A prominent British theologian convert, Sachini Stretchen, later renamed herself Sakina Stretchen, visited the holy city of Karbala accompanied by a group of Ahlulbayt adorers.
Sakina was toured all the major holy shrines and sites in Karbala including the holy shrines of Imam Hussain, al-Abbas and Hur as well the sites of Imam Mahdi, Imam Hussain-s Camp and al-Zainabiya Hill.
She expressed her attraction to the holy city of Karbala saying, “I felt an extraordinary emotion when I was touring the holy shrines and sites as I was picturing the Battle of Taff in every single one of them.”
As for her embracement to Islam, Stretchen added, “The reason I converted to Islam came from fully understanding the personality of Prophet Muhammad, which is referred to in the Gospel. From this understanding, I went forward and searched for the interpretation of his saying regarding the gate of his knowledge, in which later I discovered that it was Imam Ali he was referring to as the Gate of his knowledge. Since that day, I have studied this blessed religion and currently disseminating it to all the fellow priests in numerous churches.”