South African National Halaal

May 2016 :: Shaban 1437 No. 87

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

Special Editorial


Globalisation has transformed the nature of day-to-day living. Getting from Point A to Point B previously took days on end, now it spans just a few hours. Communication across the globe happens up to the minute, if not to a portion of a second. Cultures and norms of peoples from the furthest corners of the earth are now becoming fused into each other. Life is fast and instant gratification is abuzz.

While there may be many positive spin offs of this phenomenon, many varieties, forms and shapes of consumables are now available in the market place. This is now more prevalent than ever before. It requires a person, more so a Muslim, to be more wary and prudent in the choices he/she makes.

Decades ago, the concept of Halaal in the mind of the ordinary Muslim was confined to meat and probably a few confectioneries. One of the greatest achievements of the Halaal regulatory organisations, and SANHA in particular, is the consciousness of Halaal consumption. Muslims are increasingly probing the suitable nature of cosmetics, toiletries, medication, and even down to a toothpick. All praise is due to Allah, the Almighty. Against the backdrop of a society which is ever too eager to snatch away the morals and belief of any Muslim, it is a notable feather-in-the-cap for SANHA to bring about such an awareness.   

Halaal is an integral part of the life of a Muslim. Not only is it a direct command of Allah mentioned in the Noble Qur’an, it also has a very strong link with virtuous deeds. The acceptance of supplication and prayer depends squarely upon the type of food that enters one’s body. It is on the basis of this bond that many a pious people have noted: "In accordance with the proportion of Halaal a person consumes, likewise will be the inclination and pleasure derived in performing good deeds."

Among many questions exchanged between Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam and Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu, in a lengthy conversation as recorded in Tafseer An-Nasafi, Ali radhiyallahu ‘anhu asked: "What can I do for my salvation?" Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied: "Eat Halaal and speak the truth."

Behind the scenes, there are many who tirelessly put shoulder to wheel ensuring that Muslims are able to place in their mouths those things which will secure the Pleasure of Allah in their favour. Despite the continuous onslaught of negativity and hurling of attacks, SANHA has steadfastly risen above the wave and provided a sterling service to the Ummah.

May Allah Almighty allow the membership and operations of SANHA to grow from strength to strength for generations to come. May the efforts of all involved in SANHA be crowned with acceptance before Allah. May its path be cleared for any challenges that lay ahead.

Abbas Ali Jeena (Moulana)
Jamiatul Ulama South Africa



The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future


The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa (JUSA) was established in 1923 as the Jamiatul Ulama Transvaal to service the religious needs of the Muslims. Originally founded by Moulana Mohammed Waliullah it was later revived by Moulana Muhammad Mia & Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (may Almighty Allah be pleased with them).

It is premised on the Hadith (prophetic tradition) that states: "Most assuredly the ‘Ulama (scholars) are the heirs of the Prophets." (Tirmidhî) The legacy of the Prophets encompasses all the diverse components essential for the establishment, wellbeing and prosperity of a civilised society.

Many Ulama, too numerous to mention, spent their lives serving Islam and the Muslims through the Jamiatul Ulama. As the needs of the Muslim community grew, JUSA responded positively and currently renders the following services:-

  • Publications
  • Social Services
  • Counseling services
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Community Radio
  • Aids Awareness
  • Burial Services
  • Government Liaison
  • Dawah (Propagation)
  • Welfare Assistance
  • Judiciary
  • Fatwa Council
  • Youth Development
  • Disaster Relief
  • Institution for higher learning
  • Halaal

It is a founding member of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA), a national Ulama body representing Muslims on national issues. It is also a founder member of SANHA and ceded the activity of Halaal certification and monitoring to SANHA twenty years ago. The JUSA also serves on SANHA's Ulama Council and Executive Committees.

The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa has a membership of well over a thousand scholars and Huffâz of the Noble Qur’an hailing from Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Frees State and Northern Cape.

To know more of the noble activities of this esteemed institution, kindly contact them as follows:-

1st Floor, Baitul Hamd,
32 Dolly Rathebe Road,
Fordsburg, Johannesburg, 2092
P. O. Box 42863, Fordsburg, 2033
Tel: +27 11 373 8000
Fax: +27 11 373 8022

Click here to view the comments of the Ameer of JUSA on Halaal.



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

Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said:

“Consume olive oil and apply it on yourselves, for indeed it is from a blessed tree.” [Ahmad & at-Tirmizi]

Comment: Allah calls the olive tree, “a blessed tree” in Surah an-Nur, in the Quraan.

In following the guidance of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), there are spiritual and other benefits, whether we perceive it or not, and even if t takes science centuries to belatedly discover the benefits. Moreover, the greatest benefit is obtaining Allah’s Pleasure in emulating His Beloved Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam).

The “Winning Recipe” of this edition recommends olive oil. It is not far-fetched that in even such “mundane” activities, by the simple focusing of intention that we are applying a Sunnah, that Allah’s Pleasure is earned. Furthermore, we never know which deed, big or small, may be the decisive deed for our salvation in the Hereafter.



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.


Sister Asma developed her own recipe and wants to share this with fellow readers.



  • Matured rump steak sliced thin
  • Steak and Chops Spice
  • Garlic flakes
  • Paprika
  • Robertsons Traditional Braai Spice
  • Black pepper
  • Vinegar
  • 1 Tblsp Lemon and Herb Sauce
  • 1 Tblp Steers Prego Sauce
  • ½ cup fresh cream


  1. Sprinkle both sides of rump steak with steak and chops spice, garlic flakes, paprika, Robertsons traditional braai spice, black pepper and vinegar.

  2. Allow to marinate.

  3. Heat olive oil in a pan and fry steaks on high for 30 seconds on each side. When done, allow to rest while you prepare the sauce.

  4. Take the leftover marinade add 1 Tbsp lemon and herb sauce and 1 Tbsp Steers Prego sauce and ½ cup fresh cream simmer and pour over steak.

  5. Serve with potato chips.

Robertsons Spices and Steers Sauces are certified Halaal by SANHA.

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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.


Habib is on his final question for "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", and has one lifeline left, "Phone a Friend.'

The question was "Which bird does not make a nest?"

  1. Sparrow
  2. Swallow
  3. Blackbird
  4. Cuckoo

Habib is not sure, so he calls his best friend, Halaluddin

Halaluddin answers, "Brother, it's obviously a cuckoo, 100%" and Habib wins.

Later Habib calls his friend, "how did you possibly know that answer, my friend?"

"I must say you've got more brains than I have given you credit for!"

And Halaluddin replies: "Well, I am no fool, a cuckoo lives in a clock, you know!"


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.




Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.



An Indian entrepreneur has found an innovative solution to the problems of disposal of plastic cutlery in an environmentally friendly way - you eat it.

It is said that 120 billion pieces of plastic cutlery are disposed every day in India. Narayana Peesapaty of Hyderabad has come up with edible cutlery made from a mixture of jowar, rice and wheat mixed in hot water. These hard and crunchy spoons are available in three flavours, sweet, plain and savoury (rock salt, black pepper, cumin seed and carom seed). A 10 gram spoon also comes loaded with its own nutrients: calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, niacin, folic acid, iron and fibre. Eating these spoons with tea or coffee can be a meal on its own.

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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.


Honour your mother every day and in the kindest of ways with love, compassion and mercy.

Allah says in the Quraan in Chapter 46: Verse 15 "And we have enjoined on man to be dutiful and kind to his Parents, His mother bears him with hardship and she brings him forth with hardship."

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was once asked, "O Messenger of Allah who among people is most deserving of my good treatment?" He said, "Your mother." The man asked twice more, "Then who?" and was give the same response. Only until the fourth time did the Prophet respond, "Then your father."



Trade Opportunities

"… but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill" (Noble Al Quran Surah 4, Verse 29)


We have cherry picked the cream of the crop of tradeshows for you. 2016 would be an incredible year for the bold entrepreneur to go where they have never been beofre. Evaluate the shows below and reap the harvest. 

Food Nigeria
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Africa Big 7
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Recent Announcements

Amara Halaal Poultry, Bosmont

Termination by Mutual Agreement
Amara Halaal Poultry

70 Maraisburg Road,

is no longer certified by SANHA.

Kindly Take Note!!!

Dulce Cafe, Kensington Square

Termination by Mutual Agreement

Dulce Cafe
Kensington Square
(53 Adelaide Tambo Dr, Durban North)

is no longer certified by SANHA as the owner has opted not to continue with SANHA certification.

Kindly Take Note!!

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

0861 786 111



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Questions and Answers

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Questions & Answers

Q: I will be travelling to Turkey next week. I would like to know whether I should be wary of the meat there. Are their slaughtering techniques above board? If I see a Halaal sign and the establishment doesn't sell alcohol is there anything else I should look for?

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

Contact: Dr Huseyin Kami Buyukozer

Tel: +90 212 438 33 18
Fax: +90 212 438 33 19

Q: I would like to find out if Coastlands on the Ridge in Musgrave is certified Halaal or is Muslim owned? 

A: Regrettably, we do not have information on Coastlands.

Q: Please could you assist.  The use of taurine in energy drinks. Is it Halaal?

A. Taurine that is animal derived is usually sourced from the bile of the animal. Bile is NOT Halaal and therefore the use of such derived taurine would not be permissible.

Synthetically manufactured taurine is Halaal.


Industry News


The conclusion of a R1.2 billion expansion at one of Nestle's oldest factories which is in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal will make it the largest instant coffee processing factory of Nestle worldwide. It will be able to produce 3.2 tons of coffee powder per hour.

The coffee is marketed under the Ricoffy brand. Two out of every three cups of instant coffee enjoyed in South Africa is Ricoffy. It is now poised to perk up the rest of Africa too.

The Estcourt factory, which also produces Nesquick and Milo is proudly certified Halaal by SANHA.

See our Photo Gallery


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:

  • Terrasano Holdings (Pty) Ltd t/a Phyto Pro, 19 Oak Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa - Snacks & Confectionery - Health Snacks

  • Pure Protein, 8 Stoney Bridge, 41-43 Howthorne Drive, Mount Edgecombe, Umhlanga, KZN, South Africa - Raw Materials - Egg Products

  • Istanbul Kebab & Shawarma - Fordsburg, The Train, Mint Road, Fordsburg, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurants

  • La Padrino Halaal Pizzeria,133 Barry Hertzog Avenue, Emmarentia, Gauteng, South Africa - Restaurants

  • Industry Bakery, Greenside, Gauteng, South Africa - Bakery

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


Competition & Giveaways



Super compact and lightweight. Weighing 67g and measuring 10 x 10cm, this wipe-clean vinyl compact unzips to a full size prayer mat.

Perfect gift for family and friends. Leave it in the car, the handbag or pocket.

IG Hoosen of 122 Kenilworth Road, Overport are sponsoring 30 of these compact musalla’s in our competition worth over R30.00 each.


  1. Which leading instant coffee brand is certified Halaal by SANHA?

  2. What is the address of the new branch of the sponsor of the musalla?

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

Send your answers to

Competition closing date: 30th June 2016

To qualify, the subject line must read
"Compact Travel Musalla"



Win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder Set to the value of R650.00 and listen to your favourite Islamic programs with digital clarity.

Answer the following questions:

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

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

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

Competition closing date: 1st September 2016

Send your answers to

To qualify, the subject line must read...
"Radio Islam Decoder"

T & C’s apply. Click here to view

Radio Islam


Forthcoming Events


18 - 20 May 2016

China Trade Week

Durban, South Africa

18 - 20 May 2016

Food Nigeria 2016

Lagos, Nigeria

26 - 29 May 2016

Afro Packaging and Food Expo

Cairo, Egypt

27 - 29 May 2016

Good Food Show

Cape Town, South Africa

19 - 21 June 2016

Africa Big Seven/SAITEX

Johannesburg, South Africa


Mysterious Spice and all things Nice

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


Vanilla is the second-most expensive spice after saffron. Despite this, it is highly sought after for its flavour and is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking, perfume manufacture and aromatherapy.

There are several types of vanilla. Bourbon vanilla is the name for all vanilla grown in Madagascar and other islands in the Indian Ocean, including Comoros and Réunion. Réunion was formerly known as the Île Bourbon, and it is the name of that island that gave Bourbon Vanilla its name.

It has no association with the alcoholic drink produced from corn which originated in Bourbon County, Kentucky and hence known as Bourbon whiskey.


Health and Beauty

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


Tank up with the right fuel and your brain will perform at its optimum.

Neurotransmitters are chemical substances that are used to transmit signals between the cells or neurons of the brain and central nervous system.

The four important neuro transmitters and foods which contain the elements for the manufacture of this is shown below.

  2. This ‘happy’ neurochemical serotonin makes us feel positive and able to take on the world with confidence. Manufactured from an amino acid found in chicken, turkey breast, cheese, milk, turnips greens, seaweed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cacao and potatoes.

  4. The neurotransmitter involved in pleasure and reward. Good sources are eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, beef, turkey and soy foods.


  6. This transmitter plays a role in attention and arousal and is sourced from milk, nuts, fish, egg yolks, organ meats and legumes.

  8. Responsible for impulse control this neurotransmitter. This is found in nuts such as almonds, pistachios and peanuts, as well as pumpkin seeds, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, yoghurt, soy foods, turkey and goose.

It is evident from the above, that if we want to keep our neurotransmitters working well, we need to eat a varied diet containing many different types of food.

Eating only one or two kinds of food or food groups (e.g. only proteins and fats), may lead to the malfunction of neurotransmitters and could cause damage to our brain and nervous system.

Source: Dr Ingrid van Heerden


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