South African National Halaal Authority

e-Bulletin

Dhul Qa'dah  1427 No. 6

December 2006

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

Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial - How far will you go?

December is travel time.  With the onset of traditional school and business holidays, like migrating birds many a journey gets undertaken by us humans.  From local short hops to holiday resorts within ones own country to intercontinental travel locations, pilgrimages or exploring exotic destinations, people are on the move.

Unlike the bygone era of leisurely travel by rail or steamships which expended most of the vacation time getting to your destination, we live in the jet age of high speed travel and communication.  All praise is due to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala for giving man the ingenuity by which within hours of beginning a journey he is at his destination in a far-off land.

However, this advancement has not come without a price or drawbacks.  In the rush for technological progress, a largely secular world has relegated or ignored the spiritual needs of the Muslim traveller in terms of facilities for ablution, prayer and dietary requirements, all of which are fundamental to the faith.  There is also the current trend of long-drawn security checks and specific racial/cultural profiling of travellers which, despite denials by authorities, is a reality that affects Muslims more than anyone else and creates undue hardships and untold frustrations.

Where does that leave the Muslim traveller? What are the alternatives?  We are a global Ummah and it is our God-given right to travel the Universe in search of knowledge, for business, recreation and Da’wah.

In consultation with the official travel agent of SANHA, the Marathon Travel group, we have put together a travel advisory based on their experiences over seventeen years in the field of local and international travel.  They specialize in Hajj, Umrah and Middle East tours and have associate offices all over the world.

The advisory is in two parts. The first regarding procedure (see below). The second part dealing with food, on board as well as at your destination and other related issues will be published in the next Halaal Bulletin, Insha-Allah. 

It is by no means conclusive.  We invite readers to contribute to this advisory with their experiences and suggestions.

Happy travelling, May Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala make your journey  a safe one, Aameen.

Editor

Travel Advisory – Part 1

 1.       Advance Planning

Plan your trip well in advance to take advantage of best routes, fares and accommodation.  There is no substitute for knowledge and experience.  A reputable travel agent can save you money and unnecessary aggravation as many of them and their staff have undertaken the journey themselves. 

Where choices exist on destinations, a good travel agent can advise you on hotspots of prejudice and crime that can be avoided and recommend alternative destinations that are user-friendly to people of all religions.

Elders of the community are another source of valuable advice. 

 2.       Time – friend or foe

The management of your time and punctuality will determine whether it works in your favour or against you.  Be at the airport at least three hours before international flights and at least an hour prior to local flights to  facilitate smooth check-in procedures.

Another element to be factored in are the delays caused by the increase in vehicular traffic on the motorways and at the airports which has a knock-on effect to the check-in process.

 3.       Luggage on

In today’s world of mass manufacture, many of the luggages seen at airport carousels appear to be similar or identical.  For easy retrieval personalize your luggage with bold and unique identification markings that can be spotted from a distance.  Depending on the airline and your class of ticket, baggage allowance vary from 20kg to 30kg(note that a single piece of luggage may not exceed 32kg). Cabin bags are limited to 7kg and dimensions of  no more than 23cm wide, 52cm long and 40cm high.

Ensure that you adhere to the prescribed limits no matter how difficult or inconvenient it is.  Do not indulge in any unislamic actions such as offering  a "gift" in exchange of favours on extra weight.  Why set a bad example to your family members and discredit Islam with such unsavoury actions?  And to think that some of these journeys are at the beginning of a pilgrimage.

 4.       Security Checks

As mentioned earlier, expect these checks to increase in frequency, intensity and in some cases even hostility.  Unfortunately, with the present atmosphere of Islamophobia do not expect less.  Be absolutely courteous at all times,  no matter how trivial or ludicrous the request.

In one instance a Muslim brother was asked to take a drink from his half filled bottle of water.  What were they thinking?  Was the brother going to force feed the pilot and crew so that they may experience the urge to make an emergency landing for relief? 

Please appreciate the fact that these officials are underlings and foot soldiers doing their job on instructions of their superiors.  The fact that some of them maybe over zealous in their duty, should not distract you from your path of “resolute peace.” 

You should be a shining example of good conduct against the darkness of prejudice.  Please request to be present and that a female official conduct body searches if female members of the family are to be searched.  Most airports comply with this request.  Note the date, time, details and names of officials  if you wish to lodge a complaint but this must be done without confrontation and in writing for best results. 

5.       Consideration for others

Whilst the obligation to perform our prayers is not revoked when travelling, Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala in His infinite mercy, has given us concessions.  Please ensure that ablution and prayer is done in a manner that gives due consideration to the rights and comforts of fellow travellers, both Muslims and others.  Always seek out a quiet spot or politely request assistance from an official. 

As for ablution, leave the area in a better or at least the same condition than you found it in even if it means mopping up excess water around the basin and floor area.  No job was too humble or menial for our Prophet peace be upon him

Remember that travel exposes one to a world of different cultures, beliefs, values and temperaments.  It is our duty to rise above all of this with understanding and tolerance.

 6.       Luggage off

It is a fact of the jet age that despite all the modernisation and embracing of technology, a percentage of luggage gets damaged or lost.  It is the most depressing feeling to arrive at your destination only to find your luggage has not.  Anger and frustration is totally understandable in the circumstances but what is unforgivable, is the venting of  rage on a helpless baggage claims clerk.  Remember he or she did not play in any part in having your luggage going astray or being damaged.  Please exercise patience and follow up your claim diligently.  Always keep checked baggage receipts safely which is required to submit claims for lost/damaged luggage. Most airlines deliver the lost luggage to your holiday address within 24 to 36 hours. Always remember to pack some basic toiletries and a change of clothes in your hand luggage just in case.

 The second part of this advisory will follow in our next bulletin, Insha-Allah.

MYSTERIOUS SPICE

I am an item for whom men have gone to the ends of the earth, fought wars and I have become indispensable to the food industry.  You will find me in your home.  Do you know me?

  • I am a “legendary” spice obtained from the dried stigmas of the “Crocus-sativus.”  The dried stigma is of intense yellow/orange colour and is in small hair-like strands.  It has a powerful bitter taste and is used in Spanish rice, saffron rice, some bread and even in sauces.  I am associated with the two famous Mediterranean countries of Spain and Portugal.

Do you know me?                     I am SAFFRON.

  • Plucked as a berry from the vine “Piper nigrum” when fully ripe, dried and with the outer hull removed, I am used in whole or ground form in most creamed soups, mayonnaise, meats and also salads.  I derive income for countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Brazil. 

Have you guessed my identity?                   I am WHITE PEPPER.

 

WELCOME TO THE SANHA FAMILY

SANHA certifies over 500 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:

Pharma Natura ( Certain products only) Medicinal Supplements Gauteng
Delhi Delicious, Newcaste Bakery

KwaZulu Natal

Seasonz Restaurant Gauteng
Karamigo's Restaurant Gauteng
Chipila Chickens Abattoir Poultry

KwaZulu Natal

Galaxy Dried Fruit Confectionery

KwaZulu Natal

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

 

ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

AL-IMDAAD FOUNDATION

The Al-Imdaad Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian aid relief organisation (NGO) registered in the Republic of South Africa. It is dedicated to providing humanitarian services in crisis and non-crisis situations to needy orphans, widows and the destitute, irrespective of race, culture and geographical boundaries but within the confines of the Shari’ah.

The Foundation aspires to excel in humanitarian relief, providing services with the highest level of compassion, professionalism and care under the supervision of a team of Ulama from South Africa and abroad.  All trustees and personnel of the foundation strive to serve humanity with the skills and expertise that they are blessed with.  The team comprises of Ulama, Academics, Accountants, IT Specialists, Medical Personnel, Paramedics, Attorneys, Businessmen and other voluntary aid workers.

The Al Imdaad Foundation has registered offices in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Amman, Jordan.  These offices are established to take care of various projects in these regions. Furthermore, the foundation is at an advanced stage of establishing further representative offices in other parts of the world. 

In working together, there is no limit to what can be achieved in striving to serve humanity.   Your generosity enables help for those in need.

The foundation networks with other Islamic organisations.  It is a supporter and fully endorses the work of the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) in its mission..

Contact details:

Tel: 0861 786 243
Website: www.alimdaad.com

 
 

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

Abu Umamah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that The Prophet Muhammad (may Allâh’s salutations and peace be with him) would recite when he lifted the dining cloth (after meals): Alhamdulillahi kathiran tayyiban mubarakan fîhi. Ghayra makfîyin wa la muwadda‘in wa la mustaghnan ‘anhu. Rabbana.- All praise belongs to Allah. Abundant, pure blessed praise. Our praise is insufficient yet we cannot leave it and be independent of it. O our Cherishing-Lord!"

Commentary:

We are taught to praise Allah on all occasions. We acknowledge His bounties and that our praises cannot do justice to His bounties let alone His being.

The Noble Messenger (may Allah’s salutations and peace be with him) would eat from a cloth laid on the ground. He disliked that food should be eaten from a table.

 

Reference:

Riyadus Salihin by al-Imam an-Nawawi, Etiquettes of Eating, Chapter of mentioning Allâh in the beginning and praising Him at the end, Hadîth # 734 – authenticated by al-Imâm al-Bukhari.

 

WINNING RECIPES

Tried and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

Sent in by one of our readers, this ‘foolproof’ quick mushroom soup is a perfect starter.

 

1 onion

1 cup cubed chicken fillet

Salt & pepper to taste

2tsp Ginger & Garlic

2Tblsp Ghee

1 tin cream style mushroom soup

1 tin milk (use mushroom tin as measuring guide)

1 small tin cream style corn (optional)

1 tin fresh cream

Coriander (dhania)

Method:

Braise onion in ghee.  Add cubed chicken fillet, salt, pepper and ginger garlic.  Add cream style mushroom soup and milk.  Cook until slightly thick.  Add cream style corn (optional).  Before serving, add fresh cream and garnish with chopped coriander. 

 

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q –Is it permissible to eat at places where alcohol is served?

A Whilst the ‘Eating-out’ trend is growing, Muslims are urged to exercise great caution when frequenting Non-Muslim owned Restaurants, pizza Parlours, etc. A vegetable Pizza and/or seafood dish can easily contain and/or be polluted with wine, Haraam meats, other Haraam ingredients and contaminated utensils etc.

Remember that the Shari’ah does not permit you to eat from any place which serves alcohol. The Prophet  (peace be upon him)  has commanded us; “Avoid places of accusation.”

 

Q  - Is Smarties made by Nestle Halaal?

 A - Smarties manufactured in South Africa is certified Halaal by SANHA. One should be careful with imported products as certain Nestle plants overseas use E120(insect derivative) as a colourant.

Q- I have been told that SANHA does not certify non-muslim restaurants, but how come SANHA has certified Ocean Basket Marine Parade?

A- SANHA does consider non-Muslim owned "Seafood"  Restaurant applications for Halaal certification who meet the criteria.
 
This is not the first non-Meat outlet considered for certification. We have received applications from Skippers, Chip and Dip and Fish Aways in the past which were considered.
 
We can assure you that adequate controls are in place

 

 

YOUR NEWS ….. IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE!

TELL US AND WE'LL TELL THE WORLD

Calling all SANHA certified establishments. We know what you do, but why not tell the world.

 Send us your profile or details of products, innovations or any information of use for our readers and we'll advertise for you. For more information, call our PRO, EBI Lockhat (+2731) 207 5768


Recent Announcements

OCEAN BASKET

MARINE PARADE DURBAN

is certified

HALAAL

Statements to the contrary are false and appear to have malicious intent.

 ______________

The Roma Revolving Restaurant, John Ross Hse, Espalanade, Durban

Has apologised for incorrectly claiming to be Halaal

The restaurant serves alcohol and is not Halaal

 PLEASE BEWARE!!

KNOW ISLAM SERIES

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

Why do Muslims say they are descendants of Prophet Abraham peace be upon him? 

Both the Quran and the Old Testament tell the story of Prophet Abraham, Sarah and Hagar (Peace be upon them.)  While Jews and Christians are descended from Prophet Abraham (Peace be upon him) and his wife Sarah through their son Prophet Isaac (Peace be upon him), Arab Muslims trace their lineage back to Prophet Ismail (Peace be upon him), Prophet Abraham’s first-born son by his Egyptian wife, Hagar.  In a religious rather than genealogical sense, Muslims thus see themselves, as well as Jews and Christians, as “children of Abraham.”

source: Oxford University Press

 

SMILE AWHILE

In a 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:

“What’s the usual tip?” the man suddenly asked Ahmed, a college student delivering his pizza. 

 "Well,” Ahmed replied, “this is my first delivery, but the other delivery guys said that I would be lucky if I could get two rand out of you.”

“Is that so?”  said the man.  “In that case here’s twenty rand.”

“Thanks, I will put it towards my text books,” said Ahmed.

“By the way, what are you studying?” enquired the man.

Ahmed replied, “Applied Pschycology.”

 

Competition

The prize of multipurpose tote bags is sponsored by MARATHON TRAVEL, specialists in Hajj, Umrah, local and international travel. 

Tel:             031 2092526
Fax:            031 2092543
Email:         yunoos.osman@harveyworld.co.za

 10 lucky subscribers can win a delightful multipurpose Marathon Travel tote bag.  Durable yet lightweight, it is perfect for those quick throw-ins, cosmetics, sports shoes, stationery, etc.  Ten lucky subscribers who have correctly answered our simple questions will be the winners, Insha-Allah.

 

  1. Is it permissible to eat a fish that died naturally and was found floating in water?
  2. Where are the offices of the  sponsor located?

 

Bulletin 5 Competition

Question: Name any Three of the eight Ulama bodies serving as founder members of S.A.N.H.A.?

Answer (Any of the following three):

Central Islamic Trust -FM
Council of Ulama (Eastern Cape) - NFM
Darul Waqaf Islamic Trust -FM
Jamiatul Ulama KZN  -FM
Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal -FM
Jamiatul Ulama Western Cape
-NFM 
Majlisud Da'wah wal Islaah  -NFM
Northern Cape Halaal Board  -FM

FM = Founder Member
NFM = Non Founder Member

Only one reader has won a free copy of Mariam Jadwat-Omar's,  book, "Creative Cooking- the easy way":

  • Muhammed Amin

 

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VACANCIES:

MUSLIM SUPERVISORS

required for

Bakery Outlet (Pietermaritzburg)

&

Fast Food Outlet (Durban)

 Basic Duties:

  • Responsible for the Halaal Programme Management

  • General Duties:

· Raw Material Control

·  Hygiene (Tahaarah etc.)

·  Documentation Management

·  Production Supervision

  ·  Monitor & Control designated areas
  •  Regular reporting to SANHA office

  • Reporting results to production Management

  • Following up corrective measures

Minimum Qualification:

  • Sound Deeni reputation
  • Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam
  • Accounts / Admin Experience
  • Own transport essential
  • Code 08 Drivers License
  • Salary Negotiable

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices

 by not later than Friday, 8th December 2006

Email: sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za

Fax: (031) 207 5793

 

Halaal Helpline 0861 786 111

KWAZULU NATAL

Tel: (+27 31) 207 5768

Fax: (+27 31) 207 5793

sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za

GAUTENG

Tel: (+27 11) 870 8000

Fax: (+27 11) 870 8020

sanha-gp@sanha.org.za

CAPE

Tel: (+27 21) 633 4145/6

Fax: (+27 21) 633 4148

sanha-cpt@sanha.org.za

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