In America, Shaykh Jibreel Speight studied electrical engineering. After working with various companies as an engineer, he and his family left America and pursued Islamic studies at Umm Al Qura University in Mecca where he earned degrees in Judicature and Islamic Legal Theory. Beyond his university studies, he memorized the Quran and learned other Islamic disciplines including an in depth study of the Maliki school of law. Along with his professional career as an engineer, he worked as an instructor and lecturer at some Saudi Arabian colleges and universities.
He is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and accepted Islam over 25 years ago. He is married with children. Currently, Shaykh Jibreel serves as a full-time and part-time Seminary Instructor, and an IOK Chaplain at USC. He is also the Director of Muslim Life at Chapman University.