South African National Halaal Authority
July 2013 : Ramadhan 1434

No. 74

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




THE heart is the most significant part of the body and any external change in conduct has to be rooted in the recesses of the heart. The medicine prescribed for the spiritual cleansing of the heart from the worldly pursuit of hedonistic materialism is none other than listening to the recitation of the words of the Noble Quraan.

And who would disagree that Ramadaan is the best possible time to bring about this radical internal change. Like the experienced gardener who understands the importance of the right climate and conditions to plant the seeds which by the will of Allah Ta’ala will yield a healthy and bountiful harvest, so too is the Divine gift  of Ramadaan to help us ascend a spiritual pinnacle. During this time, Muslims find it easy to compete with one another in virtu­ous and righteous deeds due to the prevailing and favourable spiritual atmosphere.

Of this month Allah Ta’ala has stated, “Ramadaan is the month in which was sent down the Qur’an as a guide to mankind, also clear (signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who witnesses the month should spend it in fasting…..”  Al Baqarah, Verse 185. As Ramadaan is the month of the Qur’an, every Muslim should strengthen his relationship with the Qur’an. A Muslim is encouraged to complete a full reading of the Holy Quraan during Ramadaan and listen earnestly to its recitation in the evening prayer, when one is most receptive after the daylong fast of abstaining from any food, drink or indulging in conjugal relations from dawn to sunset.

Fasting is more than just abstaining from food though. It is also means to abstain from any falsehood in speech and action, from any ignorant and indecent speech and from arguments and quarrel. It helps to develop good behaviour and inculcates a sense of global brotherhood and solidarity, as the Muslim simultaneously experiences what the needy and hungry feel. This gives a new sense of togetherness, association and intense introspection.

It is our prayer that this higher purpose is kept uppermost in our minds as a moral guidance compass and with determined effort to spiritually lift ourselves in this blessed month, so that we will be able to shape our conduct for the year ahead.

On behalf of all our certified plants, member organisations, subscribers, officials, staff and friends, we wish you a fulfilling Ramadaan of peace, prayer, good health, spiritual transformation and reconnecting to our Creator, Insha Allah (God willing).




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


Allah Ta’ala says: “So vie with one another in good works.”

The best “competitors” are the ones that are the most creative in their approach.

Established in 1974, SANZAF has over 30 offices in South Africa and is a major NGO in social-welfare and development. Registered as a tax exempt Public Benefit Organisation, SANZAF is authorised to issues donor’s tax certificates. SANZAF has been recognised as a B-BBEE body, thereby affording donors an avenue to spend their Enterprise Development (ED) Funds as well. This augers well for the Muslim donor public as SANZAF becomes their effective conduit to the beneficiaries.


SANZAF takes cognizance of the fact that Zakah is a Divinely Ordained Pillar, usually calculated on an annual basis. This is where SANZAF through innovation and technology comes into its own to assist you. 

  1. myZakahZA app,  launched in 2012 proved to be extremely popular. Download the free app from their app store by searching for myZakahZA.

  2. Zakah Quest, the latest tool for mobile devices. This Q&A based “game” allows users to test their Zakah knowledge and comes with 100 common questions on Zakah. The paid-for service costs R2 a minute and is accessed by dialing *120*786#.

  3. A Call Centre type service (phone 0861 SANZAF / 0861 726 923), as well as an ASK MOULANA hot-button on our web-site. Both these services give users direct access to one of our knowledgeable staff members.

  4. SANZAF also offers a free, one-on-one advisory service as well as workshops on Zakah calculation for groups of 10 or more. The workshops are suitable for families as well as company staff.

Services are offered free of charge. Simply follow the appropriate link from your App Store or our web-site.


SANZAF has invested R9 million in students on the Bursary Programme.  Over the years the organization has sponsored hundreds of tertiary students. In 2013 a total of 373 students were assisted with bursaries.


In addition to their annual Operation Winter Warm Campaign SANZAF introduced another approach in keeping with the theme of “Let’s give them back their dignity.

Partnering with nine schools 360 grannies were afforded an opportunity to an outing. This included a visit to a clothing store where they were each allowed to purchase clothing of their choice to the value of R1 000.


In implementing the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), SANZAF institutes its Annual Operation Fitra Campaign as means through which Muslims are encouraged to pay Sadaqatul-Fitr with the objective of ensuring that the poor and indigent are also in a position to celebrate the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.


Accredited by MERSETA, the course comprises workshop safety, select use and care of hand tools, basic engineering, assembling of manufactured components, operations and monitoring of production machines. It is a six months course comprising a theoretical and practical component in assisting the youth in self-empowerment programmes to attain gainful employment.

SANZAF is a proudly South African organization, an Associate Member of SANHA and has through its various initiatives demonstrated that it is concerned, passionate and committed to improving the lives of all South Africans.

Go on and visit them to see the outstanding work being undertaken for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.

Tel: 0861 SANZAF / 0861 726 923
Website: www.sanzaf.org.za


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

Abu Saeed al-Khudri (radiyallahu anhu) narrates:

“We waged battle at the side of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when 16 days of Ramadaan had passed. Some of us kept the fast and some did not. Neither did those who kept the fast rebuke those who did not fast; nor did those who did not fast rebuke those who observed the fast.” [Muslim]


The Battle of Badr was fought on the 17th of Ramadaan in the 2nd year of the Hijrah. This was the first Ramadaan when fasting was ordained. The 313 ill-equipped Muslim faced 1000 fully-armed foes. Some Muslims chose not to fast, as travellers are allowed to delay their fast to another time. Others felt strong enough to fast. Neither side rebuked the other. The best of Muslims respected each other’s opinions even when they strongly differed. May Allah grant us such etiquette as well.

Badr occurring in Ramadaan shows that the month is not limited to personal worship. Consider the turmoil of the Muslim world, and at the very least pray for the Ummah at the special moments of Iftaar.



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.


The Mughals of Turkish-Persian origin came to India in the 16th century. Their cuisine which is hugely popular to this day fuses Indian, Middle Eastern and Persian styles of cooking and became popular regional cuisines in Kashmir and Punjab.

This popular dish using beef, mutton or chicken is traditionally cooked and served in a wok-like dish called a Karahi. And with Shan’s proven spice and recipe, you have a success story in your hands.


  • 1½ kg small cubes   -    Beef/Chicken/Mutton
  • 6 ripe & unripe cubed (500g)  -   Tomatoes Medium
  • 6 medium whole  -  Green Chillies
  • 1½ Tablespoon (25g)   -  Garlic crushed
  • 5 Tablespoons / 7.5 cm (40g)   -    Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 cups (350g)   -   Ghee/Oil/Butter
  • 1 packet (use less for mild hot) - Shan Karahi/Fry Gosth Curry Mix


  1. Place the meat in a small pot and add 2-3 cups of water, garlic, ginger and Shan Karahi / Fry Gosht Curry Mix.
  2. Cover and boil on low heat until the meat is tender. (When the meat is tender about a cup of liquid stock should remain in the pot). In another pot heat ghee/oil and add tomatoes. For until half the juice of tomatoes has dried up (about 15 minutes.) Add the cooked meat, stock and green chillies to the fried tomatoes.
  3. Cover and cook on high heat for 5 minutes, then for 10 minutes on low heat.


The Shan range of world class spices are certified by SANHA.

See the "ON MY PLATE" column.

Do you have a recipe to share with the readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of the e-Bulletin.



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.


How is it possible to cook up and present chef-style dishes in a short space of time without being schooled in the culinary arts?

Elementary, my dear Watson. It’s about having the right tools of the trade, i.e. the recipe and instructions, the ingredients, magic spices and knowing where to find it.

Taking the cue from a family friend who confessed under pressure that the meal which we had just enjoyed in generous proportions was through his discovery of Shan Spices, I decided to check it out.

A visit to their Durban distributor in Albert Street and one in Fordsburg by a friend who owed me a favour, was like an odyssey into spice utopia. Rows and rows of innumerable spices, mixes and pickles form a kaleidoscope of colours that befuddle the mind at first glance.

The product concept under constant development was established in Pakistan in 1981 and is today produced in a world class facility. With their expertise of the diverse and regional cuisine of the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and China, they produce a vast range of special premix spices for Indian curry and rice dishes, vegetable, meat and seafood, pickles, desserts, Chinese and Arabian favourites which are shipped all over the world. They also have their own rice and ready to heat and eat meals.

Popularly patronised by restaurants – the locals and the Indian Diaspora, all the favourite dishes and more are stocked.

A bonus is that their personnel were very knowledgeable and the products all contained recipes in several languages.

I settled on the simple Karahi Gosht which I put to the test and surprise! surprise! I too was able to come up with a superb dish. You too can do it, the so easy way.

The products are certified by SANHA and supervised by our offices in Pakistan.

Stocked by the distributors below and at all good spice stores.

Shan Spice    89 Albert Street, Durban - +2731 304 7246
Shan Spice    39 Central Avenue, Mayfair - +2711 837 7424




Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


Be wary of menu descriptions that do not give a clear description to the consumer.

Here are four items with ´chic French menu terms´ where alcohol is a concomitant part of the cooking process. Be cautious.

BOURGUIGNONNE - Cooked with red wine
CARBONADE - Beef stew made with beer
COQ AU VIN - Casserole of chicken in red wine
MARINIERE - Referring to fish cooked in white wine



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:

From the workplace - Unintentional yet funny gaffs from actual job application forms

  1. "I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant."

  2. "Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far."

  3. "As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments."

  4. "Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store."

  5. "Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job-hopping'. I have never quit a job."

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.





KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Durban now has 2 Halaal outlets certified by SANHA:



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: Nadeem Naseem

Marital Status: Married

Education: Fellow of Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan

Other Interests: Food Technology Research, Management Consulting

Position: Chief Executive - SANHA Pakistan Senior Management Advisor, Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Limited. Management Consultants, Pakistan 

Key Responsibility: Coordination between SANHA South Africa and SANHA Offices in Pakistan.
Manager - Faisalabad Office of Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Limited.

Message: Anyone who escapes Jahannam and enters Jannah is indeed successful.




Get the picture - it's worth a thousand words

Radio Islam Decoder

To win one of these fabulous decoders 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.


Fasting is one of five primary obligations or pillars of Islam that each Muslim must fulfil throughout his or her lifetime. The pillars define the basic identity of Muslims - their faith, beliefs and practices and bind together a worldwide community of Believers into a fellowship of shared values and concerns.

Click here for an excellent slide presentation on Fasting in Ramadaan.



Which Marshmallows are Halaal?

The following Marshmallow brands are certified Halaal by SANHA:

  • Candyland (from Pakistan) – available at selected SANHA certified butcheries and selected sweet shops.
  • Kayleys – available at CNA, Clicks and selected sweet shops.

Which restaurants Food Outlets in Newcastle, South Africa are certified by SANHA?

Debonairs Pizza  –   Newcastle (59 Allen St)


Debonairs Pizza  –   Newcastle Mall (Shop 109)


Fishaways – Newcastle (59 Allen St)


Fishaways – Newcastle Mall (Shop 110)


Steers  –  Newcastle (59 Allen St)


Steers  –  Newcastle Mall (Shop 108)



Previously available only from speciality retailers or upmarket restaurants, now the benefit and taste of the new “Nestle White Hot Chocolate” is available for you to spoil yourself at home.


Try it. Whether it’s sinking into a comfy couch or curling up with your favourite bedtime read, Nestle White Hot Chocolate always makes your “Me-Time” moment just a little more indulgent.


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:

* Jimmy's Killer Fish & Chips Ormonde, Shop 10A, Crownwood Square, 11 Crownwood Road, Ormonde, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurant

* I Love Spice, 333 Zasm Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa - Spices

* Naturewise Health, 18 Maiden Street, Robindale, Gauteng, South Africa - Medical - Supplements

* Handyware Industries (Pty) Ltd, Unit 12, Midline Business Park, Corner Richards Drive & Le Roux Avenue, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa - Flavouring

* Steers, Shop AR 23, King Shaka International Airport, King Shaka Drive, La Mercy, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

* Mias Food Corp, 165 Felix Dlamini Road, Overport, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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




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

Answer the following questions:

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

2. Name two poultry brands that are certified / approved by SANHA?

3. Which SANHA office would you like to collect your prize from if you are a winner?

Competition closing date: 15th September 2013

Send your answers to

See Photo Gallery for a picture of the prize

Subject line must read
“Radio Islam Decoder”.




72 page booklet by Professor Yusuf Dadoo provides a concise summary for each night from the 1st to the 27th Taraweeh.


A perfect pre-reading before the important nightly Salaah.

Write to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za with your postal address.

Subject line must read
“Holy Qur’an Summary”.





Dr Farouk Haffejee’s hour-long presentation detailing how to have a healthy Ramadaan is yours for the asking.


Write to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za with your postal address.

Subject line must read
“Ramadaan DVD”.




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

Its original footprint was the greater Gauteng area. However, with advances in satellite technology and use of a signal decoder, one can receive clear signals all over Southern Africa. Also with audio streaming via their website www.radioislam.co.za

Listenership has gone global. Thousands of hits from countries as far away as Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK bear testimony to this. It has won numerous awards for its dynamism and service to the community, often beating off national radio broadcasters.

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

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

Tel: +27 11 854 7022

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



Great newsletter! On Vitamin D, what if someone works night shift and does not get enough sunlight? Is there a Halaal alternative?

F S South Africa

Georen, a leading South African Pharmaceutical company renowned for their high standards has a product called D Drops in liquid form.

One single drop is equivalent 400 iu of Vitamin D. This is suitable for the application and even used for premature babies.

Many of their products are SANHA certified and are available in leading Pharmacies.

Go to their website
to check it out.


Forthcoming Events




17-19 July 2013

Mediatech Africa

Coca Cola Dome – Northgate – Johannesburg

26 July 2013

Baba Indaba

Cape Town International Convention Centre – Cape Town

07 August 2013

Decorex Johannesburg

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg

7 – 8 August 2013

Marketing Indaba

Gateway Umhlanga, Durban

15 August 2013

Hong Kong International Tea Fair

Convention & Exhibition Centre – Hong Kong

15 August 2013

Food Expo

Convention & Exhibition Centre – Hong Kong

30 August 2013

Baba Indaba

Nasrec - Johannesburg




Your discovery column of spectacular spices, fabulous fruits, incredible ingredients, vital vegetables, marvelous minerals and vibrant vitamins.



Legend has it that this mixture was originally created to become the perfect spice blend as it incorporates the five base flavours of Chinese cooking - sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savoury.

Available in powder form its components are star anise, Sichuan peppercorns, fennel seed, whole clove and cassia cinnamon.

It is a fantastic addition to meat dishes, seafoods and even used in marinades or dry-rubs. Add a pinch to vegetable stir fries, rice dishes, and even some baked goods for the unexpected and warming flavours.


Health and Beauty

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


Ramadaan is the time to take a break from pursuit of senseless pleasure and rediscover our inner selves.  We’re not just body, but body and soul. In Ramadaan we deprive the body to uplift the soul that can liberate us and draw us closer to our Creator.  Dr. Farouk Haffejee of the Islamic Medical Association of South Africa gives sound advice on how to avoid some common health problems encountered in Ramadaan.

He recommends foods that last longer. "In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods such as barley, wheat, oats, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, and unpolished rice. These are called complex carbohydrates rather than fast-digesting foods and last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours," Whole wheat, grains, seeds, vegetables (like green beans, peas, and spinach), fruit with skin, dried fruit (such as dried apricots, figs, prunes, and almonds) are all examples of fibre-containing foods.

Fast-burning foods are foods that contain ingredients such as sugar and white flour. They are called refined carbohydrates.  Dr Haffejee says that meals in Ramadaan should be well-balanced and they should contain foods from each food group, such as fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products.

"Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heart-burn and weight problems" Dr Haffejee points out.

You can find out more about the Do’s and Don’ts of a successful Ramadaan diet by listening to his hour-long presentation. 

See our Competition and Giveaway section for details on how to obtain a free copy of the DVD.
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