Dr. Mudusar Raza was a bit surprised when fellow board members forming the Maryland Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations chose him last August to be president.

CAIR, as it is known, is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the civil rights of American Muslims.

Raza, a Frederick County resident and the former president of the Islamic Society of Frederick, said he had been the last to join the chapter's fledgling board, yet they felt his familiarity with Muslim culture, as well as his having grown up an American who served in the military, made a good fit for the role.

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