EID, A TIME OF CELEBRATION AND REFLECTION
As we enter the final days of fasting and bid the month of Ramadaan farewell, we can't but help the feeling of tumultuous joy of the festival of Eid ul Fitr approaching us. It is a time of great celebration and reflection for it is proof that Almighty Allah’s light can never be extinguished and that we were up to the challenge of Ramadaan.
We celebrate this unique event which has no connection with any particular historical event, change of season or the birth and death of a person. It is a festival above worldly affairs and its significance is purely spiritual for we followed in a continuous chain what our Creator commanded us to do and that which was taught by the noble Prophet (peace be upon him) over 1400 years ago.
We celebrate and thank Almighty Allah for having given us the willpower, endurance and desire to observe the fast as per His Divine commandment and transformed ourselves during the month of Ramadaan to emerge a degree spiritually higher than when we began. It's also the perfect time to reflect, introspect and ponder, that just as the month of Ramadaan has ended with such a feeling of elation and accomplishment, the journey of life will also one day unexpectedly draw to a close. On this glorious day thoughts of family, friends and leaders of the community whom Allah Ta’ala called to rest flood our minds.
One such luminary, Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel, May Allah’s Mercy be upon him who spent a lifetime educating, transforming and uniting both the Ulama and Ummah passed away this month three years ago while making Tawaaf of the Ka’bah. The quiet humble soul of human kindness, whose entrance you never forgot, and hoped there would be no exit, was an avid and active patron of SANHA which eagerly sought his advices and direction on many issues in the field of Halaal. May Allah Ta’ala make his Qabr a garden from amongst the gardens of Jannah and unite us with the pious servants in the Hereafter.
As a tribute to his legacy of transforming and uniting the community, we reproduce the concluding paragraph of one of his Eid messages which is even more relevant in today’s times.
“Whilst conveying to the Muslim community best wishes for a Happy Eid, I make a humble appeal to every Muslim brother and sister to keep the spirit of fasting alive – obedience of Allah Ta'ala shines forth from this day forward. Let the rest of mankind observe the effect that fasting has in changing the outlook of a believing Muslim. Let the world observe a community free from all sins, crime and vice and let us be an example which is worthy of emulation and of others accepting Islam.” (Click here to view the message in its entirety).
On behalf of all at SANHA, our certified plants and families we ask the Almighty to bless you and your family, your homes and businesses with harmony, peace and prosperity on this joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
|Please Note: SANHA Offices will be closed on Monday & Tuesday 28 & 29 July 2014. We will re-open on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - In-Shaa Allah!
The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future
HIS LEGACY SPEAKS
The incredible journey of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel from his birth in 1945 in the backwaters of the then colonial Stanger in Natal to Deoband in India in the 1960’s, his return to Durban and involvement in establishing the first offices of the Jamiatul Ulama where he rose to president, being honoured with the mantle of Khilafah from two great luminaries, Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Gangohi rahimahullah and later on Maulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb, and to his final resting place in Jannatul Mualla this month in 2011, is indeed a spiritual odyssey of epic proportions and moving inspiration.
It would have been a great tragedy if his many works and words of reformation that positively transformed thousands would have fallen silent with the passing away of this wonderful human being.
Alhamdulillah! Through the efforts of his small band of students, friends and family, his message through his lectures and zikr continues to burn brightly as a beacon of illumination and inspiration in a world gripped by a malaise of hedonism and spiritual self-destruction. To access his talks, download his books, view his many articles and receive his newsletters or to contact the brothers carrying out this sterling work go to:
We make fervent and earnest duas that Allah Ta'ala unite us with His Pious Servants in Paradise.
See our Giveaway Section on the free book offer on Moulana Patel’s book
(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him))
Anas bin Malik, may Allah be pleased with him, narrates that Allah's Messenger (Allah's salutations and peace be upon him) would not leave in the morning of Idul Fitr until he ate dates. He would eat them in odd numbers. [al-Bukhari]
May Allah accept all the good deeds which He gave us the ability to carry out in this month and make them a means of our forgiveness. May we continue in our quest to earn His pleasure even after Ramadaan. A simple act to observe is the above mentioned Sunnah. Let us also extend the Sunnah to all our eating habits and our daily habits. Allah save us from losing our acquired virtues through the consumption of Haraam.
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CHEF JOHNS HUNGARIAN STYLE BEEF GHOULASH
California’s leading chef and culinary instructor who has one the most visited video recipe site with over 650 original recipes. Cook it spicy or leave out the cayenne pepper if you prefer it milder, thick like stew or just add more stock to make it more soup like. Whichever way you are bound to enjoy the culinary ride.
Original recipe makes 4 servings
- 2 ½ pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, crushed
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- teaspoon dried marjoram
- ½ teaspoon ground thyme
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth, divided
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- Season beef with salt and black pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat; cook and stir beef in hot oil in batches until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large stockpot and reserve drippings in the skillet.
- Return skillet to medium heat; stir onions into the reserved drippings, drizzle olive oil over onions, season with ½ teaspoon salt and cook until onion has softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the stockpot with beef.
- Combine paprika, caraway seeds, black pepper, marjoram, thyme, and cayenne pepper in the skillet and toast over medium heat until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and stir; transfer to the beef and onion mixture.
- Stir 3 cups chicken broth into beef mixture. Add tomato paste, garlic, vinegar, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and bay leaf; place stockpot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until a fork inserts easily into the meat, 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Can be served with buttered noodles, rice or as hearty soup.
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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.
RJ’S RAISES THE “STEAK” TO NEW LEVELS
When last did you take a walk on the historic side? I recommend a walkabout of Florida Road, Durban. You will find a unique mix of well-preserved architecture of the Victorian era with some buildings over 100 years old standing side-by-side with quaint boutiques, residences, offices, banks, the supermarket and a host of fine restaurants and takeaway places. The gently sloping tree-lined boulevard with the many restaurants providing street seating is the epicentre of an entertaining vibe that permeates the area and has become a tourist attraction.
On a cold Monday evening not so long ago I was there and found the road to be conspicuously quiet. Durbanites regard anything on the mercury at 10°C as freezing. Cold and hungry I decided to seek out a sit down place for a square meal rather than a takeout joint. At 116 Florida Road I spot the familiar red RJ’s logo which is a bit of an institution in the KZN area for its fine steaks, and joy of joys I see the SANHA sign which for me is a passport to Halaal assurance. Getting good Halaal food needs a little patience and enquiry but finding a reputable Halaal steak house is a bonus.
I swing into the reserved parking area of this restored Victorian home. The outdoor veranda dining area has superb street level views. Stepping inside is like being transported into a bygone Victorian era with tasteful décor and with the heaters contributing to Eskom’s revenue, the ambience is literally warm, welcoming, comfortable and unintimidating.
From their comprehensive menu I settle for a combo where you can combine 2 mains at R115 with the selection ranging from fish, chicken, lamb, beef and sea food. I decided on 200g medium to well-done sirloin grilled in their flavoured butter and combined this with 4 Queen Prawns in a peri peri sauce. The options for the side are chips, savoury rice, baked potato, mash, vegetable or a salad. While waiting, I mull over their steak offerings. They offer over a dozen different steaks in 200g, 280g, and 500g sizes with a variety of sauces from the traditional mushroom to jalapeno, Roquefort etc. Even though their signature dishes are steak, chicken lovers are not forgotten with variations from kebabs, schnitzel and a whole grilled chicken.
When my steak arrived it was perfectly cooked, simply seasoned and of great quality. It must have been prime beef aged to perfection for each mouthful was tender and juicy the way it ought to be. The mash was buttery and fluffy with fried onion rings making a well-matched accompaniment. It was not those “anorexic” thinly cut lumpy rings served by another well-known steak house. I rounded off with a café latte which could not be faulted in any way.
I chatted to a couple with kids who were there for the Monday special which is buy a burger and get one free. This is not your run of the mill burger, but a 150g patty served on a sesame seed bun, garnished with lettuce, onion rings, gherkins, sauces and served with onion ring and chips. There are 10 variants starting at R53-00. Judging from the enthusiastic manner in which they were into the burgers, I can understand why this family were singing praises of the staff and the food. They seemed to be regular Monday patrons. One of the older children was busy on his laptop computer, no doubt taking advantage of the free wireless service offered to diners.
In the final analysis RJ's gets a massive thumbs up as a welcome alternative to the few fine Halaal steak houses. A classic dining experience that will not disappoint and is worth repeating regularly.
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.
HUNGARY - GOULASH
Traditional 9th century food of the herdsman (gulyás in Hungarian) of ethnic Hungary and Scandinavia, it was cooked in the field in a cast-iron kettle hung above an open fire. This method suited their work and lifestyle as it eliminated the need to stand by the side of the kettle and stir its content all the time while still having a tasty and hot meal available.
Made from meat, usually beef, noodles and vegetables seasoned with paprika and other spices, a Hungarian goulash is neither a soup nor a stew but somewhere in between. Originally the cooked and flavoured meat was air and sun-dried, packed into bags produced from sheep's stomachs, and needed only water to make it into a meal. This Hungarian national dish is now cooked in many parts of the world.
See the Winning Recipe column for a recipe and video presentation.
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.
Halaluddin is a fictional character whose humorous anecdotes give a take on lessons of life.
When Halaluddin was studying at the University, there was this lecturer who felt a certain degree of animosity towards him as he never lowered his head towards him. Their “arguments” were very frequent.
On one occasion the lecturer confronted Halaluddin with the following question: " Halaluddin, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?"
Without hesitating, Halaluddin responded, "The one with the money, of course".
The lecturer, smiling, said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom, don't you think?"
"Each one takes what one doesn't have", responded Halaluddin indifferently.
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30 SECOND INTERVIEW
Who's Who in the World of Halaal
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Fortunate are those who are given the opportunity to serve the course of Deen whilst earning a Halaal livelihood.
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THE PINK MOSQUE OF PHILIPPINES
In an area of violent clashes between clans, hopefully this pink mosque in the Mindanao province which has opened this Ramadaan will become a symbol of peace and unity.
(SANHA Gauteng Office)
We are seeking a young, energetic, qualified individual to assist in assessing raw material composition. One of the following qualifications is a pre-requisite:
• Food Technology
• BSc with at least Chemistry 2
• BSc with Biochemistry
• Male (preferred)
• Good Computer Skills.
• Must be proficient in English.
• Excellent communication skills.
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SANHA Offices - Gauteng
CLOSING DATE: 31 AUGUST 2014
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.
THE FRIDAY PRAYER
In the Noble Quran Muslims are urged:-
“….when the call is proclaimed to prayer on Friday…hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah and leave off business (and activities)…when the prayer is finished, then ye may disperse through the land and seek of the Bounty of Allah.” Surah Al- Jumu’ah - Chapter 62, Verse 9)
It is therefore incumbent upon every Muslim male to immediately terminate all activities, worldly or religious, on hearing the call of the Friday prayer and hasten to the Masjid. The duration of the prayer is approximately one hour. This prayer includes a lecture (sermon) of religious significance. All normal activities are permissible before and after the prayer.
Excerpt from “Islam & Muslims”.
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Questions & Answers
Q. Please advise which mouthwash we can use. Thank you.
A. Most mouthwashes contain high doses of Ethanol (Alcohol). A concession for using these alcohol based mouthwashes is given if prescribed for oral hygiene purposes and ethanol-free alternatives are not effective enough in treating the medical condition.
The following mouthwashes are alcohol free alternatives that may be used where available:
- Dentyl PH
- Plus White
- 3CP (mint, spearmint and vanilla mint)
If the above are ineffective, the undermentioned products may be used. These have been evaluated and besides the alcohol content issue as discussed above, contain no other non-Halaal or doubtful ingredients:
- Colgate Plax - manufactured by Colgate
- Andolex C - manufactured by 3M Pharmaceuticals
- Listerine and Oraldine - manufactured by Johnson & Johnson
- Reach Anit-Plaque - manufactured by Johnson & Johnson
- Dental Mate - manufactured by DISCHEM
BIG EASY ICE TEA AND LEMONADE
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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:
- Jimmy's Killer Pizza, Shop E2 17B, East Rand Mall, Boksburg, GP East, South Africa - Restaurants
- Zulfair Halaal Meats, Shop 12, Northcliff Corner Shopping Centre, Cnr Beyers Naude Drive & Milner Road, Northcliff, Gauteng, South Africa - Butchery
- Fix Your Health cc t/a Body Health - 7 Action Street, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa - Medical
- Alternative Retail Brands, 10 Chesterfield Road, Willowton, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, South Africa - Culinary
- Sticks & Licks (Pty) Ltd, 39 Halifax Road, New Germany, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa - Bakery
For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email email@example.com
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Answer the following two simple questions:-
1. When did Floyds first appear on the market?
2. Name two of SANHA’s publications?
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COMPETITION CLOSING DATE: 26 SEPTEMBER 2014
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FLOYD'S SUPERIOR FOODS
Floyds do not breeze into town with whistles, bells and lights attached to products and screaming about their virtues. They let their products talk about themselves in their own quiet way which they have been doing since 1999. Seen in many leading stores their tried and tested product ranges comprising of soups, pasta sauces, potato bake spices, cook in stir-fry sauces, popular gravies and sauces, sprinkle spices, crumbings and dessert mixes, have carved their own niche and become favourites of many shoppers.
The young energetic team enjoy creating and producing products in the knowledge that Floyd's customers truly enjoy the experience.
The products have been certified by SANHA from day one.
For recipe ideas and product information visit their website: http://www.floydsfoods.com/
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1. Jazaakallahu Khairan for the sterling work of educating the Ummah on matters of Halaal & Haraam. May you continue to grow from strength to strength.
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2. Why has my decoder suddenly stop receiving your Halaal program? I used to look forward to this every Monday. Can you help?
The transmission frequency was changed without notice causing chaos amongst our many listeners. Please contact Radio Islam on 011 854 7022 who will advise you on how to reset this so we can be connected again, Insha Allah.
"…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.
ONE DAY WONDER OR A 3 DAY POWER EVENT?
Over 100 exhibitors from 18 countries and 2 400 visitors over three days were the numbers of the inaugural event last year making it one of the most exciting events on the South African scene.
This year promises to be bigger and better for buyers from all over Africa for leading brands on hospitality, restaurant, catering and related industries.
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Mysterious Spice and all things Nice
Your discovery column of spectacular spices, fabulous fruits, incredible ingredients, vital vegetables, marvelous minerals and vibrant vitamins.
VITAMIN B9 (FOLIC ACID)
Folic acid is important for cell growth and regeneration, and helps with DNA synthesis, red blood cell creation, and anemia prevention. A lack of folic acid in the diet can result in depression and possibly several types of cancer. Foods that are highest in folate (the naturally-occurring form of B9) include broccoli, asparagus, spinach, collard greens, and citrus fruits.
Health and Beauty
Look good - feel good. Tips for a sound mind in a sound body
SUMMER FOODS FOR YOUR SKIN - LYCOPENE RICH FOODS
In Summer high UV index, hot winds and exposure to air conditioning for long hours causes photo-damage and dehydration of the skin. There are simple ways to combat this by including some specific food items in your daily diet which will help your skin keep its glow and reduce the signs of ageing.
Tomatoes, papayas and watermelons are rich sources of the anti-oxidant lycopene. Lycopene when consumed gets preferentially concentrated in the skin where it absorbs the UV light and can protect the skin from potential UV damage. Studies show that eating 1 cup of tomato paste or pureed tomatoes can potentially reduce UV damage by up to 30%.
Source: Femina India
CHILLI CURRY CORNER TAKE AWAYS
has used the SANHA logo on store signage without authorization. The store is NOT certified by SANHA.
Kindly Exercise Caution!!
NEWLANDS - DURBAN
Halaal certification of the above store has been terminated due to sale of business.
Kindly Exercise Restraint!!
LOGO FRAUD !!!
NOORIS BAKERY & TAKE AWAY
BRIDGE PARK COMPLEX BRIADENE - DURBAN
has used the SANHA logo without authorization.
The above outlet is NOT certified by SANHA.
Kindly Exercise Caution!!
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