Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has performed Hajj rituals after converting to Islam, becoming the first ever British ambassador to do so.
Simon Collis, completed the Hajj with his wife Huda al-Mujarkech, a Syrian Muslim, this week, according to Arab media reports.
As the first British ambassador to the kingdom, Collis converted to Islam in 2011, after living among Muslims in various Middle Eastern countries, including Syria, Iraq, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, as well as India and Tunisia.
“In short, I converted to Islam after spending 30 years in Muslim societies and before getting married to Huda,” the 60-year-old diplomat wrote on his Twitter.
Collis, who speaks fluent Arabic, has been serving as an ambassador to Riyadh since 2015. He has also served as ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Qatar.
He was withdrawn from Syria in 2012, amid security concerns caused by foreign-backed militants who have been wreaking havoc in the Arab…