South African National Halaal Authority
March 2011: Rabiul Thaani 1432

No. 61

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


Human Rights, a Divine code

South Africans commemorate Human Rights day on Saturday 21st March each year as a tribute to those killed in Sharpeville in 1960 for demonstrating against Apartheid. Without taking away an atom’s weight of credit for their valiant sacrifice and the impetus given to the liberation struggle and the freedom that we enjoy today, we should not forget that it was Islam that gave mankind an ideal code of human rights fourteen centuries ago. These rights confer honour and dignity on mankind and eliminate exploitation, oppression and injustice.

The Divine rights were many as enshrined in the Noble Quran*, painstakingly demonstrated by the exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and summarised in his Last Sermon. Accordingly, and as a logical sequence, it must follow without question that Muslims ought to be in the forefront of promoting and upholding human rights. But sadly, events on both a global and local scale paint another picture altogether. Witness the events unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East with regime changes and the reaction of world leaders. Why is it that even after their liberation there is still a massive and in most cases illegal outflow of the “liberated” Muslims to Westernised countries?

And here at home whilst enjoying the fruits of peace and stability harvested after the liberation struggle waged by others, the extremists and zealots are desperately attempting to hijack the rights of protection of honour, reputation and free association through their vociferous outbursts, chain emailing and distribution of leaflets and legal actions. Vile language, name calling, hurling of insults and sowing confusion by so called Ulama against other learned leaders and the community is the order of the day and both a denial and intolerance of the individual’s right to follow their own choices on issues such as dietary requirements and Muslim Personal Law.

SANHA is an advisory body and does not compel anyone to follow its rulings. It is proud of and grateful for the support of the broader community, mainstream Ulama leadership, Islamic organisations and industry representatives who refuse to be intimidated by the extremists.

Whilst enjoining good and forbidding evil to fellow Man is an Islamic duty, denying or usurping their legitimate rights is unpatriotic and a betrayal of the Divine code.

* For a free copy of an English translation of the Noble Quran see giveaway section.



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


As a fitting tribute to the pioneering spirit of their forbears who at the turn of the last century settled in the Elsburg area, alhamdulillah! A Masjid rises. The Elsburg Muslim Jamaat that tended to a community of 20 families who used a little room for Salaah for five decades has embarked on the ambitious project of establishing its first Masjid near Wadeville, Germiston.

Spearheaded by the respected Moulana Ayub Kachwee and supported by Moulana Shabier Saloojee, the project will incorporate a Masjid, 3 classrooms and Muazzin quarters on its 900 square meter premises – click here for images.

To know more about this project, you may contact:

Moulana Ayub Kachwee – Chairman
Moulana Moosa Pandor – Secretary
Tel: +27 11 862 1002
Cell: +27 82 578 3006
Fax: +27 11 824 2320
Email: mohsinpandor@gmail.com


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

Abu Ayuub al-Ansaari radiyallahu ‘anhu narrated:
We were with Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam one day, when food was presented to him. I had never seen any food more blessed than that in its beginning and more deficient in its end. We asked, “Ya Rasuulallah! How is this?” He replied, “We mentioned the name of Allaah (Bismillaah) when we started eating. Then someone sat with us who did not mention the name of Allaah. Shaytaan therefore ate with him.”

Comment : Mawlana Zakariya Kandalwi comments:
Majority of ‘Ulama interpret, “Shaytaan therefore ate with him,” literally. It is not impossible for him to eat and drink. This Hadiith only mentions, “Bismillaah.” It is therefore sufficient. It is however recommendable to recite the full, “Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Rahiim.” ‘Ulamaa have also written that to recite Bismillaah audibly is better as to remind anyone who has forgotten.

Reference: Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on what Rasulullaah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said before and after eating.



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.

Cola Casserole BBQ chicken

Poultry and Cola Beverages are always in the news for different reasons. To sink your teeth into this we have turned to a recipe that uses both these items as principal ingredients for you to chew on.

About 5 1/2 cups cut-up chicken or chicken breasts, thighs, legs (for a list of SANHA certified/approved poultry abattoirs Click here)

1/3 cup flour
2 tsp. salt
About 1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced green pepper
1 cup ketchup
1 cup Cola soft drink (click here for a list of SANHA certified beverage suppliers)
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. basil leaves
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. pepper

Rinse chicken pieces; pat dry. Coat chicken with the flour and the 2 tsp. salt. Brown pieces on all sides in the hot oil, then place pieces in a casserole dish. (Discard drippings.) Combine remaining ingredients, mixing well. Spoon sauce over chicken, covering all pieces. Cover casserole, bake in moderate oven, 180°C for about 1 1/4 hours, or until chicken is fork-tender. If desired, serve chicken with sauces on hot cooked rice. Makes 4 to 6 servings (about 3 cups sauce).

Cooking tip - *To reduce foam for accurate measurement, use Cola soft drink at room temperature and stir rapidly.


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.

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. We bring you 3 international food terms.

Chinese, Wo mein – egg noodles in meat sauce, with vegetables, prawns, or crab.

French, Nicoise – cooked with tomatoes, onions, garlic and black olives.

Italian, Napolitana – cooked with tomatoes and basil.



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:

Turning back the clock

A good husband like most of the readers of this bulletin, asked his wife what she'd like for her 20th anniversary. "I'd love to be six again," she replied. So the dutiful husband on the morning of their anniversary, got her up bright and early. He didn’t let her prepare breakfast and gave her a cereal with lots of sugar and juice. He then took her for a drive to the park where he ignored the curious stares and put her on the swing and see saw. Thereafter they went to a local funfair where he arranged for his dear wife to be put on every ride at the funfair. Throughout the day he ignored her normal dietary restrictions and plied her with soft drinks, popcorn, toffee apples and candy floss. He then took her to a popular restaurant (SANHA certified, of course) for lunch and even got her a kiddies meal with a little toy.

Several hours later with her head reeling and her stomach upside down she asked to go home and collapsed into bed. Her husband leaned over and lovingly asked, "Well, what was it like being six again?" She opened her eyes and said, "You fool, you idiot, I meant my dress size."

The moral of this story is: When a woman speaks and a man is actually listening, he will still get it wrong.


Conceived and presented on Radio Islam by our humourist Ebi Lockhat 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.




Is No Longer certified Halaal by SANHA.
New owner will be trading as a non-Halaal store.

Kindly exercise restraint!!

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

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111



SANHA is pleased to advise that we have successfully concluded the review of the SIMBA / LAYS SNACK products. Accordingly, the Chipniks, BBQ variants and all other meat connotated flavours are now also approved by SANHA.

The Niknaks Cheese and Doritos Collisions Buffalo Wings remain under review. We shall advise once finalised.

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




Who's Who in the world of Halaal

Name : Mufti Muhammad Ahsan Zafar

Marital Status : Married, 3 Children

Education : Qualified as a Mufti with specialization in jurisprudence from Darul Uloom Karachi

Other Interests : Reading

Position : Administrator, SANHA office Pakistan, Lahore

Key Responsibility: Spearheading the Halaal Awareness programe and establishing SANHA offices in Pakistan.

Message : Keep the company of pious people and impart their teachings to others.



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Quran Translation

English Translation of the Holy Quraan - To get your free copy see competition/giveaway section.




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


As we know today, the remains of plants and animals decayed on compressed by the earth’s crust kilometers below after millions of years rises to the surface on gas.

This was described in the Noble Quran at a time when the formation of oil and its product petrol was not known to mankind.

“… And who bringth out the (green and luscious) pasture, and then doth make it (but) swarthy stubble.” (Surah 87 verse 4-5)




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



South Africa’s leading Islamic free to air radio station is expanding and coming to Kwa Zulu Natal.
Fantastic opportunity and earning potential.
We are looking for a Deeni conscious, well motivated Individual with sales ability and enjoys dealing with the public.

Main duties
* Securing advertising
* Promoting Radio Islam
* Participating in community events, fairs, exhibitions etc.

We offer
* Competitive salary with incentives
* Company vehicle or allowance for your transport negotiable.
* Full training provided at our Johannesburg head office

Forward CV to stationmanager@radioislam.co.za
Fax: 011 854 7024
Call: 011 854 7022




Q - Does SANHA recognise meat products by other bodies? I ask this because some SANHA butchers stock chicken products certified by other groups but the butchery is certified by SANHA?

A - Where a meat product is certified by another Halaal body and SANHA enjoys abattoir access rights and is satisfied with the slaughter processes and Halaal programme as verified by our regular ongoing inspections, then we would give endorsement to such products and approve its sale at SANHA certified establishments.

Q - I would like to know which omega 3 caps can I take. Most of them are made with soft gel caps made from gelatine.

A - The following Omega products are Halaal:

• Vitaforce Omega 3
• Comega by Georen

Q- Can we consume anchor yeast? Which yeasts can we consume?

A - Anchor Yeast is certified Halaal by SANHA.

The NCP yeast is also certified Halaal by SANHA.


73rd Annual General Meeting


The 73rd Annual General Meeting of the SA Chamber of Baking will be held at the Royal Elephant Hotel and Conference Center, Bondev Park, Cnr Willem Botha and Wierda Roads, Eldoraigne, Centurion on 24 and 25 March 2011.

Topics for discussion:

• Labelling of foodstuffs
• Reduction of salt in bread
• Carbon footprint of bread
• Critical assessment of the Consumer Protection Act
• Energy and water in the food processing industry
• Trends in food safety

For more information and/or registrations forms, please contact Isabel van Schalkwyk on:

Tel: +27 12 663 1600
e-mail: info@sacb.co.za

SANHA is proud to be a member of the Chamber.


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:

* Spicy Bites, 3 North Road, Mulbarton, Ext 2, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurant

* Cell B Food Processing, 8C Mill Street, Boltonia, Krugersdorp, Gauteng, South Africa - Fruit & Veg

* Interlink Trading, Unit 358 Politician Way, Northlands Business Park, Northriding, Gauteng, South Africa - Distributor

* African Heritage Contract Packers, 9 Schenk Road, Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Packers

* Imana Foods (Pty) Ltd, 115 Shepstone Road, New Germany, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Culinary Products

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


Bulletin Competition 60/61


Win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder Set to the value of R500.00 and listen to your favourite Islamic programs with digital clarity.

Answer the following questions:

1. What day and time is the weekly SANHA programme on Radio Islam?

2. What is the name of the humorist presenting the Monday morning slot on Radio Islam?

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

Competition closing date: March 16 2011

send your answers to

See photo gallery for a picture of the prize


English Translation of the Holy Quraan

A wonderful opportunity for you to own one of these. Get one or more if you want to present it to you friends, colleagues, employees etc. over 700 pages, it is the last and final testimony to all humanity.

Kindly sponsored by the IPCI

Click here for organisational profile.

For your free copy write to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za with your postal details.



Sponsor of our great prize.

Radio Islam was amongst the first of the Islamic community radio stations that were established in a liberated South Africa. It is a free on air service that broadcasts on Medium Wave 1548.

With high quality programs such as Sabahul Muslim with Moulana Ravat listenership has gone global. Thousands of hits on the website – www.radioislam.co.za from countries as far away as Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK bear testimony to this.

Radio Islam is an ardent supporter of issues pertaining to the consumption of Halaal and dedicates a weekly Q and A program hosted by SANHA. Catch it on Mondays at approximately 18h30.

Contact Details:
35 Cuckoo Ave
Extension 1, Lenasia, 1827
Gauteng, South Africa

Tel: +27 11 854 7022

See our competition section for a chance to win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder set.


I requested an Afrikaans copy of the Quran as offered on your SANHA webpage some time ago, and hope it is on it’s way. My friend is also interested in studying the Quran, and would also like to receive a copy.

ARF – South Africa

Thank you to the IPCI for their sponsorship of the Quraans. See our competition/ giveaway section for offer on free English Quraan.


Please can you supply contact details for Halaal board / authority for the island of Mauritius. I will be travelling there and would like to know which Hotels are 100% Halaal as I know a few are run and managed by muslims.

AP – West Wits

You may contact the local Jamiatul Ulama/ Jama Masjid.

Email: jamiat@intnet.mu


Jazakallah for all the updates. I live in Zimbabwe a small town called Gweru, we don’t have much of a madressa. I have two boys aged 11 and 7 and wanted to find out about kithabs and other books and the syllabus that they should do. Hope you’ll be able to assist me on this.

T.H - Zimbabwe

SANHA is purely a Halaal food regulatory organisation. Your query has been forwarded to the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa for a response. The JUSA is a founding member of SANHA and co-ordinates Islamic education and syllabi both in SA and abroad.



Forthcoming Events

15 – 17 March 2011
Ethnic Foods Europe
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels Exhibition centre
Organizers: Expo Communications
Contact: Ronald Holman
Tel: +31 76 571-0351
Email: ronald@expocommunications.nl


16-17 March 2011
Retail week Conference
London, UK

Hilton London
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7554 5806
Email: rwc@emap.com


17 March 2011
My business Conference & Expo
Johannesburg, South Africa

Gallagher Convention Center
Contact: Lauren
Email: lauren@nsbc.org.za

22-23 March 2011
Cards Africa/Prepaid Cards Africa/Mobile Commerce World Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

Sandton Convention Center
Organizers: Terrapin
Contact: Mark Anderson
Tel: +27 11-516-4038
Email: mark.anderson@terrapinn.co.za

23-25 March 2011
Waste Management and recycling Conference
Boksburg, South Africa

Birchwood Hotel
Organizers: Mogorosi Communications
Contact: Thembi Maseko
Tel: +27 11-492-2298
Email: info.mogorosicom@gmail.com

23-24 March 2011
Mobile Money World
Johanesburg, South Africa

Sandton Convention Centre
Organizers: Terrapin
Contact: Tariro Kwaramba
Tel: +27 11-516-4028
Email: tariro.kwaramba@terrapinn.co.za


27-30 March 2011
Alimentaria & Horexpo
Lisbon, Partugal

Feira International de Lisbon
Organizer: Alimentaria Exhibitions
Tel: +34 93 452 11 04
Email: prensa@alimentaria.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.

International Exhibitions and Trade Fairs are a window of opportunity to a country. Meet the role players and increase your business at the following important events.


29 & 30 March 2011
Hall 3 - Porte De Versailles, Paris


MIHAS 2011
6-9 April 2011
Kuala Lampur Convention Centre - Malaysia


Moscow Halaal Expo 2011
26-28 May 2011
Moscow – Russia


Africa Big 7
25-27 July 2011
Johannesburg – South Africa

SANHA Halaal Gazette

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


Sago is a starch extracted from the sago palm stems, Metroxylon sagu. A major staple food of the traditional communities of Indonesia and Malaysia. It is cooked and eaten in various forms, such as rolled into balls, mixed with boiling water to form a paste, or as a pancake.

Sago is produced commercially in the form of "pearls" and these are similar in appearance to tapioca pearls. Sago can be made into steamed puddings such as sago plum pudding, ground into a powder, used as a thickener for other dishes, a dense flour, noodles, white bread and is often found in drinks and smoothies.

Sago starch is not just limited to its uses for the food industry, but can also be used as a key material input in various industries such as paper, plywood, and textile industry.

Pearl sago, when soaked and cooked, become much larger, translucent, soft and spongy making it a popular supplementary filling for pies. Widely used in Indian, Bangladeshi and Sri lankan cuisine in a variety of dishes.


Health and Beauty

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

Avoiding Cancer

According to statistics a person has a 41.28% chance of getting cancer in his or her lifetime. The average age for diagnosis of Cancer is around 67 years old and the average age at death is 73 years old. The causes of most cancers are unknown. Some have been shown to have a genetic link, whereas others are thought to be related to risk factors including: a change of diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, smoking, drinking and stress. The causes for nearly two thirds of all cancers, however, still remain mere speculation rather than real science

Here are some tips to avoid Cancer without incurring huge costs

• Stop smoking, or even better, never start.
• Balance food intake with exercise. Obesity must be avoided at all costs.
• Choose to eat unrefined starch, such as brown rice and whole wheat bread.
• Reduce sugar intake.
• Reduce salt intake. We eat approximately ten times the quantity of salt that we need.
• Reduce the intake of animal fats, whether in the form of meat or dairy products.
• Eat more beans.
• Increase folic acid intake. This is found in spinach, among other things.
• Increase omega-3 fatty acid intake. Use canola oil instead of sunflower oil.
• Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
• Eat more tomatoes. Among their many health benefits, tomatoes are also very good protection against prostate cancer. (While researchers are divided on the cancer-fighting properties of tomatoes, everyone agrees that they are nutritious, so you can't go wrong here.)
• Use olive oil on salads – the cold-pressed virgin olive oil.
• Drink tea.
• Avoid too much sun, or even better, don’t go into the sun unless adequately protected.
• If any symptom that suggests cancer persists for more than two weeks, consult a GP.

Source: Dr Carl Albrecht, chief researcher of the Cancer Association of South Africa. Discovery Life


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