South African National Halaal

August 2016 :: Thul Qa'dah 1437 No. 89

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



In a 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 globally.

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.

Mothers 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 punctuality.

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 of Allah.



(Sayings 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

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.

Sunkist Restaurant


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 experience.

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 available.

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 home.

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 walimas.

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
Morningside, Durban



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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  • 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


  1. Peel the Avocados and mash the flesh to a smooth paste with the help of a potato masher.

  2. Mix in Lime/Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic, Green Chilies, Cilantro and Roasted Cumin Powder & Oil. Combine.

  3. Add 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.

  4. Drizzle a few drops of oil over the dough ball to coat. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 15-20 minutes.

  5. Once you are ready to make the parathas, give the dough one more quick knead.

  6. Heat up a tawa / skillet on medium heat and start dividing the dough and forming balls.
    Take a dough ball and flatten between the palms of your hand.

  7. Dip in additional dry flour and start rolling with a rolling pin using Flour to dust.

  8. Once 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.

  9. Allow it to cook- change of colour and little bubbles will appear. Flip and drizzle a little oil and smear it.

  10. Flip 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.

  11. Remove from the tawa and place in a hot case till ready to serve.

  12. 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.

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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.


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.

"Halaluddin, please wait until we say our Dua (prayer),” said his father.

"I don’t have to,” Halaluddin replied.

"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!”




Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


Poutine Canada

A 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 in lard.




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Health and Beauty

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


Pathology is the study of disease that bridges science and medicine for the purpose of effective patient care. It is concerned with the nature and causes of disease and is vital to every aspect of medicine -- from the diagnosis of disease to the monitoring of chronic conditions and the effectiveness of medical treatments.

Millions of pathology tests are carried out every year by specialist doctors referred to as pathologists who work with other doctors, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in hospitals and GP surgeries to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. It’s an inseparable part of your treatment.

See our Competition / Giveaway column for a most amazing and unique free offer of testing by a leading pathology laboratory - for your health’s sake.



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.


Similarities of the Muslim way of prayer in other scriptures:-
  • HINDUISM: 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.

  • JEWISH 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.”

  • CHRISTIAN 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.”



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Questions & Answers

Q. 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”.


Industry News


Albany Bakery

Albany's new D'light range is infused with delicious, one-of-a-kind flavours that will make you re-consider what bread is all about. From Cinnamon & Popcorn to Butter and Raisin & Cinnamon - change is on its way!

certified and available at most retail outlets.


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, Shop G35, Cityview Centre, 10 Matthews Meyiwa Road, Durban, KZN, South Africa – Pizza

  • Empire Turkish Shawarma & Kebab, 267 Sparks Road, Overport, KZN, South Africa – Restaurant

  • Designer Beverages (Pty) Ltd t/a Chill Jooce, 12 Gemmil Street, Linksfield, Gauteng, South Africa – Beverages

  • Phend Pharmaceuticals, 17 Westminster Avenue, Bryanston, Sandton, Gauteng - Anti-aging cream

  • Nazeera's Treats, 26 Gail Street, Helderkruin, Gauteng, South Africa - Biscuits

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


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By Nahida Esmail

Ideal for kids, this 24-page illustrated book in full colour is easy to understand. It explains the fundamental tenets of Islam and shows similarities between Christianity and Islam.

To download click here.

To receive by mail send an e-mail to:

with the subject line
"This Is Islam”
and your postal address.

Sponsored by the IPCI


Live like Brothers


By Mufti Muhammad Taqi Uthmaani Saheb

14-page booklet. Based on his vast knowledge and experience, the erudite scholar and ex-judge of the Shariah court of Pakistan, the author offers valuable insight into common matters of dispute that we can avoid.

To download

To receive by mail, send an e-mail to  with subject line "This Is Islam” and your postal address.

Sponsored by Madrasah Ta'leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach




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

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Bloodline Laboratories


R15 000 worth of lipogram tests to be given away to our readers.

Health is regarded as one of greatest blessings that Allah Ta’ala has given to mankind after Belief. It is reported in a Hadith that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mounted the pulpit, then wept and said, “Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” (Hadith : Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

In keeping with this prophetic advice 50 readers can win a lipogram test sponsored by the dynamic Bloodline Laboratory Group. The results of the test will be able to give your doctor your cholesterol levels to enable him to make an informed decision on your health. 

Simply answer the following questions:-

  1. Name the SANHA certified restaurant reviewed in the On My Plate column in e-Bulletin No.89?

  2. Name the husband and wife team that head up Bloodline Laboratories?

See the Tell us and We'll Tell the World column for clues.

Competition closing date:
15 September 2016

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To qualify, the subject line must read: "Lipogram Test”

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Forthcoming Events

11 - 15 August 2016
Hong Kong Food Expo
Hong Kong, China
26 - 28 August 2016
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Durban, South Africa
31 August - 2 September 2016
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Gauteng, South Africa
1 - 4 September 2016
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Istanbul, Turkey
4 - 6 September 2016
Speciality & Fine Food Fair
London, UK
7 - 10 September 2016
Food and Hotel Thailand
14 - 15 September 2016
Food and Technology Drink
Gauteng, South Africa
15 - 18 September 2016
Homemakers Expo
Cape Town, South Africa
19 - 21 September 2016
Halal Expo
Dubai, UAE


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Bloodline Laboratories

Affordable, available, admirable.

You have been paying too much for too long. Born out of a deep felt desire to serve the broader population, the chief pathologist of King Edward Hospital established Bloodline Laboratories 10 years ago.

Using state of the art equipment the laboratory is centrally situated in Overport to service the major hospitals offering professional services of the highest excellence at affordable prices.

Welcomed by patients and specialists they maintain an affordable single price policy and are contracted to medical aid schemes. They do not have dual pricing for different sets of patients and their charges can be at a saving as much as 40% of the prices charged by others.

The operation is personally overseen by the husband and wife team of Dr Vinmala and Mr Shaun Naidoo, the sponsors of the Lipogram Competition.

Their offices are located at:-
Shop 2B, Gem Towers
98 Overport Drive

Tel: +27 31 207 2579

See the Competition / Giveaway section.


Mysterious Spice and all things Nice

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


As 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.


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