hamid-sheik-sinai-cab81-full SHEIK HAMIDhamid-sheik-sinai-cab80-face

Real Name: Hamid (presumably his given name, with an unrevealed surname)

Identity/Class: Human ;
    Egyptian citizen

Occupation: Presumably a tribal leader, elder, and/or scholar

Group Membership: Apparently the leader of an unidentified tribe;
    Muslim people

Affiliations: Beast (Hank McCoy), Professor Berger, Cable (Nathan Summers/Nathan Dayspring Askani'son), Clarity (and his agents Greg and Lea), Key (Lachlan Patterson), Professor Henry Oxton, Wall (Mick Patterson), Phoenix (Jean Grey)

Enemies: Azazel, Undying (Aentaros, Lothan, Semijan, Tiamet, Vaudois)

Known Relatives: Unidentified father, unidentified paternal grandfather, unidentified paternal great-grandfather;
    unidentified ancestors for one hundred generations

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, Asian continent

Religion: Islam

First Appearance: Cable II#80 (June, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Hamid is experienced both in unarmed combat and with various firearms.

    Despite concerns regarding demons and other mystic beings, he is willing and able to confront and battle powerful and monstrous aliens.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6')
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 180 lbs.)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Unrevealed (black eyebrows; black possibly graying beard)

(Cable II#81 (fb) - BTS) - Hamid and his ancestors dwelled in the Sinai peninsula near Azazel's gate for centuries/hundreds of generations.

(Cable II#80) - As Oxton and Berger used a laser device on Azazel's gate, which failed to scratch its surface, Sheik Hamid's armed agents gathered around them.

(Cable II#80 (fb) - BTS) - Oxton and Berger made peaceful arrangements with Hamid and his men (see comments). hamid-sheik-sinai-cab80-tent

(Cable II#80) - Feeding Oxton and Berger in his tent, Hamid advised them that great evil lied beyond those doors. Oxton countered that whatever was hidden by the doors must now be long dead, but Hamid replied that powerful genii still existed inside that cavern and that their seal was on the door:" A circle in a circle, a mind within a mind. They are demons and they are Undying."

(Cable II#81) - Outside Azazel's lair, when Oxton asked how the doors had remained secret for thousands of years, as he would have thought that one of his people would have revealed the location to explorers or archeologists, which would have made them rich.

    Hamid replied that Azazel, the "Lord of the Undying," guarded their privacy and killed any who attempted to speak of this location and that many had perished with his dread name on their lips, "May Allah preserve us all."

    Oxton dismissed this as nonsense, and he contacted Hafia (see comments) and prepared to relate his findings. However, as soon as he stated the word "Azazel," he immediately died but was left standing. Noting that he was "solid as a stone statue," Hamid asked if he should dispose of him, but Berger told him he needed time to think, and so Hamid loaded Oxton into the back of Berger's jeep.

    After Hamid confirmed that Azazel had guarded the gate for at least a hundred generations, Berger noted that they had no televisions nor microwaves in their tents and asked what he knew of the internet. Hamid assured Berger that while he was aware of it, they did not possess such devices as they were unnecessary in the desert.

    Berger then correctly reasoned that Azazel would not have an appreciation of the internet and related terminology, and -- as Hamid posed with his rifle in front of the Azazel's gate -- he sent out jpg and wav files while discussing the situation.

    With Oxton tied into the back of his jeep, Hamid rode with Berger and asked how he planned to outwit Azazel. Berger replied to give him a few days and he was was sure something would turn up.

(Cable II#82 (fb) - BTS) - Clarity located Berger's file on his site and learned the approximate location of Azazel's gate.

(Cable II#82 - BTS) - Clarity's agent Greg reported this information to Cable.

(Cable II#83) - Presumably having received communication from Key and/or agents of Clarity, Berger informed Hamid as they stood by Azazel's gate that he should prepare a welcoming committee, as it appeared some friends -- a man named Cable and his associates -- were going to be arriving in a few hours. He added, "Life's about to get interesting."

(Cable II#84 (fb) - BTS) - Cable arrived alongside X-Men associates Beast and Phoenix and new allies Key and Wall (who had previously been under the control of the Undying's Semijan).

(Cable II#84) - When Beast declared that the mountain was artificially-created, Hamid replied that these mountains were as old as time and that his people had camped near there for centuries. After Key had opened Azazel's gate, Cable advisedeveryone of the danger they faced, and he asked Berger and Hamid if they wanted to go in. Hamid replied, " Paah! Am I a cur, afraid of the dark? Azazel has preyed on my people for centuries. It's time to strike back."

    Entering, the group appreciated that they were within a spaceship, but further discussion was interrupted by the awakening of the Undying's hosts that had been kept in stasis aboard Azazel. Hamid joined the others in battling the Undying's hosts, firing a rifle at Vaudois while shouting, "Die, spawn of Shaitan!" Berger stood behind Hamid and fired his handgun at the alien creatures.hamid-sheik-sinai-cab84-shooting

    As the Undying mocked the futility of opposing them, Hamid argued "Innocent blood stains their hands. These devils must be punished. There must be justice!"

    Via information downloaded from Azazel, Key related the history of the Serayn and the Undying, and all present appreciated that killing the creatures would set the Undying free to inhabit new hosts but that the long-preserved hosts were decaying and would die soon, which would also unleash the Undying.

     Having gained control of Azazel, however, Key adjusted the settings: Azazel would now only be able to transfer the Undying into cockroaches; and not just for 10,000 years but until the last cockroach on Earth died. The Undying's hosts perished soon thereafter.

(Cable II#84 - BTS) - The Undying were apparently transferred into cockroaches.

(Cable II#84) - Key noted that he had locked the settings so that once they left, they could not be changed "for all eternity."

    After everyone was safely outside, Cable and Jean Grey discussed that a rockslide to cover the door and prevent others from accessing Azazel. Hamid thanked them, noting that while many outsiders called mutants their enemies, he had witnessed their deeds. "Though I cannot speak for others, you will always be welcome in my tents."

Comments: Created by Robert Weinberg, Michael Ryan, and Scott Hanna.

    From my lazy internet research, Hamid is usually a given name, and it comes from a pair Arabic words, which mean either "one who praises" or "one who is praiseworthy."

    While eating with Sheik Hamid, Oxton called him "my friend." There was no explanation of the transition point between Hamid's men holding Oxton and Berger at gunpoint to Oxton and Berger sitting in Hamid's tent while eating and discussing matters. It may be that Oxton and Hamid knew each other before, but it also may be that he was just being friendly/polite/respectful and that Oxton and/or Berger were able to negotiate peaceful relations.

    I don't know if Hafia is meant to be a person or a group or something else?
    Googling it, I get Hafia as the name of a town and sub-prefecture in the Labe Prefecture in the Labe Region in northern-central Guinea...which is all the way on the north-west side of Africa, with Egypt being on the east side.
    Haifa is the third-largest city in Israel, and would be much closer than Hafia, so perhaps it was a misspelling. It seems a little odd to be calling for a city, but perhaps there is some base there. It would remind me of astronauts contacting NASA, "Houston, we have a problem..."
    Hafia is apparently an Arabic female name. Nevertheless my first thought would be the Israeli city. It could be the Haifa headquarters of an organization he's calling.
    --David Zuckerman

    I don't know if either of the locals that confronted Berger and Oxton was Hamid, so I didn't include it in the main profile, but it's a good image, so I included it here. I guess only Weinberg and Ryan know if it was meant to be Hamid out front, or just one of his men.

Profile by Snood.

Sheik Hamid
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Cable II#80, pg. 9, panel 4 (tribesmen; possibly Hamid);
       pg. 19, panel 1 (in tent, feeding Berger and Oxton);
        pg. 20, panel 4 (face);
    #81, pg. 20, panel 4 (full; small; with rifle by Azazel's gate);
    #84, pg. 10, panel 4 shooting at Vaudois)

Cable II#80 (June, 2000) - Robert Weinberg (writer), Michael Ryan (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Cable II#81-82 (July-August, 2000) - Robert Weinberg (writer), Michael Ryan (penciler), Andrew Pepoy (inker), Mark Powers (editor)
Cable II#83 (September, 2000) - Robert Weinberg (writer), Michael Ryan (penciler), Walden Wong (inker), Mark Powers (editor)

Cable II#84 (October, 2000) - Robert Weinberg (writer), Michael Ryan (penciler), Nathan Massengil & Andrew Pepoy (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)

First posted: 11/14/2023
Last updated: 11/14/2023

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