There are three levels of sending salutations to the Prophet ﷺ
1) Gaining the shafa’ah of the Prophet by sending salawat 10 times in the day & 10 times in the night. The Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said,
Whoever says salutation upon me 10 times in the morning & 10 times in the night, therefore he is obliged to be given my intercession in Yawm al Qiyama. [Imām al Tabaranī]
2) Sending salawat 200 times in a day (100 in the morning, 100 in the night). Allah will grant our hajat, 70 in this Dunya & 30 in the Akhira. This is what related by Imām Abū Mūsā al Madinī with a hasan sanad. Imām Dāruqutnī related differently by saying sending salawat 100 times, Allah will grant 100 hajat in Dunya & Akhira. But the bottom line is that by sending lots of salawat, Allah will grant one’s wishes in Dunya & Akhira.
3) If you want to have the vision of our Master salla Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam & be amongst the sālihīn, send salawat not less than 500 times. Shaytan would whisper that 500 is too much. But in reality, it’s an easy thing to do. After every fard salat, say
a) [verse 33:56] “Inna Allaha wa mala`ikatahu yu saloon ala anNabi, ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo salloo AAalayhi wasallimoo taslimā.”,
b) “Muhammad” 3 times & then
c) “Allahumma salli ‘alayh” 100 times.
At least do it for 40 days with istiqama (consistency) to gain his vision.
— Al Habīb Kadhim as-Saqqāf hafizu Llah –
اَللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ مَدِيْنَةِ العِلْم وَ سَفِيْنَةِ الحِلْم وَعَلٰى اَلِه وَصَحْبِهِ وَ سَلِّم
Allāhumma Sali ‘Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Madinatil ‘ilm wa safinatil hilm wa ‘Ala aalihi wa sahbihi wa salim.
O Allāh ﷻ pray upon our master Muhammad the city of knowledge and the ship of forbearance and upon his family, his companions and send salutations.
A woman came to Sayyidina Hassan Al-Basri (rahimahu Llah) and said,
My daughter passed away and now I wish to see her in my dream.
Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahu Llah) told her,
Offer four rakat Nafl after Isha and in each rakaat recite Surah At-Takasur (102). Then go to sleep while reciting Salawaat upon RasulAllah ﷺ until you fall asleep.
The woman did so and narrated the dream to Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahu Llah) the next day. She said,
I saw her in a bad state. She was wearing dirty robes. Her hands were tied and there were chains of fire around her feet.
Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahu Llah) asked her to give sadqa and hope that her daughter’s affliction gets lessened. The following night Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahu Llah) himself saw a dream wherein he was in Jannah and there was a beautiful young girl on a throne dressed in magnificent clothes. She told him that she was the daughter of the woman who had visited him. Sayyidina Hassan (rahimahu Llah) told her,
But your mother told me that she saw you in a bad state.
The girl said,
Indeed what she said was true. We were 70,000 souls who were afflicted with the torture of the grave until a pious person passed by us. He recited Salawat upon RasulAllah ﷺ dedicated it’s sawaab to us. And Allah accepted it in such a manner that we were freed from our tribulations and what you see now is due to barakah of that Durood Shareef.
– Al-Qawl Al-Badee : Imaam Shams Ad-Deen Sakhaawi, p.234-235 –