Be active, not an activist | Saffiyah Khan | TEDxYouthBrum

Saffiayah Khan describes her utopia where more citizens take and active role leaving no room for specially identified activists. Brummie activist Saffiyah Khan went viral in April, 2016 when she a photographer snapped a picture of her defending Saira Zafar from a group of far-right English Defence League supporters at a demonstration in Birmingham – being hailed as a symbol of hope for not just the city but the world. Following the media frenzy, Saffiyah continues to use her platform as to reduce islamaphobia and racism. This year will see Saffiyah launch her first solo photo exhibition, TEDxYouth@Brum talk and many more adventures where she will get to explore important stories to inspire a new generation. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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19 comments

  1. This woman should not be trusted. There are videos online of her antagonising people for another Muslim headscarf photo. Physically putting a Muslim woman right in the middle of a big crowd and poking for a response. Wolf in sheep’s clothing and very sly

  2. Believe nothing, question everything. Certainly getting some mileage from it. Propaganda, never.

  3. The stress of the incident made her hair go grey. Now she’s aged 20 years in a few months.
    She’s not a Brummie , that accent sounds like she’s from a well off Muslim family and went to some posh school for girls.

  4. She is not a true Khan the original Khans are pathans like myself the rest of people copied us pathans look at history

  5. There’s another side to this girls behaviour that doesn’t fit the narrative that she’s a poster girl for progressivist activism. I’m not against her and I respect her right to voice an opinion but I think it’s only fair top point out that she has some very toxic politics and narrow minded opinions. She clearly has an underdeveloped self awareness which is endemic in modern leftism.

  6. Yawn . I dont really want protests and aggression on the streets , i would much rather my government had the balls to address the issues that caused the problem.

  7. No talk about grooming gangs, the MDL and the racism towards others from the Islamic communities in the U.K.

  8. Now talk about grooming gangs, the MDL and the racism towards others from the Islamic communities in the U.K.

  9. What a great story and TED Talk! Another great youtube video on this subject is ‘What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong’ on Planet Classroom Network. This is about a mother who wants to know the truth behind her son’s mysterious death in jail.