South African National Halaal Authority
December 2011 : Safar 1433

No. 69

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


Consumers right to know

The consumer is not an idiot. Do not try to pull the wool over his eyes. He is you and me, our fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, wives, husbands, family and friends. They do us a great favour each time they purchase a product or service for it contributes to our economy and livelihood. If we claim to represent, serve or profit from them, then we have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that the necessary and relevant information is provided in assisting them to make their choices, by way of labelling, declarations, disclosures and transparency.

For the muslim, the consumption of Halaal is not simply an option but an absolute obligation. This strand of the rope of Halaal which bind us together also presents the greatest challenge because of the enormous diversity. In one third of the world Muslims are in a majority situation and in the rest they live as a minority. They are found in both First World, as well as developing and Third World countries. Without a single cohesive institution such as the Rightly Guided Caliphate of previous times, it progresses by adherence to the Shari’ah.

There is no discrepancy on the primary sources, ie. The Noble Quran as revealed to the final Prophet, Muhammad (Peace be upon him) over one thousand four hundred years ago, preserved unchanged and without corruption in its original and pristine form. This is followed by the Sunnah which consists of the sayings and deeds of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon him) and is regarded both as explanatory and complementary to the text of the Quran.

There is a secondary source of the Shariah which is described as Juristic opinion of learned Ulama (Theologians) where through a measured and meticulous process, decisions arrived by Ulama through consensus, analogical deduction, personal reasoning, public interest, legal presumptions and customs with final sanction which cannot go contrary to the Divine primary sources above. It is in this area that many differences and rulings occur on the basis that the Ulama of that locality have made the decisions in the best interest of Islam for their respective communities.

The provision of Halaal products and regulatory services understandably experiences similar diversity, with governments of Islamic countries providing this in some instances whilst in minority situations the communities have learnt to rely on themselves through community based organisations. In the case of poultry there are many discrepancies with some accepting machine slaughter, others accepting slaughter by the "People of the Book" and some who accept a single recitation of the Tasmiyah (incantation) at the start of the process. Then there is the question of supply and demand where local halaal bodies grant certification at the port of entry on “paper verification” of the foreign certifiers whose bonafides and standards maybe questionable and who are visited once in several years.

One of the revelations in the grand fraud case brought by SANHA on the unforgivable crime committed by the Orion Cold Storage company in passing off pork and other Haraam products as Halaal, was that during 2011 alone, eighteen containers of chicken were imported by Orion and cleared in the manner described above. Five of these were from Denmark, a country that has done no favour to Islam with cartoons mocking the Prophet (Peace be upon him). It is common industry knowledge that virtually without exception, chickens from Denmark are machine slaughtered.

South Africans as a rule in keeping with the decision reached by their pious Ulama predecessors do not accept mechanical slaughter of poultry which makes it incumbent on the certifying authority, in this case the MJC, and their fellow members of the trinity, the NIHT and ICSA who make up the National Halaal Forum, to ensure that the consumers right to know and exercise their own choices is not impinged. Until such information is made available, consumers should abstain from all imported meats, question the sources at your butcher and even in downstream certification chain such as fast food outlets and pie manufacturers. Demand proper labelling information and do not accept products with vague labelling that merely states that it is specially packed for xyz without any country of origin, or value added products such as ?????? labelling of which conveniently omits the large percentage of foreign raw material and country of origin.

Do not allow your right to know to be hijacked – its a matter of faith.

Report deviations to your Halaal body, Department of trade, consumer body or local Member of Parlaiament.




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

Musjid ud-Duha, Sandton, Johannesburg

Masjid Duha

During Ramadaan of 2003, Taraweeh Salaah was performed at a home in Morningside. There were approximately 30 – 40 musallees who were resident in and around Sandton attending the Taraweeh Salaah. This prompted increased awareness that the Muslim community in Sandton was growing at a rapid rate and that the creation of an Islamic association in Sandton was a necessity in order to manage and develop a Musallah to cater for the prayer requirements of Musallees as well as address the social needs of the burgeoning Sandton Muslim community.

The Sandton Islamic Association was formulated during that Ramadaan with the primary objective of setting up a musallah in the Sandton area. The association identified the following long term goals:

• Converting the musallah into a mosque
• Establishing a madressah

The Sandton Islamic Association has been successful in meeting these goals and is responsible for establishing the first permanent mosque, known as Musjid ud-Duha, as well as the first permanent madressah in Sandton. The Sandton Islamic Association intends to build on these achievements in order to further serve the needs of the broader Sandton Muslim community.

The objective of the Musjid is to establish a meeting place for Islamic worship and learning. It is an environment conducive to the spiritual development, self-improvement and education of individuals wanting to achieve nearness to Allah (SWT), increase their Islamic knowledge and cultural awareness.

The Musjid property is zoned as a place for religious worship and is located on the corner of Coleraine and Ballyclare Drives. The location of the Musjid makes it easily accessable from the Sandton CBD, Bryanston, Riverclub, Rivonia, Morningside and other surrounding areas.

Musjid ud-Duha has prayer facilities for both men and women and at any point in time can accommodate over 400 musallees for congregational prayer. The Musjid is frequented by men and women working, living and visiting Sandton. The Sandton Islamic Association is proud of its diverse, multicultural congregation and serves over 250 Muslim families from as far as Saxonworld through to Fourways.

Where to find us:
94 Coleraine Drive, Duxberry, Sandton
Latitude: S26 04.481
Longitude: E28 02.827

Visit our website at www.sia.org.za or email: mail@sia.org.za


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




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.


Special Bombay Biryani

To serve 8 persons

Flop proof recipe with incredible taste and a fragrance to fill your home.


500- 750g small cubes of Beef/Chicken/Mutton with bones.
500-750g/3-4 cups of Basmatti rice (washed and soaked for 30 minutes).
5 medium finely sliced onions
4 medium tomatoes (chopped)
3 medium potatoes (peeled and halved)
3 Tbsp of ginger
1 heaped Tbsp of garlic paste
1 cup plain yoghurt (whipped)
1-1 ½ cups ghee/oil
1 packet of Shan Bombay Biryani Mix


1. Fry the onions in hot ghee/oil until golden. Add tomatoes and fry until the oil separates.

2. Add meat, garlic, ginger, potatoes, yoghurt and Shan Bombay Biryani Mix. Fry for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 cups of water and cook on low heat until the meat is tender. Then increase heat and stir fry until oil separates from gravy.

3. Separately: In 12 glasses of hot water add 3 Tbsp of Shan salt and the soaked rice. Boil until the rice is more than half cooked. Remove from heat and thoroughly drain the water.

4. Spread the cooked meat and curry over the rice in two layers. Cover the pot and cook on low heat until the rice is fully cooked and tender. Mix before serving.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with fresh salad and raita.

Serves 6-8 people.

The Shan range of superior spices are blended, packaged and exported from a SANHA and ISO 9001 certified plant in Pakistan.

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.

MR FISH raises the ‘steaks”

The N2 on the Natal south coast stretches for hundreds of kilometres, with the azure waters of the Indian Ocean breaking on the sun kissed beaches on the east side and lush sugar cane and tropical vegetation to the west. Alhumdullilah! it is a road well-travelled and a kind of a promised land that has become a premier holiday spot and summer playground.

Heading south on this road recently with the family to make our own summer memories, it was a hot and humid day. The air conditioner was working overtime and an hour into the journey my co-pilot (read wife) informs me of a situation with the passengers (read children) who had become restless and needed both bathroom and food. As commander of the mission I have to take action. I pull up next to the sign that states Margate and access the SANHA website via my GSM mobile. I scan through the restaurant listing and find a entry for a Mr. Fish restaurant. I enter the coordinates (nice touch SANHA) listed on the website into my Garmin and immediately another female voice takes over from my dear co-pilot with instructions of her own. Following her commands I am led to Mr. Fish in Marine Drive, in Margate.

It’s a quaint little thirty seater diner with a deck, owned and operated by a hands on couple, Muntashir better known as Gustav and Auntie Julie. Everybody seemed to know them and they in turn flitted around from table to table as if each diner was a family member having a meal at their home. While Auntie Julie and the wife got the bathroom side sorted out, Gustav’s noticed my predicament in making a decision from the wide menu. He recommended the family platter which has been a hit with the locals and visitors. Being the “carnivore” that I am I took the liberty of also ordering a Prego steak roll.

Being relaxed and on holiday, I forgot to time the duration between order and the meal being served. Its arrival after what seemed to be a reasonable wait and after the first few bites we were hooked on Mr. Fish Margate. The family platter costing R202-95 was outstanding value for money and should be plastered all over Margate for the world to enjoy. It consisted of 4 fish fillets with a special batter which Gustav refused to reveal, 12 tiger prawns, a helping of fish nuggets, chips, rice, corn balls and onion rings which were substituted for the calamari at my request and several sauces. And the Prego meal at R31-95 was a 20cm soft hero style roll bursting with well done strips of steak and chips, smothered in an authentic, tangy creamy sauce with hints of bird eye chilli. We had to ask for take home packs as the portions could have fed at least 6 people.

Outstanding meal, priced right from a SANHA certified outlet. Now how can we get Gustav to come to Gauteng?

For your own experience visit them at :

Marine Drive Margate.
Tel : Tel: +27 (0)39 317 4304

GPS Co-Ordinates:
Latitude: 26.241835
Longitude: -80.204074





Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.



Modesty is a virtue and a quality to be protected.

Visitors to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia would have noticed the successful introduction of women only pink taxis operated by female drivers.

This has been a welcome move following the pink coloured females only train coaches and buses.

These initiatives by the State gave women the option of travelling separately from men and be shielded from harassment.



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:

Efficiency Expert

It is a trend these days for people to try and improve their skills by attending leadership courses. During one such course an efficiency expert, a Moulana from Middleburg, well known for his lectures concluded each module with a note of caution. He said, "Please brothers don't try these techniques at home."

After several such remarks a brother from the audience asked, “Why not?" At first the Moulana tried to shrug off answering the question. However, after several brothers started repeating the question, the Moulana explained.

"I watched my wife's routine at breakfast for years," he said for. "She made lots of trips between the refrigerator, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time.” So one day I told her, “meri pyaari jaan, why don't you try carrying several things at once? it will be so much easier and it will save time and energy. '"

And did it save time and energy?" a brother in the audience asked. "Actually, yes," replied Moulana Patel. "It used to take Naazira 25 minutes to make breakfast, but now for the last few years I am able to do it in seven or eight minutes every day.”

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.



Mochachos Overport - Rumour Dispelled

is Muslim owned and continues to enjoy SANHA Halaal certification.

Rumours to the contrary on BBM and other media are false, malicious and should be ignored.

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

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111


SCOOTERS PIZZA RUSTENBURG Had utilized the SANHA Halaal logo in error and has apologized.

The said store is NOT Halaal.

Kindly exercise caution!!

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 : Yaaseen Allie

Marital Status : Married / 1 Child

Education : Aalimiyyah course at (Qaasimul Uloom)

Other Interests : Angling and Graphic designing

Services :
Crescent of Hope – Islamic Teacher
Beacon Valley – Islamic Teacher
IT Business Campus – One week Workshop instructor
BroMedia – Graphic Designer (Own Company)
SANZAF – Data capture and Graphic Designer

Position : Admin Assistant

Key Responsibility : Applications

Message : You will die as how you have lived and you will be resurrected as you have died.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

The simple grave of the translator of The Noble Quran in Surrey London.

The tombstone on a three-foot high arch on his plain grave reads: Abdullah Yusuf Ali, CBE, MA, LLM, FRSL, ICS, (Islamic Scholar)

Abdullah Yusuf Alli
For your free copy of his outstanding English translation of over 700 pages with commentary 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.

10 Principles of the Prophet (Peace be upon him)

Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the most successful man and we can derive untold benefits in this world and the Hereafter by emulating his conduct. Here are 10 of his successful principles:

1. To begin from the possible.
2. To see advantage in disadvantage.
3. Changing the place of action.
4. Make a friend out of an enemy.
5. Wring success out of failure.
6. The power of peace is stronger than the power of violence.
7. Lateral thinking was another principle of the Prophet.
8. To bring the battle in one’s own favourable field.
9. Gradualism instead of radicalism.
10. To be pragmatic in controversial matters.

Click here for the printable version with explanatory notes.



Halaal Supervisors

Urgently required for a bakery manufacturing facility in Briardene, Durban


* Responsibility for Halaal Programme Management
* General :
• Hygiene (Tahaarah, etc.)
• Documentation Management
• Production Supervision
• Monitor and Control critical areas
* Regular reporting to SANHA office
* Follow up corrective measures

Minimum Qualification:

* Basic experience in food service field.
* Sound Deeni reputation
* Basic knowledge pertaining to Halaal/ Haraam
* Matric

Applicants to forward detailed CV to SANHA Offices

Email Only: sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za

SANHA Establishments: Advertise your vacancies free of charge. Send details to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za





Q: Are Justine products Halaal suitable?

A: As per information at our disposal the following Justine products are not Halaal:

Justine non-Halaal products

• Justine Eye Cream (animal collagen)
• Justine Facial & Eye Firming Gel (animal elastin)
• Justine Hydrating Gel Mask (animal elastin)
• Justine Hydrating Sin Saver Elixer (animal elastin)
• Justine Skin Energiser AHA (animal collagen)
• Justine Special Treatment Cream (animal collagen)

Regrettably, we do not have information on the other Justine products.

Q: Are all Shans spice Halaal?

A: Shans spices are certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: Is Steers North Beach Halaal?

A: SANHA has withdrawn certification due to new owners being unable to meet supervisory requirements.


ANUGA 2012

The world’s most important trade fair for the Food and Beverage industry will be hosted in Cologne, Germany.

The 6th Anuga Food Tec 2012 show will be held from 27-30 March 2012. It is an invaluable market place for a world audience seeking and offering solutions from manufacturing, packaging, processing, food safety, refrigeration / air conditioning etc.


Founded in 1992 this division accounts for ten percent of Nestle group sales. The bottled water division employs 33500 people in 130 countries.

Nestle waters in South Africa are certified by SANHA – Refreshing to know.


This SANHA certified brand is an ambassador for South Africa. Having previously won three prestigious Great Taste awards, their nougat range is exported to Australia, Canada, Japan, UK and the USA.

Quite something for a 13 year old company that began Sally Williams kitchen.

Today their impressive factory is HACCP certified as well.


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:

* Moxon Foods, Portion 21, Kleinfontein, Pretoria, Gauteng - Caterers

* Maluti Biscuits Cafe, Corners President Brand and Murray Streets, Bethlehem, Free State - Crisp & Biscuits

* Global Pact Trading 835 (PTY) LTD t/a Nfinite/ 7 groene Weide Farm, Protea Road, Klapmuts, Cape Town - Raw Materials

* Victory Parade Trading 227 (Pty) Ltd t/a Omega Selection/ 95 Aviation Crescent, Airport City, Cape Town - Cullinary, Seafood

* Bread Ahead, Shop 16, Bluff Towers, 318 Tara Road, Bluff, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal - Bakeries

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


Roman’s Pizza and Pepsi Combos

200 to be won

The Empire is on the march. Be a gladiator and win a voucher for a small pizza and 330ml Pepsi.

Traditional thin or pan based with 25 different toppings that even Caesar would approve of from your favourite SANHA certified Halaal outlets.

Simply answer the questions below:-

1. Name the company implicated in the Halaal fraud case?

2. In which year did Roman’s Pizza commence business?

3. If you are a winner, which store would you redeem your voucher from?

CLOSING DATE: 31/01/2012

Send your answers to


1. Prize is a voucher redeemable at the following SANHA certified outlets: Overport Halaal, Laudium Halaal, Ormonde Halaal, Ridgeway Halaal, Fordsburg Halaal and Lenasia Halaal.

2. Prize cannot be redeemable for cash or credit against other items.

3. Prize will be redeemable only at the store stipulated by the entrant.

4. Prizes not collected by 29/2/2012 will be forfeited and will revert back to the pool.

5. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondences or debates will be considered.


English Translation of the Holy Qur’an.

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

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

Click here for details



The sponsor of the giveaway of the English translation of the Noble Quran is the Islamic Propagation Centre International. Founded by the late world renowned Shaikh Ahmed Deedat, its mission is to make the message of Islam heard and understood.

It undertakes the following:

1. Daily Masjid tours and introduction to Islam.

2. Classes on comparative religion and for new Muslims.

3. Production of Audio-Visual presentations and publication of the Noble Quran.

4. Printing and distribution of free literature on Islam.

5. Lecture tours by scholars on Islam.

6. Seminars and Workshops.

7. The Sheikh Deedat memorabilia centre.

Contact Details:
Tel: 0027 (0)31 306 0026
Web: www.ahmed-deedat.co.za


On SANHA’S successful court act against Orion meat labeling Haraam as Halaal

May Allah bless your efforts and guide us in all our work. Insha Allah the truth will prevail and the integrity will be intact.

M. A. L. Malaysia

We would like to thank SANHA for the very informative and entertaining Newsletter that you put out. Please keep up the excellent job. That is definitely a SANHA initiative that we are looking to emulate. Whether or not we succeed in matching the wit and literary prowess of your Newsletter crew is another thing all together.

M. F. New Zealand

May Allah Ta’ala accept the humble efforts of our team and our loyal readers, Aameen. Editor


Forthcoming Events

30 December 2011- 1 January 2012
Annual Summer Festival 2011
Cape Town

Masjid al-Minowar and Allenby Drive Sports Field
Organizers: Dar al-Mahamid
Tel : +27 72 1026363/+27 82 7805931
Email : darulmahamid@gmail.com

15 January 2012
Winter Fancy Food Show
San Francisco

Moscone Convention Centre
Organizers: The National Association for the Specialty
Food Trade, Inc
Tel : +(1)-(212)-4826440
For more info visit

24-26 January 2012

International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo
Georgia, Atlanta

For more info visit

7-9 February 2012
International Exhibition for Animal
Husbandry and Breeding
Moscow, Russia

Organizers: AgroFarm
Tel : +49 (0) 69-247 88-278
Email : agrofarm@DLG.org

15 February 2012
Global Food Safety Conference
Orlando, Florida

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Organizers: The Consumer Goods Forum
Tel : +33 144698484
Email : foodsafety



"… but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill"
Noble Quran Chapter 4 Verse 29


click here




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


Of Indian origin, and widely grown in Mediterranean countries, the lemon is easily the most versatile of all the citrus fruits. Its acid taste makes it unpleasant to eat as a fruit, but it has many culinary uses, particularly in baking and confectionery as well as a beverage in the form of lemonade.

A few drops of lemon juice will enhance delicate fish or poultry dishes, creams and pies. The acid can also be used to prevent cut fruit from turning brown when exposed to air.


The juices are excellent sources of vitamin C.


• Acidic juices especially can erode tooth enamel.

• Citrus fruit may be sprayed with fungicide and preservatives.

See health and beauty section for skincare tip using lemon.


Health and Beauty

Lemon Juice for Glowing Skin

Lemon Juice

The key to beautiful vibrant skin in summer is drinking lots of liquids. Fresh lemon juice not only refreshes you but also offers wonderful health benefits.

Grab the Benefits

To make this delicious lemon juice, take one glass of water, add ice if required, squeeze one lemon, add 2 tablespoon sugar and mix well. Alternatively, in place of sugar if one wants the salty taste then add black salt, common salt and cumin powder as per taste. Lime juice is ideal to keep the body heat under control. It also helps in removing the toxins from the body and makes body strong to withstand harsh summer radiations. Drink this juice twice in a day.

Acknowledgement: Look beauty


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