South African National Halaal Authority

South African National Halaal Authority


Ramadhaan  1428 No. 16

September 2007

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Eid - Lets take it Higher

Your altitude in life depends on your attitude.

Muslims throughout the world are enjoying the blessings experienced through the observance of the month long fast. They strive to be more righteous, pious, God-conscious and God-fearing. They feel the pangs of hunger, endure thirst, triumph over undisciplined emotion and achieve empathy with the less fortunate.

But all this will be in vain if it cannot be translated into tangible action. We need to display the spiritual upliftment that we gain through the month long annual training regimen and commit ourselves to live in accordance to the teachings of the Noble Quran as exemplified by the Prophet (Peace be upon Him).

Let us strive to unite on the principles of justice, peace, equality and devotion to one God.

All this and more can be achieved by a change in attitude and the desire to translate words into deeds, thoughts into other words a new attitude.

Let's take it higher.

The SANHA family of its Certified Plants, Members, Executive, Management and staff wish all Muslims Eid Mubarak and fellow South Africans peace and prosperity.


Eid Mubarak



Central Islamic Trust (CIT)


Central Islamic Trust was established in 1958. It is ranked amongst the oldest organisations serving the Muslim community in South Africa.

Main Objectives

Services are provided to the Muslim Ummah in South Africa in the following areas:

  • Maqaabir (burial arrangements);
  • Madrasah ta'leem (Islamic Education) ;
  • Welfare assistance to the poor and needy;
  • Da'wah;
  • Bursary facilitation;
  • Welfare Workshop.

Projects and Activities

  • Maqaabir - Central Islamic Trust is the custodian of the following three cemeteries: Newclare, Westpark and Kroomvlei. No monetary assistance is sought from any city council. Services and maintenance is provided by the Central Islamic Trust and Fordsburg Muslim Youth Organisation.
  • Madrasah - The Madrasah is run at Fordsburg Primary School with seven permanent Asaatizah (teachers). About 180 children of both sexes attend the Madrasah. 95% of these children are underprivileged. Administration and Educational needs are met by the contributions from the community.
  • Welfare - Approximately 500 hampers are distributed to the poor each month. The main areas receiving Welfare assistance through CIT are: Fordsburg, Mayfair, Mayfair West, Bosmont, Riverlea, West Rand Coloured Township, Newclare, Lenasia, Daxina, Eldorado Park, Bella Vista and Kliptown. Relief assistance is also rendered as and when the need arises. Two fulltime welfare workers have been employed to ensure a streamlined and efficient service. Clothing is also distributed among the poor and needy.
  • Da'wah - Da'wah work is carried out all over the country. If anyone requires Da'wah assistance and support, do contact the CIT offices. Islamic literature is also distributed free of charge.
  • Busaries - Bursaries have been given to needy students over the past 25 years. Approximately 125 students are assisted with bursaries annually.
  • Workshop - Job creation workshops are regularly provided for the poor and destitute. The aim is to make people self sufficient or at least give them a sense of independence and develop their self-esteem.
  • Halaal - CIT is among the founder members of the South African National Halaal Authority (SANHA) and also has membership on the Council of 'Ulama.
Contact Details:

Tel: +27 (0)11 833 2137
Fax: +27 (0)11 833 1705

Postal Address: PO Box 6936, Johanesburg 2000
Physical Address: 53 Bree Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg 2092, South Africa


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

Abu Zarr al-Ghifaari (may Allah be pleased with him) narrates::

The Nabi sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam said to me, "Do not consider any good deed insignificant, even if it be meeting your brother with a cheerful face."


Every good deed is valuable. One does not know which deed may tip our scales when our deeds are weighed on the Day Of Judgement or which deed may earn us Allah's pleasure. Most good works require physical exertion or monetary sacrifice. Smiling is such a deed which requires neither. Furthermore, presenting oneself with a cheerful face helps cheer others and produces a pleasant environment. These are in themselves meritorious acts. Islam teaches both worship of Creator and service of Creation. Over and above all these, smiling is the Sunnah of our beloved Rasulullah sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam. Everyone felt at ease in his blessed presence due to his cheerful, approachable behaviour.


Chapter on many ways of doing good, Riyaadus Saaliheen: al-Imaam an-Nawawi



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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Naan Khataay

  • 1 Cup Ghee
  • 3/4 Cup Castor Sugar
  • 1 Cup Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Elachi
  • 1 Egg
  • Beat ghee and sugar together. Add coconut, bicarb, baking powder, elachi and egg to beaten mixture.
  • Flour as required. Shape into Naan Khataay. Bake at 160c.
Courtesy of Radio Islam

(Radio Islam broadcasts on MW1548)

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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 Greeting - Assalaamu Alaikum

This is an expression that Muslims say whenever they meet one another. It is a statement of greeting with peace. The meaning of it is : "Peace be upon you."

Muslims try to establish peace on earth even through the friendly relation of greeting and meeting one another.

The other forms are: "Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah" which means: "May the peace and the mercy of Allah Almighty be upon you", and "Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh", which means: "May the peace, the mercy, and the blessings of Allah Almighty be upon you"

The Reply - Wa Alaikumus Salam

This is an expression to reciprocate the greeting. When a person greets another with a salutation of peace, the reply to the greeting is also one of peace. The meaning of this statement is: "And may peace be upon you". The other expressions are: "Wa Alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullah" and "Wa Alaikumus Salam Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuh"



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 15
  • Prize: A fantastic hamper of Allifas products worth One Hundred Rand each
  • Question: 1) Are Allifas syrups pure or diluted?
    2) Can gelatine have a non-animal source of origin?
  • Answers: 1) Pure, 2) No, gelatine cannot have a non-animal source. There are several vegetable-based gelatine replacers, but per se, gelatine is derived from pork/beef/poultry and fish sources.
  • Muhammed Jassat
  • Aaida Salejee

Bulletin 16 Competition

Five lucky subscribers could win "Cellfood oxygen mineral supplement" valued at R200 each.

See "Tell us and we'll tell the world" for more details.

Answer the following question:
What is Cellfood and what are its benefits?

Closing date: Monday, 8th October 2007


An excellent email slide presentation explaining the significance and benefits of Ramadaan is yours for the asking. Ideal for non-Muslim neighbours, friends and the workplace.

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Recently Certified List

SANHA certifies 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:

Crown Pies - Manufacturing Facility Bakery Jeppe, Joburg (Gauteng)
National Bread Inprovers Bakery Randburg (Gauteng)
International Fine Ingredients Bakery Randburg (Gauteng)
K & F Industries Bakery Ingredients Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
Naxos Baking Technologies Bakery Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
CoSo - Collaborative Packing Solutions Miscellaneous Midrand (Gauteng)
J & N Chickens Poultry Distributor Tshwane (Gauteng)
Shepherds Hope Biscuits Bakery Pinetown, KZN

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


Forthcoming Events

3-9th October 2007
International baking fair.
IBA, Munich - Germany

13-17th October 2007
World's most important trade fair for food and beverages
Anuga, Cologne - Germany

18 21st October 2007
Discover Islam Exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town - South Africa

22-23 October 2007
Halaal International Conference (HICFA 2007)
Melbourne Exhibition Convention Centre, Australia

24th October 2007
Women's Cultural Group Fund-raising Dinner
Tel: 031 208 6203
Overport, Durban - South Africa

9-11th December 2007
Global Halaal & Islamic Business Forum, Abu Dhabi Convention Centre
Abu Dhabi, UAE



Questions and Answers

Q: Is the Al-BAiK chicken outlet in Mint Road, Fordsburg certified by SANHA?

A: Yes, this store is certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: I work for a non-Muslim company and we have a function. They have contacted a caterer that says that the meat is Halaal but they serve alcohol as well. Can I eat from this place?

A: The mere use of Halaal meat is insufficient to deem the meal Halaal. In order for a particular food to be declared Halaal, it is essential that the entire process from purchasing of the raw material, ingredients, preparation through to actual cooking, storage, etc. be strictly monitored and supervised by authorized Muslim personnel. Muslim staff like yourself should ask the company to contact SANHA for assistance in this regard.

Q: Is the Debonairs in Sandton City Food Court Halaal?

A: Yes, it is certified by SANHA. Their trading hours are Mon-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm



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 very small seed and my colour varies from white to black. I have French and Spanish origins from as far back as the year 800. I am used for cooking and add a spicy taste to different cuisines. I can also be made into oil, a type of flour and even a paste.

Have you sniffed me out yet?

That's me... I am Mustard Seed.