On the seventh day of Muharram in 61 AH, Omar Ibn Sa'd (may God curse him) entrusted five hundred men to guard the al-'Alaqmi River, after he received a letter from Ibn Ziyad ordering him to prevent water from al-Hussayn (peace be upon him), his family and companions (may Allah be pleased with them).
On the same day, Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) met with Omar Ibn Sa'd, to try to convince him from fighting Ahl al-Bayt (peace be upon them), but Ibn Sa'd did not accept. So, Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) told him: "May Allah slaughter you on your bed soon, and not forgive you on judgment day. I swear to Allah I wish you not let you eat from the grist of Iraq only few. Then Ibn Sa'ad said sarcastically: 'barley more adequacy than grist".