As Hajjaj bin Yusuf was passing away, he raised his tearful eyes to heaven, pleading:
“O Allah! Grant me salvation, for people say you will not forgive me.”
He then recited the following verse:
“Lord! The people give me no hope, Though I repose much hope in you”.
So saying this he closed his eyes. When this saying was quoted before Hazrat Hasan Basri (Radhiallaho Anho), he did not believe this and asked: “Did he really say this?” “Yes, Hajjaj actually said so.” Thereupon Hadhrat Hasan Basri said, “Then perhaps he may be forgiven.”