Dear Br Javaid
My point was merely drawing attention to the fact that prayers were being held back then!! Some people may not be doing full justice to them, but they were going through the motions.
I agree that if we merely offer prayers including reciting the Qur'an from memory (although we don't understand what we are saying) defeats it's purpose which is 1. to be reminded of the Message of Allah and then 2. implementing that message in our lives!!
This is what neglecting prayers mean!! Going through the Message but not heeding it.
Thanks and regards.