Habib, despite his advanced age, fought them valiantly, killing as many as sixty-two men. Badil Ibn Sarim attacked him and dealt a sword blow to him as a man from Tamim hit him with his lance. Habib now fell on the ground.
As he attempted to stand up again, al-Hasin hit him with his sword on the head, causing him to fall again on his face. The man from Tamim alighted and severed Habib's head. Habib being thus killed shook al-Husayn (‘a) who said, “It is only to Allah that I complain about what has happened to me and to my companions.”29 For a good while, the Imam (‘a) kept repeating the statement: Inna-Lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajia’un [We belong to Allah, and to Him is our return].
28. al-Khawarizmi, Maqtal al-Husayn, Vol. 2, p. 17.
29. Ibn al-Athir, Vol. 4, p. 29. al-Tabari, Tarikh, Vol. 6, p. 251. Al-Khawarizmi, Vol. 2, p. 19, where the author says, “Al-Tamimi cut off Habib's head. Some say that it was done by Badil Ibn Sarim. The severed head was hung around a mare's neck. When the people of Kufa saw that, one of them, the son of Habib Ibn Muzahir, a young teenager, assaulted its rider and cut his head off.”