Most people have heard of the term kosher, but fewer are familiar with the term halal.
While the first refers to Jewish dietary laws, the second refers to similar laws in the Muslim faith. Not all members of either faith observe these restrictions, while others strictly adhere to them.
For those who choose to follow these guidelines, it involves knowing your food sources and avoiding certain products entirely.
But what if your significant other isn’t from the same faith? And what if they don’t respect your choices?
A 20-year-old man was dealing with this issue with his boyfriend, so he turned to the “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for feedback.
Redditor ileriatis asked:
“AITA for getting upset at my boyfriend for putting things i dont like in my breakfast?”
The Original Poster (OP) explained:
“I go to a culinary arts university in America and stay with my boyfriend J(21 male). He is American and an atheist while i’m born and raised a Turkish Muslim.”
“Since we both go to cooking school, we change the cooking chore daily without a problem. Also last bit, I’m a rather progressive person and I cut ties with my uber-religious dad and J knows this.”
“So onto the story, it was J’s turn to cook and he told me he would make breakfast for the weekend. So Saturday morning (which was my birthday) he comes to my room with some food and blindfolds me saying there is a surprise.”
“Then he says he made something on the table and we walk there. I take a bite and it was pork.”
“From a pig of course. So I was of course incredibly aggravated.”
“I took the blindfold immediately and asked why he did this. He was in hysterics and thought this was SOO funny.”
“I told him it was disrespectful and he shouldn’t disrespect my religion. He scoffed off saying I was overreacting and that I wasn’t that religious anyway so he thought it wouldn’t be an issue.”
”I’m currently thinking of moving to a new room/house but my brother who I vented to is saying that’s too much of an overreaction so AITA for maybe reacting too much?”
Redditors weighed in by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- NAH – No A**holes Here
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
Redditors decided unanimously OP was not the a**hole.
“He thought this was funny… on your birthday. Wow. NTA.” ~ Lively_Sally
“This is such the cherry on top of the sh*t cake.”
“1) who does this to their boyfriend at all?”
“2) who pranks their boyfriend on his birthday by pretending to do something sweet and loving and instead giving them something they dislike.”
“OP is NTA and is not overreacting.” ~ disguised_hashbrown
“He did this to you on your birthday?”
“Please ignore your brother and find a relationship with someone who gives a sh*t about your wellbeing and boundaries. NTA.” ~ blacksyzygy
“It wasn’t even an honest mistake, he did it on purpose for sh*ts and giggles.” ~ saucynoodlelover
“Agreed. I think he mistyped one of his lines, it should be ‘He is American and an
atheist a**hole while i’m born and raised a Turkish Muslim’.”
“I have several friends who are atheists, and none of them would try and pull that kind of crap on our Jewish and Muslim friends.”