8:35 What is their worship at the House (of God) but whistling and clapping? Therefore, it is said to them, “Taste of the retribution for your rejection of the truth.” [HOUSE 2:125. THOSE WHO PLUNGE IN RITUALISTIC WORSHIP, TRAIL BEHIND IN ACTION AND INVITE SUFFERING]
Please note the capitalised words of our mentor.
Their salat was nothing but whistling and clapping, that is mindless rituals, it means their obedience/following Allah was nothing, and they only had ridicule:
8:31 When Our messages are conveyed to them, they say, “We have heard. If we wish, we can speak like it. This is nothing but fables of the ancient.”
And what should they have been doing?
8:27 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Never betray God and His Messenger (the Central Authority), nor betray people who trust you, nor be lax in your duties knowingly.
8:28 Know that your wealth and your children are a test for you, and that with God is immense reward. [Spend your wealth on fellow humans and provide good education and training to your children]
8:29 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! If you remain mindful of God, He will give you distinction among the community of nations and grant you clear discernment between right and wrong. He will absolve your imperfections and grant you the protection of forgiveness. God is of Infinite bounty.
As a side note we have the word yuṣallī sends His blessings- having the same root as salat:
33:41 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Remember God with much remembrance. [Be ever mindful of God’s messages. Now it will be up to you to carry His message to mankind. 3:110, 35:32]
33:42 And strive to establish His glory on earth morning and night. [48:9]
33:43 He is the One Who bestows His blessings upon you, as do His angels, that He may bring you forth from the depths of darkness into the light. And He is Compassionate to those who choose to believe. [2:155-157, 9:103, 14:1, 14:15, 33:56]
Are we to get ‘blessings’ by doing namaz 5times a day or by ‘remembering’ Allah by upholding His commands? Please also note that Allah does not change a people unless they change themselves and I cannot find a verse in the Quran that says this involves praying 5 times a day.
33:56 Verily, God and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet and support his Mission. O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Salute him and give yourself up to him and his Mission in complete submission. [4:65, 7:157, 33:43. ‘Support the Prophet’ includes supporting his Mission. 4:65, 7:157, 33:43, 49:2. For salutations to other Prophets, see Surah 37:79,109,120, 130, 181]