South African National Halaal Authority

South African National Halaal Authority


Jumaad al-Ula  1428 No. 13 May 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: The Masjid Board - Notice Of The Times

Muslim communities around the world have relied on the humble notice board for centuries as a source of valuable information. This embraces many aspects of our Deen, such as Salaah times, Ahaadith and Qur'aanic advices, wedding and funeral notices and so on.

Despite the advent and proliferation of other channels of communication and media such as radio, internet and low frequency transmitters, the humble notice board still has major relevance in the dissemination of information.

Alhamdulillah! In a move which sees the modernizing of the notice board to the electronic era without sacrifice of the concept, a Muslim company has developed a software program for use with electronic screens. Easy computers, a Durban based computer company has created and successfully tested a program that is being offered gratis to all Masaajid and bona fide Islamic organisations (see Tell us and We'll Tell the World)

SANHA commends this initiative and is proud to be a facilitator in this project.

We pray that Islamic Institutions and Masaajid take up this wonderful gesture in keeping with the dynamics of Islam and its progressive outlook.

Go on, get noticed!

Was Salaam




Southern Africa Dawah Network (SADN)

Southern Africa Dawah Network (SADN) is a Non-Profit Organisation which was started some 15 years ago to help the disadvantaged of this country. Our organisation deals mainly with Education and Dawah work in and around South Africa. SADN is totally dependent on the community's generous donation to keep its doors open.

Headed by a dedicated team under the guidance of Brother Yusuf Mohammedy, well known in the field of Da'wah, SADN maintains good relationships with other Islamic organisations.

It is a supporter of SANHA's mission in matters concerning Halaal for the Ummah.

Our current projects include:

  • M.A. Motala Educational Centre, Wyebank - Natal (35 boarding students)
  • Lydenburg Islamic Centre Mpumalanga (24 boarding students)
  • Amouti Islamic Centre (Day Madrasah)
  • Botshabelo Islamic Centre, Free State (Day Madrasah)
  • Tertiary Students project (12 students)

While the above projects are ongoing, SADN believes in the formation of a WAQF as means of securing permanent and long term funds for the Dawah in South Africa. Our Finance department is properly managed by an accountant and a finance committee. This, together with an annual financial audit, ensures sound management systems and transparency.

All funds and donations are receipted and accounted for.

Their contact details are as follows :

Tel : 031-3048000
Fax : 031-3048039
e-mail :


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

Jabalah bin Suhaym narrated:

We were afflicted with a year of famine during the rule of Ibnuz Zubayr [radhiallaahu anhuma]. We were provided with dates. 'Abdullaah bin 'Umar [radhiallaahu anhuma] used to pass by us while we were eating and say, "Do not take two at a time. Rasulullaah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam prohibited this except if one's brother grants permission.""


When eating together we should have consideration for others. When similar items like dates are in a single dish and everyone is eating together therefrom, only one should be taken at a time. If one's eating companion permits one may take more than a single item at a time. Similarly when one has opportunity of dishing out food before someone else one should not dish so much that might cause others to be deprived.


Riyaadus Saalihiin by al-Imaam an-Nawawii, Etiquettes of Eating, Chapter of prohibition of eating two dates and such like together when in a group except with permission. Hadiith # 742 - authenticated by al-Imaam Muslim and al-Imaam al-Bukhaarii.



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.

As Winter sets in soups begin to find their way to the table. Many vegetable soups served in non-Halaal establishments may contain Haraam ingredients such as beef and poultry stock from non-Halaal slaughtered animals and alcohol etc.

Food enthusiast and author Mariam Jadwat-Omar gives us her delicious Butternut Soup recipe

The recipe is contained in her book "Creative Cooking, the Easy Way" available in most spice stores. You may contact her on telephone number 082 500 9921 for details of a stockist in your area.

  • 2 cups cubed butternut, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons aromat
  • 1 cup cubed chicken fillets
  • 1/4 cup pasta (alphabets, stars or rice noodles)
  • 1.5 litres boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 x 125ml fresh cream
  • 1 green chilli, sliced
  • Chopped spring onions, to garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • Cook butternut with water until soft. Puree with half cup water and set aside.
  • Braise green chilli, garlic and cumin in butter. Add chicken, pepper and aromat and cook until chicken is tender
  • Add pasta, carrots, butternut and boiling water. Bring to the boil and simmer until pasta is done.
  • Stir in cream and heat through.
  • Garnish
  • Serve hot with croutons
Serves 3 - 4

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.

How Does Islam Guarantee Human Rights?

Freedom of conscience is laid down by the Qur'an itself :

"There is no compulsion in religion" (Chapter 2, verse 256)

The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred whether a person is a Muslim or not.

Racism is incomprehensible to Muslims, as the Qur'an speaks of human equality in the following terms :

"O mankind! We created you from a single soul, male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Truly, the most honoured of you in God's sight is the greatest of you in piety. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Chapter 49, verse 13)

Reproduced from "Islam and Muslims" published by Jamiatul Ulama, a leading body of Muslim Theologians established in 1923. Their email address is



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 12

  • Prize: A book, "Creative Cooking - the easy way" by Mariam Jadwat Omar
  • Question: Where in South Africa will the 2nd International Halaal conference be held : Place and Province
  • Answer: Gallager Estate, Gauteng


  • Shaeed Bhailall
  • Suraya Paruk
  • Razia Paruk
  • Fayaza Essop

Bulletin 13 Give Away
Software Package for Digital Noticeboard

Easy Computer Company as part of its social responsibility is giving away software packages to operate a Digital Salaah Timetable Notice Board, Jazakumullah Khairan to the Director.

No gimmicks, no catches, this software is available to bonafide Islamic Organisations.

Send your request on your official letterhead directly to Kindly forward a copy to us for our follow up and records to

The minimum specifications for the hardware is as follows :

Pentium 4 Slimline PC
1 Gig Ram
80 Gig Hard Disk
PS2 Keyboard, Mouse
DVD Writer
Windows Xp Pro
17" Monitor

1 Kva UPS + Surge Protector on DB to protect against Lightning/Power Surges
4 Way Video Splitter
*VGA Extension Cable
(*Length of Cable determined by distance between PC & LCD/PLASMA Screen)

37" LCD, 42" PLASMA or Larger Display with Wall Mount Bracket

Easy Computers will assist you with advice on sourcing of your hardware if you experience difficulties.
Contact Person : Mohamed Variawa
Tel : +27 (0)31 202 4052
Email :


Forthcoming Events

a) 2nd International Halaal Conference for Africa

Theme : Opportunities Beyond Boundaries

World renowned experts from the Halaal, Food and Regulatory field shall deliver papers at the conference. The speakers are from USA, Europe, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malawi and South Africa etc will address industry, academics, government institutions and media etc.

Venue : Gallagher Grill Room
Gallagher Estate
19 Richmond Drive, Midrand
Gauteng, South Africa

Date : 16th July 2007
Time : 08h00 - 17h00

More information available from our website. Click here

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

DATE : Sunday, 15th - Tuesday, 17th July 2007

The only event of its kind, now in its 12th year.

Highlight in this year's expo:
  • International Halaal Conference - Monday, 16th July
  • Partner Nation - India
  • Malaysia - Africa Palm Oil Fair
  • Halaal World Trade Fair
  • SANHA Halaal Pavilion
We will be glad to forward you a brochure on request.

If you wish to exhibit at the show or to be part of the SANHA Halaal Pavilion, please contact our Public Relations Department for further details Click here:

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




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

Give Away

Readers Write


Questions and Answers

Q: I have heard that Tabasco is Haraam. Is it true?

A: Tabasco had carried an advertorial in the SAA Inflight magazine stating that wine was used in the manufacturing process. We wrote to them for clarity and confirmation but didn't get any response at the time. Accordingly, the community was cautioned regarding the same.

Subsequently, their agents made contact with our offices and we directed them to obtain confirmation and clarity through Islamic Food And Nutrition Council Of America (IFANCA).

IFANCA have subsequently certified the following TABASCO products as Halaal:

  • Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce
  • Tabasco Brand Garlic Pepper Sauce
  • Tabasco Brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • Tabasco Brand Green Pepper Sauce
  • Tabasco Brand Habanero Pepper Sauce

  • Q: Is Berg Cheese Halaal or Haraam ?

    A: Berg Cheese and Clover Processed Cheeses contain gelatine of non-Halaal animal source. SANHA does not approve of such product.



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 am a native of the Mediterranean region and now widely grown in many parts of the world from the dried leaves of the perennial evergreen shrub "Rosmarinus officinalis". With my medicinal menthol flavour, I am the cooks choice to flavour meats particularly lamb, duck, chicken, sausages, seafood, soups, tomatoes and turnips.

Have you guessed?

Yes, that's me - I am Rosemary!

  • I am a product of need with origins in India. Not of one plant source. I am an interesting blend in the main of cardamom seeds, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper with variations adding coriander and cumin seeds.

    Used extensively in lamb and poultry as well as spiced gravy dishes and have travelled with the Asian diaspora to many parts of the world.

    Yummy !

...that's me - Garam Masala!



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:

Wisdom at work

  1. Some people are like blisters they show up after the work is done.
  2. The big guns in business are those who escape being fired.
  3. A born manager is someone whose father is boss.
  4. A boss is someone who's late when you're early and early when you're late.
  5. It's amazing how unimportant your job is when you ask for a raise, and how important it is when you want a day off.


Recently Certified List

SANHA certifies approximately 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:

House Of Juice Beverages Durban North, KZN
Trumps Packaging Baking Ingredients Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Kebab King Restaurant Craighall Park, Gauteng
Sorgi Foods Cereals Heriotdale, Gauteng
Equity Foods Butchery Wynberg, Gauteng
Foodtech International Flavours Fourways, Gauteng
Research Solutions Dairy Premixes Cape Town

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




Easy Computers

A friend of SANHA and the community, Easy Computers under the guidance of its Managing Director, Mr EGH Docrat and his team have developed the software for the Digital Notice Board (See competition/giveaway column).

Established in 1974 Easy Computers has grown from offering a simple bureau capturing service to a fully fledged IT Solutions Provider, incorporating Software Development Hardware, Networking, Internet, Data Capture & IT Consulting Services.

Their objective is to provide a total IT Solution with backup service to support and maintain their IT infrastructure. Based in KZN, they service clients throughout Southern Africa and neighbouring states such as Lesotho and Namibia.

Long term relationships are built with clients by understanding their requirements, providing customized solutions to suit their needs, from startup to full growth as well as tailor making their IT Solutions.

Their clients range from small wholesalers to independent chain retailers, with markets extending as far as manufacturers, pre-packers, restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets, etc.

The company's various divisions are :

  • Technical
  • Networking
  • Software Support
  • Software Development
  • Internet Service Provider
  • Bureau/Data Capturing Service

Website :


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Assalamu Alaikum

You are doing a great job, I wish each & every muslim realise his/her responsiblity towards Islam like you people.

T. Bilal

Jazakumullah Khairan for your kind words.

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