SCORE IN RAMADAAN
Every once in four years the world goes football crazy. The next four weeks sees the playing out of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in the cities of Brazil. Conceived and first held in 1950 this spectacle of soccer begins with qualifiers in the preceding three years which then sees 32 countries playing 64 matches of elimination and culminates in the finals watched by over 800 million viewers. It is played by a select few possessing athletic prowess and skills who make it happen on the field, watched by millions who pray for it to happen to their satisfaction. It is billed as the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world. It truly is a spectacle of global proportions affecting millions around the globe who watch the epic battles of the their so called ‘heroes’ on the field at all parts of the day and night due to the time differences from their local time to that of the host city.
After the ‘fame and glory’, the winners, the corporations, financiers and the whole circus moves on to another host city in four years’ time for a repeat dose of the spectacle. In this case it will be Russia in 2018. Massive financial and monetary gains are made by the sponsors, organisers, officials and the teams but no direct benefit to the hordes of spectators and the poor of the host nation. In fact host nations are at times left with a legacy of debt for the prestige of the bragging rights to have hosted such an event.
Without disrespecting or trivialising it in anyway, contrast this with the commencement in the next few days of the most blessed month, Ramadaan. The unique institution of the month-long fast has been awarded as a Divine gift to Muslims in a continuous chain from over 1400 years ago. It does not discriminate on financial grounds or the athletic prowess of individuals. It allows every Muslim, on this planet from the over one billion to participate. Everyone is a player not a mere spectator. It's an annual event without play-offs, bidding and stadiums to be built. It does not discriminate between rich and poor, strong and weak, male and female, old and young; all qualify to participate.
Unlike the World Cup where one nation progresses at the expense of another, fasting in Ramadaan develops a true spirit of social belonging, of unity and brotherhood and of equality before Allah. This is a natural outcome that people feel when they fast. They are joining the whole Muslim society in observing the same duty, in the same manner, at the same time, for the same motives and for the same end. They all fast from dawn to sun-set. They worship one Almighty God. They supplicate to HIM alone. They experience the same feelings of hunger and thirst. Out of this physical unity their hearts are joined and brought together. This is the beauty of Islam where an external action has a higher goal as it ultimately binds the various members of society together. Ramadaan weaves the hearts of people together.
Unlike the World Cup where families are divided with those who follow soccer fanatically preoccupied with it while it is of no interest to the others, Ramadaan provides a fantastic opportunity of family bonding. Suhoor (pre-dawn meal), Iftaar (breaking of the fast), the evening prayers, acts of charity and reconciliation are all generally undertaken with emphasis in this month. Allah Almighty has promised great and manifold rewards for all acts of virtue in this month.
Let us make this Ramadaan a life-changing month and try our best to avoid making the mistake described by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who stated that: “Many receive nothing from the fast except hunger and thirst.”
On behalf of our officials, staff, well-wishers and certified plants we wish all an uplifting Ramadaan of peace and prayer and supplicate that ALLAH’S mercy and blessings be with you throughout the Holy month of sacrifice and throughout the year.
The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future
THE ORIENT OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION
A misnomer of a name for it is very far removed from the geriatric connotation of old men hobbling along in walking sticks or sitting by the fireside. Instead you have a dynamic dedicated group of individuals with an impeccable record of serving the community tirelessly, selflessly and voluntarily purely for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala.
Conceived 47 years ago with the aim to encourage and foster closer relationships between and amongst former and present learners of Orient School, the trustees, principal, and teachers, to encourage, organize and advance social, sporting, moral, cultural, humanitarian work amongst its members as well as the disadvantaged and poorer communities whilst encouraging inter-organizational networking, it most certainly lives up to its mandate, Alhamdulillah!
Being proactive it has evolved into an organization geared towards worthy charitable causes such as holding regular soup kitchens, education, hospital visits, calling on orphans, providing bursaries, school fees and transportation costs for learners, distributing Islamic calendars, assisting with burial services and partnering with other organizations involved with broadly similar philanthropic aims within an Islamic ethos.
Amongst its flagship projects are the establishment and operation of the Phoenix Muslim School which caters today for about 600 learners with outstanding results and the Ramadaan hamper project. This unique project sees the Association raising about 1 Million Rand to provide 2000 food hampers for the indigent through 25 organisations thereby alleviating hardships and promoting strong bonds in inter-organisation relationships.
The organisation is amongst the first of the associate members of SANHA and has made valuable input over the years.
Meetings are held monthly at the Orient School and the public are invited to attend to receive feedback or to join one of their field visits as encouragement and support of their activities.
May Allah Almighty bless them abundantly for their sterling service in serving the community. Aameen
For further details contact:
Telephone: 031 209 1117
RAMADAAN HAMPER PACKING
2014 / 1435AH
DATE: this Saturday, 28 June 2014
(1 Ramadaan 1435AH)
TIME: After Taraweeh Salaat +- 21h00
VENUE: Orient Islamic School, Centenary Rd - Durban
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(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him))
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be please with him) narrated that Allah's Messenger (Allah's salutations and peace be upon him) said:
“Many a fasting person derives nothing from his fast except hunger. Many a worshipper derives nothing from standing in prayer except loss of sleep.”
Let us welcome the month of Ramadaan through physical and spiritual preparations, lest we fall in the ambit of the above Hadith. Let us not lose our rewards through boasting, violating the rights of others and the consumption of Haraam. Although all these apply throughout the life of a Muslim, Ramadaan provides an excellent opportunity to train for the rest of the year. Be especially careful of what is consumed for Suhoor and Iftaar, lest we gain nothing but hunger from our fast.
Musnad al-Imam Ahmad
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BUTTER CHICKEN & PRAWN WITH COCONUT MILK
From the proven experts of taste comes this mouth-watering combination of Butter Chicken and Prawn dish for an everyday satisfying meal or for those family and friends that will join you for the Iftaar meal at the end of the days fast during this Mubarak (blessed) month.
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
- 4 Large Skinless, Chicken Fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 500g Prawns, washed, shelled and de-veined
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 Teaspoon Amina’s Ground Garlic
- 2 Tablespoon Amina’s Butter Chicken Masala
- 1 Tomato, Grated or 1 Tablespoon Tomato Puree
- 250ml Coconut Milk
- 200g Plain Yoghurt
- 200ml Fresh Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
- Salt to Taste
- Fresh Dhania (Coriander) finely chopped
- Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Braise the onion and garlic. In a separate bowl, add in chicken fillets, Amina’s Butter Chicken Marinade, yoghurt and tomato.
- Once onion is soft and translucent, add in marinated chicken fillets.
- Cook on medium heat until chicken is almost done.
- Now add in prawns and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in coconut milk, fresh cream and brown sugar.
- Garnish with fresh Dhania/Coriander.
To know more about this SANHA certified factory whose products are now available nationally and exported to several countries go to www.aminaspice.co.za.
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ON MY PLATE
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.
AIRPORT FOOD THAT FLIES
STEERS @ KING SHAKA AIRPORT, DURBAN
Airports are the last place for a leisurely fine dining experience as everything about them epitomises the new millennium of fast travel and people movement. This is reflected in the design of its fittings like seating, food courts, tables, waiting areas – not for comfort but speed and moving on. The food too in general is tailored for fast food fast and in this reviewers experience is expensive and of average taste, much like that which is served on the flights themselves.
I would as a rule avoid airport food unless I am compelled by the pangs of hunger to partake if there was nowhere to go. Recently, a colleague and I were faced with an unscheduled flight delay at the King Shaka Airport. Approaching lunch time and with gnawing pangs of hunger we sauntered over the main concourse.
There were several franchise brands advertising their food fare. My colleague knowing my need for Halaal made a beeline for the brightly lit Steers outlet in its purple branding. To play it safe I ordered the original King Steer Burger, medium chips and 500ml coke combo while my colleague opted for a chicken, avo and mayo hero roll and a double thick milkshake.
Like a flight announcement our number was shouted out in about 7 minutes and we got into the business of eating. Much against my premeditated apprehension of airport meals, I was amazed at the presentation of the King Steer Burger. It certainly is as majestic as its name with two 100g pure beef patties perfectly flamed-grilled, presented with 2 slices of cheese, the full array of garnish of a slice of tomato, onions, lettuce, gherkins, all smothered in a combination of BBQ, mayo and mustard sauces, wrapped in a sesame seeded bun.
The first juicy bite had my engines revving and the next few had me climbing and by the time I was midway through I was in cuisine cruise mode. Perfectly balanced with the right crunch, texture and taste, it is no mystery to see why this king has no contender or even a pretender in sight. Many a newspaper columnist has confirmed its place on the throne as the king of burgers. The chips lived up to their reputation of being a cut above the rest. Their trick is in the fresh cutting and special seasoning.
My colleague pronounced that he was more than satisfied with his chicken, avo and mayo hero roll but his envious glances at my rapidly diminishing burger spoke a different story. With a final bill just under R120.00 for the meal, the excellent quality, the assurance of SANHA’s certification, and the speed of service has rearranged much of my thought pattern on airport food.
So before your next take-off or landing at King Shaka Airport go on and pay your respects to the King of Burgers, the original King Steer.
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT
Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.
Nothing can be more international than the human preoccupation of cooking and eating, leading to the development of dishes that became favourites of nations and synonymous to that country. We will bring you some of the more famous ones in this and future editions.
GREECE - MOUSSAKA
Found throughout the lands that were formerly part of the Ottoman Empire with variations, it is a layered oven casserole dish made with vegetables and meat, layers of eggplant slices, cheese, and a meat sauce, topped with a thick béchamel sauce.
The name for moussaka comes from modern Greek mousakás which entered Greek from the Turkish musakka, which itself came from Arabic musaqqa‘ah.
The Greek chef Nikos Tselementes who trained in France in the early 1900’s began adding a béchamel sauce and the dish was forever changed to the national favourite of Greece as it is now known all over the world today.
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.
A man went to the police station to report his wife was missing. After giving her name and address he was asked for a description by the officer on duty.
"How tall is your wife, sir?"
"I don't actually know. About average height, I suppose"
''What colour are her eyes?"
"Not sure. Green or brown, I think"
"Brownish, I think. Sort of light brown, maybe dark brown actually. Not 100 percent certain"
"What was she wearing?"
"A dress, I think. No, maybe jeans."
'What sort of car was she driving?"
"A black Audi A8 with supercharged 3.0 litre V6 333 horse power engine and an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission with manual mode. Power steering, ABS brakes and full air conditioning. And it has full LED headlights, which use light emitting diodes for all light functions and has a very thin scratch on the front left door. Two new Firestone tyres on the rear wheels."
'Well,” said the cop, "we should have no trouble finding the car, anyway."
Acknowledgement: David Biggs - The Wanderer
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30 SECOND INTERVIEW
Who's Who in the World of Halaal
Mufti Mohammed Yusuf Seedat
Masters equivalent Aalim Faadhil Degree (Islamic Theological Sciences) graduate from Madrasah Arabia Islamia, Azaadville, South Africa
In house SANHA Mufti, Office Manager Gauteng and Management Board Member
Ensuring the efficient operation of various divisions of the Gauteng Office, conducting theological training program, etc
Imaam of Mondeor Masjid, Johannesburg
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GOING THE EXTRA MILE IN KUWAIT
South Africa’s world-class SANHA certified Karan Beef delivery in Kuwait by their agent.
To contact Karan Beef click here
Questions & Answers
Q. Can you please inform me if the new Ola Magnum Ice Creams in supermarkets that comes in tubs are Halaal?
A. The said Magnum product is imported and is not certified by SANHA.
Q. Is Clover sour cream Haram? If so, why is it Haram?
A. Clover has two sour cream variants. They have a gelatine based variant which is not approved by SANHA as the gelatine is sourced from non-Halaal slaughtered animals and a non-gelatine variant which is Halaal suitable. Consumers are urged to read the ingredient declaration very carefully.
A NEW SWISS DAIRY DRINKING YOGHURT
There is nothing like it. The sisters are doing it for themselves. A full cream gourmet drinking yoghurt made exclusively with Swiss full cream milk from a dairy farm that is family operated by three sisters and their mum. The symphony of flavours and taste notes rise to a crescendo to greet you. Try all the variants of Strawberry Swirl, Strawberries & Cream, Midnight Cherry, Granadilla Parfait, Banana Créme, Créme Brule and Toffee Caramello. All the products are SANHA approved and just-in-time for Ramadaan.
Available at your favourite supermarket and Fruit and Veg stores.
For Trade enquiries: www.realmilk.co.za
Recently Certified List
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:
- Debonairs Express, Shop 4, Guardian Building, Cnr Leslie Street & Merriman Avenue, Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurant
- Montic Dairy, 36 Tamboekisfontein, E Montic Park, Heidelberg, Gauteng, South Africa - Dairy
- Standard Manufacturing Company, 4 Dayal Singh Mansion, Sharahe Quaide Azam, Lahore, Pakistan - Flavour House
- Din Farm Products (Private) Limited, Din Tower, 1 - Green Acres, 7 - KM, Raiwind Road, Lahore, Pakistan - Eggs
- Golf Biscuits, 26 Cypress Drive, Building No. 5, Lower Level, Glen Anil, Durban KZN, South Africa - Bakery
- RJ's Grill Express, Shop: CL07, The Pavillion Shopping Centre, Jack Martins Drive, Westville, KZN, South Africa - Restaurant
- Safety Chemicals cc, 10, A Station Road, Montague Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa - Raw Materials
- Atka Pharma (Pty) Ltd Unit 3 & 4, Block A, First Floor, Regency Terrace, 81 Regency Drive, Route 21, Corporate Park, Irene, Cape Town, South Africa - Medical
For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tell Us And We'll Tell The World
Whilst doing research on the sweet herb Stevia, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the product was stocked by a spice store in Durban. A 500g jar of dried Stevia leaves imported from India was retailing at the price of about R40 representing outstanding value. Presumably other spice stores in your area will have them in stock.
Yesterday I was at the Airport 4/06/2014 and I visited the "Exclusive Book Shop".
I picked up a magazine on Business Leadership and to my glad surprise I saw an interesting article by SANHA on the Halaal issue.
Alhamdulillah your focus and pro activeness is so refreshing and welcome.
KEEP up the excellent work.
May Allah (SWT) bless your efforts.
"… 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.
Cash in by looking at these important Trade Fairs
||EVENT & VENUE
|9-11 September 2014
Hospitality & FoodBiz - West Africa
|11-14 September 2014
||5th Halaal & Healthy Products Fair Istanbul, Turkey
|24-27 November 2014
||FOODEX Saudi Exhibition and Conference Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
|16 to 18 December 2014
||Halal Middle East Expo and Halal Congress Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Mysterious Spice and all things Nice
Your discovery column of spectacular spices, fabulous fruits, incredible ingredients, vital vegetables, marvelous minerals and vibrant vitamins.
A sweetener and sugar substitute made from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana native to South America and used by the indigenous people for over 200 years. While its steviol glycoside extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia the sweet herb itself has zero calories and is 25 to 30 times sweeter than sugar. It has a negligible effect on blood glucose and is thus attractive to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets.
Add fresh or dried leaves directly to tea or drinks for natural sweetness.
Stevia is also ideal for diabetics as it activates beta cells of the pancreas to secrete more insulin, increases glucose tolerance in diabetic patients and is a cardiac tonic. It helps control high blood pressure, digestion and acidity, anti-tooth cavities and plaque and is an antioxidant.
See Tell Us And We’ll Tell The World section
Health and Beauty
Look good - feel good. Tips for a sound mind in a sound body
BREASTFEEDING IN RAMADAAN
Pregnant and breastfeeding women have special permission not to fast during Ramadaan if they or their baby will suffer harm, but they are not prohibited from fasting if they can handle it. It is wise to consult your doctor to decide whether or not you are able to fast during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. However, it is very important that pregnant and breastfeeding women take care to eat properly during non-fasting hours if they choose to fast. Understanding and respecting your body's physical needs and limits during Ramadaan will help you to have more energy for taking care of your home, family and other responsibilities.
It is also important that women do not feel any shame or guilt in breaking the fast if they feel compelled to and no one has the right to put pressure on the pregnant or breastfeeding woman to exceed her capability. In fact this allowance not to fast is a mercy and concession from Allah.
Of course, the missed fast will have to be kept later when these necessities of motherhood have been completed.
For related reading on breast feeding click here
BASHA FLAME & SKEWER RESTAURANT
ROSEBANK - JHB
Our Halaal certification of the above restaurant has been terminated due to failure to comply with authorized supervisory requirements.
Kindly Exercise Restraint!!
BREAD AHEAD BAKERIES
Except the Cowey Road store, Halaal certification of all other Bread Ahead stores has been terminated with immediate effect due to breach of contract.
Kindly Exercise Caution!
TIKKA KING RESTAURANT
ZAKARIYYA PARK - GP
Halaal certification of the above store has been terminated due to change of ownership to non-Muslim.
Kindly Exercise Restraint!!
Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspect of Halaal may be referred to our offices.
0861 786 111
Know Islam Series
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.
To further your understanding Click here for an excellent slide presentation on the institution of the Fast of Ramadaan.