Rituals are a means to an end and not an end to themselves. Allah is not a statue that needs pujaris!! He is free of all wants. He says in the Qur'an He created us to obey him (through His laws). All our rituals do not benefit Him neither He is on a power trip looking for slaves to show how Powerful He is. He is free of egoistic issues; Humans have them.
Any society that is big on rituals and engages in all kinds of poor behaviour is wasting it' time and is only concerned with easy rewards but no difficult solutions where it needs to do a Jihad against ignorance. This is how religion becomes an opium for the masses.
The Muslim World should be the one where the oppressed and the poor and those looking for justice and economic well being and human rights should be flocking rather than the West. In the Middle East, non Arabs have no rights and are looked down upon as "Masakeen". And yes, they are big on rituals as well.
Obedience comes through studying the Qu'ran and following it. The Qur'an has been overtaken by hadees fabrications with each sect having a favorite collection (which were written down 230 years after The Exalted Messenger passed on, based on hearsay).
No wonder the medicine is not working. Only blind people keep on following without asking tough questions.
At the end of the day, a tree is known by it's fruits.