South African National Halaal

February 2018 :: Jumadal Ukhra 1439 No. 97
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



While we multitask many a time we can overlook advices and solutions that stare us in the face. If you took a moment to heed and apply the Quranic directive, "Then let man look at [the sources of] his food …" (Chapter 80, Verse 24) then surely we will benefit from our Creator and Most Merciful Sustainer.

Family meal time has always been seen as an opportunity where members of the family gather to spend some quality time together. With the emergence of fast food outlets, people are now spending less time together since they can just continue to eat while doing what they were doing. The percentage of adults who buy fast-food at least once a month increased from 66% in 2009 to more than 80% in 2015. Many of the fast food offerings are deep fried and are high in saturated fat. Eating such fast food more than twice a week drastically increases the chances of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic problems according to several studies.


Hassan Al-Basri (ra) states that: "The test of Nabi Adam (alayhis salaam) (in Jannah) was food and it shall be your test until the Day of Qiyamah." Mounting evidence suggests that the difficulty to resist highly palatable, calorie-rich foods represents a special case of addictive behaviour with similarities to other addictions. They eat more and more, only to find that food satisfies them less and less. Ashley Gearhardt, co-creator of Yale University's Food Addiction Scale, writes: "…a growing body of research […] puts "food" – or the processed chemicals that pass for food these days – in the same category as drugs of abuse." For people who suffer from food addiction, consuming large quantities of food - usually highly palatable foods rich in fat, sugar, or starch - initially offers a rush of pleasurable sensations or a release from emotional distress. Yet these positive responses are soon followed by feelings of shame, guilt, and physical discomfort. A cycle very similar to other forms of substance addiction!


Every cell in our body was created from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. In addition to nourishing our bodies, food also affects the quality of our lives, our appearance, moods, weight, energy, the ageing process and our overall health and well-being. The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi was sallam) has said: "The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air." (Tirmidhi)  Food not only nourishes our physical bodies but also shapes our character. A famous adage says: "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." Wholesome foods contribute to humility, intelligence, control of desire and restraint of anger. If we are able to control our consumption we are able to control our action! The connection between consumption and action is clearly established from the Quraanic verse that says: "O Messengers of Allah, eat of the pure things and do good works!" (Chapter 23, Verse 51).


Source: Ml Y Patel – Chairman of SANHA and Secretary General UUCSA



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

Allah's Messenger (Allah's peace and salutations be upon him) said:

"Consume olive oil and apply it (to your body) for it is from a blessed tree." [Tirmizi, Ibn Majah & Daarami]

Comment: The Health and Beauty section of this edition recommends honey and olive oil. When using such products, let us shift our focus to include the acquisition of the blessings mentioned in the Quraan and Hadith in regards to these items. As such, a simple mundane act may be elevated from the material to include the spiritual dimension and drawing closer to Allah.



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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Poultry is one of the most consumed proteins in the world with over 50 billion chickens raised annually. Amongst the most popular dish is fried chicken which has been floured or battered and then pan-fried, deep fried, or pressure fried. The breading adds a crisp coating or crust to the exterior of the chicken. There are as many recipes as there are cooks each with their own variations. We bring you a recipe from a legendary culinary personality, renowned chef and TV show host and author. Her version uses buttermilk and hot sauce.

With your supply of SANHA certified/approved Halaal chickens, a little patience and effort you will soon be munching away on a true southern classic in the comfort of your home.


  • 1 chicken, cut into 10 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • ½ cup hot sauce 
  • ½ cup buttermilk 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • Peanut oil or vegetable for frying 
  • 2 ½ cups self-raising flour 


Special equipment: a deep-frying thermometer

  1. Season the chicken on both sides with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. In a large bowl big enough to accommodate all of the chicken, whisk together the hot sauce, buttermilk and eggs. Add the chicken and toss to combine. 
  2. Cover, marinate and keep refrigerated for at least 2 hours and up to 4.
  3. In a large Dutch oven, heat a couple inches of peanut or vegetable oil to 180°C. Preheat the oven to 230°C.
  4. Dredge the chicken in the flour, taking care to evenly coat each piece. Transfer in batches to the hot oil, cover and let cook 5 minutes. Remove the cover and turn the chicken. Let cook, uncovered, an additional 5 minutes. 
  5. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet. When all of the pieces are fried, bake the chicken an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Editors Tip

  • Times can vary depending on local conditions. We found 4 minutes was adequate for baking. Use your discretion.


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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.


The teacher from the village school was trying to fasten his saddle-bags after picking up his grocery supplies. Each time he positioned the bag it slipped to one side.

As Halaluddin walked by the teacher turned to him. “Halaluddin” he exclaimed, “you claim to understand everything. How can I solve this problem?’ Inspecting the load, Halaluddin saw that one of the bags was full of rice while the other was empty. “As a scientist,” he said with great enthusiasm, “I can see that the laws of physics are working against you.” He then removed the rice and divided it into three equal piles. He put one pile in each bag and, sure enough, the load was perfectly balanced.

“Masha Allah” said the teacher, “but what about the third pile?”

“That, sir” replied Halaluddin, “is my professional fee.”



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Packed with nutrients, the fibre rich perfect mix of spinach, peas, green beans and broccoli helps to draw cholesterol out of your body.

Incredibly versatile it can be added to a stew or green curry or steamed with little bit of garlic butter to melt over the top or bake in the oven, drizzle a little bit of olive oil, add some crushed garlic, chilli flakes and a little honey for a delicious side to roast chicken, salmon or a steak. Healthy food doesn't have to taste bland or boring.

Certified by SANHA and available from supermarkets nationally.



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Programme for Ulama hosted by SANHA at Musjidul Ansaar, Orlando East Soweto on Saturday 17th February 2018.



Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.


Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Noble Quraan:  “Verily those who waste are the brothers of Shaitaan”, Chapter 17 – Verse 27.

It has become the norm in our society that we buy huge amounts of food at restaurants and even more for our homes. Leftovers are dumped and food wastage has become the scourge of our society. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that 33% of all food produced is wasted.

This is completely against the teachings of Islam and the beloved Sunnah of Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasallam who encouraged us not to leave even a crumb behind, pick up food that has fallen (it can be cleaned), to express our appreciation for all that we are given and to be aware that we will be questioned regarding every bounty of Allah, including a single date consumed. 

What can we do to reduce wastage?

  1. Order what you know you will eat. You can always order more if you are still hungry.
  2. Ask for leftovers to be packed for you and either take it home for later or give it away to a needy person.
  3. Buy according to your need not according to your desire.
  4. Monitor your consumption patterns and cut out wastage.

Remember the saying of Nabi sallallahu alaihi wasallam “The most beloved of people unto Allah are those who benefit others the most”. By giving away surplus food whilst it is still edible, one will be saved from the sin of wasting and also receive the reward of Sadaqah (charity).

SOURCE: Hj. Mahmood Mahomed (Chief Inspector - SANHA)

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Tollas Dairy
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Q. Is there any Halaal iced tea?

A. The following iced tea manufacturers / products are certified Halaal by SANHA:

  • BOS Iced Tea (bearing the SANHA logo)
  • Jophe Beverages Flavoured Iced Tea
  • In 2 Juice Flavoured Iced Tea
  • My T Chai
  • Newport Juices Flavoured Iced Tea
  • Pomona Juice Traders Flavoured Iced Tea
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  • Woolworths Iced Teas (bearing the SANHA logo)

Q. Is it true that a red dot on a product means it contains pork?

A. The red/brown dot symbol signifies that the product is “non-vegetarian” and is appended to products manufactured in India or exported to India.

The mark does not necessarily signify “pork” content as alleged. The product may contain cheese, whey powder, glycerine, egg, milk solids, gelatine etc. thus classifying it “non-veg”.

Products which are vegetarian will carry a green dot symbol.

We are not aware of these symbols being used by South African manufacturers.

Mandatory Labeling in India to distinguish vegetarian products (left) from non-vegetarian ones (right).

Q. Are Oreo Biscuits Halaal? I see that they are imported?

A. Oreo Biscuits available in South Africa are imported from different countries (Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt and Indonesia).

Oreo Original, Chocolate, Golden, Peanut Butter and Oreo dipped in chocolate are Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.

Oreo Strawberry contains carmine (an insect derived colourant) and is NOT Halaal.


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. ANS Importers And Distributors - Plot 7, Farm Rietfontein, Ext 9, Lenasia – Casings
  1. Aweh Foods - 5 Hillside Street, Hazeldene, Germiston, GP - Culinary Products – Spices & Condiments
  1. Shoaib Chicken - 40 Mysori St, Azaadville - Poultry Distributors (Home Based)
  1. OVK - Tweespruit Mills - 2 Eaton Rd, Dawiesville, Tweespruit, FS - Raw Materials - Maize Products
  1. The Dairy Den, 148 Main Road, Seapoint, Cape Town, 8000 - Dairy - Ice Cream
  1. Afriplex (Pty) Ltd, 10 De Vreugde Crescent, Dal Josaphat, Paarl -   Flavour House. (selected flavours only – Kindly ensure the flavour purchased carries a valid SANHA Halaal Certificate)

  2. Wholesome Foods-Unit 7, Mandini Park, 21 Clough Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN - Fruit and Vegetable products
  1. Al-Noor Halaal Butchery - Sh. 17 Vorna Valley Shopping Centre, Midrand – Butchery
  1. Chilis Restaurant - Corner 7th  St, & 2nd Ave, Melville, JHB - Restaurants
  1. Mezé Deli - 168 Kroonarend, Daleside, GP - Bakery Goods Manufacturer
  1. Mochachos – Uitsig Arkade (Sh 7, Uitsig Arkade, 98 Steve Biko St, Bult, Potchefstroom) – Restaurants
  1. Wicked Brands - 7 Union St, Alberton North, JHB - Beverages - Ready To drink
  1. Frusenses - Rua do Outeiro, 589, 4475-150 Gemunde, Maia, Portugal - Flavour House (selected flavours only – Kindly ensure the flavour purchased carries a valid SANHA Halaal Certificate)

  2. Mochachos – The Zone - Shop FC04, The Zone Shopping Centre, Rosebank, Gauteng - Restaurants
  1. Paquitos Treatery - Asufin House, 170 Blairgowrie Drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg, Gauteng - Bakery
  1. The Meat Moghul - 70 Terrier Place, Austin View, Midrand, Gauteng – Snacks, Biltong (Home Based)
  1. Rialto Foods a division of Libstar Operations (Pty) Ltd, 8 Printers Way, Montague Gardens, Cape Town, 7440 - Dairy - Cheeses only
  1. Snoek Wholesalers
    (Hotfoods / Takeaways), 2 Becker Street, Philippi, Cape Town - Restuarant

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


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The constitution of Islam, the Noble Quraan is a book of guidance and ethics, including regulations on Halaal. TheHalaal certification system needs to be augmented by an Islamic code of ethics which encompasses hygiene, food safety and good Islamic practice.

We humbly present this code of ethics and pray for the provision and consumption of safe, quality and wholesome food.

Available to all and free of charge. Collect at any of our offices weekdays between 9am and 4pm or we will mail it to you. 

Simply send us an e-mail with subject line “Code of ethics” and your postal address to

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Health and Beauty

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


Timeless moisturizing solution from your kitchen.

Mentioned in the Noble Quraan, these ingredients are found in almost every kitchen.

The incredible healing and moisturising properties of honey have been known since time immemorial and even found in the pyramids of Egypt. Olive oil, on the other hand, contains antioxidants and healthy fatty acids that help soothe and condition dry skin. Pamper your skin with the goodness of both mixing together a tablespoon of each with a few drops of lemon juice. Generously apply it over exposed areas of your body and wipe with a warm washcloth after 15 minutes.

Its fresh, it’s wholesome and you know what goes into it.


Mysterious Spice and all things Nice

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


A product of a native tree of the Moluccas, Indonesia and now cultivated in the West Indies. Two spices are produced i.e. nutmeg from the seed kernel and mace from the covering of the kernel. Sold in powdered or seed form it is nutty, warm and slightly sweet. It is used extensively in pies, puddings, custards, cookies and spice cakes amongst many other foods. Apart from its culinary uses, it is also favoured for home medicinal use. It is reputed to have anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive and carminative functions. Its oils are used in Chinese and Indian traditional medicines.


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

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Africa's premier international food and drink show puts your company in front of F&B leaders and professionals across the continent. In 2017 visitors to the show attended from more than 30 countries to source products, find new partners, distributors and conclude important deals.
This year, as part of Africa Hospitality Week in Johannesburg, AB7 together with The Hotel Show Africa and ihost is set to be the largest gathering of food and hospitality professionals on the continent. 
With an agenda full of free training workshops, global food competitions, awards, 2 conferences, 180 speakers, 100’s of exhibitors and 1000’s of visitors this is one event you cannot afford to miss.
Book your stand now and let us start promoting your company to the F&B industry. 
Don’t forget 76% of purchasing decisions are made at exhibitions and with a strong 15 year heritage, Africa’s Big 7 brings you increasingly more quality visitors in fact in 2017 our 1000’s of buyers had a combined spend of USD1.7bn.
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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 jury is still out on this case where 50 people of a rural village in the Eastern Cape had to be rushed to a hospital with gastro-like symptoms.  It's believed that the village patients all consumed meat from a cow which had been allegedly bitten by a snake.

Herpetologist and Executive Director for Biodiversity at Cape Nature, Dr Ernst Baard told Health24 that in his opinion it is highly unlikely that people were affected by the venom and that it's more likely that the meat was off.

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Scientific evidence today has conclusively shown that carrion is a haven for bacteria toxicity. Even cooking on heat does not destroy all bacteria?

How is it then that tribesman roaming in deserts of Arabia over 1400 years ago without the benefit of the scientific knowledge abstained from consuming carrion. More so in an era when food was in short supply but carrion from wild animal kills, carcasses of animals falling from heights and natural deaths abounded?

The abstention was directly in obedience to the Revelation of the Noble Quraan for all mankind and the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) which forbid carrion. In chapter 5 Verse 3 it states, "Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal…"




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