A Sinner In Mecca – Gay Muslim shoots guerrilla style in Mecca
Parvez Sharma’s 2007 film, A Love for Jihad, questioned his religion’s treatment of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people. It brought him both, accolades and fatwas. But neither that work nor his latest, A Sinner In Mecca, is an attack on Islam. “The film is a prayer. I have immense respect for Islam,” he says over the phone from New York.
What he does wish to attack though, is Wahabi Islam, as practiced in Saudi Arabia. “Wahabi,” he adds, “which is the Islam taught in schools in the region, the Islam that the IS believes in, is conservative. And, Saudis do not want their country painted in negative colours.”