Continue to send Durood/ Salawaat upon the Nabī ﷺ throughout this entire month and thereafter. In fact, you should also increase in your invoking Allāh’s peace and blessings upon him ﷺ.
Allāh Ta’ala Himself has said in the Holy Qur’an:
“Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [ Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [ Allah to grant him] peace.” [Surah Al-Ahzab | 33:56]
This is clear-cut evidence to show that we as believers are required to ask for Allāh’s blessings upon Muhammad ﷺ. And there are so many rewards and virtues attached to doing this form of dhikr, such as the intercession of Nabī ﷺ on the Day of Judgement. Now which among us is not in need of his intercession? SubhanAllah!
Some of the best times to send blessings upon him ﷺ as mentioned in the Ahaadith are:
10 times in the morning and 10 times in the evening. In a hādith reported in Tirmidhi it is mentioned that Nabī ﷺ said “Whoever sends blessings on me ten times in morning and ten times in evening, he will receive my intercession on the Day of Judgment.”
After the Mu’adhdhin calls the Adhaan.
At the beginning and ending of our meetings, dars (lessons), etc. It is said that any such gathering wherein blessings are not sent upon Nabī ﷺ will be void of blessings, or the participants will be remorseful.
During the final sitting (Tashahud) in our salaah.
During the night or day of Friday (SubhanAllah – TODAY IS FRIDAY!)
Now is the time to bring out your calculators, people! Think of how many times each good deed and the rewards for each dhikr that leaves our lips will be multiplied during the month of Ramadhān. Which of us cannot devote 10 minutes (or even less!) to invoke Allāh’s peace and blessings upon our and His beloved, Muhammad ﷺ?
Now there are long Durood/Salawaat and there are short ones! The best one is that one which we recite in salaah:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا صَلَّيْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ، اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ، وَعَلَى آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، كَمَا بَارَكْتَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَعَلَى آلِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، إِنَّكَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ
ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA SALLAITA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID. ALLAHUMMA BAARIK ALA MUHAMMADIW WA ALA AALI MUHAMMADIN KAMAA BAARAKTA ALA IBRAHIMA WA ALA AALI IBRAHIMA INNAKA HAMIDUM MAJID.
"O Allah, let Your Blessings come upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are Praiseworthy and Glorious".
Ka’ab ibn Ujrah (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that once after someone asked Nabī ﷺhow to send blessings upon him, and he ﷺresponded by mentioning the one mentioned above.
There are shorter ones such as:
ALLAHUMMA SALLI ALA MUHAMMADININ NABI YIL UMMI YI WA AALIHI WABAARIK WA SALLIM.
"O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad, our chief the unlettered Apostle and his Family Thy favours and thy Salutations".
SALL-ALLAHU ALAYHI WA SALLAM
“Peace and blessings upon him.”
Let’s not make dhikr with only our mouths, but with our hearts. One way, which I personally tested and proved, is to remember all the sacrifices that he ﷺhas made for this Deen, all the trials and tests and abuse he endured for the sake of Allāh, and all the life lessons he taught his Sahaba in terms of right and wrong, the purpose of life, how to get closer to Allāh and protect ourselves from Shaytaan and our nafs. SubhanAllah! The list is endless! Let’s open our books of Seerah (history) and remind ourselves of the great man Allāh sent as a mercy for us and a source of guidance.
Now before you scroll down and away, ponder on this:
It has been recorded in ‘Mawaahib Ladunniya’ from ‘Tafseer Qushairy’ that on the day of Judgement a believer shall appear for reckoning with a small measure of righteous deeds. Rasulullah ﷺ shall appear and place on the side of the righteous deeds a small piece of paper that will be the size of the tip of one’s finger. The result will be that the scale of good deeds will far outweigh the evil deeds. Seeing this, the believer will exclaim, “May my mother and father be sacrificed for your sake, who are you? How beautiful is your physical appearance, and how sublime is your conduct.”
Rasulullah ﷺ shall answer: “Verily I am your Nabi ﷺ. This which I have placed on your scale is the salaat and salaam that you used to recite upon me during your lifetime. Now I have come to your aid and assistance at your time of need.” (Fazaail Durood)
يَا رَبِّ صَلِّ وَ سَلِّمْ دَائِمًا أَبَدًا عَلَى حَبِيبِكَ خَيرِ الخَلْقِ كُلِّهِمِ
~ Umm Daania