South African National Halaal

March 2016 :: Jumaadal Ukhra 1437 No. 86

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



After an absence of almost two decades, poultry from the United States of America is now available in South Africa, following the agreement reached which allows for 65 000 tons to be imported.

In 2000, prohibitive anti-dumping duties were imposed on imports of chicken and thereby closing the door on our market to US products. Last year, however, the administration of President Barack Obama threatened to withhold benefits to South Africa under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Agreement (AGOA) if South Africa did not reopen its market to US chicken, beef and pork. The Obama Administration set a deadline of 15th March for South Africa to fully comply with the agreement on imports of poultry and other meats.

The USA is amongst the largest producers of poultry in the world and recover profits on the popular cuts of chicken sold in the domestic market, paving the way for the cheaper cuts such as head and feet to be dumped outside the USA at prices that cannot be matched by local producers.

The most serious ramifications in the scheme is the Halaal status of the product as poultry produced in the USA is almost without exception machine-slaughtered, which method is also prevalent in most developed countries of Europe and South America. SANHA categorically rejects machine-slaughter as it cannot meet the following conditions:

  1. The act of slaughter must be rendered physically by a Muslim person.

  2. The Tasmiyah (incantation) must be mentioned over every bird during slaughter.

  3. The required vessels viz trachea, oesophagus, the jugular veins and carotid arteries must be severed.

Machine slaughter devoid of human conscience cannot be relied upon to fulfil these requirements.

Our stance on non-acceptability of machine-slaughtered poultry is consistent on local and imported products. We do not reject it for locally approved abattoirs on one hand and quietly issue certificates for imported products on the other.

Furthermore, during our inspections of such plants abroad, huge inadequacies and weaknesses in their “Halaal” programmes were noted and therefore SANHA will not give approval based on the presentation of a “Halaal Certificate” per shipment.

This problem is further compounded by the fact that it becomes impossible for the Muslim consumer to identify the products, since these are brought in as portions and sold to industry for further processing, without the benefit of any labelling on the end product. These items could surface as portions of fried chicken at take outs, meals at restaurants, processed meats such as polony, and cuts from your butcher or retailer.

The community does not need a stark reminder of the television expose in the Orion meat scandal of a few years ago where Haraam products such as kangaroo, buffalo meat and pork were fraudulently labelled and sold as Halaal.

Exercise your consumer right to information and abstain where there is any doubt. Take guidance from the Halaal authorities in whom you have confidence and trust.




The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future

Africa Big 7


Previously owned by Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS), it's the heavyweight champion of exhibitions in Africa punching far beyond its weight. The 2015 statistics recorded about 14 000 visitors and delegates from 72 countries, 267 exhibitors from 49 countries amongst which were companies from Belarus, Belgium, Chile, Estonia, France, Peru, Ukraine and Vietnam attending the three-day show in June 2015.

This makes the internationally renowned annual exhibition of seven co-located events and several conferences hosted simultaneously, the biggest and best food and beverage exhibition on the African continent.

This attracted interest from one of the world's leading event companies, DMG events, who have announced the acquisition of Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS). DMG events is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail & General Trust plc (DMGT) an international portfolio of digital, information, media and events businesses. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE and with satellite offices in India, South Africa and the UK, DMG events Middle East, Asia & Africa organizes over 45 events across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. The events attract more than 250,000 customers every year and provide opportunities for trade professionals to do business, network and learn. For more information visit

With DMG now in its corner, AB7 provides a unique platform to access markets in Africa and the rest of the world. "It is the ideal business networking and product showcase event for Halaal manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from Africa and around the world to explore the many opportunities in Africa's Halaal markets," according to John Tomson, Managing Director.  "It's the reason why we have partnered and enjoy the endorsement of the The South African National Halaal Authority, (SANHA) for over a decade."

AB7 takes place from the 19th – 21st June 2016 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng.

Grab your slice of the action now. For incredible exhibition and business opportunities contact:

Sarah Howarth
Tel: +27 (0) 11 783 7250



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

'Abdullah bin Ja'far (may Allah be pleased with him) reported, "I saw Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) eating cucumber with fresh dates." [Muslim, Kitaabul Ashribah]

Comment: Scholars of Prophetic medicine mention that the reason for the combination is to balance the heating effect of dates and the cooling effect of cucumber. This is but another practical example of the Sunnah concept of balance.

Cucumber is also sited as a source of potassium. See the "Health & Beauty" section of this edition.



Tried and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

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Vegetarian quick and easy recipe from Nita Mehta's Kitchen. Tomato based microwave recipe to impress your guests or simply spoil yourself.


  • 12 baby corns, cut into half length-wise
  • 1 cup paneer, cut into 2,54cms long strips
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • ½ tsp onion seeds (kalonji), crushed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera), crushed
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing), crushed
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds (dhania), crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 2 spring onions sliced diagonally, keep the greens separate
  • ½ green capsicum, sliced
  • ½ red capsicum, sliced
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin (jeera) powder


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup ready-made tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp green coriander, chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Microwave oil, cumin, onion seeds, asafetida, chopped onions and crushed saboot dhania until lightly browned and soft. Add the ginger-green chilli paste. Mix. Add ¼ cup water and mix.
  • Add the baby corns, spring onion, red and green capsicums. Mix well. Microwave for 5 minutes. Add the paneer, red chilli powder, salt and jeera powder. Mix well. Keep aside.
  • For the tomato masala, microwave oil with ready-made tomato puree, ketchup, pepper and salt for 4 minutes.
  • Add chopped coriander and the baby corns with paneer. Mix gently. To serve, microwave for 2 minutes.
  • Your Baby Corn Jalfrezi is ready.

Cooking times are a guideline and vary depending on the power of your microwave. Work with lower cooking times before incrementally increasing this.

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Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


These four household products are my go-tos. Use them to do a zillion clean-up jobs!


  • Kills most mildew and mould (spritz small areas).
  • Deodorise sponges. Let it sit for five minutes then rinse.
  • Remove rust from screws and scissors. Soak overnight.


  • Clean sinks and baths without scratching.
  • Freshen furniture. Sprinkle on, rub in, let it sit, vacuum it up.


  • Scrub coffee and tea stains off mugs and cups.
  • Clean animal bowls (no soap residue).
  • Soak up gravy/salad dressing on a tablecloth.


  • Kill mould on paving stones.
  • Sanitise toothbrushes. Rinse well afterwards.
  • Lighten stains on a butchers block. Rinse thoroughly.

Source: Good housekeeping



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.


After she woke up, Mrs Halaluddin told her husband, "I just dreamt that you gave me a diamond necklace for my birthday. What do you think it means?"

"You'll know on your birthday" he said.

On her birthday, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. Delighted, she opened it - to find a book entitled....

"The Meaning of Dreams."


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.



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


It was only in 1512 that astronomer Nicholas Copernicus put forward his theory that the Sun is motionless at the centre of the solar system and the planets revolve around it. Now a well-established fact for centuries prior to that it was believed that the sun revolved around the earth.

Yet in the 7th century, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through revelation informed us "it is He who creates night and day, the Sun and the Moon, each floating in its orbit." (Chapter 21, Verse 33)



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Questions & Answers

Q: I would like to find out about Halaal food places in Phuket, Thailand or is there a Mufti or a Halaal authority to find out more. Jazakallah.

A: Kindly contact the following organization in Thailand for assistance with Halaal:

Central Islamic Committee of Thailand (CICOT)

Contact: Murad Kathawut Lohmud

Tel: + (6686-9761998) 662-949 4114, 662-949 4215 Ext 34,, or

Q: Kindly confirm if the above is Halaal. I was notified that it is imported from Hungary.

A: Ola Magnum ice creams certified by SANHA will bear the SANHA logo on product packaging. The new Ola "Magnum Pint" ice cream range is NOT certified by SANHA. Kindly always look for the SANHA logo on products you wish to purchase.


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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:

  • Isivuno Soya Foods & Spices, Umvoti Slopes Farm, Mount Elias, Dalton, KZN, South Africa - Spices

  • Snoek Wholesalers (Pty) Ltd, Corner Becker & Govan Mbeki Street, Philippi, Western Cape, South Africa - Seafood Products

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For a detailed list of SANHA certified establishments and other queries, please email


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Answer the following questions:

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

  2. Name the presenter of the Sabaahul Muslim Morning Drive programme?

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Tell Us And We'll Tell The World


Radio Islam was amongst the first of the Islamic community radio stations that were established in a post-apartheid 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 listenership has gone global. Thousands of hits from countries as far away as Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK bear testimony to this.

Radio Islam is an ardent supporter of issues pertaining to the consumption of Halaal and hosts a weekly programme on Mondays in conjunction with SANHA.

For more details:

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Readers Write

Jazakallah for assisting the Muslim Ummah.

I would just like to suggest you educate people regarding the misleading use of the term "Halal Friendly" which has become very common. Many Muslims are consuming Haraam based on these claims and do not even worry that alot of these places serve alcohol.

Perhaps SANHA can inform people via your e-Bulletin or Whats App broadcast regarding the perils of accepting such claims?

F E South Africa

Arising out of this suggestion we published an article entitled "Halaal Friendly - Friendly as Friendly Fire" to which the reader responded,

Jazakumullah Khairan for the informative article. We appreciate your openness to suggestions and criticism. May Allah Ta'ala take you from strength to strength and accept your services.


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Obtained from the anal gland of the North American Beaver, this ingredient is used in the fragrance, medical and food industries. It has even been used in cigarettes too.

It can be found in raspberry flavoured products such as ice cream, yogurts, teas, candles, jellies and fruit flavoured drinks.

The USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognises castoreum as a safe food additive and is often referred to as "natural" flavouring.

Let your Halaal Certifying Body guide you on your choices.


Health and Beauty

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


It is one of the seven essential macro minerals along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride and sulfur. They form electrolytes which conduct electricity when dissolved in water. We require at least 100mg of potassium daily to support key bodily processes. It helps lower risk of high blood pressure.

Muscular cramps, twitching, weakness, fatigue, poor reflexes, irregular heartbeat, fragile bones insomnia, anorexia and depression are symptoms of potassium deficiency.

Bananas, potatoes, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes, parsley, cucumber, strawberries, avocado, apricots, pomegranates, orange juice, cauliflower, cabbage and tuna are good sources of potassium.

Steam, microwave, sauté or frying vegetables are a better option to boiling them since potassium is water soluble and leaches into water during cooking. Thus up to half of the content can be lost.


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