By Layla Abdullah-Poulos
The 20th juz’ of the Qur’an starts from verse 56 of the 27th chapter (Al Naml 27:56) and continues to verse 45 of the 29th chapter (Al Ankabut 29:45). In this Juz’, believers are called on to reject the ways of pagans, accept the guidance of Allah’s chosen prophets, avoid actions that divide the ummah and hold fast to their iman. It is in this spirit that Layla Abdullah-Poulos reflects.
Layla Abdullah-Poulos has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, an M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an Academic Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She currently teaches history as an adjunct instructor and writing skills as a learning coach. Abdullah-Poulos also serves as a workshop facilitator and speaker on racism, gender oppression, and identity. She frequently teaches workshops at institutions of higher education as well as national organizations. Abdullah-Poulos speaks at numerous venues and on panels.