During a visit to Rawan Cake yesterday I was outraged to find out that the shop in Khelda discriminates againt Christians in Jordan, it actually took me a whole day or so to write about this, as I am always hesitant to write about religion or politics, as I am sure that my opinion might not be appreciated by some.
It all started as I visited Rawan Cake to order a cake for a friends Bachelorette party, I called up one of my girlfriends when I was there because I wasn’t happy with the designs they had on their catalogue, only to find out from her that she has boycotted the place for discriminating against Christians, when I inquired about the reason, she told me that she tried to place an order for a Cross-Shaped cake and they refused to do it saying “We don’t do things like this for non-believers” referring to Christianity as a false religion.
I was outraged, I’m a Muslim, and I’m proud to be one too! I might not wear a head cover or be very religious or dedicated to my religion, but I know this much, Muslims are taught by Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that no compulsion in religion and that you have your full independent will to select your own faith. On the other hand you hold the full responsibility of your choice. Accordingly, Muslims are required, per their religion, to deal with people of all other faiths with respect and to cooperate with them for the benefit of humanity and nature.
So I went up to the counter again and told him I wanted to order a cake for a Baptism party, he showed me a catalogue with plain-square cakes that just say “Mabrook” (Congratulations in Arabic) so I told him I wanted one that looks like a cross. The man informed me that they didn’t have a mold to make a cross-shaped cake. So I then told him I just wanted something plain and simple with no decorations, he can just use a few rectangular molds to make one, like the ones they do to make an English cake, the guy said it was do-able and that he will call the chef so I could explain what I wanted. I inquired how much it would cost to make one for 100 people, he said around 150 is usually the going range for a cake for 80-100 people. Made sense to me, as the last time I was there, I ordered a three layered cake for 150-180 people and it cost around 200 JD.
Ten minutes later the “chef” comes down and I explain what I want, and he says I can do a plain cross, and I inquired how much it would cost, as I was pleased that they would execute the concept, for a minute there, I believed that maybe they realized that discriminating against Christians is a bad idea, and then I was shocked, he said “Not less than 300 Jordanian Dinars”.
That was ridiculous I thought to myself, how can a cake for 150 people cost 200 JD, and a cake that was for 100 people cost not less than 300 JDs, he was making it very impossible for me to place an order at his shop as a customer, it was sick and repelling. I walked out of the shop that same second and exploded on twitter with my thoughts on this matter. What the hell where they thinking? They have made very clear that their against Christianity and that’s sad. I mean really if they are doing this out of being Muslim their just giving Muslims a bad name.
Yes, it his business, his shop and he chooses not to make cakes that are shaped like a cross but that doesn’t mean he can raise prices to double or triple or call Christians “Kufar” because he chooses not to bake cakes that symbolize Christianity, judging people that was is just wrong, yes, it is his freedom as a shop owner and business manager, however their freedom stops when the freedom of other’s begins.
In addition, Muslims deal with Christians and Jews, as called in Quran, as “people of the book” because Muslims believe in the Torah (jews holy book) and the Bible (Christians holy book) and believe in their prophets and messengers.
Respecting other religion means respecting from the bottom of the heart with full of tolerance. Calling a True believer of God as kafir is an unpardonable sin which as a Muslim Business Owner, Rawan cake is doing.
I chose to boycott Rawan Cake, because I have zero tolerance to any person/business or entity that discriminates against other religions, because that’s not what my religion or Quran has taught me, I am not asking you to Boycott them because this is a matter of personal choice, am just sharing my thoughts of how pathetic this Muslim shop owner is being by discriminating against other decisions, if he chooses not to serve Christians or any other religions he should just put a sign on the door that says, “We do NOT do any Religion-Related Designs” and keep his mouth shut and personal thoughts on this matter to himself so people don’t take it personally or get outraged by his attitude.