OF RAMADAAN OR SLAVES OF ALLAH
remarkable feat each Ramadaan,
Muslims the world over collectively demonstrate an unrivalled
commitment to the Deen of Islam that elevates them towards the ideal as
stated in the Noble Quraan, "You are the best of
peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what
is wrong, and believing in Allah….” (Chapter 3 Verse 110)
Muslims from Cape Town to Canberra, Ascunsón to Kabul, Islamabad to
Port Moresby, Belgrade to Kuala Lumpur, Beijing to Buenos Aires, in
fact wherever they are those that live by the testimony that there is
no object of worship but Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon
him), is His Messenger, scrupulous attention and priority is
accorded to time during this month.
With meticulous attention and precise timings, Muslims commenced and
completed the daily fast within milliseconds of the appointed times
throughout the month.
As Ramadaan was the month when the Quraan was revealed, Masaajid
(mosques) all over the world in addition to the mandatory five daily
prayers, paid homage to this Divine eternal gift by arranging for the
public completion of the recitation of the entire Quraan during the
additional night prayers called Taraweeh. This was handled
punctiliously with detailed planning
of the number of reciters required and the chapters to be completed
each night in hundreds of thousands of mosques and special venues
Special efforts were made to strengthen ties of brotherhood, increase
acts of charity, refraining from backbiting, controlling of one's
temper and fulfilling of obligations.
and sisters too, went out of their way to ensure that all the
traditional savoury items of the iftaar (meal eaten to break the fast)
table were Halaal without an iota of doubt.
Of the myriad of threads that make up the tapestry of life in Ramadaan,
the one that permeates throughout is fulfilling of obligations and
The Noble Quraan states: "O! You who believe!
Fulfill your obligations!" (Chapter 5 Verse 1)
"...and fulfill every
engagement, for every engagement will be enquired into on the Day of
Reckoning." (Chapter 17 Verse 34)
Keeping of an appointment or honouring an undertaking to complete a
task that you have been entrusted with, is important as it is reliant
on another person’s valuable time. In fact, it is a contractual
obligation on your part to be executed. Apart from the reputational
risks and loss of respect, it goes against the teachings of Islam for
which we will be held accountable.
Why can we not import the benefit of this annual Divine practical
training programme into our lives and be exemplars to all whose lives
we touch, so that we are not just slaves of Ramadaan but indeed slaves
and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him))
A'ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, narrates that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “The most beloved of deeds unto Allah are those which are most consistent, even if they be few." [al-Bukhari]
The blessings and environment found during Ramadaan enables us to perform such an abundance of good deeds which cannot be matched during the rest of the year. Nevertheless, the training we receive during the Blessed month should assist us in being constant in good deeds throughout the year, even if it may be to a lesser degree. Allah Almighty loves this and it is for our benefit. May He grant that we maintain our relationship with Salaah, Quraan, the Masjid, charity, good character etc.
If we could abstain from Halaal (lawful) food for hours on end for His
Pleasure during the days of Ramadaan, surely we are able to abstain
from Haraam (unlawful) for the rest of our lives.
On My Plate
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.
A truism from the restaurant industry is that an establishment is only as
good as its last meal. All good days of brilliant service and faultless
meals of the past are forgotten on the judgement of the last meal
Many a restaurant that receives rave reviews and accolades from their
patrons in their early start-up phase fired by the enthusiasm and
passion of the owners breaking new ground rarely reach those heights
again when reviewed a few years later.
The Sunkist restaurant who have chosen SANHA
certification over the
years has not only bucked that trend but repositioned itself into the
upper echelons of fine dining five years later with its quantum leap
move to its new venue. A charming Victorian building nestled in a
tranquil garden has breathed new life from their hopelessly over-crowded old quarters.
Without a single advert in the press or on radio the new venue has been
filling to capacity every night, testimony to the growing influence of
social media and their legion of patrons.
Still dishing up arguably the best ever Portuguese style cuisine South
of the equator, a husband and wife team, (he of a prominent family in
the Meat industry and she from Mozambique of renowned cooks), using
their own blend of spices, sourced and ground themselves, painstakingly
marinated and delectably flame grilled on charcoal makes for an
unrivalled eating experience. You may choose to be served in a serene
alfresco ambience on the large timber deck or in the tastefully
finished Victorian dining area. Purdah (female seclusion) and Salaah facilities are
On a cold Durban winters evening (if there is such a thing as a cold
Durban winter evening) my partner and I settled for a Captains Platter
which consisted of 10 succulent prawns, line fish, 2 chicken skewers on
a bed of savoury rice and chips. The prawns were done to perfection
with the welcome touch of a choice of mild to hot sauces. The chicken
skewers were a throw-back to the taste of Mozambique with its peri peri
sauce of bird’s eye chillies, garlic and lemon. The platter at R219.00
was more than adequate for the two of us with some left overs taken
A full a la carte menu is available.
Sunkist has certainly graduated from a restaurant and coffee shop to a
pleasant multi-purpose restaurant, conference and function hire venue
seating approximately 200 people. This, with additional parking will
become a favourite venue for seminars, family reunions, receptions and
A highly recommended venue with host Irshaad Mohammed who makes you
feel part of the family. They are open daily.
For details of
operating hours and reservations phone:
078 655 8754
29 Lennox Road
and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and
also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.
the information and make up your own collection of winning recipes.
- 2 Medium Ripe Avocados
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp or to taste Salt
- 2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- Green Chillies - to taste, minced
- 5 sprigs, chopped Cilantro
- ½ tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- 2 cups (approx) Whole Wheat Flour
- Additional Oil - for cooking
- Additional Flour - for dusting
the Avocados and mash the flesh to a smooth paste with the help of a
in Lime/Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic, Green Chilies, Cilantro and Roasted
Cumin Powder & Oil. Combine.
Flour in little at a time and incorporating to form a dough. You may
need a little less or more that the 2 cups of flour - add as needed.
Once the dough comes together, knead for an additional 1 minute.
a few drops of oil over the dough ball to coat. Cover and allow the
dough to rest for 15-20 minutes.
you are ready to make the parathas, give the dough one more quick knead.
up a tawa / skillet on medium heat and start dividing the dough and
dough ball and flatten between the palms of your hand.
in additional dry flour and start rolling with a rolling pin using
Flour to dust.
the Paratha is rolled out and the tawa is hot, place it on the tawa.
Move the Paratha and make sure it does not stick.
it to cook- change of colour and little bubbles will appear. Flip and
drizzle a little oil and smear it.
it again and press gently with a spatula with rotating. Flip once again
and smear oil and spread it on the other side as well. Flip once again
and allow it to cook for just 30 seconds or a minute.
- Remove from the tawa and place in a hot case till ready to serve.
hot with yogurt and pickle or have it as a chapati.
Make a big
batch and freeze the dough for when Avocados are not in season.
you have a recipe to share with the readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to
and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a
future edition of the e-Bulletin.
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.
NAANI'S (GRANDMA'S) HOUSE
Little Halaluddin and his family were
having dinner at his Naani’s house. When everyone was seated, the food
was served. As soon as little Halaluddin got his plate, he started
eating right away.
wait until we say our Dua (prayer),” said his father.
"I don’t have to,” Halaluddin
"Of course you have to,”
said his mother.
"Don’t we always say a
Dua before eating at our house?”
"Yes, but that’s our
house,” Halaluddin explained.
"This is Naani’s house
and she knows how to cook!”
DIDN'T KNOW THAT
"bites" to whet the appetite for
fast food dish originating in the province of Quebec, made with
hand-cut twice-fried French fries and fresh cheese curds topped with a
light brown gravy. To maintain the texture of the fries, the cheese
curd and gravy are added immediately prior to serving the dish.
There are many variations of poutine. Some restaurants offer poutine
with such toppings as sausage, chicken or smoked meat.
Be aware that although there are some places
that may offer a vegetarian gravy for the vegan, most fry the potatoes
Look good - feel good. Tips for a
sound mind in a sound body
PATHOLOGY – THE
SCIENCE FOR WELLNESS
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Millions of pathology tests are carried out every year by
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out of every five persons on this planet is a Muslim. He is your
neighbour, customer, supplier, employee, boss or friend.
MUSLIM WAY OF
Similarities of the Muslim way of prayer in other scriptures:-
In Hindu sash tang it is stated that eight parts of the body must touch
the ground when praying. This is exactly what Muslims do when they
prostrate in prayer.
SCRIPTURES: Numbers 20:6 "And
Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of
the tabernacle of the congregation and they fell upon their faces: and
glory of the LORD appeared unto them.”
SCRIPTURES: Matthew 26:39 "And
Jesus (peace be upon him) he went a little farther, and fell on his
face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”
Is Eulactol heel balm ok to use? I see that it contains 25% urea. I am
uncertain on its permissible use and would be grateful for
clarification. Also are there any other Halaal heel balms?
A. The following heel balm products are certified by SANHA:-
- Oh So Heavenly Marine Minerals Heel Balm Feet Up
- Oh So Heavenly Marine Minerals Heel Repair Cream Well Heeled
- Oh So Heavenly Marine Minerals Overnight Treatment Balm Sleep on It
Eulactol heel balm contains synthetic urea and is permissible to use.
Q. I am suffering from arthritis and have constant joint pain. I have been advised to take Glucosamine supplements. Does SANHA certify any such supplements?
A. OsteoEze Acute by Nativa is certified by SANHA.
Q. Are Pringles crisps Halaal?
A. Pringles products which are officially imported from Malaysia and
marketed in South Africa are Halaal suitable as per information at our
disposal. The product packaging will state “Made in Malaysia”.
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Mysterious Spice and all things Nice
discovery column of spectacular spices, fabulous fruits, incredible
ingredients, vital vegetables, marvelous minerals and vibrant vitamins.
famous as the bruising encounters of the New Zealand’s national rugby
team, the All Blacks and their famous Haka with the Springboks, we have
to give credit to their KIWI FRUIT.
Hardly known a few decades ago, the Chinese gooseberry has been
popularized by New Zealand and renamed after their national emblem, the
flightless Kiwi bird.
It can provide the adult daily requirements of Vitamin C which helps us
to absorb iron and promotes healing of wounds and the immune system.
It also supply's potassium which regulates body fluid levels for
healthy blood pressure and heartbeat. The soluble fibre helps to lower
blood cholesterol levels.
A popular choice as an ingredient and garnishing in salads.