THE DIVINE COMMANDMENTS OF HALAAL
The importance of Halaal in the life of a Muslim cannot be overstated. It is a direct commandment of Allah Almighty to eat from the Halaal (lawful) and tayyib (pure) things which he has provided and to avoid the path of the doubtful and forbidden, which has been likened to following the footsteps of Shaytaan.
Allah Almighty says: "O you People! Eat of what is on earth, Halaal and pure, and do not follow the footsteps of the Satan; Indeed, for he is to you an open enemy". (2:168)
Indeed, the very act of consuming Halaal is a testimony to our belief in Allah Almighty and his revelation and laxity in this regard places a serious question on our sincerity and belief.
Allah Almighty says: "Eat of that (meat) over which the Name of Allah Almighty has been pronounced (while slaughtering that animal/bird), if you are believers in His Revelations". (6:118)
Eating Halaal is not only fulfilling a divine commandment, but also a source of great blessing that will make good deeds easier for us, allow our dua to be answered and save us from the Hell fire. On the contrary, the Ahadith are clear that those who are not conscientious of what they eat and stray into Haraam, will have Duas rejected even if they are in an otherwise pitiable and humbled state.
The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) mentioned (the case of) a man traveling on a long arduous journey, greatly troubled and distressed, with dishevelled hair, crying to Allah Almighty, "O my Lord! O my Lord! But, his food is Haraam, his drink is Haraam, his dress is Haraam and he is nourished with Haraam. How then can his dua be accepted". (Muslim 1015)
Despite these clear injunctions and benefits of Halaal food and the severe consequences of being lax in this regard, many today have become living fulfilments of the description in al-Bukhari where Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu anhu) reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he consumes; whether from a Halaal source or Haraam.” (Bukhari 2059). This may not be overt, but our eating decisions often beg the question of whether we really care what we put into our mouths.
There used to be a time when eating Halaal was relatively easy, where we bought from our local butchers who were known Muslims and whose trustworthiness was never questioned. It was a time when food was minimally processed, and all additives were easily recognised. But the modern world is a confusing and complicated place and although the laws and boundaries of Halaal and Haraam are clearly defined, food products nowadays abound with doubtful, hidden ingredients and E-codes. Yet, following our desires and taste buds, many of us choose to take the risk, wavering into those grey areas that will eventually lead us to Haraam. (May Allah Almighty protect us)
The utility and value of organisations such as SANHA in this kind of world is unquestionable. We have become a world of great specialisation, where no field of study is without its specialists, and the field of Halaal now requires such specialisation. We can be proud, as South African Muslims, that we have produced a Halaal body that is stringent, principled and well researched, allowing us to have peace of mind with regards to our consumption decisions. All those tricky issues and hidden ingredients in modern food production need a spotlight to make clear Halaal from Haraam. Our support for SANHA enables it to continue in this most noble enterprise.
Source: Moulana Ahmed Chohan – Imaam Musjid Saliheen, Principal Islahul Muslimaat and Trustee Al Imdaad Foundation
The Story of our Beginning, the Present and the Future
SANHA SALUTES SAAFFI
THE SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE FLAVOUR & FRAGRANCE INDUSTRY
Decades back, the Flavour and Fragrance Industry in South Africa formed an association – SAAFFI (SA Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry) to unite local Flavour & Fragrance companies across common non-competitive industry issues, freeing up individual organisations to grow their business. This group has grown to around 60 companies.
As a voluntary non-profit organisation, SAAFFI represents all aspects of this fascinating industry.
Members enjoy the benefits of being part of a strong industry association, including:
- Being kept up-to-date on changing local and international regulations.
- A unified industry approach to risk management.
- Being connected to relevant global organisations.
- Raising and maintaining high industry standards
- Focused education and training.
Flavour plays an important role in food and in life. Without flavourings many of our gastronomic pleasures would be greatly reduced. The preparation of safe food for mass distribution normally requires a certain amount of processing that can result in some loss of flavour. The addition of safe, scientifically-developed flavourings is needed to compensate for this loss. Furthermore, their inclusion in snacks, soft drinks, desserts, confectionery and so on satisfies present-day demand for pleasure and variety.
The fragrance industry is multi-faceted, with fine fragrances holding a celebrity status within it. Beyond the exclusiveness of fine fragrances, perfumery is intricately associated with the benefits of other products – from shampoos and cosmetics to laundry detergents and household cleaners. Fragrances make clothes smell “clean”, cosmetics “pretty”, and households “well kept”. Consumers look to a fragranced environment to add quality to their lives, enjoying such items as scented candles, fragrance sprays, shower gels and pomades to provide the benefits they seek. A world without fragrances would be comparable to a world without music.
MEMBERSHIP OF SAAFFI
SAAFFI membership is open to organisations directly involved with Flavours and Fragrances, as well as those offering allied products and services. SANHA is proud to be a member of SAAFFI.
SAAFFI’s Precise Short Training Courses (PSTC) give attendees a good overview of many industry-related subjects. The format encourages interaction between the attendees and presenter and for this reason, numbers are limited. The PSTC offer an inexpensive training option and ensure that attendees are not away from their work for more than a half day. Also offered by SAAFFI, in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand, is a Flavour & Fragrance short course, which is available to Applied Chemistry students as well as those currently employed in the flavour and fragrance industry.
Other on-site training, including industry-appropriate numeracy training is offered and can be tailored to meet the needs of the employer.
The Flavour and Fragrance industry, as well as the industries it serves (the Food, Beverage, Cosmetic, Household products industries), offers many interesting and fascinating career paths. SAAFFI offers resources to assist companies seeking trained personnel, and individuals seeking employment in the sector.
For more information, visit www.saaffi.co.za
Executive Director, SAAFFI
Tel: +27 (0) 11 447 2757
Cell: +27 (0) 82 940 2757
Asst Executive Director, SAAFFI
Tel: +27 (0) 10 446 2047
Cell: +27 (0) 83 449 2696
(Sayings and Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him))
Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said, “He who eats of this …” He first said, “Garlic” and then added, “Garlic, onion and leek, should not come close to us in our Masjid.” [Tirmizi]
The Industry News section of this edition mentions various natural ingredients which are Halaal and which Muslims are free to consume. We also bear in mind that Halaal is not a licence for indiscriminate consumption without consideration for the rights of others. The above Hadith prohibits harming others in social gatherings such as the Masjid through offensive smells of garlic, onion and leek. These smells should be attended to before joining the presence of others. This applies to body odour and other general principles of consideration as well. It is highly meritorious to inculcate the use of Miswaak for the pleasure of Allah and His Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam).
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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Mexico’s famous dish of corn tortilla rolled around a filling, and covered with a sauce and baked. Enchiladas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, including various meats, cheese, beans, potatoes, vegetables or combinations.
This recipe is by Ms Zahraa Norat, formerly of Blythedale, Stanger and now of Pretoria. It is deliciously delightful and we predict will become a family favourite comfort food. The soft floury tortillas are worth the effort over using the store bought variety.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
⅓ cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup hot water
1. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients to form a dough.
2. Makes ± 10 balls. Leave balls to rest for 15 – 20 minutes then roll out and fry on griddle (without ghee/oil).
1kg chicken fillets
2 teaspoons chicken spice
2 teaspoons chilli sauce of your choice
5 tablespoons yoghurt
salt and pepper
1. Cook and shred chicken for filling.
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 cup cubed bell peppers (assorted colours)
1 teaspoon chilli sauce of your choice
salt and pepper
1. Braise veggies, add in tomatoes, spices and simmer.
1. Fill Tortillas with chicken + salsa (cucumber + tomato) with a little periperi sauce.
2. Stack tortillas in casserole dish, seam side down.
3. Spread sauce, grate cheese over it and bake at 180°C for ± 15 minutes.
4. Serve with guacamole + yoghurt dip (4 tablespoons yoghurt + 2 tablespoon mayo).
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GIVE AND TAKE - THE RIGHT LANGUAGE
Out on a walk with friend, Halaluddin spotted a man caught in a river current and hanging on to some rocks in order to avoid being carried away.
The friend went up to him, extended his arm, and said, "Give me your hand so I can help you out." However, the man did not co-operate.
Halaluddin, then asked the man what he did for a living. “I work at SARS and collect taxes," came the reply.
"Then take my hand," Halaluddin said, upon which the man instantly co-operated.
Halaluddin then turned to his friend and remarked, "Tax collectors speak the language of take, not the language of give."
A GREEN TOUCH FOR ICONIC AROMAT
It was first introduced as a seasoning mix 65 years ago in Switzerland and still manufactured there as well as in South Africa today under the Knorr brand.
In addition to their many flavours in plastic containers in the well-known red and yellow livery, it has introduced the "Naturally Tasty" variant with green packaging in keeping with the natural theme and drawing attention to use of ingredients amongst others of onion, bay leaf, tumeric and garlic.
Unlike the "Original" Aromat, the "Natural" version contains no monosodium glutamate (MSG) to give peace of mind to those who believe it’s harmful, although studies over the years have not given conclusive proof.
Your favourite Aromat products are certified by SANHA.
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MEETING OF MINDS IN MALAYSIA
Attended by over 60 cerification bodies from all over the world. South Africa’s representatives included SANHA’s Chairman Ml Yusuf Patel and Theological Director, Ml Muhammed Saeed Navlakhi.
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT
Interesting "bites" to whet the appetite for knowledge.
PULLING YOUR WEIGHT
So does your lifestyle help you to a better life and makes your city the healthiest in South Africa?
According to a study by Discovery Vitality which analyzed food purchasing behavior of Vitality members across six South African cities, obesity costs our economy R701 billion.
Dr Craig Nossel, head of Vitality Wellness, explained that there is a direct correlation between weight status and wealth outcomes. “People with an unhealthy bodyweight incur a direct increase in healthcare costs of approximately R4 400 per person per year.” Increased consumption of sugar, salt, fat and animal products has been identified as contributors.
The study showed that Cape Town is the healthiest city, with 53.5% of Vitality members having a normal weight status. These people also purchase the most vegetables and fruit compared to other cities.
Johannesburg came second, with 52% of its members having normal weight and Durban placed third, with 51.8% of its members having normal weight.
“Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein have the worst weight status, with 48.8% of residents having a healthy weight status in both cities,” the report read.
The report also showed that members in Durban and Port Elizabeth purchased the least portions of fruit and vegetables.
Healthy Choices – Healthy City
HOSPITAL KITCHEN RIVERHORSE VALLEY, KZN
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KYA SAND, GAUTENG
Certification terminated with immediate effect due to breach of contract.
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has used the SANHA logo fraudulently.
The above store is NOT certified by SANHA.
Kindly Exercise Caution!!!
PIZZA HUT MALL OF THE SOUTH, GAUTENG
has been erroneously advertised as SANHA certified. The above store is NOT certified by SANHA.
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KFC GAME CITY
has fraudulently displayed a SANHA Halaal Certificate.
KFC stores have NOT been certified by SANHA.
Kindly Exercise Caution!!!
Any queries pertaining to the above or any other aspect of Halaal may be referred to our offices.
HALAAL HELPLINE 0861 786 111
Questions & Answers
Q. Are there any Halaal teething biscuits for babies?
A. The Hey Baby teething biscuits range marketed by Tacoma Foods is certified Halaal by SANHA.
Purity Teething biscuits are also Halaal suitable as per information at our disposal.
Q. Are Turbovite products Halaal?
A. Turbovite Excel granular sachets are certified Halaal by SANHA. In terms of information at our disposal Turbovite Vitality granular sachets and Turbovite Energy Sweets are Halaal suitable.
Turbovite capsules and liquid variants are NOT approved by SANHA.
Q. Is Flings Chips by Willards Halaal? It has an ingredient, ethyl alcohol.
A. In terms of information at our disposal Willards Flings is Halaal suitable.
With regards to the use of ethyl alcohol as an ingredient, please see SANHA’s position below:-
Alcohol - The use of alcohol is very widespread and common across the spectrum of the food and beverage industry. The following background however, should be borne in mind with regards alcohol:
* Khamr Asli - in the terminology of the Jurists of Islam refers to alcoholic intoxicant beverages derived from grapes, dates and raisins. This type is both Haraam and Najis (impure; napaak). In addition to this, any other 'intoxicating beverage' would also fall within the purview of prohibition (Hurmah).
* Ethanol/Ethyl alcohol- this type of alcohol is derived from various sources including sugar cane, starch, coal, etc. and is used as a solvent extraction agent, propellant etc. This type is not deemed Najis (impure) and its use in industrial applications as manufacturing aids is condoned. Accordingly, its presence in 'residual/trace levels' in food and beverage products does not render such products Haraam.
Ethyl alcohol may also naturally be found in fruit juices and is also generated in the baking process with yeast fermentation.
It is also widely used in the personal care, cosmetic and perfume industry.
Nabeez (date juice mentioned in hadith) would also contain trace levels of ethanol which is condoned. Yes, when the beverage ferments to the extent that the ethanol content creates Sukraan (intoxication), such beverage would then become Haraam. (unlawful)
Recently Certified List
SANHA certifies over 1400
establishments ranging from large
multi-nationals to many proudly
South African enterprises including
congratulate the following for
being awarded the coveted SANHA
Halaal Mark of Assurance:
- Rialto Foods a division of Libstar Operations (Pty) Ltd, 8 Printers Way, Montague Gardens, Cape Town, 7440, Dairy - Cheese
- Snoek Wholesalers (Hotfoods/Takeaways), 2 Becker Street, Philippi, Cape Town, Restaurant
- Celestial SA - 14 Frederick Street, New Modder, Benoni, GP - Snacks - Biltong (Home Based)
- Delhi Delicious – Northgate Shopping Centre, Shop 116, Northgate Shopping Centre, GP - Bakery – Savoury Retail
- Max Spice – Derby - 1 Jameson Road, Derby, NW. Spices & Condiments
- Max Spice – Silverton - 162, Alumina Street, Silvertondale, Pretoria. Spices & Condiments
- Tarbooch – Brooklyn Mall - Shop 2 DS Veale Street, Brooklyn Mall, Pretoria Restaurants – GP: Midrand–Centurion – PTA
- Yasmin's Nuts (Pty) Ltd, 17 Liverpool Road, Benoni, GP Snacks - Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Debonairs Umzinto, Shop A6A Bhai Plaza, 334 Nelson Mandela Road, Umzinto, KZN, 4200 - Restaurants – KZN: South Coast
- Mamusa Marketing (Pty) Ltd,11 Villa Montrose, 110 Frances Staniland Rd, Pietermaritzburg, KZN, 3201 Snacks – Dried Fruit, Seeds & Nuts
- Just Pies cc, Unit 6-10, North Park, 2 North Street, Pietermaritzburg, KZN Bakery Goods Manufacturer
- Cappeny Estates C.C - D176, Off Esenembe Road, Compensation, Ballito, KZN Fruit & Vegetable Products
- The Nougat Factory (PTY) LTD , Unit 3, 20 Summit Drive, Sherwood, Durban, 4091, KZN - Snacks – Nougat
- Fishaways Trade Route Mall, Trade Route Mall, GP S Restaurants – GP: South – Lenasia & Daxina
- Classico Kitchen / Pizzeria - 60 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg, Restaurants - JHB N - GP
- Maq's Fish & Chips, 8b, Eland Street, Ext 1 Lenasia. GP S Restaurants – GP: South – Lenasia & Daxina
- Royal Square Trading, 5 Bonanza Street, Selby, GP - Meat Distributor
- Finlar Fine Foods - A Division of Libstar Limited - 82A Merino Avenue, City Deep, GP - Meat Processor
- GEA Africa (Pty) Ltd, 12 Diamant Street, George Industria, 6530 Sanitization
- Lumarco Food Distributors (Pty) Ltd, Unit B1 – B3, York Road Industrial, Saffier Street, Tamsui Industria, George Industria, 6530 Fruit & Vegetables
- Veri Veggies (Pty) Ltd, 1 Assegaai Street, Kraaifontein Industrial, Kraaifontein, Cape Town, 7580 - Fruit & Vegetables
- Silkblaze II (Pty) Ltd t/a CSN, 11 9th Avenue, Da Nova, Mosselbay, 6506 – Medical
- Pizza Hut Pietermaritzburg, Shop 13, Liberty Mall, 50 Sanctuary Road, Pietermaritzburg, KZN - Restaurants – KZN: Midlands
- Al Mehran - Potchefstroom - 98 Steve Biko Avenue, Potchefstroom, NW. Restaurant - NW
- Restaurant Cacoly - Shop 4, Food Court, Riverside Mall, Nelspruit, MP. Restaurant - MP
- C Steinweg - 3 Pillans Street, Chamdor, Krugersdorp. Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Delightful Delicacies, 111 4th Avenue, Mayfair, GP. Home Caterers
- Just Nuts - 3 Pillans Street, Chamdor, Krugersdorp Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Kwaja Garib Nawaz Butcher - 42 Central Rd, Fordsburg, JHB. Butcheries - JHB Central
- Len's Ice Cream - 27 Clinton Rd, New Redruth, Alberton. Dairy - Ice-Cream
- Shield Chemicals - 9 London Rd. Apex, Benoni, Gauteng. Sanitisation
- Simba - Andre Greyvenstein Avenue, Isando. Snacks - Fried Snacks
- Valere - Unit 1, 55A Harris Road, Sebenza, GP. Raw Materials – Oil
- ONICAMIX (PTY) LTD T/A Honchos Verulam, Shop L9 Citi Mall, Verulam, Ireland Street, KZN - Restaurants – KZN: Northern Natal
For a detailed list of SANHAcertified establishments and other queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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OLIVE - THE FRUIT OF OVER A THOUSAND YEARS
Olives have been mentioned seven times in the Noble Quraan and their health benefits have been propounded in Prophetic medicine. It was narrated from ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Consume olive oil and anoint yourselves with it, for it comes from a blessed tree.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Vol. 4, Book 29, Hadith 3319)
We list below 10 benefits that science has “discovered” on the benefits of the advice of the Messenger (peace be upon him) from over 1400 years ago. See link below for further detailed explanations :-
10 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE EATING OLIVES:-
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Weight loss
- Cancer prevention
- Decrease pain
- Improve skin/hair health
- Reduce allergies
- Digestive tract health
- Good source of iron
- Improve eye health
- Increase glutathione levels
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ASCORBIC ACID (ALSO KNOWN AS L-ASCORBIC ACID AND VITAMIN C)
Many products such as fruit juices and drinks, cereals, fruit-flavored candies, cured meats, cereals and frozen fruits, lists ascorbic acid as an ingredient. Also known as Vitamin C, its inclusion could be as a preservative, antioxidant or colour stabilizer, or it can be used to boost a food's Vitamin C content.
You might have seen people dip cut-fruit in a mix of lemon juice, which is a source of Vitamin C and water to keep it from browning. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant as it keeps foods from reacting with oxygen when exposed to air. This helps keep the food's texture, flavour and colour from changing.
It’s an essential nutrient for the body and the richest natural sources are fruits and vegetables.
"…but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual goodwill" (Noble Quraan Surah 4, Verse 29)
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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.
RESPECT FOR SHARED ANCESTRY
The origins of the three religions go back to the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), and their three prophets are directly descended from his sons. Muhammad (peace be upon him) from the eldest Ishmael and Moses and Jesus from Isaac (peace be upon them).
Abraham (peace be upon him) established the settlement which today is the city of Makkah and built the Ka´bah with his son Ishmael (peace be upon him) in which direction Muslims all over the world face when they pray.
As Muslims we are commanded in our Scripture, the Noble Quraan, and the teachings of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to ensure the sanctity of life and contribute towards a peaceful society.
We are told in the Noble Quraan in Chapter 5 Verse 82:-
"And nearest among them in love to the believers wilt thou find those who say ´we are Christians´, because among these are men devoted to learning..."
Therefore, the recent attack on Halaal by extremists in the name of religion displaying bigotry and religious intolerance demonstrates ignorance of the shared spiritual ancestry and heritage of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Click here to read “Muslims Crucified over Halaal” - http://www.sanha.org.za/flashnews/2018/flashn123.html