Dear Sister Courtney,
Salam o Rahmat!
I am a student of Dr. Shabbir Ahmed.
Please select from some of the verses below. Feel free to break and float the verses as you deem fit. Also, please look at the numbered verses within brackets.
14:35 Recall that Abraham said, “My Lord! Make this a peaceful land and protect me and my children from idolatry in any form.” [2:125]
14:36 “My Lord! They (the keepers of these idols and temples) mislead a great many people. Whoever follows me, will be of me. And whoever rebels against me, then You are Forgiving, Merciful.” [11:15. Relationships would stand on Ideology. 2:124, 60:4]
14:37 “Our Lord! I have settled some of my family in this barren valley without cultivation, by Your Sacred House. Our Lord! They are here to establish the Divine System. Give them the nobility of character so that the hearts of people incline toward them. Provide for them with your blessings so that they may focus on their Mission. Make their efforts fruitful and enable them to show gratitude by sharing the bounties with others.” [The meaning of Shukr has been detailed in the last sentence]
14:38 “Our Lord! You know what we conceal and what we reveal.” Nothing is hidden from God, whether on earth or in heaven.
14:39 “All praise to God Who has given me sons like Ishmael and Isaac in later age! My Lord is the Hearer of prayer.”
14:40 “My Lord! Enable me and my children to establish the Divine System. Our Lord! Accept my prayer.”
14:41 Our Lord! Grant the shelter of forgiveness to me, my parents, and the believers on the Day when the final reckoning comes to pass.” [9:114]
17:23 (A benevolent society begins at home.) Your Lord has decreed that you serve none but Him, and always be kind to your parents. If one of them or both attain old age, do not utter the slightest harsh word to them. Never repel them and always address them respectfully. [2:233, 7:189, 17:23-24, 31:13-15, 36:68, 46:15]
17:24 Lower for them the wing of kindness and humility and say, "My Lord! Bestow upon them Your grace as they raised me in kindness since I was little."
27:19 Solomon smiled joyously at her words and said, "My Lord! Enable me to be grateful for Your blessings upon me and my parents. And enable me to work for the betterment of humanity and thus achieve Your approval. Include me, by Your grace, among Your righteous servants."
31:13 Luqman, enlightening his son, said this to him, "O My dear son! Never associate anyone with God, for, assigning ‘partners’ to Him is a tremendous wrong.”
31:14 “(And O My dear son! God says): We have enjoined on the human to be good to his parents. His mother bore him by bearing strain upon strain, and his utter dependence on her lasted two years. So, be grateful to Me and to your parents, and remember that your ultimate destination is with Me.” [2:233, 46:15]
46:15 We have enjoined on the human to be good and kind to his parents. In pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the child and his total dependence on her took thirty months. When he attains full maturity and reaches forty years, he says, "My Lord! Enable me to be grateful for the favor You have done to me and my parents, and that I may do works that meet Your approval. And make for me the upbringing of my children that they may be righteous as well. To You I turn, for I am of those who submit to You." [2:233, 7:189, 17:23-24, 31:13-15. Parents, because the father remained committed to the child and gave the mother full support in rearing]
46:16 Such are those from whom We accept the best of their deeds and We shall absolve their imperfections. They are among the dwellers of paradise. This is the True promise that is made to them. ['Best of their deeds' indicates God's reward surpassing the best of the best]
My best prayers for you and your mother.