Sayid Hassan Jarrah (Arabic:سعيد جراح) was a middle section survivor of Oceanic Flight 815 and was a passenger aboard Ajira Flight 316 and appeared in 1977 almost the instant before the crash. A courageous man and a competent leader, Sayid maintained a conservative manner which reflected both strength and spirituality, and tried to atone for the demons in his past. Sayid spent much of his adult life searching for his childhood-love, Nadia, hoping she was alive. Sayid's past as a torturer constantly plagued him. Through his skills and leadership, he played a key role in the survival of his group, and exploring the Island's secrets on several A-Missions. One of the most trusted of survivors, he helped secure rescue of multiple people on the freighter. However, as the conflict between the survivors and the men from the freighter began, he was one of the people who managed to escape on the remaining helicopter with the rest of the Oceanic Six, Desmond Hume and Frank Lapidus. Sayid was re-united with Nadia when he returned to the mainland for nine months, marrying his one true love. However, his happiness was short-lived when Nadia was allegedly targeted by Charles Widmore for unknown reasons. As a direct result of this, he joined Benjamin Linus in his war against Widmore for two years, working as a hitman to avenge his wife's death. After leaving Ben's employ, he was arrested by Ilana for the murder of Peter Avellino and was on Ajira Airways Flight 316 when it crashed. He wound up in 1977, where he believed the reason he came back was to kill the young Benjamin Linus, but was unsuccessful thanks to Kate and Sawyer. For a while, he was on the run from the DHARMA Initiative, who believed him to be a Hostile. After being shot by Roger Linus and assisting in the detonation of the hydrogen bomb, his current status is unknown.
Before the crash
The son of a celebrated Iraqi hero, Sayid Jarrah was born in 1967 in Tikrit, Iraq. As a child, Sayid once killed a chicken for his older brother, who hesitated when asked by their father to do so, Sayid's father commented "At least one of my sons will be a man someday." ("He's Our You") After attending Cairo University, Sayid served as a Communications officer in the Iraqi Republican Guard for 5 years (during which time he learned crucial skills which would aid him on the Island). However, his time of duty was also the source of many tormenting memories including an as yet unexplained incident in Basra.
During Desert Storm, Sayid's base was captured by US forces. As the only English-speaking member of his unit, he was delivered to Sergeant Major Sam Austen. Sergeant Austen utilized Sayid in interrogating his commanding officer, Tariq, to find the location of a US pilot captured by his enemies. However, Sayid successfully evaded this task out of loyalty, despite Tariq's repeated humiliations during the process. Observing his reluctance, DIA operative Kelvin Joe Inman conspired to gain Sayid's full cooperation, by showing him a video of his home village, attacked by nerve gas in an offensive that Tariq had ordered, in which his relatives had been killed. After watching, the traumatized Sayid agreed to help, not knowing what awaited him: He was given a torture kit by Inman, with which he extracted the burial location of the pilot from Tariq. At the end of the war, Sayid was transported to an isolated desert area and released by Inman and Sam Austen. Before abandoning him in the desert with a large sum of money, Inman whispered to Sayid in Arabic that he would find his new skills in torture useful some day in the future. ("One of Them")
Condemning these skills that were forced upon him, Sayid returned to the Republican Guard after being released. However, he was soon promoted to the Intelligence division, and tasked with the interrogation of rebels and military prisoners through torture. On this duty, Sayid was reunited with Nadia, his long-lost childhood love, while imprisoned, and was tasked with her interrogation, after it came to light that she had been involved with an insurgent group in the country. However, the little time they had together only gave them a chance to reconnect, and caused Sayid to question his loyalties. When the orders of his superior officer, Omar, called for her execution, Sayid found no resolution but to help her escape. In his attempt, Sayid killed Omar, who caught up with him and Nadia. As a cover story, he shot himself as well in the leg, to let Nadia escape, aided with his gun. Before escaping, Nadia begged Sayid to come with her, but he refused saying, "I can't. Desertion. They would kill my family. I don't have your courage." She left him her photo with the Arabic inscription; "You will see me in the next life, if not in this one". ("Solitary")
Life in Paris
Working as an accomplished chef in Paris going by the alias of Najeev, Sayid was invited by Sami to work at his restaurant. When Sayid came to the restaurant, Sayid was introduced to Sami's wife Amira. Sayid noticed burn marks on her arms and then Sami and his gang beat him up and kept him chained in a locked pantry (echoing Ben's imprisonment in the Swan's armory). Later, Sami brought him water and accused him of having tortured his wife when he was a soldier for the Republican Guard. Sayid claimed he had no idea what Sami was talking about and that he had never seen his wife before. Amira came in and watched as Sami assaulted Sayid for supposedly torturing her. Sami went to attack him with a pipe, but Amira stopped him, saying that was enough for one day. Sayid woke up to see Amira watching him with her cat. She said that she rescued the cat from children who had tortured it with firecrackers and that she forgave the cat when it bit because like her it would never feel safe again. Amira demanded that Sayid show her the respect of admitting what he did to her. Sayid decided to tell her that he remembered torturing her and tearfully apologized, saying that her face had haunted him for years. Amira said she forgave him and that she would tell Sami that she had made a terrible mistake, so that he would let Sayid go. ("Enter 77")
Infiltrating the terrorist cell
About seven years after the incident involving Nadia, Sayid was arrested in England at Heathrow Airport, before being delivered to CIA and ASIS officials. The agents offered Sayid an exchange, where they would give him information about Nadia's whereabouts, but in return tasked him with infiltrating a terrorist cell in Sydney and recovering 300 pounds of stolen C-4 explosives. ("The Greater Good")
Sayid was tasked with this because his former college roommate from Cairo University, Essam, was known to be a member. Essam was eventually assigned to be the "martyr" on the operation, and designated to detonate the stolen C-4 explosives. However, he confided to Sayid his strong doubts about the legitimacy and his role in the operation. At this knowledge, Sayid asked his informants to let him save Essam and bring him in. However, they refused and blackmailed Sayid into convincing Essam to go through with his mission, to uncover the location of the explosives.
Unable to stand his guilt, Sayid revealed his true role to Essam just before the mission was to begin, offering him time to escape. However, Essam was unstable and distraught by this time, and he immediately shot himself in front of Sayid. Later, CIA Agent Cole informed Sayid that Nadia was living in Irvine, California, working as a lab technician. He was given a ticket for an Oceanic flight to Los Angeles Airport on September 21, 2004, but he insisted on staying in Australia an extra day to arrange a proper Muslim burial for Essam.
In Sydney Airport, the following day, Sayid first met Shannon in the waiting area and asked her to watch his bag for a moment. However, she reported him to airport security as an "Arab man" who had left his bag unattended. After interrogation, airport security released him with apologies, and he successfully boarded Flight 815, where he sat in the last seat in business class, looking at photos of Nadia. ("Exodus, Part 2")
On the Island
Season 1 (Days 1-44)
After the crash, Sayid was the first to make a signal fire and asked Charlie to help. At night, he told Charlie that someone would have come already. The next day, Sayid was the first target of blame for the survivors' misfortune, including accusations from Sawyer of being a terrorist and the US Marshal's prisoner. However, the early contributions of Sayid, facilitated by his military background, soon proved him to be a vital member of the group. After having a fight with Sawyer, he employed his experience as a communications officer in fixing the plane's transceiver. While fixing it, Sayid was visited by Hurley, and told him that he had served in the Gulf War, with the Republican Guard. After fixing the transceiver, he and Kate led an expedition to find high ground for receiving a signal. There, they picked up a looped French signal from the Island. Sayid deduced that it has been on a loop for 16 years, and fearing such information would take away the hope of the survivors, he asked the group to keep the information a secret. ("Pilot, Part 1") ("Pilot, Part 2") ("Tabula Rasa")
A few days later, after wild boars were in the fuselage, Sayid disagreed with Jack's plan to burn the bodies. Sayid and Kate, with whom he had developed a strong friendship, started to police the Island, after the water was taken, initially blaming Sawyer for it. Sayid stopped the fight between Jin and Michael and insisted that Jin be handcuffed until he could figure out what had happened. Later, Sayid disagreed with Jack's plan to move to the caves, believing in the importance of the signal fire, and stayed at the beach camp. ("Walkabout") ("White Rabbit") ("House of the Rising Sun")
Later, Sayid attempted to locate the origin of the signal, but just as he began to pick up the signal again, he was knocked unconscious and his equipment smashed. ("The Moth")
Initially, he was led by Locke to believe that Sawyer might have been behind this sabotage, though Locke much later ("The Greater Good") revealed himself as the actual culprit. When Sawyer fell under suspicion for hoarding Shannon's asthma medicine, Sayid and Jack decided that they should use any means necessary to get it back from him. During an interrogation, Sayid tortured Sawyer, causing injury to his arm. When Kate then discovered Sawyer was innocent all along, Sayid was severely abashed, recalling his times as a torturer. This guilt led Sayid to leave his group on a solitary journey of redemption, under the pretense of attempting to map the Island. ("Confidence Man")
While following the beach, Sayid found a cable, which led him straight into a trap set by Danielle Rousseau. Sayid was trapped for hours until he was cut loose by Rousseau. She took Sayid to her dugout, tied up his hands and feet, and began to interrogate him. Rousseau questioned him, repeating "Where's Alex?" However, Sayid didn't know, and found himself on the receiving end of torture. Sayid told her he was on a plane and it crashed, and that the he picked up a distress signal, and asked how it was 16 years old. Rousseau stopped torturing him and wondered if it really had been that long. However, Rousseau did not believe him, and tortured Sayid more, believing Sayid was an Other. ("Solitary")
When Rousseau found a photo of Nadia, she asked about what happened to her and Sayid told that she was dead, because of him. Later Rousseau showed Sayid her music box and Sayid fixed it. Rousseau then told Sayid about the Others and how she had come to the Island. When Rousseau was distracted by noises outside the dugout, Sayid managed to escape, stealing Rousseau's maps and notes and bringing them back to camp. Sayid found Rousseau in the jungle pointing a gun to him. Sayid asked her if she wanted to go back, but she didn't want to go back with him, because she said his people were sick. On his return journey, Sayid was surrounded by whispers, coming out from the jungle. ("Solitary")
A few days later, Sayid returned to camp, telling Jack they were "not alone". Later, Sawyer approached Sayid and threatened him, but stopped himself from carrying out his revenge when he heard that the French woman was alive and claimed there were others on the Island. The mention of the whispering intrigued Sawyer. Deciding not to retaliate, Sawyer left, mentioning that he kept the signal fire burning while Sayid was away. ("Raised by Another") ("All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues")
Back at camp, Sayid enlisted Shannon to help him translate the French markings on Rousseau's maps, and as they continued work together, Shannon and Sayid began to develop a relationship. Shannon's translations made no sense, though, and Sayid said that the time they had spent was a mistake. This caused Shannon to feel frustrated with Sayid and herself as well, and she left in tears. Later she approached him and told him the story of her French boyfriend's son, who repeatedly watched a French dubbed cartoon about a fish. She told Sayid there was a song called La Mer and she revealed that the notes on the maps were the lyrics of that song, repeated. ("Whatever the Case May Be")
Sayid later took Shannon to an isolated part of the beach for a romantic night. Upon their return, Sayid and Shannon were informed of Boone's death. Shannon wasn't able to speak at Boone's funeral, so Sayid stepped up and spoke instead. ("Do No Harm")
As they grew more intimate, Sayid was faced with a rising enmity from Boone, but eventually Boone had relented for his own reasons. However, after Boone's death, Shannon asked Sayid to kill Locke, whom she blamed. When he refused, she attempted to shoot Locke herself. Sayid intervened and prevented her from killing him. A temporary break up was then initiated between the couple by the resentful Shannon, during which Sayid led Charlie into the Jungle to pursue Rousseau, who had kidnapped Aaron, and got Aaron back safely to Claire. At his safe return, Sayid was met by a worried Shannon who hurried to embrace him. ("Hearts and Minds") ("The Greater Good") ("Exodus, Part 2")
Season 2 (Days 46-67)
While the survivors were hiding in the caves, Vincent ran into the jungle, and Shannon and Sayid ran off into the jungle after him. The pair found the dog in a clearing, and attempted to catch him, but he ran off again. Shannon and Sayid separated, and Sayid found Vincent. However Shannon saw Walt while looking for Vincent. Shannon was visibly shaken by this but Sayid remained skeptical about the situation. ("Man of Science, Man of Faith")
The next day, everybody returned to camp. Just after returning, Kate ran out of the jungle and told Sayid they needed help. In the events of their confrontation with Desmond, Jack and Locke used Sayid's skills to repair the Swan's Computer. ("Orientation")
Later Sayid explored the Swan's foundations. Jack and Sayid found a blocked doorway which appeared to be just as thick with concrete. Sayid guessed there was a geothermal generator and a power source on the other side. He told Jack the last time he heard of concrete being poured over everything like this was Chernobyl. ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
Later, Sayid continued his efforts to comfort Shannon over Boone's death by building her a beautiful tent, where they eventually made love on the same night. When Sayid returned after stepping out for a moment, Shannon told him that she had a vision of Walt. Gently, he conveyed his disbelief, but Shannon insisted and left him to search for the boy. Later, Sayid found Shannon in the jungle on her search, accompanied with Vincent. As they met, Sayid assured Shannon of his belief and love for her, when suddenly a vision of Walt, dripping wet, appeared to them both. As Shannon ran towards Walt, she was shot in the chest by Ana Lucia Cortez, who emerged from the forest, thinking she was an Other. Sayid held her in his arms as she died. ("Abandoned")
After the accident, Sayid was filled with rage towards Ana Lucia. Sayid ran up to her, and Mr. Eko tried to stop him. After a quick fight, Sayid was knocked unconscious. The tail section survivors tied Sayid to a tree. Later when Michael wanted to give him water, he told him who Ana Lucia was. Later, everybody returned to camp, apart from Ana Lucia and Sayid. Ana Lucia began to talk to Sayid about whether she was going to kill him. Sayid told her about torturing Sawyer and other people. Ana Lucia told him about the man who shot her and lied about what happened, saying that they never found the guy, although she had shot him. After Ana Lucia later gave Sayid the chance to kill her, he refused, asking what good it would do if they were "both already dead". Ana Lucia and Sayid returned to camp later, with Sayid carrying Shannon's body. ("Collision")
The next day, Sayid buried Shannon. At the funeral he told everyone that they were strangers at first, and implied that he owed to the crash on the Island for meeting and speaking to her, and he said that he loved her. Kate visited Sayid at Shannon's grave later, and apologized for missing the funeral. Kate told Sayid that she was seeing things, and Sayid told her that he saw Walt. ("What Kate Did")
A few days later, Sayid led an attempt to put out the fire lit by Charlie. The next day Hurley gave Sayid the radio from the tail section. He said he thought that Sayid could boost the signal with the radio. Sayid was dubious about whether it was possible, and if it would even be worthwhile. At night, however, Sayid went to Hurley and managed to turn the radio on. A song called Moonlight Serenade played on the radio. ("Fire + Water") ("The Long Con")
A few days later, while Sayid was washing his face, Ana Lucia came to Sayid and told him she saw "One Of Them". Sayid and Ana Lucia tracked the person down, and it turned out to be Rousseau. Sayid jumped in front of Danielle, asking what she was doing there. She said that she was looking for him. Rousseau led Sayid to a trap in which she had caught a man claiming to be an innocent castaway, named Henry Gale. In spite of Rousseau's warnings, Sayid decided to save the man. The man attempted to escape and was shot with an arrow by Rousseau, and taken to the Swan. While Jack treated "Henry Gale", Sayid convinced Locke to change the combination on the armory door, so that he could interrogate Gale without Jack's interference. They tricked Jack and took Henry to the armory room, and Sayid shut the door as Jack and Locke walked out. Jack banged on the door and ask what he was doing. Sayid replied quietly, "What needs to be done". ("One of Them")
Sayid began to question Henry Gale on his life. Henry Gale (who was in fact an Other called Ben) told Sayid he crashed with his wife on a balloon, and after 4 months his wife suddenly got sick and died. When he asked who Sayid was, he replied "My name is Sayid Jarrah, and I am a torturer." Sayid asked more questions and where his wife's grave was located. Sayid asked how deep he dug the grave, if he used his hands, and how long it took him. When Henry did not know the answers, Sayid became violent. He claimed he would remember how deep that grave was, if he really buried the woman he loved. That he would remember if it were true. Henry then asked if Sayid lost someone on the Island. Sayid said that it was an accident, and that the woman who accidentally killed her thought she was someone who wanted to hurt them, someone like him. Sayid began to attack Henry but Locke opened the armory door and Jack stopped Sayid. Later at the beach, Sayid told Charlie about Henry and that he knew Henry was an Other, because he had no guilt for his actions. He said that everyone seemed to have forgotten about what the Others did. He then asked, "Have you forgotten, Charlie?". ("One of Them")
Ana Lucia approached Sayid, who was building a dining table with Charlie. She told them about Henry's map and suggested that they go look for the balloon, to be sure about him. Sayid, Ana Lucia and Charlie began to trek to Henry's balloon. At night Ana Lucia and Sayid talked about people hating her, and she said that he had a reason to hate her and that she was sorry. Sayid replied that she was just trying to protect her people, and that it wasn't her who killed Shannon, but the Others. He said that once they found out Henry was one of them, something would have to be done. The next day they found the balloon. Later Sayid, Ana Lucia and Charlie found Jack and Kate by the food drop. Quickly they all stormed into the hatch, and Sayid pointed a gun at Henry and pushed him against the wall. Sayid told him that they found the balloon, exactly as he described it. But he said that he still did not believe him, so he dug up the grave. Inside, he had found not a woman, but a man. He showed "Henry" a driver's license of a black man -- "A man named Henry Gale." ("The Whole Truth") ("Lockdown")
Later Sayid and Ana Lucia interrogated fake Henry Gale. They asked him if he killed Henry Gale and Sayid read the twenty dollar bill with Henry Gale's message to his wife. When Henry admitted he was an Other and told Sayid the man with the beard is nothing compared to him, Sayid threatened "Henry" at gunpoint. He shot but Ana Lucia intervened just in time. ("Dave")
A few days later, Hurley asked Sayid if he could get the music from the radio to work for Libby. Sayid advised a picnic instead, and told him about the beach where he took Shannon. ("Two for the Road")
When Michael returned and began planning for his return trip to retrieve Walt, Sayid became suspicious that Michael's motivations had been compromised by the Others, after Michael said he didn't let Sayid to join the trek. Just before the funeral of Ana Lucia and Libby, Sayid brought this to Jack's attention. ("Three Minutes")
He asked Jack to avoid an immediate confrontation, however, until a plan was developed. After a sailboat appeared at the funeral, Sayid went swimming into the sea with Jack and Sawyer to see who was in the boat. Desmond's return provided a critical resource to use in gaining a speed advantage; his sailboat, the Elizabeth allowed Sayid to go by sea to the other side of the Island, surprising the Others. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")
Thus, Sayid set out on the Elizabeth to the Others' camp, with the help of Jin and Sun. While sailing, the three of them spotted the four-toed statue on the shore. When Sayid reached the Others' camp he found it deserted. He opened what seemed to be a hatch and found it to be masking only a wall of solid rock. Sayid then created the signal fire as planned, and returned to the Elizabeth when the discharge occurred. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")
Season 3 (Days 68-91)
After a day of sailing around looking for Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley, Sayid developed a new plan. He knew that their friends had likely been captured, so he placed a second signal fire as a lure to confront the Others at the Pala Ferry. However, the plan failed as the Others attacked by sea. By the time Sayid and Jin realized their mistake, the Others had already escaped on the Elizabeth, with Sun barely escaping the engagement with her life. On the shore, Sayid apologized for putting their lives in danger, and agreed to return to the main camp across the Island. ("The Glass Ballerina")
Back at the camp, Sayid met with Locke and Desmond, to discuss the rescuing of Jack and his captured group. Locke asked him to join his mission to the Pearl, as his knowledge of electronics would aid them in trying to fix the monitors.
At the station, Sayid managed to patch a feed from an unknown station into the monitors. On the monitor's activation, an eye-patched man appeared briefly, before disconnecting his station’s camera. The mechanical noises of the Monster were then heard from above, which caused them to rush upward. At their arrival, they found Eko mortally wounded. Disbelieving Locke's claim that Eko was likely killed by a polar bear, Sayid insisted on accompanying him on his journey back for shovels for the burial. Through his questioning of Locke, he ascertained that they were first taking "a detour" on their way back. The detour was, in fact, to retrieve Eko's stick to place at his grave; however, the stick ultimately led Locke to believe he was being guided north to find Jack and the Others. ("The Cost of Living")
Though skeptical of Locke's plan, Sayid joined Locke, Rousseau and Kate on their trip north. While stopping to pick fruit, Sayid observed a cow in the jungle, which led to the discovery of the Flame station. Sayid was shot while attempting to make contact with the Flame's resident, Mikhail Bakunin, whom he correctly suspected to be an Other. After several confrontations, Sayid and Kate captured Mikhail. Sayid refused to kill him, despite Rousseau's suggestion. He also revealed that he had obtained a map before the destruction of the Flame station, revealing an underground electrical connection between the Flame and the Barracks on the other side of the Island. ("Enter 77")
Tensions between Sayid and Locke continued to escalate, with Sayid remaining skeptical of Locke's plan to follow Eko's stick. Around this time, Mikhail revealed his knowledge of the survivors, including Sayid's full name, and told him that he was not on "the list" because he is "weak and frightened." When they encountered a barrier on their way to the barracks, Sayid correctly ascertained that the barrier was a security system, but was surprised when it killed Mikhail after Locke pushed him through it. When he discovered that Locke had stolen C-4 from the Flame (suggesting that he knew the station was wired to explode), Sayid became angered even further and questioned Locke's motives. Sayid then accompanied the search party to the barracks. ("Par Avion")
Once there he was captured (at the same time as Kate) and tied up in a children's playground. When he saw Alex he told her that she looked like her mother. He remained tied to the swing set until after the Others left the Barracks, and expressed his concern that Juliet was returning to the beach along with Kate and Jack. ("The Man from Tallahassee") ("Left Behind")
When Juliet returned to camp with them, Sayid remained suspicious, and demanded answers. He was held off by Jack, who told him she would talk when she was ready. When he and Sawyer tracked Juliet to where she picked up the medicine for Claire, she confronted him with her knowledge of a hereto unmentioned incident in Basra that was enough to get him to back off. ("One of Us")
A couple of days later, Hurley came to Sayid and told him about Naomi. Sayid briefly talked to Naomi, but then she showed him the satellite phone. While Sayid and Hurley were examining the satellite phone, Kate found them, and they confided the secret of Naomi with her. ("The Brig")
Sayid was later confronted by Sawyer, who gave him the tape that Juliet and Ben used to communicate. Later that night, some of the survivors gathered around and Sayid explained to them all about Naomi, and what she said about Oceanic Flight 815.
Jack and Juliet then arrived, and they told Sayid that they might have a plan to confront the Others. Together, they discussed leaving dynamite by marked tents so when the Others arrived, they would detonate. Sayid convinced Jack to lead the rest of the group to safety at the radio tower, while he stayed behind with Jin and Bernard to execute the plan. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") ("Greatest Hits")
Before Jack and the other survivors left, Sayid told Jack to not turn back no matter what, and to keep going at all costs. He said that he was willing to die for everyone else to be rescued, but he wouldn't die for nothing. Later when the Others arrived, Sayid made his shot and detonated the dynamite, killing several Others. He was about to shoot Pryce who was holding Jin hostage when an Other disarmed him. He, Jin and Bernard were captured by Pryce, Tom, and Jason. When interrogated, he didn't break, saying they would kill them all anyway. When they threatened to kill Jin, Sayid warned Bernard not to talk but he was knocked unconscious and Bernard broke and gave them a reprieve. However, Ben later ordered their execution when he confronted Jack. Tom and Pryce shot the ground three times instead of shooting them, following previously given orders that they disagreed with. Later, while Sawyer and Juliet were attempting a rescue without weapons or a plan, Hurley came to the rescue, driving the DHARMA van into Pryce, killing him and forcing Tom to dive away. Sawyer grabbed Pryce's gun and confronted Jason, but Sayid tripped Jason and snapped his neck with his legs. Sayid, Jin, and Bernard were later seen with Hurley, Sawyer, and Juliet on the beach in a moment of peace. ("Through the Looking Glass, Part 1")
Season 4 (Days 91-108)
Sayid was present at the beach when Desmond returned to inform them of Charlie's death, and his final warning. Sayid told Sawyer not to call Jack to warn him that the "rescuers" may be deceiving them, believing that if their intentions were indeed bad, they were likely monitoring communications on the island. Instead, they set out to meet up with Jack and the others in the jungle.
After Hurley found Locke in the jungle, Sayid angrily confronted him about his prior actions, particularly about blowing up the submarine. After meeting up with everyone else, however, Jack attacked Locke for killing Naomi, and Sayid pulled him off of Locke. Despite his skepticism of the rescuers, he stayed with Jack's group when the survivors split over whether or not to trust the people on the freighter, rather than going with Locke's group to the barracks. ("The Beginning of the End")
Most of Jack's group, including Sayid, then headed back to the beach. There, Sayid asked Juliet why Ben would say that the people on the freighter intend to do them harm. She responded that Ben was a liar and always did things like that, then suggested that it could also be because they really were in danger. She and Sayid got the remaining guns and headed back into the jungle to meet up with Jack and Kate, who had stayed behind to meet the "rescuers", just in case.
They found Jack and Kate being held by Miles Straume and Daniel Faraday. Sayid and Juliet fired shots from the jungle to convince the two newcomers to lay down their arms. While they were looking for other members of the search team, Sayid tried to get information about them. He learned that Daniel was a physicist, but Miles would not give any information about himself. Once the group found Frank Lapidus and his helicopter, Sayid checked the aircraft for damage and declared that, despite some minor problems, it was fit to fly. ("Confirmed Dead")
After some questioning, Sayid decided that he wanted to be on the helicopter when it left. He offered to get Charlotte back from Locke's group in return. Miles and Kate went with him. Upon arriving at the Barracks, they found Hurley tied up in a closet. After freeing him, Hurley told Sayid that Locke's group left him behind and they were going to go to Ben's house. Sayid explored Ben's home, eventually moving a bookcase to find a secret passage in a room that is filled with clothes, passports, and money of different currencies. Flipping open a passport, he saw Ben's picture above the name "Dean Moriarty." When he heard Kate yell, he ran out of the room, but quickly found himself held at gunpoint by Locke. Sayid was held in the rec room with Ben, who ridicules him for being "so stupid" as to fall for his friend as bait. Locke entered and apologized for his team's actions. He told Sayid that Ben claimed to have a spy on the freighter, and Sayid retorted that the day he trusted him would be the day he would "have sold [his] soul." He then proposed Miles for Charlotte, saying that it would be their best chance to know who the people on the freighter really were. Locke agreed, and Sayid left Kate at her own choice, and Miles as a captive, while he returned to the helicopter with Charlotte. Frank allowed Sayid, Desmond, and Naomi's body a ride on the helicopter, and they lifted off. ("The Economist")
Later, on the helicopter, Sayid was present when Frank veered off the bearing of 305, and the helicopter flew into a storm. Desmond had side effects, and after traveling back in time to 1996, lost his present day memory. Sayid kept Desmond under control until Frank was able to land the helicopter on the freighter. Keamy and Omar, two men on the freighter, took Desmond away to be checked out by a doctor. Sayid contacted Jack, Juliet, Daniel, and Charlotte, and told them about Desmond's erratic behavior. Daniel told Sayid that he needed to talk to Desmond. Sayid and Frank crashed into the doctor's room, where the doctor was checking out Desmond, and Sayid gave the radio phone to Desmond, while trying to keep the door closed from Keamy and Omar.
Desmond managed to get the necessary information out of Daniel before Keamy and Omar broke in, and Sayid, Desmond, and Minkowski were all locked in a room together. Sayid, Minkowski, and Desmond got out of the room, thanks to help from someone unknown on the boat, and they made it to the communications room, so that Desmond could contact his girlfriend, Penelope Widmore. The wires had been cut, but Sayid was able to get the phone working again, and Desmond called Penelope, restoring his memory and saving his life. ("The Constant")
Afterward, Sayid was confined to the sick bay with Desmond. Frank claimed that they were imprisoned there because the Captain was angry at them for "busting out" of the sick bay and communicating with Penny. Later, Ray released Sayid and Desmond from the sick bay and took them to meet Captain Gault. Gault showed Sayid the black box of a plane that was apparently Oceanic Flight 815, and insinuated that Benjamin Linus was responsible for staging the crash of Flight 815 deep in an ocean trench. After the meeting with Gault, Ray led Sayid and Desmond to their new room; there, they encountered Michael, who is using the alias "Kevin Johnson". Sayid recognized Michael, but he maintained his composure and did not give away the fact that he knew him. ("Ji Yeon")
Later, Sayid confronted Michael on the deck of the freighter and asked how he came to be on the boat. Michael refused to divulge any information, but Sayid confronted him again in the ship's engine room. This time, Michael ordered another maintenance worker away so that he, Sayid, and Desmond could talk privately. Sayid immediately grabbed Michael, slammed him against the wall, and demanded to know how and why he was on the freighter. Michael apparently recounted most or all the events that happened to him since he left the Island, and revealed that he was now working as a spy for Ben. Enraged, Sayid grabbed Michael again and led him into Captain Gault's quarters. Sayid then revealed to Gault that Michael was the man responsible for sabotaging the ship's engines and communications equipment. ("Meet Kevin Johnson")
After the return of Keamy and his men, Sayid and Desmond noted the wounds the men sported did not appear to be inflicted by gunshots. They were soon confronted by Captain Gault, who instructed them to hide from Keamy in the pantry. Sayid, however, wished to get the Zodiac raft and sail back to the island. After Gault prepared it for them, Desmond stated that he refused to go back to the island. Sayid then got into the raft, and set off back toward the island. ("Cabin Fever")
When Sayid returns to the Island, he tells the group that he's going to start taking survivors six at a time to Kahana due to the fact Keamy and his men on the helicopter have every intention of killing everyone on the Island. Juliet informs him however that Kate and Jack had ran towards the helicopter earlier on. Kate later returns with Aaron and Miles and she and Sayid decide to go off in search of Jack and Sawyer as Daniel starts taking survivors including Sun, Jin and Aaron to the Kahana. Kate soon discovers the trail she and Sayid are following does not belong to Jack and Sawyer. They are later forced to put their guns down as Richard Alpert and some others show up. Richard later leads them off into the jungle at gunpoint. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
Later on Sayid and Kate help fight Keamy and his men in order to rescue Ben. They made a deal with Richard that if they help rescue Ben that they can leave the Island. Sayid and Kate later find Sawyer, Jack, Hurley and Frank at the helicopter and they all fly away towards the Kahana. Frank and Sayid discover while in the air that a bullet had hit the engine and they were losing fuel rapidly. They chuck weight of the chopper and Sawyer jumps off in order for the helicopter to have enough power to get to the boat. As they land on the boat, Desmond arrives telling them not to land because there's a bomb on board. Frank does so anyway and he and Sayid fix the fuel leak and refuel the helicopter while Jin and Desmond went below deck to help disarm the bomb. Frank is forced to take off without Jin to Sun's dismay. As they are in the air Jin emerges and Sun pleads with Frank to land and pick Jin up, but Frank tells her they don't have enough fuel. Sayid, Kate, Jack, Sun, Hurley, Desmond and Frank watch as the Kahana explodes, apparently killing Jin, Michael and various other survivors and Kahana crew members. Sun screams in horror. The helicopter loses fuel as Frank heads back to the Island; however, it vanishes as they approach it. Sayid tosses out an inflatable life raft from the helicopter moments before it crashes into the ocean. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
Sayid, Jack, Frank, Aaron, Sun, Kate, Hurley and Desmond all manage to escape the helicopter and climb aboard a life raft. They drift for a few hours, until a boat arrives to pick them up. Just before boarding, Jack tells the group they will have to lie about everything that has happened to them while they have been on the Island as it is the only way to protect those who are still on it. The boat belongs to Penelope Widmore and has been searching for the island for several weeks. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
After leaving the Island
After leaving the island, Sayid became a member of the group known as the Oceanic 6. Nadia found him after the Oceanic press conference and the two later married. Sayid and Nadia both attended Hurley's surprise birthday party, as well as Christian Shephard's funeral service. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1").
Sayid and Nadia were three blocks from the intersection of North La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, discussing how to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Sayid said they needed to find the perfect place to celebrate, suggesting Paris. Nadia jokingly remarked that she would settle for finding her sunglasses. As they started to cross La Brea, Jacob told Sayid he thought he was lost, asked for directions and touched his shoulder. Nadia continued across the street, turned back to face Sayid, saying that she had found her sunglasses when she was immediately hit by a car. Sayid ran to her and she told him to take her home. ("The Incident, Part 1")
Sayid was then in Iraq, for Nadia's funeral service, when he saw Benjamin Linus spying on him. Ben told him that the culprit was an assassin sent by Charles Widmore, Ishmael Bakir. Sayid later found Bakir holding Ben at gunpoint, and shot Bakir several times, pulling the trigger even after his ammunition is expended. He then asked Ben who else he had to kill, because they took his love away, and he wanted revenge. Ben told Sayid he'll keep in touch, and walked away, smiling. ("The Shape of Things to Come")
One such mission occured in Seychelles. Sayid golfed at a prestigious and very private golf course. It is there that he met a Mr. Avellino. The two shared small talk, but after Sayid identified himself as a wealthy member of the Oceanic 6, Mr. Avellino became agitated. Sayid quickly shoots Mr. Avellino, killing him.
Sometime after this incident, Sayid met a woman named Elsa in a coffee shop in Berlin, Germany. They start a short relationship until she found out that Sayid was going to kill her boss, the Economist. She, too, turned out to be a spy and had been working to figure out Sayid's intentions. As a result, a firefight is brought out between the two. She shot him in the shoulder and told her boss on the phone she was going to get information from him. He threw an item at the mirror, breaking it and diverting her attention to it. He grabbed his gun, and shot her dead. After mourning her death, Sayid went to an animal hospital, where he met Ben, treating his wound. Ben reminded Sayid that the work they were doing was protecting his friends, and said that he had another person for Sayid to kill. Sayid protested that "they" now know he is after them, but Ben merely responded, "Good." ("The Economist")
After performing another assassination--that of a Russian named Andropov--Sayid was told by Ben that their association was at an end; Sayid had killed every member of Widmore's organization who posed a threat, and their work was done. When Sayid asked Ben what he should do now, Ben replied: "Live your life." ("He's Our You")
After being cut loose by Ben, Sayid traveled to the Dominican Republic to work for a charity organization, where he helped in constructing a school. While there, he was visited by a wheelchair-bound John Locke, who asked him to return to the Island. Sayid refused, explaining that he wasted two years working for Ben and that his nine months with Nadia were the happiest days of his life.
Before long, Sayid was also visited by Ben, who informed him that John was dead, and that a man was parked outside of Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute, watching Hurley. Sayid reproached Ben for obviously trying to make him go kill the man watching Hurley, and Ben replied that he had never made Sayid kill anyone: rather it was simply in Sayid's nature to kill. ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham") ("He's Our You")
Two days after Locke's death, Sayid arrived at Santa Rosa Mental Institute, looking for Hurley, and killed the man who had been staking out the institute. Inside he found Hurley, who was playing chess by himself, mentioning he had been visited by dead people. Sayid convinced him that he was not safe there, telling him about Locke's death and prevented him from mentioning his real name, insisting on sticking to Jeremy Bentham. Sayid told Hurley about the man outside, and that they need to relocate to "someplace safe." Hurley suspiciously asked if Sayid is trying to take him back to the island, but Sayid denied it, saying they are only going to a safer location. Moments before they left, Hurley made one final chess move, declaring "Checkmate, Mr. Eko."("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2")
Sayid traveled with Hurley to a safehouse, where he confessed to working for Linus, and advised him that if he was to meet Ben, Hurley should always do the opposite of what he says. He noticed a broken piece of scotch tape on the wall, and then proceeded to attack and kill a man by throwing him over the edge. He then went inside and killed another man by throwing him to a rack full of knives and other sharp implements, but not before he was shot with a dart, rendering him unconscious. Hurley removed him from the safehouse. ("Because You Left")
Hurley drove Sayid's body to his mansion, attracting the attention of a police car, the officer being revealed as Ana Lucia. When Hurley arrived at the mansion, David Reyes claimed that Sayid is barely breathing. Carmen Reyes arrived home and claimed that Sayid was not breathing. David drove Sayid to Jack, as instructed by Hurley, and left him there. Jack secretly sent him to hospital, and injected him with a drug. Seconds later, while checking his eyes, Sayid quickly woke up and started strangling Jack, at first not knowing who he was, and then stopped. After recovering, Sayid expressed concerns about where Hurley was, and who was with him. ("The Lie")
While recovering in his hospital room, Sayid was assaulted by Tony, a kidnapper disguised as a nurse. After overpowering Tony and shooting him with his own tranquilizer, Sayid was reunited with Ben, though he greeted his former employer with hostility. However, Sayid accompanied Ben to meet Dan Norton in a parking deck, after which they traveled to a parking lot to meet with Kate and Jack. While in the middle of the meeting, Sun arrived, holding Ben at gunpoint. ("The Little Prince")
After Ben talked Sun out of shooting him, Sayid had enough of Ben's lies and deceit and left the parking lot, warning Jack that if he ever saw him or Ben again, it would be "extremely unpleasant for us all." ("This Place Is Death") Sayid was later seen drinking MacCutcheon whisky in a Los Angeles bar, when he was approached by Ilana, who started to flirt with him. Sayid opened up to her, stating that he was too good at his previous occupation and wished to move on. Later, Sayid and Ilana went to a hotel room, where she attacked him and drew a gun. She explained that she had been hired by the family of Mr. Avellino, the man Sayid killed on the golf course, to bring Sayid to justice.
The next day, Ilana brought Sayid to the airport in handcuffs, intending to fly him to Guam, where he would face justice for his crimes. When Sayid noticed other members of the Oceanic 6 at the same gate where he and Ilana had arrived, he tried, unsuccessfully, to convince her to take a later flight instead. After boarding the plane, Sayid saw Ben come aboard and began to suspect that Ilana was working for Ben, though she claimed never to have heard of him. ("He's Our You") The plane then hit turbulence, and a bright light surrounded the survivors. ("316")
Back on the Island
Season 5 (1977)
Sayid, now back on the Island in 1977, was next seen when Jin and Radzinsky respond to a Code 14-J, the signal for a Hostile intrusion. Jin and Radzinsky locked him in a room inside the Flame, and then Jin radioed Sawyer to tell him that they had captured a Hostile, but that it was Sayid. When Sawyer arrived at the Flame, Radzinsky proposed that they shoot Sayid, but Sawyer quickly protested. They interrogated Sayid, asking him if he was a Hostile. When Sayid remained silent, Sawyer warned that if he did not identify himself as a Hostile, they had permission to shoot him. Sayid said that he was indeed a Hostile. He was then taken to a cell by Sawyer. Later on, a young boy arrived to bring him a sandwich, and asked him if he was a Hostile, to which Sayid replied, "Do you think I am?" The boy then introduced himself as Ben. ("Namaste")Ben later brought another sandwich to Sayid and he promised him to help him escape. After this Horace and Radzinsky arrived to interrogate Sayid, but they failed and Horace said they will take it to next level. Sayid was then visited by Sawyer who wanted Sayid to asimilate inside the Dharma Initative, but Sayid refuses and said that 'he is on his own'. Later he's visited by Roger Linus. They had a little argument interrupted by Ben with another sandwich for Sayid. Roger is angry at Ben and slams him to the bars. Sayid is then taken to DI's torturer Oldham. Oldham gave a truth serum to Sayid, which makes Sayid told them about how he came to Island for first and then second time. Oldham asked Sayid what he knows about Dharma Initiative stations. He told them about the Pearl, the Flame and the Swan. Radzinsky stormed out how it is possible that Sayid knows it, because they haven't even named that station. Sayid was also up to told them about Sawyer, but was cut at time by angry Radzinsky. When Horace asked how he knows all this, Sayid answered because he's from the future and that he also knows they all are going to die. Oldham apologized that he gave him a big dose. Sayid is then taken back to the Barracks, and later that day the DHARMA officials discussed what to do with him. All of them decided to execute him. Sawyer then went to Sayid again, telling him to punch him in the face and escape to the jungle. Sayid answered that he's not going anywhere, because he finally knows why he is back on the Island.
When a burning DHARMA van crashed into a house, distracting the security team, young Ben came for Sayid, unlocking his cell and together they escaped to the jungle. On the run they were seen by patrolling Jin. Sayid knocked Jin out, and took his gun. Sayid debated his true nature and decided that he was a killer. Sayid then promptly shot the young Ben Linus in the chest before running off into the jungle. ("He's Our You")
Two days later, Sayid came across a group in the jungle including Jack, Kate, Richard Alpert, Eloise Hawking and Erik. He shot and killed Erik, who was taking aim with his own gun at Kate. After speaking to Jack and Kate, he learned that he had failed to kill Ben, and that Jack intended to carry out a plan to detonate a hydrogen bomb. While Kate left, Sayid followed Jack, Alpert, and Hawking through an underwater tunnel to the chamber where the Jughead was hidden, stating that even if Jack was wrong, his plan would "put them out of their misery." ("Follow the Leader")
Sayid reverse engineers the bomb, using only the core which is the only part necessary for detonation. Richard clears a path into The Barracks, leaving Sayid and Jack to continue on their own. Wearing DHARMA jumpsuits, Sayid suggests that they "hide in plain sight" and attempt to simply walk out of the area. Unfortunately, Roger Linus spots Sayid, recognizing him as the man who shot his son. He approaches them and fires, hitting Sayid in the gut. Hurley and company arrive in a DHARMA van and escort Sayid and Jack out of The Barracks.
In the jungle near The Swan, Sayid tells Jack he can rig the bomb to detonate on impact, realizing that his bleeding can not be stopped. Once they arrive, Sayid rigs the bomb and wishes Jack good luck. When Jack comes under fire at the construction site, Sayid is in the van while the rest of the group support Jack. Upon detonation by Juliet, it is uncertain what Sayid's fate is. ("The Incident, Part 1")
If Jack is a man of science, and Locke is a man of faith, Sayid is a combination of the two. He believes in facts and evidence, but is driven by faith in his own intuition. Sayid is portrayed as a man of many skills. The importance of his skills, primarily, comes from its role in the storyline, in which it is often employed in revealing new secrets of the Island. Many times, a secret was unfolded, as a result of an event triggered by one of these skills. Through the introduced secrets, new threads in the storyline are created that eventually help in its development.
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Sayid is Muslim, though how devout is uncertain. It seems, however, that his faith is a strong factor in helping him atone for what he did in his past. On the Island, he is seen occasionally practicing a number of Islamic rituals or taking faith-inspired actions. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1") He is seen praying shahada Lā ilaha illal-Lāh, Muhammadun rasūlula-Lāh which means “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God" when he is tied upside down unconscious.("Solitary") Whether Sayid's faith would play a role in the coming events, and complement that played by Locke or Mr. Eko, is still a matter of question. The issue of how devout he is has been made unclear by a few lines. In "I Do", he says to Locke "I believe in what I can see" concerning the existence of "the Monster". While he is clearly religious, he often seems skeptical of characters such as Locke and Mr. Eko, their faith in the island, and how significant some of the more fantastical happenings are.
Contradicting his Islamic faith (and his dedication to Nadia), Sayid and Shannon have premarital sex, which is forbidden in Islam. As well, he is seen drinking MacCutcheon whisky in a bar prior to meeting Ilana, also forbidden in Islam. He once again was about to have sex with Ilana before she hunted him down. ("He's Our You") In addition, after Nadia is struck by a car when crossing the street ("The Incident, Part 1"), he is seen wearing a gold ring, which is also forbidden in Islam. According to Islam, Men should not wear anything gold.
Anthony Keyvan played a young Sayid in "He's Our You". In the casting call he was described as "Young boy, 8, must speak Arabic. Quiet and thoughtful who loves his older brother and is protective of him, can do what his father asks calmly and coolly."
- Sayid was the seventh character to ever have a flashback.
- Sayid was the third character to ever have a flash-forward.
- Sayid's episode count so far is 83 (as of "The Incident, Part 1").
- Sayid has met all of the main characters.
- In Sayid's flashbacks to his time in the Iraqi military, his shoulder rank insignia consists of two stars (similar to a US Major General) making his rank that of a Mulazim Awwal. Later, his rank changes to an eagle-like design (presumably because he was promoted) called Ra'id, yet having this insignia would mean he skipped the rank of Naqib, which consists of three stars.
- This does not mean he skipped a rank. The flashbacks might have been sandwiched around that rank.
- The name Sayyid is an Arabic honorific for a descendant of the prophet Muhammad. However, Sayyid and Sayid have greater pronunciation and written differences in Arabic. While Sayyid (سيد) means a master or one of the prophet descendant, Sayid (also pronounced Sa'eed - سعيد) is an adjective in Arabic means simply a happy person.
- Sayid's surname, Jarrah (Arabic: جراح), originally meaning a 'cutter' or a 'wounder' in traditional Arabic, is currently the typical Arabic translation for the word 'Surgeon'.
- Eucalyptus marginata (Jarrah) is a very durable Australian hardwood, once used to make roads in England.
- The names Sayid / Said may be a link to Palestinian-American literary theorist, critic. and philosopher Edward W. Said (Arabic: إدوارد سعيد ). Among other books on related topics, Edward W. Said wrote Orientalism; a book that reflects on colonization and how the colonizers of a new land start to call the original habitants "the Other".
- Sayid shares his name with hijacker Zaid Jarrah (One of many variations of the name "Sayid"), who commandeered and eventually crashed Flight 93 (add link to more information about Flight 83).
- Three of the six Sayid-centric episodes (not counting the multi-flash finales) have been followed by a Claire-centric episode.
- Sayid is considered by many Lost fans to be the most level-headed Survivor, and is highly regarded for being the best at judging characters.
- Sayid can be seen on the TV in the background of the U.S. Army Office where Kate's father works in the episode "What Kate Did".
- Sayid was the first member of the middle section group to hear the whispers (see Sawyer, Shannon, Charlie).
- The name of Sayid's father, Hassan; Sayid's date of birth; and location of his birth were all obtained from his passport details as seen via the Oceanic Air Website.
- Sayid served for 5 years in the Iraqi Republican Guard.
- Sayid searched for Nadia for 7 years.
- Sayid now knows that Sawyer killed a man in Australia.
- In the post-hatch timeline, Sayid is seen using a compass in season 3, apparently unaffected by any island magnetism.
- Sayid asks Shannon to translate Rousseau's message in "Pilot, Part 2". It is later revealed in "Enter 77" that he worked in Paris as a chef.
- If he were completely immersed in the Iraqi community, he may have been able to survive with minimal knowledge of French.
- As a military intelligence officer, he may have found it useful to avoid revealing all his capabilities.
- We can assume Sayid is ambidextrous because of his left-handed way of playing golf in "The Economist" and his right-handed shooting of a pistol in the same episode.
- Not necessarily ambidextrous in all skills. Phil Mickelson is right-handed in all things but golf. He plays left-handed because he mirrored his father when he was learning.
- Shooting is more about eye dominance than hand dominance, many right handed people shoot left eyed, so a left handed person may shoot right eyed. Less important with a pistol than a long arm as most proficient shooters can shoot a pistol with either hand so perhaps the right was just more convenient instead.
- Sayid appears to have been shot more than any other survivor. He has been shot four separate times; once in a flashback, by himself, once on the Island in the present, by Mikhail Bakunin, once in the future, by Elsa and once on the Island in the past, by Roger Linus.
- He was also shot with a tranquilizer dart.
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Sayid Jarrah/Theories
- What is the "Basra Incident" referred to by Juliet?
- If he spent time in France, as indicated by Enter 77, why can't he speak French?