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Just wanted to start a discussion about the less talked about part of Mukhtar movement ...the rights of ajam the Mawali (converted iranian muslims) How this was a threat to interests of Arab tribal leaders How his movement was a precedent for later movements that took up the cause of nonarab converts like that of harith b suraydj and Abu Muslim khurasani Was this also a factor why Mukhtars reputation is smeared in both Sunni and some Shia sources? I know we have discussed Mukhtar a lot but this aspect of his movement seem to have escaped notice
On 14 Ramadan, 67 AH Mukhtar al-Thaqafi (RA) decided to leave his palace. He said to his companions: ''The siege will weaken us more and more! Let's go out and die martyrs!'' Only seventeen persons obeyed Mukhtar. They went out to fight the big army that surrounded his palace. Mukhtar was sixty-seven years old. He fought bravely and died a martyr for Islam. Mukhtar was an early Shia Islamic revolutionary based in Kufa, Iraq who led an abortive rebellion against the Umayyad Caliphs in vengeance for the death of Husayn ibn ‘Ali at the Battle of Karbala and the expulsion of Ibn Al-Zubayr’s governor in Kufa. Mus'ab cheated the persons who stayed in the palace. He promised not to harm them if they came out. When they opened the gates of the palace, he ordered his soldiers to kill them all. He executed seven thousand people on one day. The Kufians had never seen such a horrible massacre before. Mus'ab ordered his soldiers to arrest Mukhtar ’s wife. Her name was Umra. Her father’s name was al-Numan bin Bashher al-Ansary. She was a believing woman. Mus'ab asked her to disown her husband. She said: ‘’I won’t disown him. He fasted in the day. He said his prayers at night. He sacrificed himself for Allah and His Apostle. He took revenge on Imam Husayn’s killers.’’ Mus'ab said with threat: ‘’I’ll kill you!’’ The believing woman said: ‘’To die a martyr for Allah is better than this world. I’ll die and enter paradise! I prefer Imam Ali to everything!’’ Mus'ab decided to kill her. In the dark, a person took her to a place between Hira and Kufa. In that desert, the person beheaded her. She died a martyr for Imam Husayn’s aims. Mukhtar and his wife passed away. They wrote a bright page in the history of Jihad. The page has illuminated the way for generations.
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