I would like to begin by saying that Hazrat Mokhtar has been portrayed, by the pigs who uphold the religion of Islam and call themselves Muslims, as a Liar and a Godless person. Numerous hadises have been fabricated against the name of Hazrat Mokhtar with the sole purpose of demeaning his character.
Allah will bless him and overlook any shortcomings he had in his life as he had the spine and guts to stand up to the oppressors and crush their balls. What an uprising that was and what a blessed purposeful revenge to destroy the plotters behind the bloodbath of the Prophet's household!
Abu Ishaq al-Mukhtar bin Abu Ubaida ath-Thaqafi was born when the Hijrat began. Though Hazrat Mokhtar was a couple of years elder to Imam Husain, he held the Imam to be his master. He proclaimed his love openly for the family of Imam Ali. Mu’awiya had Hazrat Mokhtar imprisoned in Kufa much earlier to the battle of Karbala. It was after the martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.) that Hazrat Mokhtar could esacpe from the prison with the hep of his cousin Zaedeh. When he learnt about the cruel incidents that Imam Husain was subjected to, he took an oath that he would bring the murderers to book. Initially, he joined hands with Ibn az-Zubair and helped him fight against Hussayn bin Numair. Then, he made Kufa his stronghold and collected people to form a group whose priority mission was to seek revenge for Imam Husain’s blood. Among them was Ibrahim bin Malik al-Ashthar. Ultimately, both al-Mukhtar and Ibrahim were killed but not before they were successful in their uprising and in the killing of all major perpetrators behind the crimes committed in Karbala. Hypocrisy reigned supreme after the death of Hazrat Mokhtar as it reigns supreme even today. Another observation is that the denizenry of Kufa could never be trusted. They have been an accursed lot.
Mokhtarnameh is a magnificent television series produced by Sima Films based on the life of Hazrat Mukhtar Thaqafi. The direction by Davoud Mirbagheri and the performance by Fariborz Arabnia who portrays Hazrat Mokhtar are excellent. The music supports the drama capably with a haunting title theme.
I have not seen a comprehensive television series drama with a historical and a psycho-analytical approach such as this. This is perhaps the greatest drama filmed on not just the Iranian scene but the world scene itself. The other two dramas that have had an impact on me have been the BBC War and Peace, 1971 version and Spartacus, 2009 version.
Here is the concluding Episode XL