South African National Halaal Authority
Dhul Hijjah 1428 No. 21 December 2007
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Halaal Helpline Number: 0861 786 111

The Farewell Sermon

Our final electronic bulletin for 2007 comes almost a week to the 1418th anniversary of the historic last sermon also known as the farewell sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that reverberated throughout the length and breadth of the world.

The address covers all domains of human life. It is a charter for the guidance of mankind regarding social justice, racial harmony and peace with all societies and was the first charter of human rights.

We have reproduced a summary below that hardly does justice to the sermon (Click here to view full text copy).

Today, more than ever, in a world of Halaal awash with rivers of blind prejudices and uncalled for splits and rivalry, the Divine Message must serve as a purging torrent of spiritual enlightenment and unity.

We wish you and our family peace, prosperity and safe travel during this period. See you next year, Insha Allah.


The Prophet Muhammad's (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) Farewell Sermon

This sermon was delivered on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah 10 A.H (632 A.C.) in the Uranah Valley of Mount Arafat.

O people, listen to my words for I do not know whether I will be amongst you for another year. Just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so too regard the lives and property of all amongst you as sacred and inviolable. Allah Ta'ala has forbidden you to take usury (interest).

O people, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your wives but they also have certain rights. Treat them with kindness and love for you have taken them in trust. Keep always faithful to the trust placed in you and do not sin.

O people, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salaah), fast during the month of Ramadan and give Zakaat generously. Go, if possible, on the pilgrimage (Hajj). Know that you are each others brothers and are all equal. No one is superior except in devotion to Allah and good works. Guard against committing injustices.

O people, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Understand my words. I leave behind two things – the Qur'aan and the Sunnah. Follow these and you will never go astray. Beware of Satan and safeguard your religion. Pass on my words to others and those to others again and may they understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed Your message. `



The Halaal Science Centre of Thailand

The worlds first dedicated Halaal Science Centre was established from humble beginnings through the faculty of Allied Health Sciences in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok in 1994.

Supported and funded by the Royal Thai Government, the state of the art centre covers analyses of all food products, chemicals used as ingredients, pharmaceutical products, herbs, consumer goods and meat products.

The centre provides analysis for Halaal certification, surveillance, research and development and a comprehensive database on chemicals and raw materials.

Scientific and academic services, including the training of scientists, entrepreneurs and investigators is also undertaken.

A memorandum of understanding was recently signed between Dr. Winai Dahlan, the Director, Associate Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and the Theological Director of SANHA, Moulana MS Navlakhi. It was witnessed by the Deputy Director General of the Ministry of foreign affairs of Thailand and a large press contingent. The memorandum calls for the establishing of collaboration on accreditation, certification and quality system implementation. It recognizes each other as a reference institution for Halaal benchmarking and collaboration on Halaal standards and guidelines. It also provides for exchange programs and technical support.

SANHA is proud of its association with this dynamic world class facility and dedicated leadership.


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

Anas bin Maalik radiyallaahu 'anhu narrated:

Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam loved gourd. Once he was given or invited to a meal. I searched for the gourd in the food and presented them to him. I knew that he liked it.


Maulana Zakariyya Kandhalwi comments:

We gather from this that if there are various items in a plate it is permissible to take what one likes from the other side of the plate provided that one's eating partner is not offended.

The reason for searching for pieces of gourd is because it was the custom to have a lot of gravy in the curry. Rasulullah sallallaahu alayhi wasallam advised us to have extra gravy in the curry to share with our neighbours.


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.

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Hello Summer! Eat light, eat healthy. Here’s a delightful salad that you can pop into a lunch box or your picnic basket.

THREE BEAN SALAD (serves 4-6)

  • 1 x 400g can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g can butter beans, drained
  • 1 x 400g can chick peas, drained
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Combine beans and onion in a large bowl with a cover.
  • Combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar in a jar-shake well, pour over beans and mix well.
  • Chill overnight.

Chef's Health tip:

Beans provide a major source of soluble fiber, which, when passing through the digestive tract grabs and traps bile that contains cholesterol, removing it from the body before it's absorbed.

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.

Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

Muhammad (peace be upon him) was chosen by Allah to deliver His message of peace, namely Islam. He was born in 570CE (Common Era), in Makkah, a city in Arabia. At the age of forty, he was entrusted with the Message of Islam. The revelation that he received is called the Qur'aan, while the message is called Islam.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the very last prophet of Allah to mankind. He is the final Messenger of Allah. His message was and is still directed to the Christians, the Jews and the rest of mankind. He was sent to those religious people to inform them about the true mission of Jesus, Moses, David, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is considered to be the summation and the culmination of all the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them all) that came before him. He purified the previous Messages from adulteration, and completed the Message of Allah to all humanity. He was entrusted with the power of explaining, interpreting, and living the teachings of the Qur'aan.

**See giveaway section for your free booklet and slide show on the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)



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 conclude our 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.

Biotin Found in most foods. Especially abundant in liver, eggs and fortified foods such as yeast extract. Required to release energy from food, and for processing of fat and cholesterol. A normal diet supplies sufficient biotin. Dermatitis and hair loss are signs of deficiency in people with malabsorption problems.
(Ascorbic Acid)
Fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and potatoes. Necessary for the formation of collagen (essential for healthy gums, teeth, bones and skin). Aids healing of wounds and fractures and, as an antioxidant, may help protect against cancer and heart disease. Also boosts absorption of iron from plant food. Poor healing of wounds and lowered resistance to infection. Lethargy, reduced appetite, bleeding gums, scaly skin and aching joints.
Fortified dairy produce, oil-rich fish and fortified breakfast cereals. Promotes absorption of calcium, necessary for mormal development of bones and teeth. Soft and brittle bones, causing pain and fractures. In children, can lead to rickets.
Vegetable oils (such as corn and sunflower), wheatgerm, nuts, seeds and avacados. As an antioxidant, helps to neutralize or destroy excess free radicals (unstable molecules that may cause cancer). Also helps protect against heart disease. Deficiency is rare, found only in those unabe to absorb fat, and in premature babies. Symptoms include anaemia and nerve damage.


Industry News


Fixtrade 66 (Pty) Ltd, which produces the "Pasta Nova" and "Pasta Tradizionale di San Carlo" dried pasta brands, as well as many other pasta brands for its contract customers, has recently achieved SABS HACCP accreditation. In an on-site ceremony, Dr Adriaan du Toit, Sales Manager of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), presented the certificate to Fixtrade 66’s Managing Director, Michel Fererro, Director Nick Wood and Quality Assurance Manager, Aisha Hoosen.

Fixtrade 66, based in Linbro Park, Johannesburg, is a manufacturer and distributor of dried pasta, catering to the retail, wholesale and multi-national food processing industries. It also produces house-brand pasta for several leading wholesalers.

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

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Winning Recipes

Forthcoming Events


Readers Write

Industry News

Questions and Answers

Q: Are Losec capsules Halaal?

A: In terms of information at our disposal Losec capsules contains gelatine from a porcine (pig) source and is therefore not Halaal.

Q: Is the Debonairs store in Norwood, JHB now Halaal?

A: Debonairs Norwood is now Muslim owned and certified by SANHA.

Q: Is Cadbury’s Sweetie Pie Halaal?

A: In terms of information at our disposal, Cadbury's Sweetie Pie is Halaal Suitable.

Q: Eulactol Heel Balm contains urea. Is it permissible to use this cream?

A: Urea can be derived from animal or synthetic source. According to information received from the manufacturers, the urea in Eulactol Heel Balm is from synthetic origin, and is therefore Halaal suitable.



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:

The city of Durban, home of SANHA’s head office recently featured internationally with a live broadcast of the FIFA 2010 World Cup draw.

We bring you a few "bloopers" by famous people in the world of football.

  1. "The match has become quite unpredictable, but it still looks as though Arsenal will win the cup." John Motson
  2. "This is going to be a very long 30 minutes with 26 minutes left." Brian Moore
  3. "Being naturally right-footed he doesn't often chance his arm with his left foot." Trevor Brooking
  4. "Someone in the England team will have to grab the ball by its horns." Ron Atkinson
  5. "We didn't underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought." Bobby Robson
  6. "My parents have been there for me ever since I was about seven." David Beckham
  7. "I've had 14 bookings this season – eight of which were by my fault, but seven of which were disputable." Paul Gascoigne

Courtesy of: F is for football


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Was salaam


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  • Questions: 1) Which of the following Arabic words refer to Olives - a) Zaytoon, b) Faakiha, c) Teen
    2) Name 2 Surahs in the Qur'aan in which the Olive is mentioned.
  • Answers: 1) (a) Zaytoon,
    2) Surah al-In'aam, Surah al-Nahl, Surah al-Noor, Surah Abasa, Surah al-Teen
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Bulletin 21 Competition


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  1. Free 34 page booklet entitled "Muhammad (pbuh), the Prophet of Islam" by Ramakrishna Rao (Sponsored by IPCI).
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  3. Submit your postal address with your Book giveaway request or you may collect at our Durban office weekdays between 9-12pm
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