South African National Halaal

January 2017 :: Jumaada Al-Awwal 1438 No. 92

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



We give praise and thank Allah Ta'ala for being able to abide by the principles of good governance with the hosting of our very public and highly successful Annual General Meeting recently in Durban.

High-quality reports and presentations were the order of the day. Amongst these was an outstanding treatise entitled, "HALAAL - MORE THAN A LOGO" by Islamic Scholar, Secretary General of the United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA) and Chairman of the Executive and Management committees of SANHA, Moulana Yusuf Patel.

We have reproduced an abridged version of the presentation below:-


A brand is a distinguishing symbol, mark, logo or name that is used to characterize a company's product. The brand promise incorporates more than just tangible products and services. It also includes the feelings that consumers get when they use the products and services. Commercial brands thrive on the concept of "association". They brand products in a manner that the client subconsciously associates sentiments of happiness, joy, satisfaction, success, beauty vitality, etc. with the product.

For example:

  • Nike associates its products with star athletes; hoping customers will transfer their emotional attachment from the athlete to the product. For Nike, it's not just the shoe's features that sell the shoe. If you're a Nike fan, the brand might represent athleticism, performance, strength, good health and fun.

  • Coca-Cola branded itself with the "open happiness" campaign. The purchase of a coke brings with it an emotional attachment of joy, satisfaction and happiness.

Halaal certification however is not a commercial venture. It is a Divine prescription that has its own inherent and distinct worth, value and appeal. The "Halaal brand' is therefore much more than a logo. Halaal as a Divine Brand exudes a deeply spiritual importance. It is directly responsible for the preservation and protection of the distinct identity of a Muslim. Halaal promotes:

  • Modesty and decency: The nexus between Halaal consumption and modesty is established in Chapter 7 Verse 21 "When they had tasted from the tree, their private parts became revealed to them…" The consequence of consuming the impermissible by Adam (AS) and Hawwa (RA) resulted in the exposure of their private parts. Halaal creates a modest disposition whilst Haraam breeds crudity.

  • Sanctity of the human mind and body: Halaal / Haraam is not based on deliberate human deprivation nor is it a punitive measure - to the contrary, the Quran says: "They ask you what is permissible for them - Say "Permissible for you is the tayyibaat." (5:4) The Tayyibaat is meant to preserve the 'fitrah', the natural disposition of man. The permissible or forbidden is not designed to deprive humans of joy and pleasure, it is meant to preserve the sanctity of the human mind and body.

  • The capacity to act righteously: The consumption of Halaal creates a desire to submit to Allah, it creates an appetite for virtue, an aversion for vice and a desire to be upright. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: "O' People! Allah is Tayyib (Pure) and only accepts that which is Tayyib (Pure). Allah commands the believers as He had commanded the Messengers by saying: "O Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibaat and do righteous deeds…" (Chapter 23 Verse 51) This clearly creates the link between consumption and action.

  • The growth of wisdom: Food provides us with more than the sum of its nutrients - protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals. It's the sum total of our innermost thoughts and feelings. Halaal contributes to healthy thoughts and actions and allows us to live in harmony with spiritual truths, natural laws and ecology of our body, our planet and the universe.

The great Sufi poet, Rumi once remarked: "The satiated man and the hungry man do not see the same thing when they look upon a loaf of bread." In the same way, a Muslim and a non-Muslim do not see the same value in the food they consume. "Say: "The impure and the pure are not equal, even though very many of the bad things may entice you. Be, then, conscious of Allah, O you who are endowed with insight, so that you might attain to a happy state!" (Chapter 5 Verse 100)

The Halaal logo not only provides tangible assurance of religious compliance but also contributes to the preservation of distinct Islamic identity and values.



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

Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said during the Farewell Hajj Sermon, "…And the usury of the pre-Islamic period is abolished, and the first of our usury I abolish is that of 'Abbas bin 'Abd al-Muttalib, for it is all abolished…." [Muslim]

The concept of Halaal extends to our earnings as well. It is not sufficient for the ingredients of the food and drink we consume to be Halaal, when they have been earned through non-Halaal avenues such as theft, deceit, usury, fraud, etc. So much did Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) emphasise this, that he set the example for all of us by publicly abolishing the interest earned by his own uncle, Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him).



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The famed and delicious Indo Chinese dish that goes well with fried rice or flat breads. The recipe is courtesy of the Dubai based gastronomy Master Chef Aatir Dhadalla of the Mediterranean themed 5-star Melia Hotel in Dubai.

Chicken Cilli Dry


  • ½ kg boneless chicken, diced
  • ½ red capsicums
  • ½ yellow capsicum
  • 3 spring onions roughly chopped
  • 4 - 5 pieces red chilies finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp corn flour
  • 2 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbsp ginger
  • ½ tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp red chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 500ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp chicken soup powder


  1. Mix the diced chicken with the two tablespoons of corn flour, 1 teaspoon soya, white pepper powder, a bit of salt and the beaten egg. The mixture should coat the chicken completely.
  2. Heat 400ml of oil in a wok and deep fry all the chicken and set aside on a tissue to remove excess oil.
  3. Heat two tablespoons of oil in another wok. Add ginger, garlic with chilies and sauté for one minute.
  4. Add all the vegetables (save some spring onions for garnish) and continue sautéing until they are transparent. Now add the remaining soya, ketchup and the chilli sauce continue sautéing.
  5. Add ½ cup of water and the chicken soup powder. 
  6. When the mixture starts to boil add remaining corn flour blended with one tablespoon of water. Mix well to avoid lumps.
  7. When you are almost done cooking, adjust the seasoning and add vinegar. Cook until the sauce is thick and coats the chicken evenly.
  8. Garnish with spring onions.

Most of the chicken soup powders contain salt so please taste before you add the final seasoning. Your chilli chicken should not become salty. Chicken soup powder is also the best substitute of monosodium glutamate for those who don't like to season with it. This recipe does not have sugar as I am using ketchup. If you like your chili chicken to be sweeter you can add sugar.

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In the serious world of Halaal, we take this moment to bring you a smile, a chuckle, a hearty laugh and a lesson. It's therapeutic, so pass it on.


A famous Moulana was passing Halaluddin's village and asked him for a good place to eat. He suggested a nearby restaurant and the Moulana, eager to engage in conversation with a local person invited Halaluddin to join him. Delighted, Halaluddin accompanied the Moulana to the restaurant where they asked the waiter about the special of the day.

"Fish! Fresh Fish!" replied the waiter and gave a mouth-watering description.

"Bring us two," they answered.

A few minutes later, the waiter brought out a large sizzling platter with two cooked fish on it, aroma of which filled the restaurant. One of them was considerably smaller than the other.

Without hesitating, Halaluddin dished out the larger of the fish on his plate.

The Moulana gave Halaluddin a look of intense disbelief and proceeded to tell him stridently that what he did was not only blatantly selfish but violated the principles of ethics, morality and religion.

Halaluddin calmly listened to the philosophy patiently and when the Moulana finally exhausted his topic and paused, Halaluddin in the most polite of tones asked:-

"Hazrat, what would you have done?"

"I, being a conscientious human, would have taken the smaller fish for myself" he replied.

"And here you are," Halaluddin said, and promptly placed the smaller fish on the Moulana's plate.


Health and Beauty

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


Some extra love for cracked and damaged skin with an all-natural treatment. Keep your skin buffed and smooth with exfoliation without exposing your skin to unwanted chemicals.

What better way to pamper your skin than by giving it the all-natural treatment. We all know how harsh the summer sun, heat and sea can be on our skin, so taking extra care to keep it smooth and buffed makes sense. Better yet, go the DIY route and make yourself one of these deliciously summery body scrubs. Brighten, soothe and exfoliate without exposing your skin to unwanted chemicals.



  1. 1 cup raw sugar
  2. 3 drops lavender essential oil (or more if you desire a stronger fragrance)
  3. 4 – 5 Tbsp organic coconut oil
  4. 1 Tbsp fresh or dry lavender petals (optional)


If coconut oil is hard, place in microwave for 15 – 20 seconds to melt into liquid. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon. Transfer mixture into an airtight jar or container.



  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp of freeze dried blueberries
  4. Lemon essential oil drops
  5. 1 drop of blue food colouring


Crush up the blueberries and add the sugar, coconut oil and 5 lemon oil drops. Mix all the ingredients together well. Place all ingredients in a jar to use when you are ready for your next shower. It is advised to use the scrub last in your shower routine, as the left over coconut oil on your skin is extremely moisturising.



  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. Zest from one lime
  4. Lime essential oil


Combine coconut oil, sugar and lime zest. Mix until combined. Add 7 drops of lime oil and stir. If the scent of the lime is not strong enough, add more, two drops of oil at a time. Store in a glass jar.



  1. 1 cup fine sea salt
  2. ½ cup grapeseed oil
  3. 15 - 10 drops of citrus essential oils like lemon, grapefruit, lime and orange (add more for a stronger scent)


Mix your salt and grapeseed oil. Add in the essential oils and mix well. Store in a glass jar.



  1. 1 cup brown sugar
  2. 1 cup coconut oil
  3. 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  4. Mint leaves


Mix sugar and coconut oil. Add essential oil drops. Finely chop mint leaves and add. Mix well and store in a glass jar.

Acknowledgement: Get It Magazine Dec/Jan 2017



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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.


The most useful metal known to man. Iron and steel industries are the foundation of prosperity of nations. Without this, man cannot reach the dizzy heights of building structures, fly through the skies, move around on earth, on water and below it and the implements needed for all of this.

Yet fourteen centuries ago when man was not advanced in scientific knowledge and technology, the Almighty sent down the Quraan through His Messenger, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) wherein there are many scientific facts.

Iron is highlighted in Chapter 57, Al Hadid (the Iron) and in Verse 25 it specifically states "…. And we sent down Iron in which there is awesome power, as well as many benefits for mankind…".

Just one of the many scientific facts alluded to in the Noble Quraan.



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Position available for a female debtor's clerk based at the SANHA Head Office in Overport.

Duties Include:

  • Courteous & effective liaison with customers to ensure timeous payment.
  • Attendance to debtor queries; credit notes etc.
  • Experience in debtor account recons.

Minimum Requirements:

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  • 3 - 5 years' experience
  • Good communication skills

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Lecithin (from the Greek lekithos, "egg yolk") is a generic term to designate any group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissue. They attract both water and fatty substances and are used for smoothing food textures, dissolving powders (emulsifiers) and homogenizing liquid mixtures. Used amongst other things as an additive in processed foods, medicines and supplements; it helps give these products a smooth, uniform appearance. Examples of use would be in margarine, bread products, confectionery, ice cream and dairy products, infant formulas and convenience foods.

Muslims are not forbidden to eat lecithin per se; however, since it may be derived from animal as well as plant sources, care must be taken to ensure that the source is Halaal. Lecithin derived from soya, plants and egg yolks is permissible.

SANHA has not found commercial lecithin from animal sources except from egg yolk which would make it unsuitable for vegans. SANHA's research shows that the majority of commercial lecithin is obtained from soya. Some is also derived from sunflower and rapeseed.



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Questions & Answers

Q: Which omega supplements are Halaal?

A: As per information at our disposal the following omega supplements are Halaal suitable:

  • Revite Omega vegi-capsules
  • A. Vogel VegOmega-3
  • Solal Fish Oil Omega3 vegicap
  • Solal Flaxseed / Linseed Oil Omega3 Vegicap
  • Solal Omega 3 Double Strength Fish Gelatine Capsule

Solal Omega All and Solal Sol-Oil Omega 3 & 6 are NOT approved by SANHA as they contain bovine gelatin derived from non-Halaal slaughtered animals.

Q: Are there any Amino supplements for fitness or gyming which are Halaal?

A: The following amino supplement products manufactured by Muscle Works are certified by SANHA:

  • Muscle Works Amino Shred Berry
  • Muscle Works Amino Shred Grape
  • Muscle Works Branch Chain Amino-X
  • Muscle Works Branch Chain Amino-X Grape
  • Muscle Works Branch Chain Amino-X Naartjie
  • Muscle Works Ultimate Amino Force Grape
  • Muscle Works Ultimate Amino Force Lime


Industry News


Gaza City - Coca-Cola formally has opened its first factory in the Gaza Strip, the company announced on Wednesday, in a move that could create hundreds of jobs in the beleaguered Palestinian enclave.

The $20 million (19 million euro) investment is the company's first plant in Gaza and will create around 120 jobs immediately, a statement said, with an eventual expansion to 270.

"The opening of our first Gaza plant is an important milestone," Zahi Khouri said, the founder and chairman of National Beverage Company (NBC) responsible for Coca-Cola in the Palestinian territories.

There are three other NBC bottling facilities in the West Bank but the new Gaza plant could be a bonus for the struggling enclave's economy.

The Jewish state of Israel maintains a crippling blockade on the Palestinian enclave which it says is necessary for security reasons.

The unemployment rate in the coastal territory is over 40 percent, with close to two-thirds of young people out of work.

The United Nations has estimated the Palestinian economy could double in size if the Israeli occupation ended.


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:

  1. Calisto's Cresta Mall, Shop CGU207, Cresta Mall, Blackheath, Gauteng - Restaurant
  2. Steers Bethal N17, Cnr Jabulana Selepe & Moses Kotane Streets, Bethal, Mpumalanga - Restaurants
  3. Fishaways La Rochelle, 256 Turf Road, La Rochelle, Gauteng - Restaurants
  4. Inno-tivity (Pty) Ltd, Regus Wedgefiled - Block A, Muswel Road, Bryanston, Gauteng - Culinary Products
  5. Honeyfields Wholesalers c.c., 1009 Kruger Street, Lyttelton, Centurion, Gauteng - Bakery- Bulk Manufacturers
  6. Wimpy Sabie 1 Stop, 146 Main Street, Sabie, Mpumalanga - Restaurants
  7. Jeppa Duo Lounge Lenasia, 192 Rose Avenue, Ext 3, Lenasia, Gauteng - Restaurants
  8. Tarbooch Restaurant, Shop FF20B, The Zone, Gauteng - Restaurants
  9. Skylim Beverages, 202 Helen Joseph Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Beverages (Ready to Drink)
  10. Debonairs Pizza Auckland Park, Cnr Stanley & Empire Roads, Auckland Park, Gauteng - Restaurants
  11. Fishaways Auckland Park, Cnr Stanley & Empire Roads, Auckland Park, Gauteng - Restaurants
  12. Stetsons Butter 32D Hagart Road, Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal - Culinary Products
  13. RJ'S - Pietermaritzburg Shop No. 4, The Square, 4 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu Natal - Restaurants
  14. Greener Pastures Frozen Foods cc t/a Onion Chef, 6B Maslamoney Road, Athlone Industria 2, Athlone, 7766 - Fruit & Vegetable Products
  15. Hochdorf SA (Pty)Ltd, 2B Elegance Road, Sanddrift, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7780 Snacks - Chocolate
  16. Langeberg Ashton Foods (Pty)Ltd, 1 Main Road, Ashton, 6715 - Fruit & Vegetable Products
  17. De Villiers Chocolate (Pty) Ltd, Simondium Guild, Simondium, R45, 7670 & Spice Route, Suid Agter-Paarl Road, Suider Paarl, 7624 Snacks – Chocolate
  18. Fruit & Veg City (Pty) Ltd t/a Cape Roasters, 20 London Circle, Brackengate Business Park, Brackenfell, Cape Town,7560 Snacks - Dried Fruit & Nuts
  19. Carmien Tea (Pty) Ltd, Bergendal Farm, Paleisheuwel Road, Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal, 7340 Beverages - Tea & Coffee
  20. Flavour Union, 21 Mortimer Road, Wynberg, Cape Town, 7800 Culinary - Honey

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


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McCain's new Sweet Potato Fries is a new good-for-you option that will turn every meal into a feast.

Sweet potato is packed with vitamins and nutrients that help in digestive and heart health and is also a slow-release carbohydrate that helps to manage glucose in the body.

This controls energy levels and appetite, meaning that you will feel fuller for longer. The fries are made with an orange-flesh sweet potato which is specially grown for McCain.

The product is certified Halaal by SANHA and is available in 750g pack size at your local supermarket.



Recent Announcements

Captain Doregos - Certification Terminated

Gold Reef City, Gauteng

Certification terminated with immediate effect due to breach of contract.

Kindly Exercise Caution!!

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


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