The Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH) was established in 1969 in the heart of the City of Houston. Our start was humble, organic and purposeful. In the late 1960s a group of Muslim students from the University of Houston as well as other young professionals and their families used to meet and pray at each others' houses. It was a small community then and the first Eid was prayed in the house of one of the founders of the society.
However as the community grew in size, this newly formed society decided to get a center to accommodate the growth. It wasn't easy. Finding the appropriate location was a challenge due to the limited financial resources and other reasons. Despite these challenges, and with the help of many other Houstonians, ISGH now represents 21 communities from all over the Greater Houston area.
All Muslims living in the Greater Houston area are considered natural members of ISGH; however, to vote or hold an office a person has to be an eligible voting member and file a membership application. Persons who apply for ISGH membership do so strictly on a voluntary basis. Our members' benefits can be viewed here.
ISGH is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is registered in the State of Texas. It is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of nine elected members, four of whom are elected at large by the eligible voting members of ISGH and are called the Executive Body. They are: The President, the Vice President, the General Secretary, and the Treasurer. The five remaining members are Zonal Directors who represent five zones of the Greater Houston area and are elected by eligible voting members residing in their respective zones. You view the current board, please click here
In each zone that has more than one Islamic Center, each Islamic Center has an Associate Director elected by the eligible voting members of that Islamic Center. You can read more about our governance system in our organization's Constitution.
Our vision is to provide religious and social services to all Muslims and to provide channels of understanding and communication between Muslims and the Houston community in general. We aim to live our vision by providing a variety of services that range from educational, to charitable, social and religious services. You can read more about our services here.