LONDON: A British Muslim who meant to carry out Hajj this yr has been utilizing Twitter to encourage pilgrims and assist those that have anxiousness problems.
Layla Begum Ali, a NHS enterprise planning supervisor and coach, began studying about the right way to carry out Hajj in Ramadan this yr in preparation for the pilgrimage that Muslims should carry out a minimum of as soon as throughout their lifetime if they’ll.
Ali advised Arab Information that she began posting sensible Hajj ideas and any new info she had realized about the right way to carry out rituals and the historical past behind them on Twitter as a approach of educating aspiring pilgrims and sharing her newly gained data.
The response was overwhelming and she or he gained a big following on Twitter by individuals who discovered her ideas motivational and provoking.
As soon as Saudi Arabia introduced that Hajj could be open to 1 million international pilgrims in April, Ali determined that she would take an “organized, productive and proactive” strategy to getting ready for the pilgrimage.
“I used to be listening to spiritual students or simply Googling YouTube movies about Hajj rituals on daily basis, getting ready myself for Hajj.
“I began shopping for my Hajj outfits, booked my (meningitis) vaccination, and adopted the steering that was issued by Saudi Arabia. And that’s when my Hajj tweets began changing into standard.
“I didn’t notice simply how a lot I didn’t know. I spotted then that I wanted to take accountability and be taught concerning the various kinds of Hajj, the foundations, and the historical past. I examine how the Prophet Muhammad carried out his Hajj and the extra I realized, the extra I tweeted.
“In a short time folks have been tagging me, commenting on my tweets, or complimenting me on my data. That’s the way it began — I used to be simply sharing what I used to be studying as I went alongside,” Ali explains.
She stated that she condensed the data she had realized to suit the 280 character restrict for every tweet and used bullet factors to focus on key factors.
“I attempted to be as easy and environment friendly as potential with the bullet factors and made them catchy,” Ali stated.
Ali stated that she shares recommendations on wide-ranging Hajj associated points — from how British pilgrims can address the stifling warmth within the Kingdom presently of yr (a minimum of 40 levels) to the significance of shopping for a Saudi sim card on arrival, and the non secular significance of Zamzam water.
“It grew to become a ardour. Day-after-day I used to be studying, I used to be tweeting,” Ali stated.
She added that individuals began asking her about points that they have been fighting, akin to the right way to cope with claustrophobia and different anxiousness problems throughout Hajj.
As somebody who has suffered from anxiousness prior to now and has realized the right way to cope with it, Ali says that she loves serving to folks face their fears.
She has huge expertise of aiding her local people, having labored within the housing sector, with youth, folks with particular wants, the aged, those that have psychological points, and people in care.
“I believe I’m very drawn to people who find themselves weak, need assistance, have points, and who will not be actually assured. I like teaching and serving to folks. And I believe I used to be managing folks’s anxieties with out realizing it.
“And when folks would say ‘I’m going to Hajj however I’ve claustrophobia,’ I might speak them by means of how they might handle it.
“So I used to be really teaching folks publicly, with out realizing it. And other people began warming to me and giving me suggestions about how the guidelines have been serving to.
“I discovered myself being of profit to individuals who I used to be educating or teaching,” Ali stated.
The supervisor stated that she has discovered a brand new social neighborhood within the individuals who she interacts with on Twitter.
“All of us had a typical aim to go to Hajj this yr, and fulfil the fifth pillar of Islam. That was a pleasant feeling and I felt like I used to be a part of this pilgrim neighborhood,” Ali stated.
Though she had utilized to carry out Hajj this yr and was chosen from candidates to a brand new draw system that British pilgrims are utilizing for the primary time, Ali is not going to be performing the pilgrimage because the length and the dates of the package deal supplied didn’t swimsuit her commitments.
Nonetheless, she seems ahead to performing Hajj subsequent yr. She stated: “I haven’t stopped desirous about Hajj, it’s nonetheless on my thoughts. I really feel like I’ve simply began my journey with the intention to go, and studying about all of it. I really feel like I might be going to Hajj subsequent yr and might be making use of subsequent yr.”
“I wish to go to Hajj and thank God for the numerous lovely issues that he has given me.”