Al-Mukhtār b. Abī ʿUbayd al-Thaqafī (المختار بن أبي عبيد الثقفي) (b. 1/622-623 – d. 67/687) the leader of one of the uprisings to take revenge of Imam al-Husayn’s (a) blood, one of tabi’un and from Ta’if. He hosted Muslim b. ‘Aqil in Kufa and was imprisoned by ‘Ubayd Allah b. Ziyad when the Battle of Karbala was taking place. During his uprising many of those people who took part in killing Imam al-Husayn (a) were killed. There is a disagreement regarding al-Muhktar’s uprising, his religious sect, and his relation with the Ahl al-Bayt (a). Some believe his uprising was with the permission of Imam Zayn al-‘Abidin (a). After 18 months of rule in Kufa, al-Mukhtar was killed by Mus’ab b. al-Zubayr in 67/687. His grave, which is next to the Mosque of Kufa, is respected and visited by the Shi’a.