What is the authenticity of the Hadith which states that Hasan and Husayn (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) are the leaders of the youngsters of Jannah?
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith and has declared it authentic (hasanun sahih).
Sayyiduna Abu Sa’id Al Khudri (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Hasan and Husayn are the leaders of the youth in Jannah.”
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3768)
The Arabic word used in this Hadith is ‘شباب’. The commentators explain that this refers to those who are of thirty years of age [and below].
Since the people of Jannah will be of one age, the commentators have explained the Hadith in question as follows:
1) Sayyiduna Hasan and Sayyiduna Husayn (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) are the leaders/the best of all those who passed away as youth in the path of Allah.
2) They will be the leader of all the inhabitants of Jannah with the exception of the Ambiya and the Khulafa Rasdhidin
3) Currently [i.e. when Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) uttered this, they are the leaders of all those youngsters who are destined for Jannah.
(Refer: Mirqatul Mafatih, Hadith: 6163 and Tuhfatul Ahwadhi, Hadith: 3768)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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