South African National Halaal Authority
South African National Halaal Authority
Safar  1428 No. 10 March 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Radio Talk

No one can deny that our hard fought struggle for the establishment of a just democracy over a decade ago has yielded incredible benefits for all South Africans.

The struggle of our leaders saw a unique transition from the darkness and heat of oppression, ignorance and hatred to the radiance of justice, equality and reconciliation. This enlightened leadership progressed us to nationhood, regarded as a "miracle", with one of the most dynamic constitutions in the world.

The common thread that emerged out of the process was the principle of "communication" in the delivery of the miracle to the Rainbow Nation and the lack of it that contributed to past differences and resultant polarization. Much still has to be done with issues such as crime and corruption.

The media has played a pivotal and monumental role in the establishment of the new order and has been heavily relied upon by South Africans for dissemination of information whether cultural, political or religious affairs.

We applaud the Government's stance of "de-massifying" the media especially radio from a monolithically self-serving party tool of the past to allow it to serve the diversity of our Rainbow Nation through the institution of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

SANHA has supported the establishment of permanent and temporary special events community radio stations in keeping with these principles. It will continue in this manner as we believe it is a community's right to keep themselves informed.

On the flipside of this is the balance between responsible use and misuse of the airwaves. SANHA will act through the relevant authority on actions taken by any radio station that behaves irresponsibly and pursues their own agendas that are contrary to the spirit of goodwill. Good radio is the 'oil' of the wheels of communication in societal development. The cause of Islam should not suffer from the myopic vision or actions of a few.

Our action is guided by the principle of justice enshrined in the Noble Quran where we are commanded that, "O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor, For Allah best protect both..."
Surah 4: Verse 135

Radio Talk indeed!


Recent Announcements



The above pie factory has been taken over by a non-Muslim company.

Kindly be advised that due to failure to comply with SANHA requirements the certification has accordingly been withdrawn.




Radio Islam

Radio Islam was amongst the first of the community radio stations that were established in a liberated South Africa. It is a free on air service that broadcasts on medium wave 1548.

Its original footprint was the greater Gauteng area. However, with advances in satellite technology and use of a signal decoder, one can receive clear signals all over Southern Africa. Also with audio streaming via their website listenership has gone global. Thousands of hits from countries as far away as Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia and the UK bear testimony to this.

Radio Islam's objectives are;

  • The promotion of Islam to all via the airwaves.
  • The upliftment of humankind.
  • Striving to be an authentic Islamic voice
  • Alternative news and current events programmes

The general program comprises of;

  • Qiraat
  • Da'wah
  • Halaal Consumables
  • News
  • Talkback Programmes
  • Women Issues
  • Business In Islam
  • Youth
  • Children's programs
  • Tafseer
  • Fiqhi Matters
  • Spiritual Upliftment
  • Information Updates
  • Political Issues
  • Medical programme

Radio Islam is an ardent supporter of issues pertaining to the consumption of Halaal and dedicates a weekly program to it. Catch it on Mondays at approximately 18h30

Contact Details:
35 Cuckoo Ave
Extension 1
Lenasia, 1827
Gauteng, South Africa

P.O.Box 2580
Lenasia, 1820
South Africa
Tel: +27 11 854 7022
Fax: +27 11 854 7024
On air live: +27 11 854 1548

See our competition section for a chance to win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder set.


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

Abû Hurayrah (may Allâh be pleased with him)narrated

Rasûlullâh (may Allâh’s salutations and peace be with him)said:

If someone is invited; he should accept. If he is fasting; he should pray (for his host). If he is not; he should eat.


It is important not to hurt anyone’s feelings. We should always try and accept invitations. If one is fasting one may still attend and pray for the host. Another narration recommends that if the fast is optional one should terminate the fast and participate in the meal.

However, one should note that if by accepting the invitation, one would necessarily become involved in any Haraam act such as singing, dancing, etc. then it would be impermissible to accept such invitations.


Riyâdus Sâlihîn by al-Imâm an-Nawawî, Etiquettes of Eating, Chapter of what a fasting person should say when invited. Hadîth # 738 – authenticated by al-Imâm Muslim.



Tried and tested recipes from chefs, gourmet connoisseurs, contributors and also from kitchens of our certified plants for your culinary pleasure.

Save the information and make up your own collection of winning recipes. For this issue we have relied on the expertise of Sister Rashida Bux, co-author of the Recipe book "Food Fair" and host of the Cooking show on Radio Al-Ansaar.

Sister Rashida has sent through her famous "Chicken Soup" recipe which she has received accolades for - Happy Cooking!!!

  • 1/2 kg cubed chicken
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground green chillies
  • 1 tsp. ground garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 onion chopped into fine cubes
  • 1/2 tsp. whole jeera
  • 1 Tblsp. Ghee + 2 Tblsp butter

Braise chicken in above ingredients.

Make a stock with:

  1. 3 potatoes + 1 onion chopped into pieces
  2. Boil in water to make stock
  3. Liquidize with 1 tin creamstyle corn add this to pot of chicken with 1 cup milk and 1 cup fresh cream
  4. Add freshly ground black pepper & aromat to season to your taste.

Do 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 Halaal e-Bulletin.



One out of every five persons on this planet is a Muslim.  He is your neighbour, customer, supplier, employee, boss or friend.

Islam, a complete way of life - Socially, economically and politically


    The Social life of a Muslim is based upon supreme principles and designed to secure happiness with prosperity for the individual as well as society. Nowhere in Islam can you find any mention of superiority on accounts of class, origin, race or wealth. Islamically, humanity represents one family, as stated in the Glorious Quran:

    "O Mankind we created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know each other..." (Surah 49: Verse 13)


    The economic life of Islam is based upon solid foundations and divine instructions. Earning a living through decent labour is a great virtue and dependence on somebody else is a social stigma. Islam permits honest trade but forbids interest, cheating, hiding defects of merchandise from the dealers, exploiting the needs of the customers, monopoly of stocks for unfair profit and many other evil / unfair business practices. The Quran states

    "So establish weight with justice and fall not short of the balance" (Surah 55: Verse 9)


    The political life of a Muslim is based on sound spiritual and moral foundations and is guided by divine instructions. It is not proletariat, its sovereignty neither belongs to the state nor does it belong to the people, but it belongs to God, and the Quran acts as the constitution. As the Quran says

    "...And those who conduct their affairs by mutual consultation..."(Surah 42: Verse 38)

It can be observed here that in Islam it does not necessarily mean the majority should rule. The minority can also rule over the majority provided their rule is based on justice and equality.



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 9

  • Prize: the OPTIMA 1lt MUNCHBOX sponsored by Evernu Plastics, part of the wide range of lunch boxes and containers.
  • Question: What is Lard and is its consumption permissible?
  • Answer: Lard is a fat derived from the pig and therefore Haraam.

Winners: Congratulations to all winners

Kindly advise us via email of your contact details and preferred office for collection of the prize, i.e. Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town
  1. Fayaza Essop
  2. Rehana Shaik
  3. Ismail Dore
  4. B Vawda
  5. Nazreen Haffejee
  6. Fatima Hosany
  7. Shabier Kapery
  8. Salma Loonat
  9. Ahmed Moola
  10. Hawa Desai
  11. Moosa Motala
  12. Fahmeed Areff
  13. Sara Khan
  14. Joe Mayet
  15. Ummi Humaira
  16. Riyadh Soomar
  17. Razia Timol
  18. Huzaifa Kathree
  19. Ziyaad Kadwa
  20. Nazren Patel
  21. Feroz Mahomed
  22. Khatija Razack
  23. Mohammed Jogee
  24. Yasmeen
  25. GlobeCast Africa
  26. Naasera Suliman
  27. Dawood Desai
  28. Asia Surtee
  29. Hanifa Amod
  30. Nafesa Motala
  1. Z Mohamed
  2. Dominoes Supermarket
  3. Husein E Asmal
  4. Cassim Amod
  5. Nafeesah Adam
  6. AK Patel
  7. Nasreen Bhamjee
  8. Mohamed Yaseen Banoo
  9. Jenny Arjunan
  10. Aadila Kajee
  11. Fatima Motala
  12. Humera Bux
  13. Feroza Butler
  14. Mohammed Ismail
  15. Yunus Hassan
  16. Abdullah Khan
  17. Ms Soogra Ismail
  18. Hussein Ismail
  19. Saleem Paruk
  20. Ahmed Simjee
  21. Hoosein Khan
  22. Shafique Mahomed
  23. Adilla Hoosen
  24. Soraya Valley
  25. Zaida Sidat
  26. Zubair Fakroodeen
  27. Zeyn Shahzada
  28. Zeenat Saloojee
  29. Zakiyya Vahed
  30. Zyda Moosa

Bulletin 10 Competition

The sponsor of our prize for this issue is Radio Islam

Win a Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder Set to the value of R700.00 and listen to your favourite Islamic programs with digital clarity.

Answer the following question:

  1. What day and time is the weekly SANHA programme on Radio Islam ?

Send your answers to no later that 29/03/07




Question and Answers

Mysterious Spice

Recently Certified List

Certification Terminated

Organisation Profile


Recent Announcements

Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Know Islam

Smile a While

Winning Recipes

Forthcoming Events


Readers Write


Questions and Answers

Q – Is Colgate Toothpaste Permissible to use?

A – Colgate Toothpaste – The whole Colgate Toothpaste Range manufactured in South Africa is certified by SANHA  and is therefore Halaal.

Q – Please advise if Balsamic Vinegar is Halaal?

A – Balsamic Vinegar is Halaal.



I am an item for whom men have gone to the ends of the earth, fought wars and I have become indispensable to the food industry.  You will find me in your home.  Do you know me?

  • I could originally be found growing wild in Sicily and Sardinia as a pickled bud of the "Capparis spinosa" bush. Today, I can be purchased in most supermarkets and I am available salted, in brine or vinegar and commonly used in salads, fish dishes and sauces.

Do you know me?

I am Capers.

  • My Botanical name is "Armoracia rusticana", I am the root of a perennial plant belonging to the Brassicaceae family and native to South Eastern Europe and Western Asia. I have received accolades for my medicinal qualities. Greeks used me for the treatment of rheumatism and as a rub for lower back pain. In modern times, I am sold grated and sometimes creamed as a sauce as well as mixed into mustards and flavoured butters.

    Have you guessed who I am?

I am Horseradish



In a 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:

A bloke working for the local council is having his fifth tea break for the day. He is talking with his colleagues with a pie in one hand and a mug of tea in the other. All of a sudden he moves fast to crush a snail beneath his boots.

"Why did you do that?" asks one of the blokes. "He wasn't hurting you."

"No, but he's been following me around all day."


Certification Terminated

  • Taahir Foods, Midrand - Butchery sold - name changed


Recently Certified List

certifies over 600 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:

Elderberry Investments Raw Material Balgowan KZN
Union-Swiss Medical CPT
Unity Foods Raw Material Pietermaritzburg, KZN
Meat World Processed Meats Overport -Durban, KZN
Al-Mehran Restaurant Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Natpro Spicenet Spices / condiments Pinetown, KZN
Binx Agencies Spices / condiments Westville - Durban, KZN
Emperors Meals Caterer Azaadville, Gauteng
Village Green Foods Culinary Azaadville, Gauteng
Freggs t/a Yumnums Bakery Donkerhoek - PTA East
Al- Mustafa Butchery Meat Processor/ Butchery Fordsburg, Gauteng

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




Trans Extraction and Annatto natural colourant

Annatto natural food colourants are used in cheese, smoked fish, sausage casings, sauces etc. It is also used to enhance the colour of frozen vegetables. Not only does Annatto make our food look tasty but it can make us humans look pretty good when used in cosmetics. Even certain medicines need to look appealing.

Food that is coloured could be Haraam if non-Halaal colourants are used, no matter how small a quantity. Not enough attention has been given to Annatto natural colourants, which are amongst the oldest colourants known to man and are derived from the Bixa Oreland shrub. But a note of caution, although Annatto is a natural product extracted from a plant. It does not always mean it is Halaal. Some producers of Annatto use alcohol in the extraction process.

Trans-Extraction (Pty) Ltd is a company that manufactures Halaal Annatto natural food colourant and has over 30 years of experience. We have acquired SANHA accreditation because we recognize the importance of supplying our Annatto natural colorants to a Halaal market. Recently Trans-Extraction has started exporting Halaal Annatto colourants to Pakistan and Egypt.

For more information on Trans-Extraction and Annatto natural colourants, please visit our website:
fax: 012 703 4616
tel: 012 703 4615


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Salaams Dear Brothers in Islam

Well done to the SANHA Ulama members and all concerned in doing your best and only the best to improve our life style - our eating lifestyle. Only Allah can reward you for your wonderful effort.

All praise is due to ALLAH

Was salaam

Brother Cassim

Assalamu Alaikum

Jazakumullah Khairan for taking the time and effort to offer us your words of encouragement on the Halaal eBulletin.

The consumption of Halaal is a command for all mankind and hence our efforts to open up the debate even to non-Muslims.

May Allah bless you abundantly for your "fikr" for Deen, Aameen.

Was Salaam

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1. Forthcoming Events


DATE : 9 - 12/05/207

You may even be eligible for a department of Trade and Industry subsidy as a South African Manufacturer.

b) AFRICA'S BIG 7 (Showcase for a continent Exhibition)

DATE : 15 - 17/07/07


The only event of its kind in its 12th year incorporating the following under one roof;

  • Pan Africa Retail Trade Exhibition
  • IFMA Africa
  • Retail solutions Africa
  • Agri-Food Manufacturers and Producers Expo
  • Inter bake Africa
  • Food Tech Africa
  • Stationery Housewares Africa
We will be glad to forward you a brochure on request.

If you are a buyer or an exhibitor that wishes to visit or exhibit at the show, please contact our Public Relations Department for further details on

Contact Person: Ebi Lockhat
Tel: 031 - 207 5768
Fax: 031 - 207 5793 / 4


Halaal Helpline   0861 786 111


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