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Oct 22, 2017

Islam places a very high degree of emphasis on Hygiene and CEO Abdur Razak Moosa is a proud exponent of this.

With huge commitment towards highest standards, the company which manufactures well known brands such as Sunfoil Pure Sunflower Oil and Sunshine D Margarine, has successfully secured its Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Food Safety Management System. This assures its customers of the high quality of production and manufacturing within its Pietermaritzburg- based manufacturing facility.

The company is the only edible oil manufacturer in South Africa to have acquired the British equivalent BRC (British Retail Consortium) food safety standard, essential for securing contracts with companies that supply food products to the major British Supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer’s, Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc.

SANHA is proud of its certification of Willowton Oils and offers it congratulations on behalf of all the readers to this worthy achievement.

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Following requests from Muslims locally and internationally, some members of the Diplomatic Corp and Government, SANHA has played ball to ensure availability of Halaal food at the first ever World Cup on the African Continent.

SANHA has worked closely with the organizers in advising, guiding evaluating and auditing the implementation of a Halaal program that has secured a Halaal outlet in every stadium around the country.

Look for the SANHA mark of Halaal Assurance at outlets at the following stadia.

Free State
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Cape Town
Green Point
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Moses Mabhida
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Ellis Park
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Soccer City
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L 61
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PC 10
Port Elizabeth
Nelson Mandela Bay
PC 13
Loftus Versfeld
PC 2
Royal Bafokeng
PC 6

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The publication of blasphemous cartoon that appeared in the 21 May edition of Mail & Guardian is the latest leg in the labyrinth of Muslim provocation that is littered with stereotyping snares and trapdoors.

Unfortunately for the cynics, Muslims have large and by seen through it and have not fallen for the bait. For now, it doesn’t make good script for the detractors who would have loved reading headlines of ‘fundamentalist Muslim violence in the streets of Johannesburg.’ However, people of goodwill, non-Muslims included, have noted and lauded the restraint and responsible reaction on the part of Muslims to the open provocation.

Muslims have been deeply hurt and feel offended. Their beloved Prophet Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has once more been mocked. A depiction of a prophet as someone who has lost his mind, seeking psychiatric help and attributing words to him which he never said, is unacceptable.

The protest to such an insult does not apply to Muhammad only but the whole spectrum of the Messengers of Allah such as Abraham, Moses and Jesus, just to mention a few.

Jonathan Shapiro, an outspoken friend to Muslim activists especially on the Palestinian question, is not above reproach. He stands for Palestinians due to his sense of fair judgment. However, where is his fair judgment when he under the guise, of freedom of expression chooses to draw a cartoon that he clearly knows from that start that it will offend a section of the community?

The wrath that Holocaust-deniers face in Europe is an indication that freedom of expression is not absolute and should not be used as an excuse for open provocation. In a country such as ours where a myriad of social challenges exist, fault lines based of faith are not needed.

As Muslims, we do not consider the status and dignity of the Noble Prophet of Islam Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam is in any way diminished by such blasphemous cartoons. The hurt felt and expressed by Muslims is linked to the love, respect and the reverence we have for the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam in particular, and all the holy prophets, in general.

It is important to note that there is place for humour in Islam. The companions of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam would enjoy lighter moments with him. They did not make it a preoccupation but were still able to see the ‘funny side of life.’

Equally important is to note is that Muslims will always take exception to the ridicule and mockery of their beliefs and symbols they hold as sacred such as the Qur’an and its message, the personality of the prophets, their companions and manner of worship.

There is no parallel between contemporary personalities or other historical figures with the Messengers of the Almighty through whom we have acquired


Muslim-friendly food, such as Halaal foie gras is moving away from its immigrant roots and merging with mainstream French tradition.

While the fine wine and gourmet food exports that underpin the French food industry have been hit hard by the global crisis, the Halaal niche market has been growing fast.  

The growth of Halaal products is largely thanks to young descendants of Arab and African migrants, who want to enjoy the same culinary diversity as their non-Muslim French neighbours while remaining true to their religious roots.   

French sales of Halaal food are forecast to hit 5.5 billion Euros (ZAR 53.68 billion) in 2010 and move from the ethnic market to the mass market.   

Supermarket chain Casino has created a Halaal brand, Wassila, and fast food chain Quick is trying out a Halaal menu in 8 of its 350 burger joints.


With the latest in-your-face act of the Facebook, the issue is once again attracting headlines. Should Muslims react? How should they react? Where do they stand on the philosophical issue underlying all this?

In the media the issue has been framed as a clash between two camps. One camp stands for freedom of expression. The other wants to curtail it. Needless to say the first camp is enlightened and virtuous. The other is a relic of the dark ages. The clash in other words is between a civilized and civilizing West and Islam that just refuses to be civilized.

Once you accept this framing of the whole issue, the outcome is already decided. Are you for freedom of expression or not? It is a loaded question, and just like the yes/no question, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” no matter how you answer it, you remain guilty.

Look at the typical Muslim response which begins, “We also believe in freedom of expression but…” It matters little what you say after that. It is obvious that you are trying to add exclusions and limitations to a basic moral value while the other side is asking for no such limits. It is not difficult to see which side will come out ahead.

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Christian Democrats Party’s bill to ban burqa is quashed in upper house, Greens parties condemn it as racist.

SYDNEY - Lawmakers in Australia's most populous state voted against banning the burqa Thursday, with one accusing the Christian MP who moved the bill of stigmatising Muslims.

Fred Nile, of the right-wing Christian Democrats Party, urged the New South Wales parliament to vote in favour of banning the full Islamic veil for security reasons and to "set women free from domination of males".

But his bill was quashed in the state's upper house by 26 to three votes, with the centre-left Labor and more radical Greens parties condemning it as racist.

"There is no urgency in spreading further fear and hatred in our community," said Islamic Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane.

Nile's real intent was "stigmatising an entire community", added Greens MP John Kaye.

It follows heated public debate sparked earlier this month by calls from conservative national Senator Cory Bernardi for a ban on the burqa, which he claimed was "emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and ne'er-do-wells".

Bernardi's comments, prompted by the use of the Islamic veil in an armed robbery in Sydney, led both Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his opposition counterpart Tony Abbott to declare that such a ban was not current policy.

Muslims make up about 1.7 percent of Australia's heavily Christian population of 22 million, and religious tensions have run high in recent years.

Anti-Muslim sentiment flared on Sydney's southern Cronulla Beach in December 2005 when mobs of whites attacked Lebanese Australians there in a bid to "reclaim the beach".

The race riots, the country's worst of modern times, sparked a retaliatory campaign in which churches, shops and cars were attacked.

The French cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law to ban the Muslim full-face veil from public spaces, paving the way for a parliamentary vote in July.

Belgium last month became the first country to pass such a national ban.


The United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA) unequivocally condemns the publication of the caricature depicting the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace be upon him) and portraying Muslims as vile sadists preoccupied with causing mayhem and murder. These crude caricatures, intended to insult and incite Muslim sensibilities, are a deliberate act of provocation. Such bigoted filth makes a mockery of the very values they ostensibly purport to uphold. Freedom of speech comes with concomitant responsibilities. It is neither an absolute nor an unqualified right which permits demonizing beliefs held sacrosanct by the ‘other’.

Freedom of speech has to be weighed against other important values such as justice, security, dignity and social cohesion. Unfettered freedom of expression is a license to insult, humiliate, and denigrate. It leads to a free-for-all. Civilized society will collapse, indecency will become the norm, offensive language would be ubiquitous, respect would vanish and community cohesion would be eroded. Those who defend the publication of the cartoons claim they are no more than examples of satire, as though crude appeals to the basest and most bigoted impulses can be equated with genuine social or cultural criticism.  

Each faith community feels a deep-rooted passion and strong emotional attachment to the symbols and personalities it reveres. Courteous people of all civilizations are sensitive to these feelings, even when they disagree with the substance these symbols represent. The cartoon stereotypes Muslims as a people prone to violence.  It reinforces the erroneous equation of the religion with terror.  It is an act of sacrilege; it is like trampling on the crucifix or spitting on the Torah. This is not a contribution to free speech but an obstacle to it!

Yusuf Patel

Secretary General

24 May 2010

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