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    Takniyyah (using the kunya or patronymic in addressing children

    Calling a young boy "Abu Foolaan" ("Father of so-and-so) or a young girl "Umm Foolaan" ("Mother of so-and-so") will make the child feel more responsible and grown up, so he will become more mature and will feel above normal childishness. The Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him) used to give kunyas to children. Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
    Taking them to gatherings and letting them sit with grown-ups

    This will increase their understanding and wisdom, and make them try to imitate adults, as well as keeping them from spending too much time on games and entertainment. The Sahaabah used to bring their children with them when they went and sat with the Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him).

    Talking to them about the heroic deeds of earlier and subsequent generations,
    Islamic battles and Muslim victories

    This will encourage them to be brave, which is one of the most important parts of being strong and honourable.
    Teaching them good manners

    Among the manners that should be taught are those described in the hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurayrah from the Prophet (Peace & Blessings of Allaah be upon Him): "The young should greet the old, the passerby should greet one who is sitting, and the small group should greet the larger group." (Al-Bukhaari, 5736).

    Giving them the praise and respect they deserve in front of others

    Avoiding entertainment or pastime gatherings, singing, music and other wastes of time, because these go against strength, honour and seriousness.
    These are some of the ways and means which will increase strength and honour, and protect our children.

    Allaah is the One Who guides to the Straight Path.
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