Last month, British foreign office was shocked to learn that its ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis was seen performing Hajj (annual pilgrimage) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
News that Collis, 60, born into a Jewish family, had converted to Islam came to light with pictures posted on Twitter of him and his wife dressed in Ihram (white clothes) that Muslim pilgrims in Makkah wear.
The Arabic news site Mail Online’ first reported the pictures after they were posted by Fawziah Albakr from the King Saud University. Albakr wrote, The first British ambassador to the Kingdom leads the pilgrimage after his conversion to Islam: Simon Collis with his wife Huda in Makkah.
Collis confirmed his conversion to Islam on his Twitter account by saying: Allah bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda, he wrote in Arabic.
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