Leaders of the Young People of Paradise

For the shahadat of Imam Hassan (AS), we focused on the quote of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) where he calls Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS) the Leaders of the Young People of Paradise.

We began our discussion by talking about Heaven. Here’s the gist of our conversation.

“Do you remember what Heaven is?”

“It’s a place for people to go when they make good decisions!”

“Yeah! Do you want to make good decisions and go to Heaven?”


“Let’s pray to Allah (SWT)! Oh Allah, please let us enter Heaven.”


After that, we continued by mentioning our Imams (AS), and discussing the role of a leader

“Prophet Mohammed (SAW) has told us that there are two people who are the leaders of all the young people of Heaven. They are our second and third Imam! Do you know who they are?”

“Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS)!”

“Yeah!! Now… do you know what a leader is?”


“Let’s play a game! It’s called Follow the Leader. I’m going to go first and you have to walk behind me and copy everything that I do.”


We played Follow the Leader for a few minutes, with crazy jumps and turns and gestures, making sure that everyone in line follows each movement exactly. The goofier, the better! Then, the next person in line gets a chance to lead, and everyone else follows him/her exactly. With more people, repeat until everyone has an opportunity to lead.

After the game, we discussed what the leader did and what everyone else standing in line did. We talked about how everyone in line had to follow whatever the leader did.

In the same way, if we want to go to Heaven, we have to follow the Leaders of the Young People of Heaven. Imam Hassan (AS) and Imam Hussain (AS) are our leaders, and we have to follow them.

They are kind, so we need to be kind too. They are generous, so we need to be generous too. They are brave, so we need to be brave too.

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