SALAAT IS NOT RITUAL PRAYER
I want to share my simple research about Salaat. And i hope if i’m wrong, somebody can correct me . I like debate. But i don’t like it because it will cause me blood pressure. . So i think, we just to ‘research’. No debate.
My fundamental about Salaat is base on verse 17:110-111. Which is a dialog between God, prophet, to people. You can see the Arabic Grammar, singular, plural, etc.
Prophet Says: “(YOU – PLURAL – PEOPLE) Call upon Allah, or (YOU – PLURAL – PEOPLE) call upon Rahman: by whatever name ye call upon Him, (it is well): for to Him belong the Most Beautiful Names.
GOD Says: Neither speak YOUR (SINGLULAR – PROPHET) Salaat aloud, nor speak it in a low tone, but seek a middle course between.”
Prophet Says: “Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation.
GOD says: yea, (YOU – SINGULAR – PROPHET) magnify Him for His greatness and glory!”
–> This verses for me is a fundamental of Salaat. Which means, the purpose of Salaat is to remove Shirk from the mindset of people or believers.
SALAAT LITERALY IS A CONNECTION
3:39 While he was standing in Salaat in the chamber (Mihrab), the angels called unto him: “(Allah) doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah, and (be besides) noble, chaste, and a prophet,- of the (goodly) company of the righteous.”
Salaat in this verse on its context is about connection between servant and God. The prayer is not Salaat, but prayer is Du’aa. And then, the Salaat is a link to Du’aa (prayer).
Man -> Salaat (link) -> Du’aa (prayer).
For example, another sides of Call Upon, Allah used Naadaa 21:89, 62:9.
SALAAT IS GIVING GOOD NEWS OR WARN TO PEOPLE (depend on context of RASOOL) / SERMON / DA’AWAH
9:103 Of their goods, take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify them; and pray on their behalf. Verily YOUR SALAAT are a source of security for them: And Allah is One Who heareth and knoweth.
11:87 They said: “O Shu’aib! Does thy Salaat command thee that we leave off the worship which our fathers practised, or that we leave off doing what we like with our property? truly, thou art the one that forbeareth with faults and is right- minded!”
62:9 O ye who believe! When the call is proclaimed to Salaat on the Day of Assembly, hasten earnestly to the Remembrance of Allah, and leave off business (and traffic): That is best for you if ye but knew!
62:11 But when they see some bargain or some amusement, they disperse headlong to it, and leave YOU (PROPHET – SINGULAR) STANDING. Say: “The (blessing) from the Presence of Allah is better than any amusement or bargain! and Allah is the Best to provide (for all needs).”
Note: For me, Sunni only Salaat at once only on Friday Surmon.
RITUAL ABLUTION ? NOT REALLY RITUAL BUT ACTUAL
5;6 O ye who believe! when ye WAKE UP/ARISE (QUM) for Salaat, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows; Rub your heads; and your feet to the ankles.
Every people when the arise/wake up from the bed, they will wash thier face in the night or early morning. And sometimes they will wash thier hair also.
See the next verse:
74:2 Arise/Wake up (QUM) and deliver thy warning!
73:2 Stand/Arise/Wake up (QUM) by night, but not all night,-
VERSE 5:6 IS ABOUT RITUAL ABLUTION ? NOPE….
If we call it RITUAL so, this verse also RITUAL ??? see…
74:4 And thy garments keep free from stain!
This is NOT RITUAL…Rasul not make it ritual, but ACTUAL…like eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, combating etc.
No rukoook sujoood ritual…just rukook sujood actual:
38:24 and David gathered that We had tried him: he asked forgiveness of his Lord, fell down, bowing (RUKOOK), and turned (to Allah in repentance).
25:60 When it is said to them, “SUJOOD ye ((Allah)) Most Gracious!”, they say, “And what is ((Allah)) Most Gracious? Shall we SUJOOD that which thou commandest us?” And it increases their flight (from the Truth).
Verse 25:60, i believe Rasool Salaat to his people, but no rukook sujood ritual, but actual.
TIME OF SALAAT
Tasbih Time, 20:130. 50:39, 30:18 is near to Salaat Time.
Salaat Time for me is near to Working Time (Government) or Daily Time for your activities (Commitments).
And, I repeat, the verse of 17:110-111 we cannot read it in english translation, but better in arabic text. Because you will know who is singular, who is plural. And you will know Rasool is praying or JUST call upon his people like Syu’aib 11:87.
SALAAT ALSO MEANS OBLIGATION/COMMITMENT
And the rest, Salaat is generally refer to the Obligation, commitment, service, join, support, etc. 107:5-7.70:19-25. etc.