Muslim Youth Helpline

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The Muslim Youth Helpline


Resignation of Akeela Ahmed

According to a blog past by Assed Baig:

A helpline for Muslim youngsters has been suspended and its CEO has resigned amid a furious row over the apparent forwarding of confidential information to a police anti-terror unit. Muslim Youth Helpline, which was established in 2004, has been put on ice by bosses after private emails were leaked onto a blog detailing the “disgusting” breach of confidentiality.
Muslim Youth Helpline volunteers say they are “shocked and disgusted” at the incident after details were posted on a blog called MYH Whistleblower and claim it came as part of a “personal vendetta” by the charity boss. The charity’s former CEO, Akeela Ahmed had claimed those calling for her resignation were “racists”, “homophobes”, and “extremists”.
She allegedly worked with husband Nafeez Ahmed to contact officers in anti-extremism programme “Prevent” to further the complaint after initial attempts to involve police failed to gain traction. In a private email to Chief Inspector James Spencer in Prevent, Nafeez wrote: “The police officers we have spoken to don’t appreciate the insidious dynamic of what is going on as an extremist attempt to, effectively, forcibly takeover one of this country’s leading progressive Muslim charities.”
The Chief inspector replied, “The fact that you have concerns with your knowledge and experience of these issues does make me genuinely concerned”, adding, “I have already contacted SO15 Counter Terrorism Command and provided details.” Mr Ahmed, who heads think tank the Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRD) made no attempt to deny the veracity of the leaked emails, saying: “These emails are confidential and have been unlawfully leaked.”
A statement from 30 signatories involved with the Muslim Youth Helpline published on the MYH Whistleblower blog on Saturday 9th June stated that they were: “Deeply disappointed and dismayed that in today’s current climate of fear and Islamaphobia that these two individuals would go to such an extent.[1]

Affiliations

People

  • Akeela Ahmed Role Resigned Secretary, Appointed on 10 July 2009; Resigned on 9 June 2012 [3]

Resources

Notes

  1. Assed Baig Muslim Youth Helpline Closes and CEO Stands Down Amid Police Leak Row Posted on June 12, 2012. Accessed 13 April 2020.
  2. Tell Mama Supporting Organisations. Retrieved from the Internet Archive of 8 June 2012 on 11 Arpil 2020.
  3. Companies House < Muslim Youth Helpline Officers. Accessed 13 April 2020.