South African National Halaal Authority
South African National Halaal Authority
Rabi-ul-Awwal  1428 No. 11 April 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Another First for SANHA - 'Proudly South African'

Alhamdulillah, SANHA is the only Halaal certifying body which is privileged to have been awarded the 'Proudly South African' endorsement... All praise be to the Almighty.

The liberation of our land and the coming of democracy in 1994, changes in the lifestyle of Muslims who could now engage in free economic activity anywhere in the Republic, our acceptance by the nations of the world with the resultant impact of globalisation and forging of links with Islamic bodies worldwide, the need for a professional Halaal certifying body with the highest standards became paramount and SANHA was born.

Whilst upholding the highest standards of Halaal as prescribed by the Shari'ah (Islamic law), SANHA has met the South African criteria of local labour and content, high quality standards and is committed to fair labour and responsible environmental practices.

Many of SANHA's certified plants already enjoy the Proudly South African endorsement as well.

SANHA is a founder member of the World Halaal Food Council and has collaborative links to international Halaal bodies.

SANHA is organising the second International Halaal conference to be held in Africa. It will be running concurrently with one of the continent's leading exhibitions, 'the Africa Big 7', at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng between 15-17 July 2007.

When the flags of the various participating nations are hoisted at this event, we pray that the 'Proudly South African' one flutters high.



Daarul Ihsaan Islamic Services Centre

A multi-purpose, Islamic Service Centre

The Darul-Ihsan Centre, founded in January 2000, is an Islamic organisation (NGO) based in Durban, RSA which works for the upliftment and empowerment of the Ummah through the provision of a variety of essential and quality services at NO COST. It provides a variety of services such as Fatwa, Counselling (particularly for marital disputes), Education & Training, Hifz Class, High-School Students Madrasah, Arabic Classes for University students, Ulama Development Courses, Publications, Da'wah, Mediation, Workshops, Seminars, Website and other related activities. A number of further activities are planned for the future. A number of Ulama serve at the Darul-Ihsan Centre.

One of its key objectives is to promote a better understanding of Islam as a religion of peace, thereby serving as a bridge-builder between faiths and communities. It strives to serve the Muslim community in particular and the wider community in general. IHSAN means Allah-consciousness. It also means compassion and benevolence towards mankind. With this as the founding philosophy, Mufti Zubair Bayat, established the DARUL- IHSAN CENTRE by the grace of Almighty Allah by in 1420/2000.

Currently the Centre is located at 53 Joyce Rd. (next to Masjid- ut-Taqwa), Sea Cow Lake, Durban.

Contact no: 031-5777942

The Centre prints an Islamic Year Planner (Calender) each year. FREE literature is also available from the Centre. FREE downloads of PDF and MP3 files are available from the website. Also subscribe for a FREE e-newsletter from the website.


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

Abu Mas'ud al-Badri (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated:

A man invited Rasulullah (may Allah's salutations and peace be with him)for meals. He had invited five men in total but a sixth followed them.

When they reached his door Rasulullah (may Allah's salutations and peace be with him) said, "This man has followed us. You may grant him permission or he will return." The host replied, "I permit him, O Rasulullah."


It is incorrect to attend private gatherings uninvited. If one is an invited guest one should not bring uninvited people along without seeking permission. On the other hand, if the host has enough to accommodate for extra guests then he should not be miserly.


Riyadus Salihin by al-Imam an-Nawawi, Etiquettes of Eating, Chapter of what a guest should say when someone comes with him. Hadith # 739 - authenticated by al-Imam Muslim and al-Imam al-Bukhari.



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 and fool-proof "Crumbed Prawns" recipe.

  • 1kg prawns with tails - shell & de-vein
  • Marinate in lemon juice, chillie powder and garlic salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 slices of white bread crumbed in processor
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. aromat / chillie powder to suit your taste
  • Pinch of mixed herbs and oregano
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • Oil for frying


Dip prawns in egg, coat with crumb mixture and fry until done. Serve with chips and tartar sauce.

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.

Social conduct, good manners and respect for the rights of each other are a fundamental part of Islamic teachings

Rights of Parents

The most primary relationship exists between man and parents. In Islam the rights of parents are placed in importance next only to the rights of Allah Ta'ala.

The Noble Quran Says:

Your Lord hath decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them thy mercy even as they cherished me in childhood."

Chapter 17 Verse 23-24

Apart from the Quranic instructions, great stress has also been laid on rendering unconditional devotion and obedience to one's parents by the Prophet (May Allah's salutations and peace be with him).

Disobedience, ignoring or disregarding their comfort and happiness has been characterized by the Prophet (May Allah's salutations and peace be with him) as a grievous sin. Take the following teachings from the traditions as an example.

  • In the pleasure of the father lies the pleasure of Allah and in his displeasure lies the displeasure of Allah.
  • Heaven lies under the feet of mothers.
  • There are three types of men towards whom Allah will Ta'ala not look with mercy on the Day of Judgement and one of them are those who disobey their parents.
If by chance you have been caught up with work or simply overlooked expressing appreciation to your parents, make that call now. Give them a hug - one size fits all.



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 10

  • Prize: Radio Islam Satellite Dish and Decoder Set to the value of R700.00
  • Question: What day and time is the weekly SANHA programme on Radio Islam ?
  • Answer: Mondays at approximately 18:30h
Winner: Sulayman Patel

Bulletin 11 / Give-away

Competitions / Giveaways

Great Year Planner Giveaway

The Darul Ihsaan 2007 A3 size colour wall planner is our great giveaway in this issue. Detailing the Islamic and Gregorian calendar, it also highlights Public holidays and days of Islamic significance.

Send us an email request with your specification of where you would like to collect your gift, either our Johannesburg or Durban office. First 400 requests will qualify.

Do it now!

Closing date 10th April 2007


Forthcoming Events

a) U.S. International Halaal Food Conference.

Chicago, Illinois, USA
21 - 24/04/2007

Further Details -Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA)

b) World Halaal Forum

7-8 May 2007
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Contact Details:
Hjh Salama Evans
Tel: +603 6203 1025


DATE : 9 - 12/05/207

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

d) AFRICA'S BIG 7 (incorporating second International Halaal conference to be held in South Africa)

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: Ebrahim Lockhat
Tel: 031 - 207 5768
Fax: 031 - 207 5793 / 4



Dear Editor Assalamu Alaikum

Very interesting to read your message, keep up the good work.

Brother Hafiz - Gauteng

Jazakumullah Khairan


Editor - Assalamu Alaikum

Can this be sent to me automatically every month? Kindly put me on the mailing list permanently.

Brother Naasik

Dear Brother Naasik

Assalamu Alaikum

Jazakumullah Khairan for your confidence in our publication.

We confirm that you are on our mailing list.

Was Salaam

Please feel free to forward email addresses to




Question and Answers

Mysterious Spice

Recently Certified List

Certification Terminated

Organisation Profile


Tell Us And We'll Tell The World

Know Islam

Smile a While

Winning Recipes

Forthcoming Events


Readers Write

Industry News

Questions and Answers

Q: Is Jimmy's Killer Prawns in Fordsburg Halaal ?

A: Jimmy's Killer Prawns in Fordsburg as well as Lenasia are both certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: There are rumours going around that Steers at the Rustenburg Waterval Mall is Haraam. Is this true?

A: The Steers at the Rustenburg Waterval Mall is no longer certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: Could you please advise if we can take the Herbology range of vitamins?

A: Herbology Vitamins are certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: Is Supradyn Halaal or Haraam?

A: Supradyn Recharge effervescents and tablets contain gelatine from non-Halaal animal sources. However the Supradyn Complete and Weightsmart are Halaal suitable



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 come from a city in French Guiana and I am related to bell peppers, jalapenos, paprika and others. I am generally dried and ground or pulped and baked into cakes, which are then ground and sifted to make the powder. I am the key ingredient in a spicy hot dish.

Have you guessed?

I am Cayenne Pepper

  • Having being used both in savoury and sweet dishes, I know I am delicious and loved. People often use me in cheese sauces but I am at my best when grated. In Indian cuisine I am used almost exclusively in sweets. I give off a wonderful aroma and subtle taste when used to flavour milk.

    Have you guessed who I am?

YES ... that's me - Nutmeg!



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:

We've had a great time with learners from various schools trying their hand in the competition for the lunch box in issue number 9.

As a 'tongue in cheek' tribute to our learners and their teachers we reproduce below some answers gleaned from examination papers in American schools.

  • Name the four seasons? - Salt, mustard, pepper and vinegar
  • A major disease associated with smoking is premature death.
  • A common disease of cereal crop is wheat germ.
  • Water is composed of two gins. Oxygin and Hydrogin (oxygen and hydrogen). Oxygin is pure, Hydrogin is gin and water.
  • When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire.
  • H2O is hot water and CO2 is cold water
  • When you smell an odourless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.


Recently Certified List

SANHAcertifies over 700 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:

Sunmax Marketing Flavours Pretoria, Gauteng
Impilo Products Raw Materials Pretoria, Gauteng
Tasmiyyah's Halaal Casings Raw Materials Lenasia, Gauteng
Spice & Herb Importers Spices Edenvale, Gauteng
Pioneer Foods (Pty) Ltd t/a Nulaid Culinary Muldersdrift, Gauteng
Hajees Meat Centre Butchery Ormonde, Gauteng

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




Diabecinn - Cinnamon Extract

In South Africa more than 3,4 million people have diabetes. Currently 375,000 new cases are diagnosed each year! Of this number, about 95% are type 2 diabetics.

Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic condition that arises when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin and/or when the body cannot efficiently use the insulin produced (insulin resistance).The process of proper insulin utilisation is critical, as insulin helps glucose enter the cells to produce energy. All organs, and especially the brain, rely heavily on this vital process of energy creation.

Luckily, most diabetics can have a positive impact on their blood sugar levels by following a low GI diet and doing regular exercise. Often, prescribed medication is also used. Supplements can also play an important role in the diabetic's management program.

One such supplement, Diabecinn, is a water-based cinnamon extract that may help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels by up to 26%.

Diabecinn acts as an insulin sensitizer. This means that it does not stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin (which puts additional stress on the organ); rather it makes the insulin already available in the body work more efficiently.

Furthermore, the Diabecinn cinnamon extract is a powerful antioxidant. This is important for diabetics because it helps prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries. This may help reduce the risk of heart disease - something that diabetics are especially prone to.

Diabecinn is now also available in vegetarian capsules and these are certified by SANHA.


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Industry News

Master Foods SA (Pty) Ltd, is proud to announce that their entire range of ROYCO Salad Dressings has now been awarded Halaal certification by SANHA. The Halaal product will commence filtering into the trade from April 2007. Master Foods SA also owns the OXO Brand which was awarded Halaal accreditation in 2006. The company is working on providing more Halaal offerings to consumers in the near future.

Note: Only the salad dressings of the Royco range are now certified Halaal. The label must bear the SANHA logo. Previously manufactured stock which does not carry the SANHA logo is not Halaal.


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