Zahir grew up in Rotherham and still lives in East Dene and works from a studio in the town. He trained in Fine Art at RCAT and went on to specialise in contemporary Islamic art, which fuses traditional images with influences from modern British culture. Ten years after founding his company Crescent Arts in Rotherham, Zahir has gained national recognition. He is currently selling his work through the Mica Gallery in central London where he is due to hold an exhibition later this year. Zahir says: "If my work can inspire young people from the town to take up a career in the arts then that is great. It is so important to remain true to yourself within the art world and I always tell people in London that Im a good old down-to-earth Yorkshireman and I am proud to come from Rotherham." Zahir has worked with organisations such as South Yorkshire Police to produce artwork for a poster campaign and also participated in a national exhibition for Islamic Awareness Week, on the theme of "Your Muslim Neighbour." He has also received commissions to produce paintings for well known people, such as Terry Waite and for a painting which was presented to Prince Charles. He believes art can be used to increase tolerance and understanding between people from different cultural backgrounds and worked in partnership with the Rotherham Tourist Initiative to hold the first exhibition of Islamic art within a Christian Church at All Saints in Rotherham shortly after the events of 9/11.