“American Muslim Project” Breaks Down the ICJ Ruling, Muslim American Response to Biden and Muslim Representation in Literature

Other topics include Michigan Muslims declining to meet with Biden’s campaign team, as well as the need for Muslim foster homes in Michigan and a Canadian woman’s court case that challenges the country’s ban on adoptions from certain Muslim countries.

“American Muslim Project” Breaks Down the ICJ Ruling, Muslim American Response to Biden and Muslim Representation in Literature

Rifelion’s flagship podcast, “American Muslim Project,” has released a new episode that focuses on the important issues facing the American Muslim community today. The show, which focuses on the Muslims who are shaping America, continually brings new segments and focus to the show to emphasize the news and culture American Muslims are immersed in every day.

In this week’s episode, host Asad Butt discusses the recent International Court of Justice ruling on Israel's acts in Gaza. The ruling does not yet determine if genocide has occurred, but it does set provisional measures Israel must take, including preventing acts of genocide by its troops and allowing more humanitarian aid into Gaza. Butt then covers President Biden's stance on the war, which is causing discontent among Arab American and Muslim American communities and mirrors the way Canadian Muslims are pushing back against Prime Minister Trudeau.

Other topics include Michigan Muslims declining to meet with Biden’s campaign team, as well as the need for Muslim foster homes in Michigan and a Canadian woman’s court case that challenges the country’s ban on adoptions from certain Muslim countries.

In lighter news, Butt covers topics like "The Marvels" (2023) coming soon to Disney+, a new exhibit at the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art and a charity comedy show for Palestinean aid in Ontario.

Lastly, the podcast features an interview with M.O. Yuksel, a children's author who has written books about Ramadan and Muslim life. Among other topics, Yuksel discusses the importance of representation in children’s books, outlining how she wrote five books about Muslims around the world and their various holiday celebrations. 

In 2020, Asad Butt launched Rifelion Media to help elevate diverse voices, with “American Muslim Project” as the company’s first production. Butt is also a startup advisor and investor, primarily working with pet care and education founders, as well as accelerator programs. Prior to his work in the startup industry, Butt worked in broadcast television and video production. In 2004, he helped launch Bridges TV, the first American Muslim lifestyle network, serving as its first news director, producer and anchor.

Of Uzbek heritage, M.O. Yuksel was born in Turkey, raised in New York, and now lives in New Jersey, where she writes award-winning books for young readers, including the highly acclaimed nonfiction picture books “In My Mosque” and “One Wish.” Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in the education field for over 20 years as an administrator, manager and teacher. She served as a juror for the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and is a member of the planning committee and a mentor for the Highlights Foundation Muslim Writers Fellowship Program. Learn more about Yuksel and her books at her website or her social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

New episodes of “American Muslim Project” release every Thursday. Listen to the latest episode — “Insights on ICJ Gaza Ruling, Michigan Muslims Reject Biden & Ramadan Celebrations With .M.O. Yuksel” — below, or catch up wherever you listen to podcasts.

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