Born and raised in Southern California, Shaykh 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. Additionally, he’s pioneered an annex location for the IOK Part-time Seminary by bringing courses to the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco to ensure structured learning for the Muslim community there.