How should we send greetings (utter salawat) to the Prophet (pbuh)? What salawat should we utter? Is it enough to say only "Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad" to send greetings and salawat to him?

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It is enough to say only "Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Muhammad" to send greetings and salawat to him.

There are many kinds of salawat. However, the most famous ones are "salli and barik" supplications that we say after at-tahiyyatu in prayers:

"Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ala ali Muhammadin, kama sallayta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahima innaka hamidun majid."

"Allahumma barik ala Muhammadin wa ala ali Muhammadin, kama barakta ala Ibrahima wa ala ali Ibrahima innaka hamidun majid."

Their meanings:

"O Allah! Bestow Your blessings upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You bestowed Your blessings upon Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. Assuredly, You are All-Praised, All-Illustrious."

"O Allah! Prosper Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as You prospered Ibrahim and the family of Ibrahim. Assuredly, You are All-Praised, All-Illustrious." (see Bukhari, Da'awat 33: Muslim, Salah 66-68)

It is also possible to utter salawat by saying, “Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ala ali Muhammad” or “Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam” or "alayhissalatu wassalam".

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