Look from Qur’an outward .All questions raised by you is a simple reuslt of the tendency to approach Qur'an with preconceived notions like the one under discussion .
56:79 This is a Book that none but the pure of mind can grasp.
[Those who approach the Qur’an with minds contaminated with preconceived notions and extrinsic material, will never understand it.
Qur’an asks to turn toward the goal of striving together for all that is good.
2:148 (Mere rituals carry no importance even though people pursue their self-appointed interests.) Each one has a goal toward which he turns. Then strive together toward all that is good. Whatever stand you take, God will bring you all together. Indeed, God is Able to do all things.
It doesn’t make any difference if you turn your faces towards the East or the West as both East and West belongs to Allah .2:148 sets the goal with the instruction of turing towards that goal by striving for all that is good . 2:177 gives a clear definition of what is good and also clarifies that turning faces towards the East or the West has not importance at all .
2:177 (One consequence of this schism is their pre-occupation with rituals, with each sect leaving the revelation aside and taking delight in its own set of dogmas they call religion. 30:320.)
Righteousness and exponential development of the ‘self’ depends not on whether you turn your faces to East or West. But righteousness is that:
One has conviction in God,
And the Last Day,
And the Angels,
And the Book,
And the Prophets.
These are the five pillars of Islam and and the details of the building to be constructed upon these pillars are;
And that he gives of his cherished wealth to:
Family and relatives,
Those left helpless in the society,
And those whose hard-earned income fails to meet their basic needs
Those whose running businesses have stalled,
The ones who have lost their jobs,
Whose life has stalled for any reason,
The needy wayfarer, son of the street, the homeless, the one who travels to you for assistance,
Those who ask for help, and
Those whose necks are burdened with any kind of bondage, oppression, crushing debts and extreme hardship of labor.
And righteous are) those who strive to establish the institution of Salaat, (2:3. 2:53)
And help set up the Economic System of Zakaat.
They are true to their pledge whenever they make one.
And they remain steadfast in physical or emotional distress and in times of peril.
It is those who have proven themselves to be true, and it is those who are living upright.