Born and raised in Southern California, Jameel Besada converted to Islam in 2003. He graduated from UCSD in 2007 with a major in Spanish Literature and minor in International Migration Studies. Therefafter he traveled to the Prophet’s (pbuh) city of Madinah to study at the Islamic University of Madinah where he graduated from the College of Shariah in 2017. He is currently serving as the Associate Religious Director at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco (ISCN) and also serves with the Instiute of Knowledge (IOK) as a Seminary Instructor and an Associate Chaplain serving the Muslim student community at Cal State University of Long Beach (CSULB).