You wrote: “Answer: Brother, this is not about doing or rejecting salat, it is about understanding what salat is.”
You think when the verses of salat were revealed to the exalted prophet, he did not know what it is? People around him did not know what it is? He, prophet did not perform Salat, people did not do it behind him…? What a nonsense. How can one have a dialogue with someone who is so given to conspiracy theories, as if Muslims right from prophet onwards conspired to derail their own salat….
You wrote: ESTABLISH salat is what the Quran says and you PERFORM namaz, there is a difference between establishing and performing.
This is your misunderstanding since you don’t understand the Arabic words. God uses the word “Qaim” in connection with Salat. This comes from root letters qāf wāw mīm, occurring a total of 660 times in 22 derived forms in Quran. Its fundamental meanings are: standing up; standing still; balancing; straight and even; to erect something; to stay at a place; etc. Which of the meanings are suitable depends upon the context and other words used next to this word. Some examples from Lane Supplement, pp. 2995.
Qama Al-da’batu = the beast stopped from journeying, or fatigue, or being jaded; Qama Bil-layl = he rose during the night to pray; Qama Al-salatu = people rose to prayer; Qama tisa’atu = the resurrection, or time thereof, came to pass; Qama bil-Amar = he undertook the affairs; Qama Alayie = he tended, or took care of it or him; Qama BilYateem = He maintained the orphan; Qama BilQist = He maintained justice, so on and so forth.
Therefore, when this word is used with Salat, it simply means stand, rise to pray. When it is stated Aqeemusalata, it simply means “You (all) stand to pray.”