Dawood "Salat is a mere intermediate, though very important, step in bringing about Taqwa through constant/regular/disciplined remembrance of God."
You sometimes say the right thing but get the method of doing it wrong. Salat is knowing and then doing what Allah wants you to do by READING AND UNDERSTANDING His Guidance. When you REMEMBER His Guidance you are in remembrance of God, when you put what is says in your heart and mind you attain taqwa.
The physical ritual of namaz is repeating the same words back to Him, and is akin to the Christian idea that faith alone achieves salvation when the Quran says that you need the right beliefs, aka the Quran, And POSITIVE WORKS. What positive work, what human being, benefits from the 24/7 namaz ritual when it is not learning/remembering what Allah has given you?
When you cannot think outside of the indoctrinated box, it turns into a coffin.
- ‘Taqwa’ is usually translated as: Righteousness, goodness, avoiding evil, God-consciousness, warding off evil, piety, fearing God, doing good etc.
Now a non-Muslim, or even a bright Muslim youngster may ask, “Well, the Qur’an in the very beginning claims that it is a Guide for the righteous, the God-conscious, he who wards off evil, the pious, he who fears God, one who does good works. Then, why should such people need any guidance?”
The answer lies in the Quraish dialect that describes Taqwa as walking in security, like someone who strolls through a garden but watches his garment against getting entangled in bushes and thorns. All of a sudden the verse now makes beautiful sense, that the Qur’an is a Guide to those who wish to journey through life in honor and security.