As adherents of this sect who remained in Basra were firmly attached to the tenets of Muhallabi, and continued to assemble on Fridays, they were outlawed and put to the sword. Some managed to escape, others were drowned or massacred. A large number of them hid among the houses and in the wells. They appeared only at night and hunted dogs, rats and cats, which they killed for food; but soon this supply was exhausted and they found nothing left to eat.