A Sinner in Mecca: A Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance

A Sinner in Mecca, the book is here!
Truth-telling and going way beyond the [NY Times Critics’ Pick] film!

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“Written with a deep knowledge of Islamic history with courage and fierce emotion”
-THE GUARDIAN

“(Helps us) gain perspective on extremists and religion, but also acts as a glass to view the world here in the United States, the challenges felt by the Muslim community, and the oppressive weight of the Trump administration”
-TOWLEROAD

This book takes us from Beirut to Cairo to Mecca to Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and more–from Stephen Bannon to ISIS, from Obama to Osama. No one is talking about Islam from this perspective. Almost two decades of work in the trenches and boy, what a journey!

# 1 NY Times bestselling author and CNN host Reza Aslan says” “Parvez’s heroism is rare and his courage, well-documented. Putting his own life at risk, he takes us on a surprising and compelling journey through the frontlines of his much contested faith. A brilliant follow up to his films, “A Jihad for Love” and “A Sinner in Mecca”.

Foreword Reviews says: “Intimate and careful…shocking in its clarity and candor”

Publishers Weekly says, “Fascinating”

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“Fascinating”
Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
“Parvez's heroism is rare and his courage, well-documented. Putting his own life at risk, he takes us on a surprising and compelling journey through the frontlines of his much contested faith. A brilliant follow up to his films, "A Jihad for Love" and "A Sinner in Mecca".”
# 1 NY Times Bestselling author of Zealot and CNN host Reza Aslan
# 1 NY Times Bestselling author of Zealot and CNN host Reza Aslan
“In our lives, we face a choice of whether to live with judgment or reach deep within ourselves to find an inner moral compass that leads us to a metaphorical Mecca of unconditional love. With his powerful, brave book, A Sinner in Mecca, Parvez Sharma takes us on his hero’s pilgrimage, teaching us of an ethereal truth: the qibla, or direction of Mecca, resides within each one of our hearts.”
Asra Q. Nomani, author of Standing Alone in Mecca
Asra Q. Nomani, author of Standing Alone in Mecca
“Parvez Sharma's Hajj pilgrimage is not only a journey to Mecca but to his deepest self.  Both a Muslim and an out gay man, Sharma writes bravely and brilliantly.  His religion is ancient.  His story is timeless.”
Kevin Sessums, NY Times bestselling author of MISSISSIPPI SISSY and I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
Kevin Sessums, NY Times bestselling author of MISSISSIPPI SISSY and I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
“Sharma's gripping journey unfolds with cinematic splendor, giving those of us who will never experience the hajj firsthand the next best thing. This book examines modern Islam's beauty and its ugliness with an unflinching gaze and a hopeful vision for its future.”
Cole Stryker, author of Hacking the Future and Epic Win for Anonymous
Cole Stryker, author of Hacking the Future and Epic Win for Anonymous
“As a gay man and a Muslim, Parvez Sharma's unique personal journey is reflected in this powerful examination of faith, sexuality, and gender. In a divided world, Sharma fearlessly crosses the boundaries and barriers that separate us from each other and finds common ground in the search for love and truth.”
Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise
Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise

Watch the Film!

A Sinner in Mecca vailable on iTunes A Sinner in Mecca on Netflix Available on Amazon