SALAAT is closely tied to social welfare and increasing human potential. Namaaz is not goal-oriented so it is an empty ritual.
7:170 Those who hold fast to the Book of God, and establish the Divine System should know that We never squander the reward of such folks committed to social welfare.
Every tyrant has permitted rituals of worship like Namaaz, but not ‘Aqaamat-us-Salaat’ (establishing Salaat.)
11:87 They said, "O Sho’aib! Does your Salaat command you that.... we should forsake doing what we like to do with our wealth? ...."
SALAAT GUARANTEES: Salaat guarantees steadfastness, (2:45), economic justice (2:110, 11:87), good conduct (29:45) and rule on earth (24:55). Does individual prayer, ritual worship, performing Namaaz do that?