Salam to My Gurus, Dr. Shabbir Ahmed,
Brother Jawaid Ahmed,
2.2. This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah.
2.3. Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them;
2.4. And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee, and sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.
I would deeply appreciate what 'prayer' in verse 2.3 means. It seems to when one encounters such phrases as these that one tends to interpret it as the five daily ritual prayers ordained in the Quran by God. Please enlighten me.