Imaam Al-Hasan Al-Basree (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said:

Verily, Al-Hajjaaj is the punishment of Allaah. So do not repel the punishment of Allaah with your own hands. But you must submit and show humility, for Allaah the Most High stated, And indeed We seized them with punishment, but they humbled not themselves to their Lord, nor did they invoke (Allaah) with submission to Him. (Al-Mu`minoon, 23:76).

Reference: Al-Hasan Al-Basree, Minhaaj As-Sunnah of Shaykhul-Islaam, 4/528