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Honour your children and instill good manners within them

Can you please state the grading of the following Hadith:

أكرموا أولادكم وأحسنوا أدبهم



Translation of the Hadith in question

“Honour your children [by] instilling good manners within them”


Imam ibn Majah (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna Anas (radiyallahu ‘anhu). ‘Allamah Busiri (rahimahullah) has declared the chain of narrators weak.

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3671, Zawaid Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1253. Also see Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 1419 and Al Mudawi 1419/724)


Despite its weakness, the Hadith is suitable for practice.

Inculcating good character in our children has been encouraged in other Hadiths as well. See here for a similar narration.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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