South African National Halaal Authority
Dhul Qa'dah 1428 No. 19 November 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

The Business of Marriage

Some wise guy once said, "Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?"

Whilst this must have been said in jest, marriage is an institution which celebrates the union of two souls for love, procreation and the legal system of most nations of the world.

This institution is in principle, the formation of a family unit that guards the modesty and chastity of Muslims and gives continuity to the Ummah. It is divinely ordained as Almighty Allah himself states in the Noble Qur'aan:

"And among His signs is this that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He put love and mercy between your hearts. Verily in that are signs for those who reflect." (Surah ar-Rūm: Verse 21)

Marriage and business have much in common. They both have to rely on Directors / Partners who strive to produce the best results for their stake holders.

This is done by ensuring that the business or marriage is effectively managed through proper planning, leadership, organisation and controls.

Whether it is finances, conflict resolution, alliances and a legion of activities, these have to be undertaken by the enterprise in reaction to the market place or the community.

The one area paramount to these institutions' success is Trust.

Halaal regulation is no different. The marriage between ourselves as a service provider and yourselves as a consumer relies on trust that we have to earn and live up to. Just as no marriage is perfect, so too as human beings we are all prone to error. However, that should never be a cause for friction, anger and divorce. Let us rather channel our energies to be the best of people who enjoin good and forbid evil.

We commend any initiative that strengthens bonds of marriage, kinship and business relationships in the tradition of our Prophet (peace be upon him).




All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama

Our Ummah is a single Ummah spread over the earth with all having to adhere to dietary laws as prescribed in the Noble Quraan and exemplified by our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Over the years, Alhamdulillah, dedicated organisations throughout the world have done sterling work in ministering to the needs of their communities. With rapid globalisation and international trade, changes in lifestyle of the Muslims and advances in food sciences, it has become almost mandatory for organisations to co-operate with their counterparts all over the world to render effective service delivery.

SANHA, apart from being a founder member of the World Halaal Council, has collaborative relationships with scores of organisations throughout the world for the transfer of skills, technology and knowledge for the benefit of the Ummah.

SANHA has a memorandum of Understanding with the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama of Sri Lanka, an organisation with majority Ulama members that was established eighty two years ago. By an act of parliament it accords protection to the Muslims who account for ten percent of the population of Sri Lanka. Apart from the Halaal regulatory services, the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama is actively involved in promoting Islamic systems such as Islamic banking etc.

Senior members from Sri Lanka have already been hosted by SANHA in South Africa for intensive training.

Contact Details:

Al Haj A.R.M Faizer
All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama
Halaal Division

Email : srilankahalal@gawab.com


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

Al-Qaasim at-Taymii narrated that Zahdam al-Juramii narrated:

"We were with Abu Musaa al-Ash'arii (radhiallaahu anhu). His food was brought. It included chicken. Amongst the people was a reddish man from Banu Taym tribe. He appeared to be a freed-slave. He did not come closer.

Abu Musaa said, "Draw close, for verily I saw Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam eating this".

He replied, "I saw the chicken eating dirt. I therefore vowed not to eat it."


Mawlaanaa Zakariiyyaa Kandhalwii comments:

This is the same Hadith previously mentioned. The narration differs slightly due to the difference in the chain of narrators. Both are brief in ash-Shamaail. Al-Bukhaari describes the incident in more detail. He states that in the end Abuu Musa radiyallaahu 'anhu instructed him to eat and compensate for breaking his oath. There is no benefit in taking vows not to eat permissible foods.


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



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Summer Compote (serves 6)

  • 1kg mixed fruits (e.g. strawberries / raspberries / blackberries & blackcurrants) frozen fruit can be used
  • 2 tblsp brown sugar
  • 4 tblsp water
  • 5 cm stick cinnamon
  • Remove stems / stalks and wash fruit
  • Place water, sugar in large saucepan, bring to boil and melt sugar.
  • Add fruit, turning gently so they don’t break
  • add cinnamon stick
  • simmer for 5-10 minutes until lightly cooked
  • allow to cool, remove cinnamon stick and turn into a serving dish
  • Refrigerate until needed.
  • Serve with cream or yogurt.

Chef's tip:

An easy way to hull strawberries is to push a straw into the pointed end of the berry, and the leaves and the core will come out the other end. Then use an egg slicer for a more decorative look.

Chef's Quick Fact:

Berries in general are a good source of vitamins and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are components of fruits or vegetables that may help to prevent disease, and perhaps even help to treat some disorders. For instance, cranberries and blueberries contain a substance which will help prevent or treat painful bladder infections. Dark-coloured berries like black raspberries contain powerful antioxidants which may help to slow down the ageing process and keep us healthier.

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.

Nikah - Marriage

Mutual Agreement of Bride and Groom

Marriage (nikah) is a solemn and sacred social contract between bride and groom. This contract is a strong covenant as expressed in the Noble Quraan.

Both parties mutually agree and enter into this contract, the bride and groom have the liberty to define various terms and conditions and make them a part of this contract (within the bounds of the Shari'ah).

Mahr - Dower

The marriage dowry (Mahr) is a divine injunction. The giving of mahr to the bride by the groom is an essential part of the contract.

Mahr is a token commitment of the husband's responsibility and may be paid in cash, property or movable objects to the bride herself. The amount of mahr is not legally specified, however, moderation according to the existing social norm is recommended.

Primary Requirements

  • Mutual agreement by the bride and the groom
  • Two adult witnesses
  • Mahr (marriage-dower) to be paid by the groom to the bride.
  • Secondary Requirements

  • Legal guardian (wakeel) representing the bride
  • Written marriage contract signed by the bride and the groom and witnessed by two adults.
  • A responsible person officiating the marriage ceremony to solemnise the marriage

The Marriage Banquet (Waleemah)

The groom holds a banquet according to his means usually the next day called a Waleemah which celebrates the consummation of the marriage. Relatives, neighbours, and friends both rich and poor are invited to share in the joy of the blessed event.



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  • Prize: Frimax jumbo snack pack containing 50x30g assorted individual packs
  • Question: 1) Which family owns the Frimax factory ?
    2) Which flavoured chips of a blue-chip company was found by SANHA to contain Haraam flavourings ?
  • Answers: 1) The Essa Family
  • Yasin Mahomed
  • Yusuf Ismail
  • Ebrahim Ismail
  • Yogis Naicker
  • Hafsah Paruk

Bulletin 19 Competition


Five copies to be won of a concise but informative book on Islamic Family Law.

Written and edited by Advocate Muhammad Vahed, an Executive member of SANHA, Moulana Hunter, Attorney Ahmed Saber Jhazbhay and Advocate Saleem Khan. It gives the reader a valuable insight on the subject.

Answer the following question:
Which presenter of the Pre-Marital Guidance Workshop is also the author of the above book prize?

Which SANHA office would you like to collect your prize from if you are a winner - Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town?

State your preference when submitting your Answers. Send your answer to helpline@sanha.org.za

Closing date: Friday noon, 23rd November 2007

Don't miss our next edition with our super year end competition worth over one thousand rand."



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

In this issue we will begin a three part series giving you information on the various types of Vitamins, their sources and benefits. Although we only need them in minute amounts, vitamins are essential for our bodies to work properly.

(derived from retinol in animal foods, and from beta carotene in plant foods)
Animal sources: liver, milk, butter, cheese, egg yolks and oil-rich fish. Plant sources: orange-fleshed and dark green vegetables and fruits. Vital for normal growth, skin, vision, immune system and mucous membranes (in the lining of the respiratory and urinary tracts). Beta carotene is thought to act as an antioxidant in the body, helping to protect against heart disease and cancer. Increased susceptibility to infection, vision problems and respiratory disorders.

Fortified bread and cereal, whole grains, lean meat, fish, potatoes, nuts and pulses. Needed to release energy from carbohydrates, and to ensure healthy brain, nerve-cell and heart functions. Fatigue, weakness and nerve damage.

Milk and other dairy products, lean meat, fortified bread and breakfast cereals. Helps release energy from food and interacts with other B vitamins. Also needed to maintain healthy skin. Dry, sore lips, bloodshot eyes, dermatitis and mild anaemia.

Lean meat, fish, pulses, fortified breakfast cereals, potatoes and nuts Vital for conversion of food into energy. Also helps maintain healthy skin, nerves and digestive system. Fatigue, weakness, depression, skin rashes (especially when exposed to sunlight).




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

Could you please tell me if Simply Cereal is Halaal?

A: Simply Cereal is certified by SANHA.

Q: Is the Bar One Sauce (commonly used by bakeries and confectioners Halaal?

A: The Bar One sauce (caterpack) is Haraam. The flavouring contains wine.

Note: The Bar One chocolates, Bar One ice Cream and the retail Spread are all Halaal.



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:

An avid reader of our electronic bulletin sent us some material for this segment and in keeping with our theme for this issue, it is apt. Jazakumullah Khairan for your contributions!!

  1. There's a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It's called marriage.
  2. After a quarrel, a husband said to his wife, "You know, I was a fool when I married you." She replied, "Yes, dear, but I was in love and didn't notice."
  3. An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
  4. I love being married. It's so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
  5. By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
  6. My wife suggested a book for me to read to enhance our relationship. It's titled, "women are from Venus, Men are wrong."



Pre Marital Guidance / Counseling Workshop

Hosted jointly by the Darul Ihsan Islamic Centre, Al Husna Varsity College and Al-Noor Education Inc, a high powered workshop has been scheduled for December. (see Forthcoming Events for scheduling details).

Topics include Rights of husband, wife and parents, marriages in terms of Islamic and South African law, family planning, HIV & AIDS, divorce, relationships, parenting, finance and budgeting, communication, anger management and conflict resolution. It is an event not to be missed.

An array of powerful specialists within the community has been assembled to ensure that delegates receive the best possible advice and knowledge.

The presenters for females are:

  • Tasnim Abdul (clinical social worker)
  • Dr. Shakira Cassim (Paediatrician - IMA)
  • Hafiza Rayhana Muhammad
  • Amina Baccus (accountant - Albaraka Bank)
  • Mu'allima Fatima Khan (of Al-Ansaar), and
  • Munira Osman-Hyder (of UKZN)

The presenters for males are:

  • *Adv. M.A. Vahed (UKZN)
  • **Mufti Zubair Bayat (Darul Ihsaan)
  • Mr Edris Khamissa (Al-Falaah College)
  • Prof. A.F.M. Ebrahim (UKZN)
  • Dr. Ebrahim Khan (IMA)
  • Ebrahim M. Hassan (Albaraka Bank), and
  • Moulana Ismail Mulla

* Member of SANHA's Executive committee
** Member of SANHA's Theological (Ulama) Council


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Forthcoming Events

19 - 20 November 2007
Queensland Multicultural Summit 2007
Brisbane - Australia

20 November 2007
Complete Event Management Workshop
The Grace Hotel

22 November 2007
SOCAP South Africa - Breakfast
Southern Sun

23 November 2007
Kuraby Special School Bike Track Fund Raiser Dinner
Brisbane - Australia

24 November 2007
Annual Muslim Achievement Awards
Sydney - Australia

2-4 December 2007
Food Expo 2007
Oman International Exhibition centre
Muscat - Oman

1st & 8th December 2007
Pre-Marital Guidance & Counseling Workshops
(female only)
Al-Falaah College
Contact Mahomed – 083 640 9054
Durban - South Africa

6 Days
(27th & 29th November 2007;
4th, 6th, 11th & 13th December 2007)

Pre-Marital Guidance & Counseling Workshops
(Male only)
Al-Falaah College
Contact Mahomed – 0836409054
Durban - South Africa

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

22-23 January 2008
Food ingredients Africa
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town - South Africa


Industry News

Knorr solves those "What's for dinner?" problems with a website

Scoring a major coup for South African working moms and housewives – and quite a few men also – Knorr launched a website earlier this year that has proved hugely successful in getting rid of those "what’s for dinner?" queries. www.whatsfordinner.co.za is the perfect kitchen assistant for busy moms and working women.

The website has proven extremely popular and receives thousands of visitors to the site each day. It includes daily recipes, cooking and household hints and tips, as well as a weekly menu planner.

Ethne Whitley, public affairs manager for Unilever, says the website is one of the best friends our food brands have developed.

All Knorr dehydrated products, i.e. Knorr Soups, Knorrox cubes, Aromat, pasta meals, etc. are certified Halaal by SANHA and carry our logo.

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