South African National Halaal Authority
July 2011: Shabaan: 1432

No. 63

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


The Lion King

Is our faith a living one of constant striving or a lifeless one of fossilised rituals?

An appropriate analogy is in observing a lion. The one way to see the lion is to look at the stuffed one in a museum and the other alive roaming in its jungle habitat. The one in the museum is just a skin, stuffed and propped up. Outwardly, it has the appearance of a lion, but it is a “lion” in form only. People look at this “lion” only as a model for learning. It evokes no emotion of awe or fear.

Conversely the King of beasts in its habitat is a majestic and living symbol of strength and pure power. It’s roar renders animals terror-stricken and its hunting down of prey generates tension in the jungle. People close by, even from safe vantage points experience “frissons of alarm.”

Belief in the Almighty also has two forms, the lifeless faith of imitation i.e. merely following the footsteps of one’s forefathers or a living faith, acquired through knowledge. A faith through imitation does not send “frissons of alarm” or stir the soul whereas the living faith sends the current of God-consciousness through one’s veins.

Living faith dictates that there can be no compromises in the pillars of Faith, Prayer, Fasting, Zakaat and Hajj in the life of a Muslim and the next highest duty, i.e. earning and consuming Halaal. It is your right to question the Halaal status of products and the standards employed by the Halaal certifier of your choice especially products emanating from abroad and not under their direct supervision. Mere association with other bodies during their annual meetings and the number of years the certifying organisation has been established is not sufficient to establish the criteria adopted by the Halaal Certifier and is not an indication of whether skilled ongoing site monitoring and audits are indeed being conducted.

It’s a jungle out there. Don’t trip up, proceed with caution.



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


Masaajid have always been the focal point of the Muslim communities they serve and have been established with much trial and tribulation on this country. When their history is written each will have its own interesting addition to this tapestry of Islam.

The Umhlanga Islamic Society, formed in 2000, was unable to obtain any land from the council as these had been allocated to churches. With much determination and a long road to eventual construction in 2002, the land was purchased and rezoned to pave the way.

Today, this beautiful musjid nestling amongst the green-roofed homes of Somerset Park, visible from the highway and not far from the Gateway Shopping Centre, is a wonderful feature of serenity in the bustling complex of Umhlanga. There are approximately 400 families that live in a 5km radius of the Masjid.

It caters today for the estimated two thousand Muslims that work in one of the busiest town and business park complexes in the country and at least one hundred and fifty resident families.

The society also conducts Madrasah classes for eighty learners and an Islamic pre-school for twenty five children. Many lectures and discussion programs are held at the Masjid which also has ladies facilities. The institute is a strong exponent of Halaal consumption and supports the activities of SANHA.

The programs and activities are driven by its dedicated Imam, Moulana Mohammad Vanker whose desire is to establish primary, secondary and tertiary institutes of learning to become a nucleus and binding force for the Muslims of Umhlanga.

Alhamdulillah a full time office dealing with social related issues and the undertaking of its feeding schemes, hamper distribution, blankets etc to the poor and needy has been established.


Imam: Moulana Muhammad Vanker
Tel: 082 842 2786
Email: mdvanker@yahoo.com
Website: www.umhlangaislamic.co.za


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

Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahi alayhi wa sallam said, “When Ramadaan enters, the gates of Heaven are opened, the gates of Hell are shut and the devils chained.” [Muslim]

Ramadaan, the month of fasting, is a month of great treasures, spiritual and physical. Therein Allah’s slave can attain untold benefits if the month is utlised correctly. Never mind abstaining from the forbidden, the slave abstains from Halaal and even recommended foods (e.g. Zamzam) for the pleasure of his Master. The learned advise that the 2 months prior to Ramadaan are prepatory months in order to attain the full benefit of the month itself. One aspect of this is avoiding even doubtful foods as consumption of Haraam contaminates one for at least 40 days. The consumption of Haraam and habituating oneself to sin before Ramadaan are reasons why people still sin during Ramadaan despite the devils being chained.



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.

Deep Fried Winner

Don’t cringe when you hear the words “deep fried’’, but at the end of the day few things are as satisfying as a doughnut, especially during these cold winter months.

The highly respected Publication for the Baking and Milling Industries, The Baker, bring you a recipe on:

(Makes 30- 36 doughnuts depending on the thickness)



  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Oil for deep frying



  • Sift flour and baking powder in a large bowl.
  • Add sugar and salt and mix.
  • In another bowl, lightly beat egg and mix oil.
  • Mix in flour mixture until crumbly.
  • Stir in milk.
  • With floured hands, lightly knead the dough until smooth (If too sticky, add some flour).
  • Leave the dough in the mixing bowl in a warm place for about 2 hours.
  • Roll out the dough into 1/4 inch thickness on a floured surface.
  • Dip doughnut cutter in flour. Cut out doughnuts.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time.
  • Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from oil and drain on paper.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture, if you like.

* Tip
The trick is to get as thin a coating of oil on the outer skin of the doughnut as possible. Oil free touch is strived for!

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!



Lingering longer or on the move, he stops here, there and everywhere to share what’s on his plate and his mind. He may be in your place soon but you will never know he is there.

ROMAN’S PIZZA, Sparks Road, Durban

5:30 PM last Friday evening when Durbanites were bemoaning the cold chill of 140C (laughable by Gauteng standards) our intrepid traveler dropped in at ROMAN’S PIZZA on the corner of Brickfield and Sparks Road.

Ordering two medium pizzas and then changing the order to large just to complicate things, the stopwatch began ticking.

17 minutes later, 2 large, more like extra large pizzas, with thick bases were placed on the counter, all for R87-90.

Our man on the move rated this as the best pizza deal he has encountered this year with full marks for freshness, taste and excellent service under SANHA’S certification.

He muttered something about going back next week for the lunch time special of a small pizza and a can of Pepsi for R22-90.





Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


Brother Y Bulbulia has forwarded us information on the new regulations requiring an import permit to bring dates into the country.

Fore-warned is fore-armed.

* Click here for the APPLICATION FORM

* Click here for the TARRIFS



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 Shepherd

There was this shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road. As it was several weeks before Eid ul Adha he began receiving the odd visitor about purchasing sheep. Suddenly a shiny Porsche screeches to a halt. The brother, sleekly dressed in designer suit and all the accessories that go with it got out and spoke to the shepherd, “Assalaamu Alaikum bhai” “If I can tell you how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?” The shepherd looked at this confident young man, then looked at the large flock of grazing sheep and replied, “Okay, give it a try”

The young man swung into action, he connected his laptop to his mobile phone, entered a NASA Website, scanned the ground using his GPS, opened a database with numerous Excel tables. He then printed out a report on his high-tech mini-printer, turned to the shepherd and said, “Without fear of contradiction I say you have exactly 1,586 sheep.”

The shepherd amazed by this says, “Ajeeb, that is correct and my word is my word, so take your sheep.”

The young man takes the nearest animal from the flock and puts it in the back of his Porsche.

The shepherd looks at him and asks, “If I somehow am able to guess your profession, will you return my animal to me?”

The young man answers, “Yes, why not, but be careful old man, you might lose again.”

The shepherd says, “You are an auditor.”

“Now how the heck would you have you known that?” asks the surprised young man.

“Very simple,” answers the shepherd. “Firstly, you came here without being wanted. Secondly, you charged me a fee to tell me something I already knew. Thirdly, you don't understand anything about my business..... Now give me my sheep dog back and beat it before I lose my cool.”

With apologies to our members, The Association of Muslim Lawyers and Accountants (AMAL). They do have a sense of humour, you know.

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.



Simba Latest! All Simba Products Halaal



Final review has been concluded and all Simba products including Doritos Collisions Buffalo Wings are Halaal and approved by SANHA.

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



RAINBOW CHICKEN PROCESSED PRODUCTS are no longer certified Halaal by SANHA.

Due to introduction of non-approved imported Brazilian meats and failure to provide info, SANHA certification of Rainbow Food Solutions plant has been terminated.

The affected products are Polony, Viennas, Nuggets, Strips, Schnitzels, Crumbed and other value added products.

However, there is no change in the Halaal status of the fresh and frozen Rainbow Chickens which are slaughtered and processed at a separate Halaal certified site.

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 Fayyaadh Jeena

Marital Status : Single

Education : Hifz, Qiraat, Aalim – Darul Ulum Azaadville

Other Interests : Reading, Tabligh

Services : SANHA , Teaching in Maktab.

Position : Consumer Department Assistant

Key Responsibility : Querying of products, updating product database and answering telephonic queries.

Message : “And ask those who know if you do not know” An-Nahl V: 43



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Literature Disposal Unit

Quran Translation

Unique free service for collection and disposal of Islamic literature.

See Know Islam




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


Every religion and society has great respect for its Holy Scriptures no matter how old or new they may look. The respect and love the Muslims hold for their Holy Scripture is greatly different. The Holy Qur’an is not just an ordinary scripture, but rather it’s the Holy book of the Last Revelation to Mankind, a manual to mould an individual’s life into obedience to the Almighty.

Every single word and verse within the Quran and its use in other literature is sanctified. Disrespect of the Holy Qur’an, its words and sanctity tends to get compromised albeit unintentionally, when we discard old and/or replace with new prints and digital formats, etc. Our method of disposal could be incorrect and will not abrogate the inescapable fact that in Islam, when something is sanctified, then its sanctity will always remain.

Strict rules govern the correct disposal of material even when burning or burying. Your local Imam will be able to guide you.

Darul Ihsan, an executive member of SANHA, has successfully initiated a system of free collection and disposal of Islamic literature in your Masjid and community centre- see picture gallery. It goes even further by recycling usable literature for the benefit of empowering communities locally and abroad.

For further details on the service for your centre please contact:

Tel: 0861144726
Email: disc@darulihsan.com
Website: www.darulihsan.com



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




Q. I need a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments in the Randpark Ridge / Honeydew area as I have to order platters for a function and the platters must be HALAAL. This is rather urgent as the function is tomorrow and I need to place the order by this afternoon please. Could you let me have a list please?

A. Find below a list of SANHA certified caterers in the Johannesburg area. Some caterers deliver to areas out of their location, hence we have forwarded you the entire list:


Catering Kitchens – GP  
1.      Choc & Chilli –  Pretoria/Fourways (072-602-8488)
OR 076-407-0434
2.      Corporate Cuisine – Fairlands (Prepared Foods)
011-632- 5575
3.      Delicious Foods & Savouries – Erasmia (Savouries)
012-370- 4035
4.      Delightful Caterers -  Northcliff
5.      Fatima’s Delight – Mia’s Farm, Woodmead
6.      Housewive’s Paradise – Fordsburg
7.      I & Z Caterers – Crosby
8.      Khans Catering- Langlaagte
9.      Nick of Time Caterers & Suppliers –Turfontein
10.  Passionate Food – Robertsham
11.  Red Chilli Kitchen – Erasmia
12.  Roshan’s Catering – Pretoria
13.  Salma’s Fast Foods – Florentia, Alberton
14.  Shakila’s Delight – Lenasia  5
15.  Sharjah Caterers –  Woodmead
16.  Shireens Catering- Robertsham,
17.  The Golden Platter – Constantia
18.  Z. Vanker Caterers – Robertsham 

Q: Urgently advise as to whether the Steers at Montrose is a SANHA approved store.

A: Note Steers at Montrose is NOT a SANHA approved store.



Watch out for Potatoes SA (PSA) new colour coding system for best cooking results.
The system using orange, yellow and blue classifies potatoes into waxy, waxy/floury and floury, each with different characteristics for mashing, microwaving, baking, roasting and frying.

ORANGE – Great for baking, roasting and boiling. Excellent for salads but not suitable for microwaving or mashing.

YELLOW – With a floury mouth feel and suitable for a variety of use including boiling, microwaving and baking.

BLUE – Dry and crumbly feel once cooked and will break up during boiling. Most suitable for roasting, frying, mashing and baking.

Its potatoes for purpose- select the best one for best taste and result.


SANHA certifies over 1400 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:

* Tsitsikamma Crystal Spring Water cc, R102, Witelsbos, Eastern Cape - Beverages

* Frutarom SA (Pty) Ltd, 104 Vlootboot Street, Honeydew, JHB North - Flavour House

* Steers, The Zone, Oxford Road, Rosebank, GP North - Restaurant

* Jack's Snacks (Pty) Ltd, 5 & 7 Fuschia Road, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga - Snacks

* Galaxy Biscuits & Flour Mills, 55 Kimberley Ave, Nancefield, JHB, GP South - Bakery-Bulk

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


Bulletin Competition 62

Prize: Original Ismail Painting worth R3000

Question 1: Name any two hospitals that serve SANHA certified meals?


Durban – KKSFS – Ethekwini Hospital, Riverhouse Valley

Durban- Netcare Parklands, Hopelands Road, Overport

Durban- Netcare Umhlanga, Umhlanga

Lenasia- Royal Sechaba Lenmed Clinic, Gauteng

Mayfair – Netcare- Garden City, Gauteng

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

Answer: 15 years Experience

Competition winner: Brother S M Ismail



The instrument of light

It’s one man’s odyssey of upliftment to break free from the shackles of poverty of rural Apartheid South Africa, to a high position in Christianity, and then against all odds to study and open a legal practice at the age of 56 and then the journey to the final frontier and his homecoming to Islam.

Read Brother Dawood Ngwane’s presentation and cogent reasoning that influenced his journey.

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.



SA’s Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) will be participating in various exhibitions and trade shows, to promote SA-manufactured products in international markets.

The DTI offers the following financial support to qualifying firms:

• Air travel assistance of up to R13,000.

• Daily subsistence allowance of R2,000.

• Freight-forwarding of display materials – the DTI makes the necessary arrangements and covers the costs.

• Exhibition space and booth rental costs – the DTI makes the necessary arrangements and covers the costs.

Food and packaging-related exhibitions in the DTI’s National Pavilion List to 31 March 2012 (with the DTI’s description in brackets):

• 7-9 September 2011, Fruit Logistica Asia 2011 (China agro-processing), www.asiafruitlogistica.com

• 8-11 September 2011, CIFIT 2011 (China multi-sectoral), www.chinafair.org.cn

• 8-12 October 2011, Anuga 2011 (Germany agro-processing), www.anuga.com

• 16-18 November 2011, Food and Hotel China 2011 (China agro-processing), www.fhcchina.com

• 16 November 2011, Annapoorna- World of Food (India agro-processing), www.worldoffoodindia.com

• 1 February 2012, New York Fancy Food Show 2012 (New York agro-processing), www.specialityfood.com/fancy-food-show

• 8-10 February 2012, Fruit Logistica Berlin 2012 (Germany, fresh fruit), www.ambiente.de

• 15-19 February 2012, Gulf Food (UAE agro-processing), www.gulffood.com

Contact Batseba Morubi: Tel 012-394 1195; BMorubi@thedti.gov.za or
Koos Janse van Rensburg: Tel 012-394 1029; Kjvrensburg@thedti.gov.za


Assalamu Alaikum I discovered your website by chance, I want to know I have a Muslim fiancé and I’m Christian I would like to have a copy of the holy Quran so I can better understand Islam and maybe even one day embrace Islam as well I would be most grateful if you can help me.

E. V.S. Pretoria

An honor to be of service to you and our request has been forwarded to our sponsor the IPCI. May the Almighty pave your way for a rewarding journey to the Truth, Ameen. Editor

Alhamdulillah for us winning the Halaal award which means we are doing well in making sure our brothers in the importing countries are eating Halal. What we need to concentrate on now going forward is learning from SANHA how to ensure our local brothers are equally enjoying guaranteed Halal foods throughout the distribution chain.

M F. New Zealand

Whilst we have a lot to learn ourselves, we are committed to share what little we know with others. Insha’Allah. Editor


Forthcoming Events

13-14 July 2011
Mobile & e-Marketing Conference

Indaba Hotel
Organizers: TCI
Tel: +27 11 803 0009
Email: info@tci-sa.co.za


15 July 2011
Hilal and Moon Sighting in Islam

Tokyo Mosque,
Oyama Cho 1-19, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo
Tel. 03-5790-0760
Fax: 03-5790-7822

Organizers: Ruyat-E-Hilal Committee
DR. Salimur Rahman Khan
Email: ktc786@bz01.plala.or.jp


16 July 2011
The Sister’s workshop

Kuraby Mosque,
Brisbane, Australia
Tel: 0414 141 704


17 July 2011
Annual Madrasah Soccer Tournament

Islamic College of Brisbane


17-19 July 2011

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers: Exhibition Management services
Contact : Annie Hough
Tel : +27 11 783 7250
Email : saitex@exhibitionsafrica.com


17-19 July 2011
Retail Solutions Africa

Gallagher Estate
Organizers: Exhibition management Services
Contact: Lineke Fleischer van der Brugghen
Tel: +27 11 783 7250
Email: admin@exhibitionsafrica.com


17-19 July 2011

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers: Exhibition Management services
Contact : Annie Hough
Tel : +27 11 783 7250
Email : saitex@exhibitionsafrica.com


18-22 July 2011
Baking Outlook

Sandton Convention Centre
Organizers: Terrapin
Contact: Brian Shabangu
Tel: +27 11 463 6001
Email: enquiry.za@terrapinn.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.


There is a 25% discount available for plants certified by SANHA.

The global demand for Halaal products and services is valued at more than $1.2 trillion per annum. If you are producer, processor, manufacturer, supplier, retailer or marketer of Halaal goods and services then this comprehensive one-day seminar on Understanding the Global Halaal Market is for you. Endorsed by SANHA, this event will get you up to speed on the latest trends and developments in the global Halaal market and its implications for your business. The seminar is taking place alongside the Africa’s Big Seven exhibition on the 18th July 2011 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand. Click here to find out more about the seminar and to register: www.iir.co.za/halaal .


It’s the continent’s leading trade industry event incorporating food, beverage, retail, baking, meat industry and Halaal.

The show hosted over 300 exhibiters and 7600 visitors from 42 countries last year. This year promises to be even bigger.

A special interest event within the exhibition is SANHA’S popular World of Halaal.

For details on:

Africa Big 7, go to: http://www.exhibitionsafrica.com/

For details on SANHA, enquire on: manager-gp@sanha.org.za



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


Well known in Europe, the sickle shaped seeds are obtained from the tree, Carum carvi. A flavor similar to dill, it is used in flavouring and garnishing rye breads, crackers, cheese, cocktail chips, sauerkraut, coleslaw and salt sticks.


Health and Beauty

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

GET THE LOWDOWN ON GI – (Glycaemic Index)

The GI is a ranking of carbohydrate foods from 0 to 100. Carbohydrate foods are those that largely contain starches and sugars, like cereals, potatoes, bread, fruit and milk. GI is derived from measuring the blood glucose levels in people after they have eaten an amount of food that contains 50g of the carbohydrates (starches and sugar).

Carbohydrate foods that break down slowly release glucose gradually into the blood stream and have a low GI.

Carbohydrate foods that break down quickly produce a faster and higher rise in blood glucose levels and have a high GI.

Pure glucose is given a GI of 100 (or 100 %) and is used as a reference for measuring against all other foods. For example, spaghetti raises blood glucose levels by 41% compared to glucose, so it has a GI of 41.


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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