When ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (رضي الله عنه) was walking in the market, he passed by a man who was supplicating,
اللهم اجعلني من القليل اللهم اجعلني من القليل
“O Allah, make me from the few! O Allah make me from the few!”
So ‘Umar said to him, “Where did you get this du`a’ (supplication) from?” And the man said,
“Allah in His Book says:
وَقَليلٌ مِن عِبادِيَ الشَّكورُ
‘And few of My servants are grateful.’ [Saba’:13]”
So ‘Umar wept and admonished himself, “The people are more knowledgeable than you, O Umar! O Allah make us from Your ‘few’ servants.”
Sometimes when you advise someone to leave a sin, they respond with “But everybody does it, it’s not just me!” But if you look for the words “most people” in the Qur’an, you will find that most people -
ولكن اكثرهم لا يعلمون
“And however most people do not know” [7:187];
ولكن أكثرهم لا يشكرون
- “and most people do not show gratitude” [2:243]; and
و لكن اكثر الناس لا يؤمنون
“And most people do not believe” [11: 17].
And if you look for “most of them”, you will find:
بل أكثرهم لا يعلمون الحق فهم معرضون
- “turning away” [21:24].
So be of the “few”, whom Allah says about them:
وَقَليلٌ مِن عِبادِيَ الشَّكورُ
- “And *few* of My servants are grateful.” [Saba’:13]; and
وَما آمَنَ مَعَهُ إِلّا قَليلٌ
- “But none had believed with him, except a *few*.” [11:40]
في جنات النعيم ثلة من الاولين و قليل من الآخرين
- “In the Gardens of Bliss: many from the past and a *few* from later generations.” (Al-Waqi'ah:12-14)
Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said, “Go on the path of truth and do not feel lonely because there are few who take that path, and beware of the path of falsehood and do not be deceived by the vastness of the perishers.”
[Kitab al-Zuhd - Ahmad bin Hanbal; and Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shaybah ]
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Ren and Ran making Mako and Haru play house with them. Mako is daddy, Haru is mommy and Ren and Ran as their babies.
“ - Why am I the mommy?”, Haru complains softly.
“ - Because Haru-chan can cook!!!! ” Ran replies merrily.
Makoto tries to hide his laugh but Haru notices it and gives him a murderous gaze.
“ - Mamaaaaa I’m hungry!!” Ren says to Haru in grabbing his arm.
Haru sighs but after seeing the encouraging look from Makoto, he begins to mimic his cooking gestures.
“ - Mama mama!! what are you cooking? ” Ran asks.
“ - Saba ”
“ - Eehhhhhhhhhhhhh, why cooking saba even in a game =3= ”
“ - Saba is good.“
” - Daddyyyyyyyyyy, do something!! “, Ren begs his brother.
” - Ahah, Haru…”
“ - No!”, Ran exclaims. “ You can’t call him like that , it’s your wife after all! Repeat after me : Darling <3 ”
“ - EHHHHH!!!! ” Makoto starts to blush and looks at Haru but the dark-haired boy doesn’t seem to react and just shows a neutral face.
“ - D A R L I N G! come on! ” Ran insists.
Makoto lowers his head a little in a shy way, still looking at Haru.
“ - Da…Darling..” he says very softly.
Is it a little blush he can see on Haru’s cheeks or is it just his imagination ? And his eyes seem to shine more than usual too. Anyway, both are just looking in the other’s eyes in silence now.
“ - AH! DADDY YOU ARE GONNA BE LATE!”
Makoto jumps at his sister’s voice. For a moment, he totally forgot he was still with the twins, drowned into the blue of the eyes of his best friend.
“ - Hurry, hurry!!! You need to go to work and bring money to the family!”
“ - Ahah, ok Ran.”
He stands up and does as if he puts a tie around his neck.
“ - I’m going then! ”
“ - Wait daddy! give us kiss!!! ” the twins says in jumping on him.
He smiles tenderly and puts a soft kiss on their cheeks. But Ren is still grabbing his shirt.
“ - Mommy too!”
“ - EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “
Has this game always been that embarassing ?! Makoto looks at Haru, uncertain of what to do. But Haru sighs, stands up and comes suddenly to him. He puts one of his hands on Mako’s chest and moves close enough to put a soft kiss on the corner of his lips. The tall brown freezes instantly.
” - Have a nice day, dar~ling~“ Haru says with a teasing smile.
He will remember all his life of this blushing pouting face that Makoto gives him at this moment.
After playing a little longer, the twins finally fall asleep. Makoto holds them both in his strong arms and leads them to bed. And in seeing him tuck them in their bed, Haru smiles and thinks what a wonderful dad he will be.
So, you guys know how a lot of the time names and the characters in them in Haikyuu!! usually hold meaning. For example, the characters that make Bokuto’s surname 木兎 can be read as mimizuku, meaning horned owl; the contrast between the Hi in Hinata 日 meaning sun and the Tsuki in Tsukishima’s 月 meaning moon, etc.
I’ll get to the point now but well, the character for Iwa in Iwaizumi’s name 岩 translates to rock, boulder. And so that got me thinking. It’s canon that Iwaizumi is the friend that keeps Oikawa in line and we’ve seen him pull Oikawa back from some dark places and we’ve seen him be supportive and worry. Therefore, it might just be the cheeseball in me but I like to think the 岩 in his name symbolizes how he’s always been Oikawa’s rock, his support, and helped him stay down to earth.
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