Alam attended the Harry Gosling Primary School and Stepney Green School for Boys.
He is of Bangladeshi descent, He has been interested in art since his childhood, when he was fascinated with inventing and drawing. During his years in education including college and university, he took every opportunity of learning art. He had a passion for graphic design which led to the interest of calligraphy, through the appreciation of typography and Islamic art.
Alam works under the title of Visual Dhikr, which means visual remembrance. Dhikr in Arabic means the remembrance of God. Alam's early works at the Central St Martins College of Art & Design included artworks of cartoons which were concerned with health issues such as drugs or smoking, including western culture, and also Palestine.
He comes from a traditional graphic design, photography and illustration background. Alam has also worked on video and motion FX projects. His most recent piece was about the Visual Dhikr project.