Twice within the last few days Muhbeen Hussain has been presented in the media, commenting upon equalities issues, as representing “British Muslim Youth.” The inference being that he represents an organisation, popular movement or somehow has a special status or standing that allows him to speak on behalf of Muslim young people in Britain
Other than by his age and ethnicity the latter is NOT the case
The only legal status thus far associated with the British Muslim Youth is in fact a company registered at Companies House under the name of BMY (CIC).
It is neither a registered charity nor political party
There are only three Company Directors. Muhbeen himself, his brother Vakas & a friend Waqass Farid. It is profit distributing structure, unlike the traditional non-profit distributing model used by pressure or charitable organisations.
Until recently there was a web site, now taken down. It revealed there are no regular meetings, no elected officers; indeed no register of membership nor constitution save the minimum required by companies house for the company BMY. This identifies the three company directors as the sole decision makers.
As of searching today the web domain ownership appears to have expired.
The Company BMY is currently in default of Companies House regulations having not submitted their annual accounts by 8th July 2017 as required.
Key missing elements from all their public declarations are:
What is his his constituency and how he gathers information or provides leadership to justify himself as a representative of young Muslims in Britain?
Neither he nor his self proclaimed group have an identifiable national presence, other than his being in the contacts book of some lazy media researchers and a couple of his relatives who work for the BBC.
There may be some thinking that this is a free wheeling, independent minded youth group who shun traditional political models. Or that while they have the passion they simply don’t have the skills needed to form an organisation in the British mould.
This is not the case. Muhbeen & Vakas are in fact the latest active generation of an old Mirpuri family with a tradition of engagement in politics. On Linkedin Vakas presents himself as having experience as a paralegal and due to have started tutelage with a London firm of Barristers (un-named) in September 2016.
In term of his status within the Muslim community; as well as being geographically limited to a few families in Rotherham, Muhbeens campaigns have been failures.
Indeed an appeal he made for Muslims to boycott SY Police in 2016 was totally ignored by his own community.
While trying to associate himself with the the successful court defence of the self proclaimed Rotherham 12, he fails to point that he had to be asked by friends and families of the accused men to keep his mouth shut and let the professionals get on with the defence.
In the car crash that is inter ethnic relationships in Rotherham the best description of Muhbeen is as a self promoting, failed ambulance chaser.
That the media insist on using him as the voice of young Muslims risks over simplification and misrepresentation of the scope and variety of opinions that occur within any sector of the population.
The full story of Muhbeen’s activities: http://wp.me/P1ko7Z-67E