South African National Halaal Authority
April 2011: Jumadal Ula: 1432

No. 62

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


It’s Just Not Cricket

Cricket is a unique game where in addition to the laws, the players have to abide by the spirit of the game. The standard of sportsmanship has historically been considered so high that the phrase "it's just not cricket" was coined in the 19th Century to describe unfair or underhanded behaviour in any walk of life.

Whether it is the tough trading conditions or a regression in the moral fibre of our nation with many in the country’s leadership itself jostling at the feeding trough of conspicuous consumption, SANHA is encountering an upsurge in instances of duplicity. Many underhand actions are being displayed with dubitable dexterity in the field of Halaal. Several outlets not owned by Muslims, have surfaced recently with bold claims of Halaal compliance yet they were not certified by any regulatory authority. In one instance a restaurant was brandishing a letter to their customers signed by the supplier, a Muslim butcher. What the patron’s would not have been aware of is that the signature on the letter was of a disgruntled ex employee who was dismissed four years ago by the butcher.

Then there is the more subtle form of subterfuge where creative use of terminologies such as “Halaal friendly, Halaal compliant, no pork, guaranteed purchases from Muslim outlets etc” are used by some operators in the hospitality industry. One well known international establishment has refined their art further by getting the endorsement of a local muslim person who created and assumed an important sounding organisational title purporting to represent the Muslim traveller. There will always be that one person who places self interest above the community and its Deeni obligation.

Dereliction of duty and laxity has also come into play when businesses have been sold by Muslims. In the world of high finance and the haste of concluding the sale, the matter of the Halaal status and the trust to ensure its integrity is relegated or not even discussed, resulting in a flurry of “last minute” activities that have to be undertaken to inform the community.

Some Muslim operators too, have not been paragons of virtue and do the Deen a grave disservice with their unsavoury conduct and questionable tactics. To save on a certification costs, one outlet certifies his main outlet and promotes the uncertified branch address in the same advert, thereby creating the false impression that both are certified. In another instance an outlet not certified by any organisation warmly welcomes Ulama members with magnanimous offers of a free meal and then holds up their names as proof of his “Halaalness.” Pleading poverty and delaying payment of the nominal monthly licencing fee, some in the vicinity of R200 is another. It’s just not cricket.

Islam accords a very high status to the merchant because of his leadership role in society in wealth and job creation, empowerment and Da´wah.

The Noble Quran states, "O you who believe! Be conscious of Allah and be among the truthful..." (al-Tawbah 119). The Prophet Muhammad´s (Peace be upon him) life was one of meticulous honesty and scrupulous dealings on both a personal and business level to the extent that even his enemies would trust him. Hence he was known as, "the Trustworthy" and "the Truthful one". He also stated, "One who deceives is not of us." (Muslim)

Exemplary conduct can be influential and inspirational to others in any field of endeavour. Hashim Amla, our country’s leading cricketer gives ample demonstration of this every time he picks up the willow and plies his trade. (click here to see a recent comment from a leading columnist). May the Almighty make us realize the true importance of excellent conduct in all it spheres.

Don’t get stumped, run out or clean bowled in the game of life.


April Office Closure
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The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

Southern Africa Dawah Network (SADN)

Southern Africa Dawah Network (SADN) is a Non-Profit Organisation which was started some 15 years ago to help the disadvantaged of this country. Our organisation deals mainly with Education and Dawah work in and around South Africa. SADN is totally dependent on the community's generous donation to keep its doors open.

Headed by a dedicated team under the guidance of Brother Yusuf Mohammedy, well known in the field of Da'wah, SADN maintains good relationships with other Islamic organisations.

It is a supporter of SANHA's mission in matters concerning Halaal for the Ummah.

Our current projects include:

  • M.A. Motala Educational Centre, Wyebank - Natal (60 boarding students)
  • Lydenburg Islamic Centre Mpumalanga (24 boarding students)
  • Amouti Islamic Centre (Day Madrasah)
  • Botshabelo Islamic Centre, Free State (Day Madrasah)
  • Tertiary Students project (12 students)

While the above projects are ongoing, SADN believes in the formation of a WAQF as means of securing permanent and long term funds for the Dawah in South Africa. Our Finance department is properly managed by an accountant and a finance committee. This, together with an annual financial audit, ensures sound management systems and transparency.

All funds and donations are receipted and accounted for.

Contact details:
Tel: 031-3048000
Fax: 031-3048039
e-mail: sadn@mweb.co.za


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

‘Aishah radiyallahu ‘anhaa narrated that Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: "When one of you eats and forgets to mention the name of Allaah before eating he should say,

Bismillaah awallahu wa aakhirahu.

Comment: Allah is most merciful. He remembers us at all times and we forget Him. When we forget to recite His name when eating He allows us another supplication to save us from the spiritual harm. We should recite, “Bismillaah awallahu wa aakhirahu,” meaning, “In the name of Allaah, in the beginning and the end.”

Reference: Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on what Rasulullah 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.

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Maids of Honour

With the media about to go ballistic in the next few weeks on coverage of the media event of the year, the wedding of the future King of England, Prince William and Kate Middleton, we delve back into history to bring you a right royal treat with a recipe from the court of King Henry VIII. With his six wives, the King knew all about the maids of honour.

These delicious tartlets are reputed to have been invented by a baker in Richmond, conveniently near Henry VIII's palace. The king was very fond of them and tradition has it that the cakes are named after the ladies-in-waiting who carried them back to the palace.

150 ml milk
25 g cake crumbs
50 g English butter, cut into small pieces
25 g castor sugar 40 g ground almonds
1 egg, beaten
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Few drops of almond flavouring
175 g shortcrust pastry
Raspberry jam

1. Heat milk in a saucepan to almost boiling point, and then stir in cake crumbs, butter, sugar, ground almonds, egg, lemon rind and almond flavouring. Stir well and leave to stand for about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile roll out the pastry and cut fifteen rounds using a fluted 6.5 cm cutter. Place in buttered patty tins and spread jam in the base of each. Divide the filling equally among them.

3. Bake in the oven at 220°C mark 7 for 15 - 20 minutes, until firm and golden.

Makes 15

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Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


The SANHA offices will be closed between 22nd April 2011 and 2nd May 2011.

Our helpline service will operate between 09h00 and 12h00 on the 26th, 28th, and 29th April 2011.

Helpline - 0861 786 111



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 One Arm Bandit

Zain, a smart lawyer was defending a man accused of burglary. Zain tried a very creative defence.

Looking the part in his designer suit and with a penchant for drama, he said, "Your Honour, my client, yes this upright man, attracted by the stores powerful and beautiful display, in a moment of weakness gave into temptation and merely inserted his arm into the window and removed a few trifling articles. His arm is not himself, and therefore, I fail to see why this court must punish the whole individual for an offense committed by his limb."

"Very well put counsellor and most eloquent," the judge replied. "And using your logic, I sentence the defendant's arm to one year's imprisonment. He can accompany it or not, as he chooses, and that’s my judgement."

The defendant smiled. With lawyer Zain’s assistance, removed his coat, detached his artificial limb, laid it on the bench, and walked out to celebrate.

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 as of 01st April 2011.

The 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



has fraudulently used the SANHA Halaal certificate. This store is NOT certified by SANHA.

Kindly exercise restraint!!

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



Country Fresh Abattoir (Utrecht, KZN)

Is no longer certified Halaal by SANHA.

We urge Halaal Traders and Consumers to exercise caution!!

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

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111



are non-Muslim owned stores and are not certified Halaal.

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


Shellac Reviewed

SANHA is pleased to announce that the Shellac ingredient used in confectionery, bakery and pharmaceutical products amongst others, Has been declared Halaal

Muslim consumers may enjoy Halaal suitable products containing Shellac.

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 : Moulana Ayob Rawat

Marital Status : Married

Education : Matric – 1987 M.L Sultan Secondary (Pietermaritzburg)
Hifz – 1993 Jaamia Mahmoodiyya (Springs)
Aalim Course – 2000 Madrasah Zakriyya (Johannesburg)

Other Interests : Outdoor, Swimming

Services : Imaamat, Teaching Maktab and Hifz

Position : Inspector of Halaal Est.

Key Responsibility : Inspection of SANHA Certified outlets in the Durban area.

Message : We hear from the learned men that "A sincere person is one who gets happy with the efforts/achievements of someone else which one could not by himself fulfill or achieve" We must therefore trust be happy with any type of effort done for the deen of Allah Ta'ala.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Original Islamic painting on canvas By Mohammed Ismail

Quran Translation

Win the above piece of art valued at R3000 Click here for Competition details

To see a selection of innovative original works By Ismail Click here




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

The First Masjid in Islam

The Quba Masjid (Mosque) in the outlying environs of Madinah is the first mosque built in the history of Islam. Its first stones were positioned by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on his emigration from Makkah to Madinah. Offering two Raka'ah of nafl prayers in the Quba Masjid is equal to performing one Umrah. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to go there, riding or on foot, every Saturday and offer a two-raka'ah prayer. He advised others to do the same, saying, “Whoever makes ablution at home and then goes and prays in the Masjid of Quba, he will have a reward like that of an Umrah.” (Ahmad, Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Al-Hakim.) It is mentioned in the Qur’an as the mosque founded on piety and devoutness (Masjid Al-Taqwa). Qur’an says: “Verily, the mosque whose foundation was laid from the first day on piety is more worthy that you stand therein (to pray). In it are men who love to clean and purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure....” (9:108).



Vacancy - Halaal Supervisors
Required for Retail Bakery Outlet
(Pinetown and Chatsworth 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

Required for Romans Pizza Outlet
(Overport area)

Romans Pizza Overport
Candidate must be Matriculant, Male / Female, Salary Negotiable

Contact: 031 209 7896

Required for Empangeni Islamic Society

Empangeni Sunni Islamic Society is looking for a Moulana Imaamat and delivering sermons on Jummah and auspicious occasions as well as Madressa duties.

Position is available in Empangeni on the North Coast past Stanger, approximately 175km from Durban.

Currently Madressa has 10 children, Accommodation provided for a single person.

Yunus Amod
081 348 1365

Vice Chairperson
Khalid Amod
084 584 1061




Q. Is the breakfast at Durban’s Elangeni Holiday Inn Halaal?

A. SANHA has not certified this place as Halaal. Be wary of claims by any establishment using terminology such as “Halaal friendly”, “Halaal compliant” etc.

Q. Is it permissible to eat Sushi bearing in mind there’s raw fish involved?

A. Sushi will be Halaal as long as non-Halaal ingredients are not added to the Sushi.

Q. I heard of an sms saying Checkers, Spar and Pick n Pay are using pig fat or lard to grease trays on which breads, rolls, etc are being baked in oven ...is this true?

A. Bakery outlets which are not certified/approved fall within the category of Mushtabihât (doubtful areas) due to the following reasons:

• Bakery premise may not be Halaal

• Pangreases need to be Halaal compliant

• Possible use of animals fats

• Contamination with Haraam meat products in storage, handling, preparation and processing is imminent.

• Natural basting equipment is commonly derived from pigs.

• Possible use of brandy, sherry etc in certain confectionery products.



The new Consumer Act that came into effect last week on the 1st of April was no April fool’s joke. It will make South African consumers among the best protected in the world, thats what we’ve been promised. And now, after delays to iron out glitches in its practical application, the Consumer Protection Act has now come into being.

Amongst the many areas of protection it will give help on:

• Contracts that are automatically renewed without consent.

• Cold callers who want to sell things.

• Flights that are cancelled without warning.

• Supermarkets that advertise special offers and run out of stock.

• Incorrect change given in stores.

If you have a complaint contact the National Consumers Commission:

Tel: 0861 843 384
Fax: 012 394 2558
Email: contactus@thedti.gov.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:

* Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, 268 Fleming Road, Meadowdale - Bakery Bulk

* Ismails Poultry, Zuurbekom, JHB-South - Poultry Abattoir

* Al - Mehran Restaurant, 24 Rosedale Road, Shakiles Centre, Pietermaritzburg, KZN - Restaurant

* Tasneem Foods, Plot 99, eerste Straat, Vleikop, Randfontein - Snacks

* Contract Packaging Specialist, Unit 20, Westgate Industrial Park, 484 Stockville Road, Pinetown, KZN - Toll Packers

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


Bulletin Competition 60/61

Prize – Radio Islam satellite Dish and Decoder worth R500

Question - What day and time is the weekly SANHA programme on Radio Islam?

Answer - Mondays at approximately 18H30

Question - What is the name of the humorist presenting the Monday morning slot on Radio Islam?

Answer - Ebi Lockhat

Competition Winner
Mohamed Yaseen Jooma

Bulletin Competition 62

Original Ismail Painting worth R3000

A timeless design on canvas, 600 x 800mm. Exquisitely formed, Islamic Dua for security well detailed with style, colour and sophistication that will be the pride of any home.

1. Name any two hospitals that serve SANHA certified meals?

2. How many years experience does Mohamed Ismail bring into his works?

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

Competition closing date:
June 01 2011

send your answers to

See photo Gallery for picture of the prize

For our Competition Standard Rules visit our website.


English Translation of the Holy Quraan.

A wonderful opportunity for you to own one of these. Ideal present for your 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.


Artist - Mohammed Ismail

Sponsor of our biggest prize yet.

Johannesburg based company Custom Islamic framing has trendsetted a new dimention in Customised Islamic Artwork native to Islamic heritage. CEO of the company Mohammed Ismail informs us “that while home decor progression is resonating en route to contemporary design, why should Islamic art not make the grade? We in an era where we custom design our homes and work spaces from the furniture we buy to searching for months on end for that perfect vase to match. Assured in saying we are the generation that wants more options.”

Mohammed and his team are doing just that. Extending their reaches to the greater South Africa and have grown in bounds where they recently launched Fresh Media, an out of the box thinking advertising & design studio that is strategically driven, a fully fledged agency with brand activation capabilities.

Mohammed has also introduced an additional service to Islamic framing whereby homeowners now have the option to design and create their own wallpaper along with abstract art.

Gone are the days when you bought an off the shelf frame. Muslims around the world are now aspiring to designs and surfaces tailored to express individuality and personal vogue.

Arabic calligraphy is the most highly regarded and most fundamental element of Islamic art, just as it is incumbent that every Muslim home in any corner of the world is relished by at least one. Mohammed has revived the concept yet maintained the true essence of Islamic calligraphy thus pioneering South African shores with 15 years experience. His specialty lies within diversity and personalized designs, integrating quraanic ayaats in a distinguished calligraphic style on any surface in once off pieces thus creating a collector’s item.

Contact Details:
Email: 786equilibrium@gmail.com
Cell: 083 437 3489

For details on how to win an original Ismail Islamic Art worth R3000 Click here.


We see we are in your email list. We are gaining knowledge; we also want to disseminate our info/knowledge to all those concerned and those who may take interest gradually and we may be inducted as an “N.G.O.”

A F R-Bangladesh

We are so much grateful to you for such a quick reply on our question of Halaal. May Allah Ta’ala give you enormous rewards in both the worlds and accept your endeavors.

Z R-Pakistan


Forthcoming Events

16 April 2011
Qiraat Jalsa
Port Elizabeth

Darul Uloom Abu Bakr

13-15 April 2011
Retail Solutions World Asia
Suntec Singapore

International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Organisers: Terrapin
Contact: Ya Ling Ng
Tel:+65 6322-2771
Email: yaling.ng@terrapinn.com

19 April 2011
Doing Business with China

Inanda Country Club Standton
Contact: Liza
22-24 April 2011
Islaahi Ijtima
Port Elizabeth
Musjid Taqwa

27-31 April 2011
Hong Kong International Printing & Packing Fair
Hong Kong

Asia World Expo
Organisers: HKTDC and CIEC Exhibition Company
Contact: Conrad Hendryt
Tel: 011-322-4849
Email: conrad.hendry@tdc.org.hk

29-02 April/May 2011
Decorex Cape Town
Cape Town

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Organisers: Thebe Exhibitions & Projects (Pty) Ltd
Contact: Decorex
Tel: 011-549-8300
Email: www.decorex.co.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.

SEEKING Distributors

The following company is seeking distributors for their products in the KZN area specifically and other areas in general:

Work: (011) 440 2015
SANHA Certified Halaal Turkish Delight

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.

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

Africa Big 7
17-19 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.


Spice Description
A popular and well known herb, used for medical and cosmetic purposes. There are forty varieties types of English Lavender with blooms ranging from purple to deep blue.

It has a delicious, clean fragrance and its oils are extracted to add to soaps, perfumes, sachets and insect repellants. The leaves, stems and flowers are all medicinally valuable and it is making a comeback in the culinary world.

Culinary Uses
Used in cooking it has a sweet flowery flavour with citrus notes. Dried Lavender can be overwhelming so use sparingly. This spice is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage and thyme.

Dried lavender can be put in sugar and kept sealed for a few weeks to create a lavender scented sugar to use in cakes, custards and shortbread.

Attributed Medical Properties
• Tea with newly opened flowers buds would help you with any headaches and faintness

• Used as a cure for hoarseness and soothing sore joints.

• A few drops of lavender oil in bathwater helps to destress and induce feeling of well being.

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Health and Beauty

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

Put new life into dull hair with...

Lavender/Rosemary Hair Oil

• 2tbsp oil of Rosemary
• 1tbsp oil of Lavender

To Make: Simply mix the two oils together and store in the dark or in a small amber or light-proof bottle.

To Use: Put a few drops of the oil on your palm, brush your palm against your hairbrush and then brush your hair.

Bend at the waist (this increases circulation to the scalp) and massage the scalp with fingertips. Then brush hair starting at the back of your neck with long easy strokes to end. Follow each of the brush strokes with your other hand to eliminate static electricity. This together with the oils is guaranteed to give new life to your hair.

Source: Jeanne Rose "Kitchen Cosmetics"

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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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