Towards the evening (of the 9th of Muharram) al-Husayn gathered his followers around him.
[ Ali b. al Husayn, Zayn al Abidin, reported: ]
I went near to hear what he would say to them (even
though) at that time I was sick. I heard my father
say to his followers: I glorify God with the most perfect
glorification and I praise Him in happiness and misfortune.
O God, I praise You for blessing us with prophethood,
teaching us the Qur'an and making us understand the religion.
You have given us hearing, sight and hearts, and have made
us among those who give thanks (to You). I know of no followers
more loyal and more virtuous than my followers, nor of any
House more pious and more close-knit than my House. May God
reward you well on my behalf. Indeed, I do not think that there
will be (any further) days (left) to us by these men. I
permit you to leave me. All (of you) go away with the absolution
of your oath (to follow me), for there will be no (further)
obligation on you from me. This is a night (whose darkness) will
give cover to you. Use it as a camel (i.e. ride away in it).
His brothers and sons, the sons of his sisters and the sons of 'Abd Allah b. Ja'far said:
We will not leave you to make ourselves continue living after your (death). God will never see us (do) such a thing.
Al Abbas b. Ali, peace be on them, was the first of them to make this declaration. Then the (whole) group followed him, (all) declaring the same thing.
"Sons of 'Aqil" said al-Husayn, "enough of your (family) has been killed. So go away as I have permitted you."
"Glory be to God," they replied, "what would the people say?
They would say that we deserted our shaykh, our lord, the sons of our uncle, who was the best of uncles; that we had not shot arrows alongside them, we had not thrust spears alongside them, we had not struck swords alongside them. (At such an accusation) we do not know what we would do. No, by God, we will not do (such a thing). Rather we will ransom you with our lives, property and families. We will fight for you until we reach your destination. May God make life abominable (for us) after your (death)."
Then Muslim b. Awsaja arose and spoke:
Could we leave you alone? How should we excuse ourselves before God concerning the performance of our duty to your By God, I will stab them with my spear (until it breaks), I will strike them with my sword as long as the hilt is in my hand. If I have no weapon (left) to fight them with, I will throw stones (at them). By God we will never leave you until God knows that we have preserved through you (the company of His Apostle) in his absence. By God, if I knew what I would die and then be revived and then burnt and then revived, and then scattered, and that would be done to me seventy times, I would never leave you until I met my death (fighting) on your behalf. So how could I do it when there can only be one death, which is a great blessing which can never be rejected.
Zuhayr b. al-Qayn, may God have mercy on him, spoke:
By God, I would prefer to be killed and then recalled to life; and then be killed a thousand times in this manner; and that in this way God, the Mighty and Exalted, should protect your life and the lives of these young men of your House.