Simon Collis, a UK diplomat on duty to Saudi Arabia has become the first British Ambassador to perform the Hajj this year.
Collis was appointed ambassador to Saudi Arabia in January 2015 and has recently converted to Islam.
Pictures on twitter depict Collis and his wife, Huda Mujarkech garbed in the Ihram, the white traditional clothes donned by pilgrims during the five days of Hajj in Mina.
The Ambassador thanked Fawziah Albakr for the initial post to social media which reads, “the first British ambassador to the Kingdom performing Haj after converting to Islam: Simon Collis with his wife Huda in Makkah.”
— (@fawziah1) September 12, 2016
After having joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1978, Collis subsequently served as British Ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Qatar. He was British Consul-General in Dubai and Basra. He also served in Tunis, New Delhi and Amman.
Pilgrims are currently in Mina for the symbolic stoning of the devil including the mandatory acts of trimming the hair and the slaughtering of an animal. Thereafter, pilgrims will return to Mecca to perform the farewell circumambulation around the Kaaba.
The five days of Hajj with it's spiritual and physical challenges started on Saturday and will end on Thursday.