Shaykh Jamaal Diwan was born and raised in Southern California and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Third World Studies and a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He accepted Islam in 2003 and has been married to his wife, Shaykha Muslema Purmul, since 2004. He has served with the Muslim Student Association (MSA), MSA West, and Muslim American Society (MAS) in varying capacities. He remains an active MAS member and recently graduated from the College of Sharia at al-Azhar University in Cairo through a scholarship with the Islamic American University. Sh. Jamaal also completed some graduate work in Islamic Studies from the Western academic perspective. He currently serves as Resident Scholar at the Islamic Center of Irvine.