Mokhtar is very important for Iranian. Iranian love him and his role in avenge killers of Imam hossein. Mokhtarnameh is a dramatic action television series producing by Sima film based on the life of Mokhtar Abou Obeid Saghafi. Over 140 actors were cast in it.
He 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 42 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
Al-Mukhtar was born in Ta’if, Makkah Province, Saudi Arabia in 622 CE, 1 AH, the year the Islamic prophet Muhammad began the Migration to Medina. He went to Medina along with his father during Umar’s Caliphate. He was the son of a martyr in the Battle of Yamul Hajr, and grew up in Medina while it was under the rule of Muhammad.
When Yazid I, the second Umayyad Caliph, took power in 680, the Muslims were dissatisfied with their government, and the hereditary succession of men they saw as usurpers of rights and oppressive rulers.
The rebellion which broke out in 686 CE 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 he 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-Kūfa in Kūfa, Iraq.