Rafiq Zakaria, a politician and Islamic scholar in India, was a voice of moderation in Islam, and raised an extraordinary son, Fareed Zakaria.
Fareed Zakaria is a Yale and Harvard trained political scientist, and has become a prominent voice for reason and the Enlightenment in the United States. And in the below clip, he asks us to treat Muslim Americans, in keeping with our Bill of Rights, as individuals, not as cartoonish vessels for the reception of collective guilt for 9-11:
Fareed Zakaria is an example of why you should treat people as individuals, and not make hasty generalizations about them based on their skin color, the language that they speak, or their religious upbringing. Real people are complicated, and they have always been. Laying on a group of individuals collective guilt is contrary to the central principles of the Enlightenment, which are that citizens are individuals, endowed with reason, with certain inalienable and universal human rights. Among these rights are that of peaceable assembly and the presumption of individual innocence until proven guilty of a crime.