‘It's almost impossible to think there is a story out there like Alexander Khan's. He has risked death threats to tell this tale - It was worth the risk.’ (David Willetts, The Sun)
‘This book will challenge how you think, and cause you to question your moral values.’ (Steven McLaughlin, Author of ‘Squaddie’)
‘A true story of courage & inspiration.’ (Jasvinder Sanghera, CEO Karma Nirvana)
‘An incredible story – not just because of the pain of separation from his mother but also of the brutality and trauma that followed.’ (Alison Shalaby, Director, Reunite International)
If you like The Kite Runner, you'll love this true story
Alexander Khan did not have the easiest start to life. Born to a white mother and an Asian father in the racially divided years of the 1970s, his world collapsed when he was snatched from his mother following the breakdown of his parents' marriage.
When his father died suddenly, Alexander's step family in Lancashire stepped in and raised him. But they showed him no love, nor kindness of any sort. At the age of 13 he is sent to Pakistan for a ‘holiday’ - one that was planned to last a lifetime. He was abducted by an uncle and sent to Haqqania, a fundamentalist madrassa (Islamic school) on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border now notorious for training some of the Taliban's top scholars and fighters.
Alexander spoke no Arabic and had little knowledge of the Qur’an. He was beaten regularly for such 'crimes' by his teachers and mocked by other students. But with the help of a brave fellow pupil Alexander escaped, making his way across the Pakistani desert and reaching the village his relatives lived in. He was just 14 years old.
Even there he was not safe. The threat of being sent back to Haqqania hung over his head and he remained under virtual house arrest. Only a dramatic turn of events would release him back to England, and into a world that was rapidly becoming anti-Muslim. Alexander now had a choice – did he follow his friends and attend the jihadi training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan, or did he take another path altogether? And what happened to his mother?
After twenty six years of searching for the truth, would Alexander ever find his long lost mother and the truth why he was treated so cruelly by the people who should have loved and protected him. Alexander served seven years in the British Army. He is a happily-married telecommunications engineer living with his wife on the south coast of England.
'Orphan of Islam' is Alexander's first Book, he is currently writing his second. Alexander also works with two charities raising awareness on 'Parental Child Abduction' and 'Honour Based Abuse'