Dawah through art's splendor
UAE-based 13 times International Award Winning Visual Artist Zohayma Montañer was born in the Philippines and grew up in a large and prominent family in Mindanao. Since her childhood, she had been participating in art competitions and was constantly being recognized.
After performing her pilgrimage at the age of 13, she decided to be closer to Allah through studying more about her religion. In four years time, she found herself dealt with the presence of art and typography and delivered it to give and inform people about Islam. In the same year, she got her first international award in Valencia, Spain.
She has become one of the most eminent names in the scope of Islamic art and calligraphy.
Montañer was homeschooled and taught by Shaykha Nuriyya Yusuf where she gained Islamic knowledge and memorized the Qur’an. She therefore occasionally delivers halaqah sessions in regards to the essential lessons for Muslim women and basic Arabic classes for children.
In 2017, Montañer got married to a revert brother and settled down in UAE. She continuously and actively works to spread the message of Islam through her works, lectures and art exhibitions worldwide.
2012 – Founded Al Ihsaan Islamic School of Arts (an institution that aims to teach children the basic fundamentals of Islamic art and geometric designs)
2013 – Authored the first ever Ramadhan Journal series in the Muslim world – Project Ramadhan which harbored a great success that made it going until present.
– Started Stories of the Sahabah blog where she shares memoirs and unspoken gems about the lives of the companions of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
2014 – Founded Banat ul Mu’mineen – a Muslim community composed of sisters of all ages that aim to better themselves through attending weekly halaqah sessions.
2015 – Founded Golden Hands Charity Foundation (charity organization based in the Philippines aiming to help and provide basic needs in madrasahs across the Mindanao region)
2016 – Designed and authored the first ever Coloring book based on Islamic values – The Caliphates.
2017 – Co-founded ABZO Design Agency in UAE together with her husband, Abu Umar Khaled
– Launched Sagot ni Niqaabi – a Filipino based language online hub that aims to clear misconceptions about the niqaab through answering queries about it.
2014 – Unilever’s 3rd Beyond Beauty Women of Mindanao in Davao, Philippines
2013 – 5th Ani ng Dangal Awardee for Visual Arts, (Islamic Artist of the Year), by NCCA (National Commission on Culture and Arts) in Manila, Philippines
2012 – Pearl International Islamic Artist of the Year in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
2012 – Golden Awardee for Islamic Contribution in Male, Maldives
2011 – Young Islamic Artist of the Year in Kathmandu, Nepal
2010 – 8th Wonderful Art of Islam by ITY Group in Tin Sui Wai New Town, Hong Kong
2010 – Most Outstanding Religious Wall Art by HRD Designs Awards in Burgas, Bulgaria
2010 – Art of Deen’s Excellence by Art Expo in Somalia
2009 – Best Islamic Art by Muslim Artists’ Fair in Valencia, Spain
2009 – Face of Islam by NYC Voters’ Choice in Jakarta, Indonesia
2008 – Best Religious Wall Art by NFE Awards in Beijing, China
2008 – Best Valentine Art by San Valentin Art Fest 2008 in Valencia, Spain
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