What if “salaat” is not a “ritual prayer” but is a “ritual pledge” to God that we will function, both individually and collectively” according to His Word in the Qur’an we recite in the standing position of the salaat and not according to Hadith or word of man that does collaborate with the knowledge of the Qur’an?
Salaat as “ritual prayer” does not make sense because it is disjointed from the universal mission of Islam making it an end in itself and not a means to that end.
Therefore, when a “ritual pledge” is followed by Shura (42:38) and not sermon like in “ritual prayer” and priesthood, it prompts Muslims, both individually and collectively, to establish a unified knowledge of the Qur’an and Sunnah and develop the self and the nation accordingly, in all aspects of their lives, both secular and religious, without dividing into sects, madhads, silsilas and khanqahs.
Thus, there is a reason why salaat as “ritual prayer” is not effective.
AK Sayed (South Africa).