I will try to be brief but accurate:
it can be seen that the basic meaning of salla
is to turn/go towards, because it is contrasted/compared (i.e. put opposite to) "went/turn away".Chapter 75
31. For he did not confirm
nor go/turn towards
32. But he denied
and went/turned away
One could substitute this term with similar words such as 'link/bond/connect & follow closely'.This is the core meaning of a general concept.
Allow me an analogy to demonstrate its general meaning, if I say to you: "go/turn towards justice". You could acheive this in many ways. For example you could start with yourself, make sure you act just, you could become a lawyer, you could help raise funds to set up law courts, you could educate others on justice, you could become a policeman etc. Note that there are many activities you can do to "go/turn towards justice". In otherwords, to "go/turn towards" something is a general term and can be applied very widely.
(I simply chose "justice" as an example of a concept/object you could go/turn towards, I could have said democracy, wealth, health etc.)
One may ask, well, what are we supposed to "turn/go towards"? It depends on context, however, the core meaning of "turn/go towards" is always implied. Unless otherwise stated in al quran
, it refers to The God or The System (approved of by The God).
Please apply this basic connotation/meaning/implication to any verse with the root of salat
(i.e. slw = sawd-lam-waw) to see if it fits. These verses can be found on the following thread:http://www.openburhan.com/data/b.x.211.htm
Once you have done that. You may wish to study the following thread in which additional information about salat
is presented, from al quran
As you will hopefully see, the concept of slw (i.e. to turn/go towards) is very broad and can be applied to many things. That is why in al quran
, we see it being applied in a general, specific and varied manner, e.g:
those who set-up partners can repent and uphold the salat if they trangressed in the system [9:5, 9:11-12]
The salat can be neglected, in favour of following desires [19:59, 107:5]
One's salat is to/for God [6:162]
salat is possible between people [33:56, 9:103]
That is why when Zachariah calls/prays (dua) to his Lord, he is considered to be in the act of slw (turning/going towards, linking/bonding/connecting) when communication comes to him. [3:38-39, 19:2-11]
To gain a better understanding of The System, it is clear a better understanding of al quran
would be required. That is why a regular/timed slw is given. In this regular/timed slw, reading
of al quran
is prescribed. This can be done alone or in a group/community setting.
Verses linking slw to al quran
: 2:43-45, 5:12-13, 7:169-170, 8:2-3, 19:58-59, 29:45, 31:2-7, 33:33-34, 17:78
the salat should be done during/close to the morning & evening twilight times (i.e. 2x per day) [11:114, 17:78, 24:58 specifically. Also 4:43, 5:6, 4:101, 4:103, 5:106, 9:54, 62:9-10, 5:58 amongst others.]
When one undertakes this regular/timed slw, one should follow the specific guidelines given, e.g: be clean [5:6, 4:43]
, clear mind [4:43]
, moderate tone [17:110]
This regular/timed slw is only incumbent upon the mumin
(believers/faithful/trustful). See articles below:http://www.free-minds.org/articles/gods_system/mumin.htmhttp://www.free-minds.org/articles/gods_system/thetrust.htmAdditional reading material.
If you read everything above (including the links) several times, the concept of salat
should be much clearer.
Lastly, I'd like to mention the concept of zakat
. A word often used along with salat
. Its commonly taken to mean "charity" but charity is only one aspect of zakat
. Its primary usage
in al quran
is to mean purification/betterment. If this meaning is taken along with what I've discussed here, it make much more sense. When one upholds the link/bond (to The God/System), one is then in a position to bring forth the purification/betterment. Simple. The two terms reinforce and complement each other.
If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. I'll try and answer them if I can.