Here’s Why Muslims Visit the Grave of a Scottish Aristocrat

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Going for a 10-kilometer hike up Glen Carron highland could be a challenging journey for many. But for some British Muslim converts, the journey to the grave of a Victorian aristocrat is worth the tiredness.  


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This journey is organized by The Convert Muslim Foundation, a UK-based charity which provides support networks for new Muslim converts.

The destination is the grave of Lady Evelyn [Zainab] Cobbold, believed to be the first British-born Muslim women to make the hajj pilgrimage to Makkah.

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“Ever since I heard about Lady Evelyn, I’ve been interested in her story,” the group founder Batool Al-Toma, herself a convert from Ireland, told BBC.

“She was quite a formidable lady who never let herself be sidelined just because she was a woman.”

Lady Zainab Cobbold was born in Edinburgh in 1867. She had an interesting childhood. Her family went to North Africa every Winter spending time in Algiers and Cairo.

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Lady Cobbold learned Arabic and spent time with Muslim children and was tended to by Muslim nannies. She would love to visit the mosques with her Muslim friends. She felt she was a little Muslim at heart.

Her declaration of being a Muslim came at a surprising moment when she met the Pope. He asked her if she was Catholic and she was taken aback before replying that she was Muslim.

Zainab became the first woman born in Britain to perform Hajj in 1935. She was 65 years old. She died 30 years after fulfilling her dream.

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