Dawood:”Jawaid bhai, yes you did provide a list, but as usual you did not answer the central questions: Did Hadeeth come first or Salat/prayer?”
Answer: the word salat is in the Quran and was known to the Arabs before the Quran was revealed. It is clearly understood from the Quran that their salat was whistling and clapping , ie just mindless rituals devoid of any good deeds, similar to:
11:87 They said, "O Sho’aib! (We had thought that your religion was only a matter between you and your Lord.) Does your Salaat command you that we forsake what our fathers used to worship? Or, that we should give up doing what we like to do with our wealth and possessions? You, only you, are the clement, the rightly guided!"
The Quran came, told them to get back to fulfilling their duty to Allah by following what He has now revealed to them and THIS REVELATION MAKES NO MENTION of a namaz ritual. You have produced hadith fairy tales to justify the namaz acts, not the Quran, and a simple verse in the Quran to show that sujood is linked with putting head on ground to prove the physical prostration meaning of sujood is all I ask.
[3:95]: Say, " Allah has told the truth. So follow the Creed (Millat) of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists."
THIS IS PRECEDED BY:
3:83 WHAT! DO THEY SEEK OTHER THAN THE PRESCRIBED WAY (DEEN) OF GOD, when to Him submit all beings in the heavens and earth, either by free will or by their innate nature and programming, and to Him they will be returned - and to Him they go back as their Originating Source.
[All things in the Universe surrender to God, either by free will as the believers do, or through their innate nature such as animals, trees, stars, seasons etc. Even the deniers of the truth live by Divine laws in their physical lives]
3:84 DECLARE, “WE BELIEVE IN GOD AND WHAT HAS BEEN REVEALED TO US AND WHAT WAS REVEALED TO ABRAHAM, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and their descendant Prophets, and what was given from their Lord to Moses, Jesus and the other Prophets. We make no distinction among any of them. And we submit to Him alone.” [All Prophets were one in purpose. 2:253, 17:55]
Where are the rituals of Abraham you so love? We have to believe/follow what was revealed to the Messenger and not anything else. If you have to go to anything else to get a belief, a namaz act, then you are not doing what the Quran says.
[2:128]: Our Lord, …. And show us our rites (manasiks) and accept our repentance. …
And the response to this supplication by Abraham is:
2:131 When his Lord said to him, “Submit (your will) to Me!” - He said, “I submit to the Lord of the Worlds.”
Submit to Allah, not a list of rituals. Quran explains itself and needs nothing else, no fairy tale hadith, no fairy tales of first encounter revelation other than the Quran. There are no 'methods' of practices mentioned in the Quran as you advocate; you are bringing conjecture to carry on falsehoods.
2:125 Remember, We appointed the House (Ka’bah) a means to achieve unity among all mankind, and thus, a source of peace and security. So, attain the stature of Abraham recalling his firm stand (for Monotheism) and closely follow the Divine Commands. We did take a Covenant from Abraham and Ishmael, “Keep My House clean of all falsehood for those who rally around it and those who strive hard for the noble objectives, and for those who submit in humility to the Divine Commands
Thus, Salat=following Allah closely, Now back to fundamental questions. Answer the following:
1.Did prophet follow the creed (religious practices) of Ibrahim as defined above? Yes, NO?
No. He followed Quran which confirms none of the rituals you associate with Abraham. The Quran neither tells the Messenger what the rituals are, nor when Abraham is mentioned does it state how any rituals were to be performed by him so we can follow them. You fail to provide any evidence on both counts.
2. If yes, was it ancestor worship? Yes, NO?
No, ancestor worship is following what they have given us which is devoid of evidence and devoid of wisdom.
3.How did prophet follow the “creed (religious practices) of Ibrahim”?
Are the mindless practices mentioned in the Quran? No. So how can he be told to follow something when he has no instructions clearly defined for him to follow?
Your answer is that they already knew what to do! Could make sense intellectually, but this is devoid of wisdom.