The Prisoner of War
A young man came to Imam Husayn's camp. He was looking for his father Muhammad bin Basheer al-Hadramy.
The young man said to his father:
My brother is a prisoner of war at Ray (a town near Teheran).
His father said:
I'll support Imam Husayn at any rate!
Imam Husayn said:
You're free. Go and release your son.
Muhammad bin Basheer refused that and said:
By Allah, I won't leave you!
Imam Husayn [a] gave him five garments. Each cost one thousand dinars. Then he said to him:
Give your son these garments to release his brother.
Thus Imam Husayn's companions preferred death with him to life with the unjust.