WHEN THE WHOLE plain of Karbala was full with Yazid's regiments and the Holy Imam's camp was totally surrounded by the enemy's forces, Ibne-i-Sa'd the Commander of the Brute's armies met Husain on the banks of the River and demanded 'Bait' on behalf of the tyrant Yazid and said:
"If you pay homage to Yazid, everything will go well for you and whatever worldly comforts and privileges you desire for, will be at your disposal. Otherwise, it will end in a wholesale massacre of yourself and all your dear ones here."
Husain firmly refused to pay the 'Bait' saying:
"Tell Yazid to tempt with the worldly comforts those who are after this World. I am the Imam, the Representative of the Apostle of God. I shall never yield to the one who believeth not in God and who delieth the Word of the Lord, in word and deed, and who spreadeth godlessness on the earth. Let any calamity befall me and my dear ones, the will of the Lord shall be done. Husain will cheerfully meet any catastrophe but never surrender Truth to falsehood."
Adapted from the book: "Husain; The Saviour of Islam" by: "S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali"