.

For more details please write to secretariat@globalhalalcongress.com

To download the Congress brochure click here


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:

* Pizza News, 43 Mint Road, Fordsburg, Gauteng - Restaurant

* Rabe Boerdery, Plot 151, Plaas Foch, Fochville, North West - Egg Pulp

* Summerberg Farms, 19 Holding Road, Benoni Orchards, Gauteng - Fruit & Veg

* Turquaz Food, 16 Lathe Street, Ext 2, Amalgam, Johannesburg - Snacks-Candy/Chocolate

* Bay-Leaf Restaurant, Shop 2, Mint Road, Fordsburg, Gauteng - Restaurant

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


Bulletin Competition 57/58



Get the sizzle and get the steak.

Stainless steel construction now with removable legs for easy storage. Large 40cm grilling area.

3 Lucky readers can each win one.

Simply answer the following questions:

1. Name any 3 formal members of SANHA.

2. What size is the Braai Boss's grilling area?

3. Which SANHA office would you like to collect your prize from?

Competition closing date:
24 November 2010

Only 3 Lucky readers will qualify!

Send your answers to



Only the second Halaal SPUR in KZN, this Muslim owned franchise outlet opened for diners this week with the legendary Spurs menu.

40 years in the making, this loved South African brand now has 237 outlets in South Africa, and further 28 international ones in UK, Australia, and Mauritius.

The new owners of Checotah Spur, Brothers Ashraf and Mohamed Paruk, are ready to welcome you to their 250 seater outlet for your family meals or corporate events.

Contact: 031 409 6803
Checotah Spur, Shop 34, The Ridge Mall, Shallcross Road, Chatsworth, Durban, KZN


The sponsor of the deluxe 40 cm Braai Boss stainless steel braai pan is one of South Africa's leading cookware manufacturers with a comprehensive range of aluminium and stainless steel cookware under the Oli & NMC Exquisite brands.

NMC's Oli Division manufactures: Aluminium pots, frying pans, stock pots and cater pots

NMC's Stainless Division manufactures: High Quality Stainless Steel Pots, Pan and Waterless Cookware, High Quality Stainless Steel Waterless Cookware

Franchise/distributorship offered in selected countries.

For more information visit www.nmcexquisite.com

NMC is the sponsor of our Win a Braai Boss Braai Pan - See Competition section


Jazakallahu khair for the editorial on halal gelatin. May Allah grant us the wisdom to use the advice in the editorial and to the writers of the editorial.

Mustafa Farouk, PhD.
Scientist - AgResearch Limited
Member- Fianz - The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand

Editor: See Smile Awhile section for “The boy from Hamilton”


Jazakallah for the feedback. Much appreciated!

May Allah protect us all from the ones who spread fitnah & slander.

Continue the good work.

(Feedback was on Nandos UK)


Forthcoming Events

14 November 2010
World Mamon Organization lunch – community upliftment last 100 years

Contact: Solly Suleman
Tel: +27 83 786 1119
Email: solly@sparkport.co.za

16 November 2010

Smart Procurement World 2010 Conference and Expo

Gallagher Convention Centre
Contact: Liam Morrison
Tel: 086 133 4326
Email: liam@smartprocurement.net


17 November 2010
Darul Yatama Wal Masakeen Qurbani Project
La Mercy

Click here for more details

19 November 2010

IMA Fundraising dinner

Click here for more details

20 November 2010
Baytul Nur programme with Zain Bhikha

Orient School Hall
Contact: Ayesha Variyawa
Tel: +27 (0) 31 209 7838
or +27 (0) 31 208 2468

24 November 2010
Own Label Show

Organizers: JI Events Limited
Contact: Jon Irwin
Tel: +44 (0) 207 193 7173

26 November 2010
Morning Seminar

Mount Edgecombe Country Club
Organizers: Labour Net
Contact: +27 (31) 502 2901
Email: durban@labournet.com or abhana@labournet.com

1 December 2010
China Sourcing Fair

Organizers: Global Sources
Gallagher Convention Centre
Tel: 0065 6547 2888
Email: service@globalsources.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.


The following enquirers are seeking to source products:

Food Products
Bulk Quantities of Fruit

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Click here for rates and viewing of back issues.

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


A bright yellow spice and colourant that is the root of Curcuma Longa. Its active ingredient is curcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. It has become the key ingredient for many Indian, Persian, Thai and Malay dishes. It is used in canned beverages and baked products, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, yellow cakes, orange juice, biscuits, popcorn color, sweets, cake icings, cereals, sauces etc.

It is is also used in folk medicine, cosmetics and for ceremonial purposes in some cultures.


Health and Beauty

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

Oil strike - Dangerous chemical changes

Experts agree that it's generally safe to use high-quality, fresh oil when frying. Vegetable oils are reactive substances that can undergo dangerous chemical changes when overused. "When cooking oils and fats are used over and over in frying processes, they start to break down to eventually form unhealthy products," says Prof Lodewyk Kock of the University of the Free State, South Africa. In some instances, varnish-like compounds can be formed. Consumption of this has been linked to growth problems, diarrhoea, heart disease, liver damage, enlargement of the liver, spleen, adrenal glands and cancer.

A study by the University of Minnesota also shows that in vegetable-based cooking oils that are heated or reheated for hours at a time, there is a build-up of a toxin linked to heart disease and neurological disorders.

Certain oils seem to be more suitable for frying than others. Olive oil, for example, is fairly stable at high temperatures, thanks to its high mono-unsaturated fatty acid content. Canola oil is another good one.

Tips for safe oil use

A simple indicator that oil may have been abused is its colour. Fresh oil has a clear, light yellowish colour whilst old, used oil has a dark mustardy brownish colour. Overused oil, besides being discoloured, also has a rancid taste.

In order to safeguard yourself against abused oils, keep the following in mind:

• Buy the best quality oil you can afford and only buy from reputable suppliers;

• Use only stainless-steel frying vessels;

• Maintain a frying temperature of 180 degrees Celsius or below;

• Soak raw chips in water and then dry them before frying to remove excess moisture, thus delaying the oxidation of oil;

• Filter oil after use to remove small pieces of food;

• Store oil in a closed container in a cool, dry place;

• Throw away oil if it is dark brown, tastes or smells unpleasant, or is stringy.

Source: Carine van Rooyen, Health 24


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

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