We often absorb the media presentation of Islam without any way of assessing its accuracy. Standing Alone in Mecca is a work that can help to remedy this lack. Asra Nomani struggles to make sense of her own religious tradition of Islam with many of the same misunderstandings until she makes the journey to Mecca. There she discovers that her tradition of faith is being perverted by those whose grab for power have hijacked Islam in much the way as the Crusaders (then and now) do Christianity and the Zionists are abusing Judaism. This work is a powerful antidote for the poison of hate engendered by our ignorance today.