Imam Hussein (A.S.) told Hurr: "May your mother mourn for your death!" Hurr replied: "Swear to God that if anyone else other than you have said that I would have answered him by actually making his mother to mourn for him; however I am not allowed to talk about your mother's name except in the best courteous way possible!"
Among all of the incidents of Islamic history, the incident of martyrdom of Hazrat Seyyed al-Shuhada (A.S.) and his chaste companions has a significant importance. The following text is adopted from the book "Ma'alem al-Modaresin [The Lecturers' Knowledge]" by Allameh Seyyed Murtezah Askari; a historian and leading expert on Islamic history, this book has been created from the original primary sources and has numerous citations to Sunni resources.
Tabari said that Hurr had arrived under the command of Hasin ibn Nomayr with a thousand horsemen from Ghasediyeh, because Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad had heard the news of Hussein's (A.S.) departure and had commanded his military commander Hasin ibn Nomayr to move and camp in Ghasediyeh and to appoint a sentinel for the place of Ghatghataneh1, he sent Hasin and Hurr for confronting Hussein (A.S.).
Hurr was constantly alongside Hussein (A.S.) until it was midday praying time and Hussein (A.S.) told his muezzin to call for prayers and he announced the azan, Hussein stood in front of them and prayed and praised God then he said: "O' people! This is my excuse to God and to you, I did not came to you until I had received your letters and your messengers came to me and they said unanimously: "Come to us, for we have no Imam. Perhaps through your presence, God may gather us all to the path of guidance.""
"Now if you still believe in the same things you did, I am here. Here if you give me a covenant that will assure me, I will enter your city, and if you don't and if you detest my entrance, I will turn away from you and go back to where I came from."
Narrator says that people remained silence and asked the muezzin to say the ighamah and he said it. Then Hussein (A.S.) told Hurr: "Do you want to pray with your companions?" He said: "No! You will say your prayers and we will all follow you in that."
Hussein (A.S.) said his prayers with them. Then Imam entered his own tent and his companions gathered in his presence, also Hurr returned to his camp and entered his tent and a group of his companions went to him, all his soldiers returned to their previous lineups, each holding their horses' reins and sitting in the shadows until the afternoon came.
Hussein (A.S.) ordered them to get ready for departure; then he came out and told his muezzin to say the azan and ighamah for the afternoon prayers, he went ahead and prayed with that congregation. He said greetings then he turned to them, thanked and praised God and said: "However, O' people! If you follow the path to piety, and believe in the right of the people who deserve it, God shall be more pleased; and we the Ahlul Bayt [household of Muhammad (P.B.U.H.)] are more worthy for wilayat and for leading you than these unjust pretenders who are ruling over you with oppression and aggression."
"Now if you dislike us, and do not acknowledge our right and if your opinion is the opposite of what you have written in your letters and of what you have told your messengers, I will give up on you. " Hurr said: "Swear on God that we are unaware about the letters that you are talking about!" Hussein (A.S.) said: "O' Oghbat ibn Sama'an! Bring out the two saddlebags that contain their letters." Then he brought out the saddlebags full of letters and spread them before them. Hurr said: "We are not among the people who had written letters to you, but we are commanded to not to separate from you after we saw you and to take you to Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad." And Hussein (A.S.) said: "Death is closer to you than it is to them."
*Preventing Imam's departure, and then Imam told his companions that: "Rise up and ride." They mounted their rides and waited for their wives to mount on their rides, then he told his companions: "We shall return." When they were returning Hurr's troops prevented them and Imam Hussein (A.S.) told Hurr: "May your mother mourn for your death! What do you want?" Hurr said: "Swear to God that if anyone else other than you have said that and he was in your position right now I would have answered him by actually making his mother to mourn for him, whoever he was; but swear to God that I am not allowed to talk about your mother's name except in the best courteous way possible!"
Hussein (A.S.) told Hurr: "Then what do you want?" Hurr said: "Swear to God that I want to take you to Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad." Hussein (A.S.) replied: "Swear to God that I will not obey you." Hurr said: "Swear to God that I will not release you."
They repeated this dialogue for three times, and after the dialogue increased Hurr said to Imam: "I am not commanded to fight you, I am only ordered to not to separate from you until I take you to Kufah; now if you do not accept that, choose a path that will neither take you to Kufah nor to Medinah; a path other than what you or I desire. So that I would write a letter to ibn Ziyad and you too can write to Yazid ibn Moaviye if you want or to Ubayd Allah ibn Ziyad. Perhaps this action would grant God's blessings to me and I would not suffer from your actions." Then he pointed to the other direction, the path to Azzib and Ghadesiyeh on the left and said: "Go through this way." Hussein (A.S.) went along with his companions and Hurr was accompanying him.