Oh boy, this thread has grown too long, yet very little substance, more of the same.
You wrote: “Brother Dawood, Quran says recite the Book which is done 5 times a day in a language the majority do not understand and do not do what it is saying and you say this is not equivalent nonsense to whistling and clapping! Confused is the person that repeats words back to Allah that He gave and they think this is remembering Allah or ‘reading’ verses of the Quran. Do you ‘read’ verses of the Quran during namaz?”
The book was first revealed to an Arabic Speaking nation who knew exactly what it is. They fully understood it and its implications, yet, many of them did not do what it asked them to do? Was it a language problem? Today’s Arabs fully understand when Quran is recited in prayers. Do you think, they fully implement what they hear in their salat? Is it the language problem? None, whatsoever. Think my brother.
Where did you get “repeating words back to Allah?” Is Quran for you, me, us, mortals, or for Allah? You bring your own faulty understanding and brush it all over. Namaz is not salat without the verses of Quran. See Allama Parwez’s reply to a reporter in the video uploaded by brother MohammadIL.
You wrote: “If I ask you to show me what 2+2 is equal to and you say 4, then a few hours later I ask what is 2+2 and you say 4, then again, and again, 5 times a day, 7 days a week, then you would think I was an idiot or suffering from dementia.”
You compare humans with God? Have you tried to understand just chapter 2 which is recited in every salat? If you did, it should show you what is the Salat about? Putting into practice is Taqwa, next phase. According this illogic of yours, you can claim to not do saum as well since you are putting the book in practice? Even if a single command of the book is neglected, you are selectively getting on with it.
You wrote: “… Otherwise, it is wishful thinking that the namazi is learning anything about the Quran or upholding the commands, when they are performing their ritual.”
It is not the fault of Salat. We have to look inward and see where does lie the problem? Problem is indeed within us, in our Eman, particularly Eman in the hereafter. It was the same Salat that prophet and his companions performed. It gave them immense strength, courage, and steadfastness to go through trials and persecution we have not seen and witnessed.
You wrote: “I am saying following Allah by remembering what He asks of us is much more important than the ritual of physical prostration when you have not bothered to submit yourself mentally to His commands.”
Submitting mentally to God is the function of Eman. Rest all depends upon Eman. When we say following Allah, you mean following the commands of Allah in Quran. One of such commands is “do Salat.” If you don’t do Salat, then you are selectively following Allah. Period.