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British Ambassador Converts To Islam, Performs Hajj

Simon Collis, British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Converts to Islam and performs the Hajj Pilgrimage

Simon Collis and Huda Mujarkech
Simon Collis & Huda Mujarkech Outside the British consulate in Mecca, @Fawziah1/Twitter

60-years-old, Simon Collis, a British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam and has become first senior UK diplomat join the Islamic faith as well as perform the pilgrimage.

The Independent reported, Simon Collis publicly declared his change of faith after he was pictured wearing an ihram whilst standing beside his wife of five years, Huda Mujarkech, outside of the British consulate in Mecca. It was later revealed that Simon Converted to Islam before his marriage to, Syrian, Huda in 2011.

Simon, the UK envoy to Riyadh, tweeted out thank you's to supporters and wished them an Eid Mubarak, "God bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda,".

The photograph was taken by Fawziah Al-Bakr, who tweeted, "The first British ambassador to Saudi Arabia is performing the Hajj with his wife Mrs. Huda after he converted to Islam. Praise be to Allah".

Simon Collis has declined to do interviews since revelations of his conversion.