Lady Evelyn Cobbald

Lady Evelyn was the first British-born convert to travel to Makkah for the Hajj in 1933.  More here – Mayfair to Makkah.

A poem she wrote in 1889 –

… The vague longings that filled my soul,

Took the form of a prayer I upward sped,

To Him, the One, The Essence of All….

And the weird cadence of the Mueddin’s cry

Bid the faithful prepare for the day that was nigh….

~ by B Majnun on October 14, 2008.

One Response to “Lady Evelyn Cobbald”

  1. […] Rhyme and Reason links to a very interesting article on a British-born Muslim lady’s Hajj pilgrimage in 1933: Lady Evelyn Cobbald achieved celebrity at age 65, in 1933, when she became the first British-born Muslim woman to perform the pilgrimage to Makkah. She was a Scottish aristocrat, a grandmother and a Mayfair socialite, and an accomplished deerstalker, angler and gardener, and, uniquely, she was both a Muslim and an Arabic-speaker. Yet the story of her colorful career has been overlooked, as has her contribution to the literature of the Hajj. Nor has she been studied for what her life has to say about being a Muslim in a western society. […]

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