British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis Embraced Islam
Last year about 19000 Muslims performed Haj from Britain . Among them one man was in the news . He was British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis and his wife Huda Mujarkech because it was officially confirmed that they have embraced Islam. Some of the diplomats and journalists knew that he has embraced Islam but it was confirmed after a tweet from Saudi writer and academic Fawziah Al-Bakr last year. She posted two photos of Ambassador Collis and his wife in which he was wearing ihram.
Though Collis refused media requests for interviews. He only stated that he converted to Islam after being in Muslim societies for 30 years, and right before getting married to Huda. Collis has served as British ambassador to Saudi Arabia since January 2015 when Sir John Jenkins retired from the diplomatic service. The photos went viral on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, sending social media into overdrive.
At a time when there is so much adverse publicity against Islam and Muslims, especially in the West, the ambassador’s embrace of Islam is seen by the faithful as a vindication of the religion’s universal appeal.
Collis speaks fluent Arabic. He joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1978 and, after studying Arabic, has served mainly in the Arab world.
A father of five children, his 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.