Season: 1–6, Episodes: 8, Faction: N/A
Noor Abed Jaseem, more commonly known as “Nadia”, was Sayid’s childhood friend and long-lost love. She was reunited with Sayid when he returned from the Island, and married him. However, she was killed in a hit-and-run soon afterwards, a fact used by Ben Linus to manipulate Sayid into working as an assassin.
During her funeral, the coffin appears to show her name in Arabic as Noor Shamar.
1×09 – Solitary
Nadia met Sayid at a young age, tormenting him because he wouldn’t give her attention. Despite her wealthy background, she later chose to join an insurgent group against Saddam Hussein’s regime, which caused her to become the subject of repeated captures and interrogations by the Iraqi Republican Guard.
When Sayid was promoted to the Intelligence Division, he was reunited with Nadia while she was imprisoned. He was tasked with her interrogation, which he attempted to carry out, but they reconnected more and more throughout her captivity. Sayid even tried to help her get her charges dropped. Ultimately, when his superior officer, Omar, ordered her execution, Sayid resolved to instead help her escape. During the attempt, Sayid had to shoot Omar, who caught up with him and Nadia. Additionally, as a cover story, Sayid shot himself in the leg and let Nadia escape with his gun. Before escaping, a panicked Nadia begged Sayid to come with her. When he refused, she left him her photo with the Arabic inscription; “You will see me in the next life, if not in this one.” (“Solitary”)
3×21 – Greatest Hits
Nadia’s escape was successful, and at some point, Nadia was in England, where Charlie spotted her being mugged in an alleyway near Covent Garden. After Charlie confronted the mugger and drove him away by bashing him with his guitar case, Nadia thanked Charlie and called him a hero, telling him that several other people had noticed the attack without taking any action. Charlie later regarded this as one of the best moments of his life, though he never knew he’d met the woman Sayid loved. (“Greatest Hits”)
2×17 – Lockdown
Within a few years after her escape, she fled to Los Angeles. At one point, John Locke was hired to inspect a house she was buying. Through the few words they exchanged, she revealed that she was not married. (“Lockdown”)
1×21 – The Greater Good
Her whereabouts were later used as a lure by the CIA to get Sayid to work for them. Eventually, they informed Sayid that Nadia was working in Irvine, California as “a lab tech in a medical testing company.” (“The Greater Good”)
After rescue of Oceanic Six
Once Sayid escaped from the Island as one of the Oceanic Six, Nadia finally found him again after the group’s first press conference. They tearfully embraced, overjoyed to see each other again. Sayid and Nadia later wed.
At some point before or after the wedding, she befriended the other members of the Oceanic Six, attending Hurley’s surprise party and Christian Shephard’s funeral service. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
5×16 – The Incident, Part 1
Their marriage came to an abrupt end, however, when she was killed in Los Angeles in late October 2005. She was hit by a car in a hit-and-run collision while Sayid was occupied with giving directions to a stranger. Her last words to Sayid before she died were “Take me home.” (“The Incident, Part 1”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
Sayid was a pallbearer at her funeral in Tikrit, Iraq, five days later. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
Meeting Sayid at Nadia’s funeral, Ben presented circumstantial evidence (a picture from a traffic camera) that identified Ishmael Bakir, an employee of Charles Widmore, as the killer. Believing Ben’s story, Sayid followed and later killed Bakir in a fit of rage.
4×03 – The Economist
Sayid, still bent on revenge for Nadia’s death, came to work for Ben — tracking down other employees of Charles Widmore and assassinating them. (“The Economist”)
6×06 – Sundown
In the flash sideways timeline, Noor had a completely different life. After his experiences in the Iraqi Republican Guard, Sayid encouraged her into marrying his brother Omer, although he was still in love with her himself. She was a mother to Eva and Sam. (“Sundown”)
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(Meresger) Meretseger, whose name means ‘She who loves silence’, is the Goddess of the Theban necropolis, the ‘Valley of the Kings’. She is particularly embodied in the mountain peak dominating the complex, from which she derives her common title ‘the Western Peak’. Meretseger is depicted variously as a woman with a serpent’s head, a serpent with a woman’s head, a serpent headed sphinx, or a serpent with auxiliary heads of a woman and a vulture, and with a similar diversity of crowns. Most of what we know of her cult comes from the testimonials of artisans who worked upon the royal tombs, who testify to her at once wrathful and forgiving nature. A sacred serpent appears to have been kept in honor of Meretseger, as is attested by the sarcophagus of one (Lexikon vol. 4, p. 80).
Patron of: the Valley of the Kings.
Appearance: a woman with the head of cobra, or a scorpion with a woman’s head.
Description: Mertseger was the protector and guardian of the Valley of the Kings, where she lived on a nearby mountain. Her wrath would descend on anyone who disturbed the tombs there, usually by sending poisonous animals against the transgressor.
She also protected the valley against unscrupulous workers who might try to steal treasure, or carve out a secret entrance. Yet for all her ferocity, she was merciful. Should a person repent of his crimes against the valley or the tombs, she would heal the wounds he had suffered.
Worshipped: Worshipped by the the workers of Deir el-Medina, the people who built many of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
In Egyptian mythology, Meretseger (also spelt Mertseger), meaning “she who loves silence” exerted great authority during the New Kingdom era over the Theban Necropolis and was considered to be both a dangerous and merciful goddess. As a cobra-goddess she is sometimes associated with Hathor.
Since the first syllable of her name is the same as that in the word pyramid, it became thought that she lived on top of (or was) the pyramid-shaped mountain which overlooked the Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs’ tombs were located.
She was the patron deity of the workers in Deir el-Medina who built the tombs. She punished workers who committed crimes, but healed those who repented. In one instance Meretseger is petitioned to bring relief to one in pain. She answers the prayer by bringing “sweet breezes” A draftsman named Neferabu dedicated a stela to her:
“An ignorant man (I was), without my heart, who did not know good from evil. I was doing misdeeds against the Peak and she taught me a lesson…The peak strikes with the stroke of a savage lion. She is after him who offends her.”
Merestseger takes pity on the man and “She turned to me in mercy, She caused me to forget the sickness that has been upon me”.
As a cobra, she spat poison at anyone who tried to vandalise or rob the royal tombs. In art she was portrayed as either a coiled cobra, or as a woman-headed cobra, or rarely as a triple headed cobra, where one head was that of a cobra, one of a woman, and one of a vulture.
Her close association with the Valley of the Kings prevented her becoming anything more than a local deity, and when the valley ceased being in use, so she also, ceased being worshipped.