The ideal way to send blessings upon the Prophet (ﷺ)

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 Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad kama salayta ‘ala Ibraheem wa ‘ala aali Ibraheem, innaka hameedun majeed. Allahumma baarik ‘ala Muhammad wa ‘ala aali Muhammad kama baarakta ‘ala Ibraheem wa ‘ala aali Ibraheem, innaka hameedun majeed.”

“Oh Allah, send prayers upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad, as You sent prayers upon Ibraheem and upon the family of Ibraheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory. Oh Allah, send blessings upon Muhammad and upon the family of Muhammad as You sent blessings upon Ibraheem and upon the family of Ibraheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory.”

[Bukhari & Muslim]

“For good health, control your diet, for good
soul, control your sins, and for good faith, send
blessings upon the Prophet ﷺ.”

~ Imam Al Ghazzali رحمه الله

How do you establish or deepen your love for the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ?
a) Be around the company of lovers (those who love Rasulullah ﷺ)
b) Invoke abundant prayers (Salawat) upon him ﷺ. It is recommended to recite at least x300 Salawat per day.
However you should recite it with your heart present and when it is present, it will make your heart connected to him ﷺ.
When your heart is connected to him ﷺ, it will keep you strong and free from any type of anxiety.
c) Serve the Ummah (global community) of the Prophet ﷺ and by doing so you have a shared love with Rasullulah ﷺ.
d) Magnifiy and honour the Sunnah (Do not underestimate or undervalue it)
—  Ustadh Usama Canon

“Remembrance of the Prophet ﷺ is the foundation of faith; the beggars are like kings due to his ﷺ remembrance.”

― Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi (qaddasAllahu sirrahu)

Allahumma ṣalli ‘ala Sayyidina Muḥammadin wa 'ala ālihi wa ṣaḥbihi wa sallim taslīman kathīran tayyiban mubārakan fīhi jazīlan jamīlan dāiman bi dawāmi mulkillah.

Come Back From The Door

Ya Ali, when they defend their leader,
Exonerating him from his crime,
They say you were a warrior yet how
Could you not defend your own wife?

Ya Ali, it fills me with such anger
That they accuse you of cowardice,
Did they not see you on the battlefield? 
Behind that door they knew they were powerless.

Yet when they heard that gentle voice
Resound through the door,
They felt they could overpower her-
The heavens are witness: their hearts did abhor

Her radiance, her holy light, and the wailing angels 
That hovered around, whose echoing cries did surround:
“Ya Fatima, Ya Fatima, come back from the door!
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, why won’t you unleash your sword?!”

“Ya Fatima, Ya Fatima, come back from the door!
Ya Ali, Ya Ali, why won’t you unleash your sword?!”

Ya Ali, how much pain must your heart have endured?!
I see your fist clenching, reaching for Zulfiqar,
But before you, the Prophet you saw: his eyes were
Averted, his face distressed, his crackling voice

Rasped as he said: “Ya Ali, Ya Ali, you are greater
Than the rest! Be patient, my brother, do not become
Distressed! You are my Wasi, my Khalifah and God’s Wali!
You must endure these approaching years of dust and thorns…”

So you abandoned your claim, to your rights usurped;
You mourned for your wife, whose life before you was taken;
You gave up your rights for an Ummah to not be disturbed,
Yet when they returned to you, once more were you forsaken.

For an Ummah of betrayal, another ten Umam ensued,
Your sons too were forsaken, and today we still do not know
Where lies that great lonely grave of woe. Ya Ali, we long
For your son, O your son who we long to see:

His eyes of grief and his eyes of pain,
Who will rise and revive your rightful claim;
And your oppressors too shall rise 
And their corpses be consumed by flame;
And your son will lead us to that most lonely grave,
To the grave of his grandmother he will pave the way;
And he shall make the way of truth once more restored,
When your son arises, when he unleashes your sword.

Ways to grow your soul

Recitation of the Quran is the first thing you need to do to grow your soul. Within the sunnah you see a strong emphasis on recitation. Any human being who wants to attain closeness to Allah needs to open the Quran and read it. If you don’t do it, you have lost the most powerfool tool to grow ur soul. For every letter that’s recited you receive ten rewards. If you read the translation and commentary only, perhaps you should make an effort to learn to read the Arabic because the reward that is mentioned in the Quran and the hadith has nothing to do with translation, it has to do with articulation.

Salawat on the Prophet (saw) is the second thing that would help your soul grow. It fulfills the mandate of the Quran: 

إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا 
 "Verily Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet, O you who believe! Send you also blessings on him, and salute him with submission”. [33:56]

This is the only act of worship that Allah says that I do, my angels do it so you should also do it. By doing so, you don’t benefit rasoolAllah (saw) in anyway. It is a reflexive act: you send salawat on rasoolAllah, it reflects back with ten salawat on you. You bring blessings upon yourself and it gets presented to rasoolAllah. It connects you to the Prophet (saw) and its barakah will connect your hearts. If you can’t do it abundantly, even once in the morning and once in the evening would be sufficient for ur soul to grow.

It’tibah-e-sunnah is the third thing that causes your soul to grow. It’tibah-e-sunnah means internalizing the following of rasoolAllah (saw). Following his sunnah is the magnet that draws Allah’s love, and Allah’s love is the most tasty food for our souls. By following him, what we are doing is turning on our magnet so that it attracts Allah’s love.
For every sunnah that you follow you end up making yourself that much more beautiful to Allah. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.” [Muslim :911]
Therefore, what attracts the attention of Allah is the sunnah. When you put on makeup and dress all pretty, you might be attracting the attention of others around you but to attract the love of Allah, we require the sunnah, and ecstasy lies in finding in every tiny sunnah of rasoolAllah and following that sunnah from head to toe, from heart to soul.

Notes from a lecture by Shaykh Dr Hussain.

O Beloved ﷺ! My neglect of you is reprehensible, while your love is a duty;
My longing is everlasting, while union is elusive (for I am worthless).
On the tablet of my heart, your love has been marked;
My tears are the ink, and your remembrance is the writer.
My gaze wanders in the heaven of your beauty;
Its penetrating star pierces my mind.
Talking about others, listening to that is forbidden;
For all of me is stolen and your remembrance is the thief.
They said to me: repent of loving your Beloved;
I replied: I repent of my neglect.