SIMON Paul Collis and his wife Huda Mujarkech
British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis and his wife Huda Mujarkech performed Haj this year after embracing Islam, according to a report on arabnews.com.
This fact came into public domain when Saudi writer Fawziah Al Bakr (@fawziah1) posted pictures on Twitter of the ambassador and his wife in which he was wearing ihram.
The ambassador replied to the mail by thanking the writer.
His wife retweeted the photo establishing the authenticity of the news.
According to the Arab News report, he refused requests for media interviews on Wednesday but told the newspaper: “I have converted to Islam after being in Muslim societies for 30 years, and right before getting married to Huda.”
The report says the UK diplomat spent almost entire career serving in Arab countries.
A father of five children, Collis’ first posting was to Bahrain as second secretary (1981-1984). He served as British ambassador to Iraq (2012-2014), Syria (2007-2012) and Qatar (2005-2007).
He was the British consul-general in Dubai (2000-2004) and in Basra (2004-2005). He also served in New Delhi as first secretary from 1991 to 1994.