In Kufa he became the student of Imam Jafer al Sadiq. After
completing his education he started his career as physician under the
patronage of Vizier of Khalifa Harun al Rashid. His connection to the
Vizier later on cost him dearly, when the Vizier fell from grace of the
Khalifa. In 803 CE he was arrested and spent rest of his life under
house arrest, till he died in year 815 CE.
Jabir’s interest in alchemy was probably inspired by his teacher Jafar