“They are the masters of the youths of paradise.”
Although they were children – not young men – the Holy Prophet said that they were the masters of the youths of paradise. In other words, even though they were six and seven years old, they understood matters as well as young men. Their behaviour and manners were refined, and dignity radiated from them.
Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Ali Khamenei, May 8, 1998