South African National Halaal Authority
Shawwaal 1428 No. 18 November 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

Editorial: Make a Plan

Every Muslim accepts without any contradiction that Man is the vicegerent of the Almighty Allah on this earth and that this brief life is transitory until we meet our Creator.

During this transient journey of life, the Almighty has blessed us with intellect and resources so that we may celebrate His praises and do good works for the benefit of fellow men.

Worship is not confined to quiet periods of seclusion or a lifetime withdrawal into a retreat, but everyday acts of kindness and justice with sincerity of purpose are acts of worship too. Our conduct must reflect these values.

And who does not know the benefits of good planning for a successful journey? The better the plan and its implementation with faith, the better and more successful the outcome.

The Qur'aan and Hadith (traditions of the Prophet - peace be upon him) are replete with examples of Forward-Planning being beneficial, e.g. as a state official of Egypt, the Prophet Yusuf (peace be upon him) implemented a food-storage programme in view of the impending drought. Furthermore, Allah, who is perfect in all qualities, refers to Himself in the Qur'aan as, 'The Best of Planners'.

Therefore Muslims must revert to maximum planning from time management, financial planning, strategic business planning, goal-based planning and the likes to ensuring issues on bequests, wills and contractual obligations are not procrastinated upon.One should seize opportunities in the school, work-place and home to learn from those in knowledge.

The 2010 Soccer World Cup, Africa's first is to be hosted in our country and is less than 1000 days away. Several hundred thousand visitors will "invade" our shores for the spectacle including Muslims from all parts of the world.

In the 42 day period of the world cup, an estimated 330 000 visitors are expected. It is estimated that they will consume 11 000 tons of food and 14 million litres of beverages.

Have we planned for their Halaal dietary requirements, accommodation that is conducive to Islam in terms of ablution facilities, direction of prayer, etc, interaction with the local community presenting Islam and Muslim values and so on?

What is your plan?




Majlis ud Da'wah wal Islah (MADAWI)


The Majlis ud Da'wah wal Islah was officially formed in 1990 with the aim of coordinating the activities of Ulama in the Western Cape. With the passage of time its activities and scope increased and more Ulama of various backgrounds joined.

MADAWI rented modest sized facilities in which to base its operations. Various social services are rendered to the public. These include varied fields as Education, Counselling, Da'wah, Relief and Welfare. MADAWI's major focus is on the educational front, aiming to serve the broader Muslim community in the Western Cape.

General Assembly

The General Assembly consists of all affiliated members and subsidiary organs operating under the auspices of MADAWI. These include:

  • Education -
    1. Primary: Madrasah coordination programme for Maktabs.
    2. Advanced: Qaasimul Uloom - Arabic language college for Shari'ah studies.
    3. Adult literacy programmes.
  • Tasneef (publications) -
    1. Translating Arabic works into English
    2. Editing and publishing English and Arabic books
    3. Newsletters
    4. Establishing a standard syllabus for Maktabs
  • Iftaa -
    1. Research in Islamic juristic issues.
    2. Regional representative to the Fatwa Committee of SANHA.
  • Makulaat (Dietry Issues) -
    1. Ulama Council member of SANHA
  • Welfare -
    1. Distributing food hampers and clothing
    2. Madrasah feeding programme
    3. Operation winter warmth
    4. Udh-hiyya and meat distribution
  • Counselling -
    1. Matrimonial disputes
    2. Liason with other Ulama

MADAWI regards it as a great honour to serve on the Ulama Council of SANHA (South African National Halaal Authority). The importance of assisting the community in the matter of Halaal and Haraam cannot be over emphasised. We ask Allah to take SANHA from strength to strength and use us for this service as well.


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

Safiinah radiyallaahu 'anhu narrated:

"I ate the flesh of Hubaaraa with Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.


Hubaaraa - a kind of bird. Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam ate chicken as well as other permitted birds.

Safiinah means ship. It was the nickname of a freed-slave of Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam. He would carry many goods on his back while travelling. He is famous for an incident during the Antioch campaign. The Romans captured him and he then escaped. He encountered a lion and explained to it his relationship with Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. The lion wagged its tail and led him to the Muslim camp.


Ash-Shamaail lit-Tirmizii, Chapter on the curry of Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wasallam.



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.

In this issue we turn your thoughts to summer with an easy to prepare "smoked chicken and pasta salad" recipe. This salad can be served as a healthy addition to a braai / barbeque.

And you don't have to be chicken about using different pasta shapes apart from spaghetti – there is no excuse with all the variety now available!

  • 225 tricolor pasta shapes
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 Tblsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 100g flat peas (mangetout) cut into 2.5cm diamonds
  • 1 red pepper seeded and cut into this strips
  • 300gr smoked chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
  • French bread to serve.

Dressing :

  • 70gr cream cheese
  • 5 Tblsp single cream
  • 1 Tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tblsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Cook pasta in boiling salt water for 10-12 minutes, until the pasta is soft, but firm and tender to the bite. Cool under cold running water and drain well. Transfer to a bowl and toss the pasta in the olive oil to stop it from sticking.
  • Plunge the onion, flat peas and pepper into boiling salt water. Bring the water back to the boil and simmer for 1 minute. Drain the vegetables and cool under the running water. Drain well and mix vegetables together with the pasta. Transfer to a serving dish and add the chicken.
  • For the dressing: blend all the ingredients together until well mixed. Spoon the dressing over the salad and serve with warm crusty bread.

Chef's Class:


This simple technique can be applied to a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables with stunning results. Equipped with a small pointed knife you can conjure up a fanned garnish in a matter of seconds to add the finishing touch to…well almost anything!

I'll use an avocado as an example for this one:

Peel the skin from a halved avocado and place cut side down on a chopping board. Cut even slits along the flesh, leaving the narrow end uncut. Using the flat of your hand, push the slices apart to form a fan.

Chef's tip:

Cut and fan the avocado on a serving plate so that you don’t have to lift it and risk any damage.

Chef's Secret Find:

While shopping, chef has found smoked chicken breasts at Willowton meats (Durban and Pitermaritzburg) that's bursting with an incredible flavour. Worth a nibble and consideration if you are going to try the salad recipe.

Do you have a recipe to share with the readers?

Send in your favourite recipe to pro-kzn@sanha.org.za 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.

Muslims and Arabs

The followers of Islam are called Muslims and this should not be confused with Arabs.

Arabs descended of the Semitic group and are concentrated mainly in the Middle East. Arabs could be of Muslim, Christian, Jewish faith, atheist or even agnostic. Arab Muslims constitute about twenty percent of the World’s one billion Muslim population.

Islam has adherents from all the world's population groups who may be of Arab, Persian, Turk, Indian, European, African, American and other nationalities.



Previous Competition - e-Bulletin 17
  • Prize: Iqlaas Foods' "Pennywise handy party pack" consisting of 30 ready to bake items, all in one snack pack
  • Question: May ordinary / common paintbrushes be used for basting pastries and pies, etc. ?
  • Answers: No, ordinary / common paintbrushes are generally made of pig hair.
  1. Waseema
  2. Shaheeda
  3. Amatullah J
  4. Yasmeen Cassoo
  5. Junaid Yacoob Ali
  6. Imran Subrathie
  7. Razia Paruk
  8. Yumna Kharodia
  9. Ahmed Patel
  10. Bilal Adamjee
  1. Shadia
  2. Sumaya Seedat
  3. Fathima Abdul
  4. Mohamed Randeree
  5. Nasreen Shaik
  6. Yasmeen Cassim
  7. Zakia Ballim
  8. Sara Khan
  9. Mrs Haseenabanu Ismail

Bulletin 17 Competition


Our competition prize this month is a Frimax jumbo snack pack that contains 50x30g assorted individual packs.

Go on - win it for your school friends, or your siblings. We have 30 packs to be won. All you have to do is answer the following question and let the computer draw 30 winners.

Answer the following questions:
1) Which family owns the Frimax factory ?
2) Which flavoured chips of a blue-chip company was found by SANHA to contain Haraam flavourings ?

Closing date: Friday, 9th November 2007


Forthcoming Events

30-31 October 2007
ECR Conference Directed at retailers, manufacturers and service providers in the FMCG industry.
Sandton Convention Centre, Joburg - South Africa

6-8 November 2007
Natural colourants - a technical and regulatory examination
Las Vegas, USA

13-7 November 2007
International Enological and bottling equipment exhibition
Milan - Italy

14th November 2007 - 7:00 pm.
The Islamic Medical Association Annual Fund Raising Dinner
International Guest Speaker - Mr. Enver Masud
Contact: Shirin Cassim on +27 (0)31 207-2250
NMJ Hall, Durban - South Africa

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


Industry News

Prestigious award for 'Goldi Chicken'

A glamorous gala dinner to mark SAAFoST's 2007 biennial congress in Durban concluded on a high note with the announcement of the annual Symrise/Food Review New product Competition and finalists and overall winners for it’s latest innovations in the food category.

SANHA approved Goldi chickens was awarded second place for their innovative "Goldi's toast' em chicken toastees" frozen chicken 'waffles' which require crisping for only a few minutes in the toaster. A fresh an imaginative idea that has found a firm footing with adults and children alike due to its great taste and convenience.

From all at SANHA – Congratulations!!




Questions and Answers

Mysterious Spice and all Things Nice

Organisation Profile


Recent Announcements

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: Are Oreo Biscuits Halaal?

A: In terms of information at our disposal, Oreo biscuits are Halaal suitable.

Q: Is the Greek Lady nougat Halaal?

A:Yes, Greek Lady nougat is certified Halaal by SANHA.

Q: Kindly confirm if Orango by Mirren Halaal?

A: In terms of information at our disposal, Orango is Halaal suitable.



Let's play the guessing game - I could be a spectacular spice, fabulous fruit, incredible ingredient, vital vegetable, marvelous mineral, vibrant vitamin or indispensable additive. Do you know me?

How often have you read the ingredients and terms on a label and did not understand some of it.

Let us unravel this for you.

Please feel free to send us your findings as well. Perhaps we could print it for the information of our other readers.

  • Enriched: One or more nutrients are added. For example, enriched whole meal brown bread enriched with fibre.
  • Fortified: One or more nutrients are added during processing. For example, breakfast cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals; iodised salt is fortified with iodine.
  • Health food: A promotional term used to imply that a certain food has health-giving qualities beyond its expected nutritive value.
  • Natural food: A product that has minimal or no refinement or processing (not a legally-regulated term). A product with this claim may not only contain artificial flavours, colours and preservatives, but may also be loaded with fat, sugar, calories and sodium.
  • Organically grown food: Food grown and processed without chemicals and pesticides (not a legally-regulated term).



In the 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:

Crime may pay but sometimes there’s a pay-off the villain doesn’t appreciate. A selection of "crooked" stories from the book "Don't quote me – what people said and then wished they hadn't," Kindly supplied by a well wisher from Westville North, Durban. Jazakumullah

Daylight Robbery (1)

The managers of a bank in Nashville, Tennese, arranged for its tellers to watch an educational film entitled 'tips on how to react to a Holdup'. As they gazed at the screen, two masked robbers entered the under-staffed bank and stole $12.979 from the under-protected tills.

Daylight Robbery (2)

In August 1975, a customer in a Philadelphia bank pushed a note across to the teller. He murmured, "I am a bank robber. Give me the money." But before the teller was able to respond, the next man in the queue pushed a gun into the robber's ribs. "I am a policeman", he announced, "and you are under arrest."


In 1972 a man walked into a California bank, thrust a water pistol in the cashier's face and handed over a note which read: "Milk, loaf of bread, pick up laundry". When the puzzled cashier pointed out the mistake, the would-be bandit panicked and fled. He was caught outside the bank when his car failed to start.

Teller like it is

Acting on a tip-off, Atlanta Georgia's police chief ordered his men to stake out a local bank which they did, much to the consternation of the branch manager. After suffering their presence for a time, the manager could stand it no longer. "Please leave" he implored the officers. "Your presence is disturbing employees and customers" obligingly they left, five minutes later the bank was robbed.




In a highly competitive snack food industry where a decade of service is considered to be most admirable, Frimax celebrates its 25th birthday.

No chips on their shoulder but chips for Africa and beyond. Owned by the Essa family, from humble beginnings it is one of the largest snack food manufacturers in the country with branches and depots throughout South Africa and neighbouring territories, Alhamdulillah. The "addictive" snacks range of potato chips, corn snacks extrusion lines and puffs have carved a niche for themselves in the market.

Active in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector and competing with many of the country's blue chip companies, Frimax has gathered numerous industry awards amongst them the prestigious Shoprite Group of Companies, Supplier of the year award.

The state of the art factory that operates twenty four hours a day, 7 days a week has earned the accolades of many a critical buyer on aspects ranging from hygiene, to packaging and marketing.

The plant and products are proudly certified Halaal by SANHA.

The Essa family are also renowned for their social responsibility with their support to community organisations and projects.

Every Frimax snack sold comes with a guarantee that the product has the backing of 25 years of experience behind it and proceeds benefit the community. Alhamdulillah! Let another twenty five years roll on.

Frimax are the sponsors of the prizes in the reader’s competition in this issue – see competitions.

They can be contacted on:

Mr. A.K Essa (Baboo)
Sales Director
Tel: +27 (0)32 533 8616
Fax: +27 (0)32 533 8622


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On behalf of all the staff at the Pavilion Shopping Centre, I would like to thank the Muslim Community for their loyal patronage which remains an integral and key element in the Pavilion's success. We certainly hope to further strengthen the intrinsic relationship going forward.

We would also like to wish you and all members of the South African National Halaal Authority well over the remainder of the holy month of Ramadaan, a Happy Eid and a prosperous year end.

Kind regards

Preston Gaddy
General Manager
The Pavilion Shopping Centre

Dear Preston

Greetings to you

Thank you for your kind words expressed, it is greatly appreciated.

We will pass on your sentiments to the community.


Please feel free to forward email addresses of friends, family and associates to helpline@sanha.org.za


Halaal Helpline 0861 786 111


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Fax: (+27 31) 207 5793


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