After converting to Islam, the British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Simon Collis, has completed the Hajj pilgrimage.
In one of his tweets, he wrote that after living among Muslim cultures for thirty years he had converted to Islam prior to his marriage in 2011.
He was photographed at the pilgrimage site alongside his Syrian wife Huda Mujarkech.
Saudi Arabian writer Fawziah Albakr posted the photos to Twitter. She wrote in Arabic: “First British ambassador to the Kingdom undertakes the Hajj following his conversion to Islam. Simon Collis with his wife Huda in Mecca. Praise be to God.”
It is believed that the 60-year-old might be the first British ambassador to perform the holy trip.
The ambassador has been based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, since 2015. He has previously been posted to Syria, Iraq, India, Qatar, UAE, Tunisia and Yemen. The Hajj pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam and believers have a duty to complete the trip to the holy site in their lifetime. It is estimated that 1.8 million Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia completed it this year.