On Tuesday night, 12th Rabi al-Awwal, namely two days before the revolution, on the way to Mukhtar's house, Ibraheem al-Ashtar and some of his friends came across a patrol. The commander of the patrol said:
Who are you?
I'm Ibraheem al-Ashtar
The commander of the patrol said:
Who are those with you? Have you permission to go out at night?
We must arrest you!
Ibraheem al-Ashtar was forced to attack the Commander. He killed him. The rest of the patrol ran away.
Ibraheem al-Ashtar and his friends hurried to Mukhtar . They told him about the incident. Ibraheem al-Ashtar said to Mukhtar :
You must announce the revolution at once!
What has happened?
I have killed the Commander of the patrol. It's important to announce the revolution at once.
Mukhtar became cheerful and said:
May Allah make you happy! This is the beginning of the conquest!