Sunday, December 25, 2011

The 99: Widad

Widad is a member of The 99, one of the ordinary teenagers and adults from across the globe, who come into possession of one of the ninety-nine magical mystical Noor Stones (Ahjar Al Noor, Stones of Light) and find themselves empowered in a specific manner. All dilemmas faced by The 99 will be overcome through the combined powers and capabilities of three or more members. Through this, The 99 series aims to promote values such as cooperation and unity throughout the Islamic world. Although the series is not religious, it aims to communicate Islamic virtues which are, as viewed by Dr. Al-Mutawa, universal in nature.
The concept of The 99 is based on the 99 attributes of Allah. Many of these names refer to characteristics that can be possessed by human individuals. For example – generosity, strength, faithfulness, wisdom are all virtues encouraged by a number of faiths.
In compliance with Islamic tradition, the Arabic version of the aliases of each of the 99 is written without the definite article "Al-", because use of this precise form is exclusive to Allah. This serves to remind that The 99 are only mortals, and sets them as human role models, with their qualities and weaknesses.

WIDAD The Loving

Hope Mendoza works for Bounty International, a relief organization that is headquartered in the Philippines. She has gone into some of the most dangerous areas of the world, to deliver supplies to those in need. 

She has for a long time been in possession of a family heirlooma lucky stone which has been passed down from generation to generation. It is this stone that has enabled Hope to pass through these areas and she is fully aware of it. Sometimes she can't help but use her powers of persuasion to get her way for other things. Like getting funding, for instance.

During a United Nations funding survey, Hope meets Dr. Ramzi and manipulates himunder her spell she hears about THE 99 and how they can change the world. She hears about the gems, the powers and some of the back story. Her conscience starts to bother herperhaps she should join their causebut she's only there to convince Ramzi to fund her. She leaves, then Ramzi realises what has happenedbut he knows she will return. There is light in her, after all. Hope is torn. She wants to do what is best to help the worldbut would she be more effective as a member of THE 99 or as a relief worker for Bounty International? Finally, she returns, confessing that she is one of the people Ramzi is looking for. 

Real Name: Hope Mendoza
Gender: Female
Age: 21
Location: Philippines
Height: 157 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Eye Color: Hazel
Hair Color: Brown

Chemical control of the brain, which enables Hope to induce love, compassion and happiness in others. This results in susceptibility to her persuasion.

A Filipina concerned with social justice, she works with a humanitarian organization.
Ability to make others feel happy thus making them susceptible to her arguments.
Meets Ramzi and uses her powers on him to obtain the supplies and attention she wants for her cause. 

The 99