South African National Halaal Authority
June 2012 : Shabaan 1433

No. 71

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



…that will kindle the flame to a blaze of opportunity. Be a trailblazer and navigate your way in the Halaal economy, weather the storm and anchor in the harbour of success. And look at the numbers, the World Muslim population is approaching 1.6 billion people and expected to increase to 30 percent of the world’s population by 2025. The total spending on food would come up to $584 billion a year, if every Muslim spends just $1 a day on Halal food!

To help you take those steps today, for today and tomorrow, SANHA is proud to host its 5th International Halaal Conference entitled, “Navigating in the Halaal economy” on Monday 16th July 2012. It is hosted alongside the African continent’s largest trade exhibition, The Africa Big 7 to give you the opportunity to maximize your visit.

The conference will offer perspectives in understanding the global Halaal market and the Halaal value chain, make you aware of the latest findings in Halaal science, maintain competitiveness and leadership and hopefully increase profitability in business.  Then there is the opportunity of meeting and networking with role players and our expert local and international speakers.  Here are just two of the World Renowned speakers that you cannot afford to miss:

  1. Prof Sira Abdul Rahman - India
    Dr. S. Abdul Rahman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science from Mysore Veterinary College, Bangalore, India and a Masters from University of Madras, India, and PhD in Veterinary Parasitology from University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Abdul Rahman has published more than 100 scientific papers and has authored a book on Veterinary Parasitology.

    He is actively engaged in promoting Animal Welfare in Islamic countries by raising issues of cruelty to animals prior to slaughter, long distance of transport especially in the Middle East. He is a member of the World Global Halal Forum and International Halal Standards.
  2. Mr. Fazal Bahardeen - Singapore
    Fazal is the Founder & CEO of Crescentrating, which setup the world’s first Travel portal dedicated to the Halal conscious travellers and launched its’ Rating (Crescentrating) system to rate travel and tourism services for their Halal friendliness.

    He held senior management roles based in Europe and Asia. Fazal also has a Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), is a Corporate member of IET (UK) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) (UK).

Halaal Conference:  Monday, 16th July 2012 - for further details and registration click here

Venue: The Auditorium, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa.

Africa Big 7 Exhibition: 15th - 17th July 2012 - for details click here

Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


The National Muslim Prison Board was formed in the early 1980's. It is recognized by the authorities and supported by the Ulama as well as many diverse Muslim organizations affiliated to it.

Its mission statement is: "To aspire to make the incarceration of Muslim inmates as smooth and favourable as possible in the hope that they preserve their Imaan (faith) in the hostile prison environment and that they reform their lives in conformity with the Noble Quran and Sunnah to become active contributing members of the society".

The Board works with the Department of Correctional Services to increase service to Muslim inmates. Some services provided are:

  • Appointing religious workers to teach Islam to Muslim prisoners.
  • Giving Suhoor and Iftaar to prisoners during Ramadaan.
  • Facilitating Ramadaan programs for inmates including Taraweeh and daily Salaah.
  • Distributing Islamic literature, Musallas, Tasbeehs, etc to all correctional centres.
  • After-care services for inmates' families.
  • Facilitation of Halaal meals in prison.
  • Islamic counselling of inmates and their families.
  • Arranging Salaah facilities in prisons.
  • Arranging Islamic burials for Muslims who pass away in prison.
  • Interacting with the Department of Correctional Services in matters related to Muslim inmates.
The National Muslim Prison Board functions as an umbrella body for Muslim Prison Boards in Gauteng, KZN, Western Cape, Northern and Eastern Cape. The National Muslim Prison Board enjoys the support of a number of organizations at national level, such as SANZAF, SANHA, Jamiatul-Ulama KZN, and Jamiatul-Ulama South Africa. The Halaal department of the National Prison Board operates under the auspices of SANHA and is also an associate member of SANHA.

"Allah helps a person so long as that person is in the service of his brother." (Sahih Muslim)

Stop Press: New offices
Alhamdulillah, to increase our services, the Muslim Prison Board has opened new offices at:
Shop 3 Gem Towers
98 Overport Drive
Overport, Durban

For further details of the sterling work done by this organisation contact:

Mufti Siraj Desai, Chairman & Ameer:
Email: sdesai@telkomsa.net Tel: 041-457 1501

Moulana Shabeer Asmal, Secretary General:
Email: shabbeer_asmal@pop.co.za

Moulana Mohamed Khatieb, National Muslim Chaplain:


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

Anas radiyallahu anhu narrates that when Rajab began the Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would supplicate, “O Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha‘baan and grant that we reach Ramadaan.” [at-Tabraani]

Commentary: In order to gain the most benefit from the month of Ramdaan, preparations should commence at least months before. This is entails ever greater vigilance in fulfilment of virtuous deeds and abstention from prohibitions. Within the ambit of this preparation is increased diligence in observance of Halaal and Haraam. A morsel of Haraam might spiritually blacken our Ramadaan.

Rajab has already passed. Let us make the most of the remaining time of preparation.



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.

Kerala (South Indian) Fish Curry

Brisbane-based Nazima Hansa aka as the cookery columnist KB is an expatriate South African with a passion for cooking and travel. During a recent trip to India, she persuaded the Chef Ratheesh of the Zuri Kumarokum resort in Kerala, South India, to share his signature dish. Your editor can vouch for the incredible burst of flavour and taste.


• 250g fresh fish
• 1 tsp tamarind (diluted in a 1/4 cup of hot water)
• 1 large onion sliced
• 2 Tbs of curry leaves
• 3 tsp red chillie powder
• 1/2 tsp coriander powder
• 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
• 1/4 tsp fenugreek powder
• 2 Tbs coconut oil
• 1 tsp slivered ginger
• 2 tsp ground garlic
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 pinch mustard seeds
• 1 pinch fenugreek seeds
• 2 Tbs coconut milk
• 1/2 cup tomatoes



  1. Clean fish, drain and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the red chillie, coriander, turmeric and fenugreek powders with a little water to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and when it starts spluttering, add the fenugreek seeds followed by the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and the paste and fry until the onions turn light brown. Then add the tomatoes and simmer until the oil separates.
  4. Add the tamarind extract and check the level of sourness.
  5. When the mixture starts boiling, add the fish pieces and salt.
  6. Add enough water to cover the pieces.
  7. Cook on gentle heat and when the fish is almost cooked increase the heat and cook until the gravy thickens and the oil is visible.
  8. Lastly, add the coconut milk and serve hot with rice.

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.


Our foodie is on vacation and putting on weight no doubt before Ramadaan while he reviews the establishments.





Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.

Out of Africa

The Africa Big 7 Exhibition incorporating SAITEX is the largest event of its kind on the African Continent. It brings an unprecedented array of initiatives to give an incredible level of international exposure.

800 exhibitors from about 40 countries.
15000 visitors from about 54 countries.
5 co-located conferences including SANHA’s International Halaal Conference.
4 important workshops on trade.

For details on the exhibition and free entry go to www.exhibitionsafrica.com



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:

Stupid questions – Perfect replies (part 1)

1. "I want to buy a dress to put on around the house."

"Yes, Madam. How large is your house?"

2. "What are you going to be when you graduate?"

"An old man"

3. "I spent three years in college taking medicine."

"Are you well now?"

4. "I've got a surprise for you, honey. I brought a friend home for dinner."

"Who wants to eat friends?"

5. "It seems that everything I say to you goes in one ear and out the other."

"Well, I guess that's why I've got two ears."

6. "We are having mother for dinner, darling."

"Make sure she's well done."

7. "Would you like your coffee black?"

"What other colours do you have?"

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.




has used the SANHA Halaal mark without authorisation.

The company has apologised and all signage and logos were removed by SANHA.

Kindly Abstain!!

Consumers are urged to be vigilant and immediately report any possible abuse of the Halaal mark.

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

HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111



is no longer certified Halaal by SANHA due to change of ownership.

Kindly 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



Who's Who in the world of Halaal

Name : Issa Kabudula

Marital Status : Married

Education : Student at Unisa – Degree in Policy Studies
Diploma in Business Management and Administration
Diploma in Islamic Studies (Malawi)
Certificate in Human Resources (Pakistan)

Other Interests : Dawah and political debate.

Services : Weekly public Dawah and general education training

Position : Administration Clerk (Durban)

Key Responsibility : General Office Administration

Message : Our time is now; we can change things the Islamic way.



Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Whooo certifies this outlet?


There were 33144 McDonald’s outlets worldwide as at September 2011.



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

The Greeting – Assalaamu Alaikum

This is an expression that Muslims say whenever they meet one another. It is a statement of greeting with peace. The meaning of it is: "Peace be upon you."

Muslims try to establish peace on earth even through the friendly relation of greeting and meeting one another.

The lengthier and more meritorious forms are: "Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah" which means: "May the peace and the mercy of Allah Almighty be upon you", and "Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh", which means: "May the peace, the mercy, and the blessings of Allah Almighty be upon you."

The Reply – Wa Alaikumus Salaam

This is an expression to reciprocate the greeting. When a person greets another with a salutation of peace, the reply to the greeting is also one of peace. The meaning of this statement is: "And may peace be upon you". The more complete replies are: "Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullah" and "Wa Alaikumus Salaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh."








Q: Which airline meals are Halaal?

A: Meals served on the following Airlines outbound from Johannesburg are certified Halaal by SANHA:

1. Arik International Airlines
2. Etihad Airways
3. Qatar Airways
4. Seychelles Airline
5. Eritrea Airlines

Halaal/Muslim meals may be requested on the following Airlines ex Johannesburg. Kindly ensure that the food is received with the SANHA authorisation seal intact:

1. Air Austral
2. Air Malawi
3. Air Namibia (ex Cape Town as well)
4. Rwanda Air
5. Taag Angolan Airlines
6. LAM
7. Mozambique Express
8. Set-Solenta Aviation
9. Mango (Cape Town only)

Q: Which dental floss products are Halaal?

A: The Oral B waxed floss, Johnson & Johnson waxed floss and the Clicks waxed floss are Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.



South Africans have an enormous capacity for change and our retailers are no exception. Reacting to consumer trends, retailers are taking up the slack on different turfs of the market.

Case in point is Woolworths move from a limited assortment specialty stores to its first 3200 square metre supermarket-scale store in Bryanston, Johannesburg that opened recently.

According to the manager, Jorges Theodosopoulos, the Nicolway Branch makes it “easier than ever for consumers to do all their food and household shipping in one convenient place.”

On the other end of the scale, Pick n Pay and BP Southern Africa plan to roll out 120 limited offering stores in the next few years.

Express 24 hour stores with a trading size ranging from 150 to 250 square metres. The stores are expected to carry 1500 to 2500 product lines and allows customers easy access, free parking and speed through the tills.

We wish the parties every success and urge the principals and store owners to ensure that Halaal is catered for.


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:

* Ubuntu Spice Worx, Unit C1/C2 Kiadsha Park, Corner Wimbledon & Golden Highway, Lenasia South, Gauteng, South Africa - Spices

* Fruitime Fruit Juices (Pty) Ltd, Corner Apex & Belfast Roads, Apex Industrial, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa - Beverages

* Azaadville Meat Palace, 61 Azaad Avenue, Azaadville, Gauteng, South Africa - Butchery

* Maq's Fish & Chips, Shop L22, Trade Route Mall, Lenasia, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurant

* Wynberg Pharmaceuticals - Sekunjalo Health Care Ltd / Ground Floor, No 4 Silverwood Close, Tokai, Cape Town, 7966 - Hygiene and Sanitation Chemicals

* Mochachos Gateway, Shop: E013 C, Electric Avenue, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulavard, Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa - Restaurant

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



The competition has closed. The winners will be announced in Bulletin no. 72.


Closing date extended

Win 1 of 30 plastic Quran reading desk. Superb gift sponsored by Plastics n more; the real factory store. Sturdy 40 cm x 22 cm tilt surface with slide prevention ridge, stands 29 cm high.

Simply answer the following questions:

1. Give the GPS co-ordinates of one of the SANHA offices?

2. Name 2 of the branches of the sponsor?

3. If you are a winner, from which SANHA office would you prefer to collect your prize?

For clues on the competition see Tell us and We’ll Tell the World section in Bulletin no. 70.

Send your answers to



A collector’s piece. Watch in awe as the legendary 78 year old master Da’ee (missionary) enthrals the capacity audience in the iconic Sydney Town Hall, Australia. Kindly sponsored by the IPCI.

14th JULY, 2012

Write to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and don’t forget to include your postal details.



Convenient, lightweight, durable vinyl. Keep it in the car.

Collect from any of our South African offices between 09h00 – 15h00 (no deliveries or posting please).

Generously sponsored by Darul Ihsan Islamic Services.

For details of their noble work see Tell us And We’ll Tell the World section.

To view the photo Click here

We reserve the right to limit quantities.



The sponsor of our Musalla giveaway. From humble beginnings in 2000 and through the expert guidance of its founder and Ameer Mufti Zubair Bayat, it is successfully providing a range of services to the community.

Activities in brief

  • Education & Training
  • Hifz Class & High-School Students Madrasah
  • Ulama Development Programs
  • Da'wah & Publications
  • Workshops & Seminars
  • Welfare, Bursary & Muslim Empowerment Fund
  • Relief & Humanitarian Aid
  • Fatwa & Mediation
  • Counselling (Guideline)
  • Website
  • Youth of the Ummah (YOU)

Muslim Empowerment Fund
A number of projects are undertaken to empower and assist people from the lower and no-income groups to make them self-reliant and self-sufficient.

Empowerment Projects
Several projects i.e. Tuck Shop Starter Pack, Tradesman Empowerment, Seeding, Street Trader's Starter Pack, Lakka Chow, Vending Carts, Employment Placement and Skills Training.

Humanitarian Projects

  • Several feeding projects for pupils, patients & families.
  • Pupil mentoring, sponsor a bag.
  • Nursing and Care Project, also for the disabled.
  • The “Home-Improvement” Project.

The New Look to Darul Ihsan
The branch office at Gem Towers, 98 Overport Drive (next to Overport City) co-ordinates a number of important activities, inter alia, the Fatwa dept. social & counselling (guideline), publications, etc.

Alhamdulillah, Darul Ihsan has also secured an Islamic Centre in the heart of Inanda, Kwa Mashu, Ntuzuma and Phoenix (PINK) - popularly known as Bester. Currently the centre has a Mussalla, boarding facilities for our ‘Basic Islamic Course’ for reverts and a welfare office. It is also supported by an Islamic Information Centre in Inanda to cater for the needs of the indigent.

SANHA is privileged to count this dynamic organisation as an Executive Member of its Board.


Website: www.darulihsan.com
email: kathrada.a@darulihsan.com

98 Overport Drive, 3rd Floor, Gem Towers, Durban

P.O Box 76474, Marble Ray, Durban, 4035

Tel: 08611 IHSAN (44726)
Fax: 031 207 3749


On our publishing of their organisation’s profile.

Please post me a copy of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat’s DVD. I am a revert & ardent follower of the late Sheikh.

Jazaakallahu Khairan for the sterling work of educating the Ummah on matters of Halaal & Haraam.

S.C. Pietermaritzburg

We are an Islamic Preschool and Educare facility in Florida.

Your good work and information is valued and appreciated.

I would appreciate it if you could post 100 copies of the Halaal Gazette to our school for distribution among our parents.

R.O. Gauteng


Forthcoming Events

4 - 6 July 2012
Indonesia’s No.1 Livestock, Feed and Fisheries

Jakarta Convention Center
Organizers: Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic
of Indonesia
Tel : +62 21 865 0963 / 864 4756
Email : info@indolivestock.com

5 – 6 July 2012
Companies Act, Regulations and Business Rescue

The Focus Rooms, Sunninghill, Sandton
Organizers: 1 Group Promotions
Tel : +27 11 782 7999 / 022 5832
For more info http://www.1group.co.za/CABR.pdf

12 July 2012
Food Law and Labelling

The Wanderers Club Illovo
Organizers: The Institute for International Research
Tel : +27 11 771 7302
Email : smoreira@iir.co.za

15 July 2012
Africa’s Big Seven Exhibition

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers: Exhibition Management Services
Tel : +27 11 783 7250
Email : admin@exhibitionsafrica.com

15 July 2012
SAITEX includes BRICS Africa

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers:Exhibition Management Services
Tel : +27 11 783 7250
Email : saitex@exhibitionsafrica.com

16 July 2012

5th International Halaal Conference

Gallagher Convention Centre
Organizers:South African National Halaal
Tel : +27 31 207 5768
Email : sanha-kzn@sanha.org.za

16 July 2012
Banking Outlook

Sandton Convention Centre
Tel : +27 11 463 6001
Email : enquiry.za@terrapinn.com

16 – 19 July 2012

Matrade Delegation for Bilateral Trade
Gauteng and Durban

Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
The Balmoral Hotel, Durban
Organizers:MATRADE Johannesburg
Tel : +27 11 268 2380 / 1
Email : norman@matrade.gov.my



"… 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.






Great business opportunity to meet the Malaysian Trade Commission (MATRADE) and lunch.

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


Out of Africa for the world but now growing all over the tropics. Romanized from the Arabic tamr hind “Indian date.” This indigenous African tree produces a pod like fruit which is used extensively in cuisines around the world. Sweet and tangy tamarind is one of the widely used condiment spice found in every South Asian kitchen. In Western cuisine it is best known in Worcestershire sauce and HP sauce. And also used extensively in Latin American recipes.

Its pulp has been used in many traditional medicines as laxative, digestive, and as a remedy for biliousness and bile disorders. This spice condiment is also used as emulsifying agent in syrups, decoctions, etc in different pharmaceutical products.

In southern parts of Kerala, India mostly along the coastal belt, renowned for its fish recipes it is added to fish curry masalas with coconut for a very unique flavouring.

See our Winning recipe section for a delicious Kerala (South Indian) Fish Curry with tamarind.


Health and Beauty

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

Banana Face-Mask for Glowing Skin

It’s the simplest one yet. There is a lot to be said for keeping things simple and invariably they work.

Here is a fabulous fruit for beauty treatment in toning and moisturising the skin all in minimum time.

Take two ripe medium bananas and little honey. Mash the banana and add honey to it and also few drops of rose water. Smooth this paste and leave it on face for only 10 minutes. After cleaning off, your skin will soften and glow.

Don’t slip up on this one.

Source: Look Beauty


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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