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Urge the Islamic Society of Greater Houston to Investigate the Mistreatment of Isa Parada

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[NOTE: The following is a summary of our official ISGH complaint. You can read it in full here.]


For decades, the Houston Muslim community has stood by and watched the systemic abuse of our imams and scholars at the hands of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston (ISGH). The latest case in point is the abuse of Sheikh Chris Isa Parada (PARADA) at the hands of the ISGH South Zone Director, Mr. Shaizad Chatriwala (CHATRIWALA). This abuse ultimately led to PARADA’s departure from ISGH and to him taking a similar job at a separate Houston-based Islamic organization. 

We demand an independent, bipartisan investigation by ISGH into the PARADA matter that is compassionate, fair, and thorough.

We demand that CHATRIWALA be immediately suspended pending this investigation. If such an investigation reveals fault on behalf of CHATRIWALA, we demand that he be reprimanded for his alleged mistreatment of PARADA. Such a reprimand could involve total removal of his position within ISGH. In the event that CHATRIWALA is removed, we demand that he be replaced via a democratic process that takes into account a community South Zone town hall. We also demand a formal, written apology to all of CHATRIWALA’s alleged victims.

We demand an explanation from ISGH on what transpired between CHATRIWALA and PARADA. ISGH needs to assure the Houston Muslim Community that there will be measures placed in order to prevent the abuse of our scholars and imams by elected officials.

The People for ISGH Reform

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