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Published on 11 Mar 2012 | over 4 years ago

An excellent series directed by Davud Mirbaqeri narrating Mukhtar al-Thaqafi's revenge for Karbala,

Mukhtar Thaqafi is a Shia Muslim leader who set up a movement in 686 A.D in the town of Kufa to avenge the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS). Starring: Fariborz Arabnia, Reza Ruygari, Reza Kianian and Rahman Baqerian, 'Mokhtarnameh' is the sixth TV series directed by Mirbaqeri. The series, which took five years to complete, includes 40 episodes and is produced by Sima Films. The story reviews the events leading to the martyrdom of the Imams and ends with the adolescence of Mokhtar. The film also deals with 16 years of Mokhtar's life and includes the death of Mo'awiyah, the succession of Yazid ibn-Mo'awiyah, and the events leading to Ashura and whatever related to the uprising of Mokhtar until his and his companions' martyrdom.

When Yazid I, the second Umayyad Caliph, took power in 680, some Muslims in Iraq were dissatisfied with their government, and the hereditary succession of men they saw as usurpers of rights.

The rebellion which broke out in 686 CE, under the reign of Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan, was supported by the faction of Muslims. Al-Mukhtar led the rebellion, which was launched from Kufa, in present-day Iraq. It is known that he was rebelling on behalf of Ali's son Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, after Husayn ibn Ali was killed at the Battle of Karbala. Al-Mukhtar was in prison whilst the Battle of Karbala was taking place. After he was out of prison, he found out about what happened in Karbala and set out to avenge the death of the grand son of Muhammad.

Al-Mukhtar caught many of the men that killed Husayn ibn Ali and his companions in the Battle of Karbala but was later killed by the forces under the command of Mus'ab ibn al-Zubayr outside of Kufa in April 687, and many of his followers were killed in the subsequent repression as well.

The majority of the belief according to the records was that Al-Mukhtar's struggle was not a revolution for power rather it was to avenge the oppression and killing of the Household of Muhammad. He found and killed the men that had killed or helped in the killing of the Household of Muhammad. At the moment he was about to be sentenced and killed by a governor of Yazid, he said that he had not finished a task which Ali had said he will be doing and so no one can kill him and in an interesting sequence he was saved.

The grave of al-Mukhtar can be found within Masjid al-Kufa in Kufa, Iraq...

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