Peace Cow (I feel awful calling you this eventhough it's your name. Where I come from it's rude to call someone this),
It is so refreshing to find someone actually understands my point exactly and is willing to debate in a constructive, intelligent manner.
And your questions are mine too. Were Salat to mean assembly what would it look like if we were to "establish" the assembly however many times per day. And who would be leading it? The idea of salat meaning assembly does appeal to me and does make sense as a concept, but surely this would change the face of what we know as prayer completely. It seems it would involve groups of us meeting, perhaps having a specific topic/problem to consider. We would all turn up clear-headed, knowing that this salat has been planned in advance (so we wouldn't have gone out drinking alcohol). There would be some folk present, who are very knowledgeable about the Koran and we would all speak in lowered tones to be respectful to each other. Of course, we would have all done wudu as stated in the Koran.
This is all perfectly good to me, but would we be having these meetings/assemblies 2,3 or 5 times a day? Or does establish simply mean that we know that when our society has a problem there is an established forum with which to deal with it and a specific lawbook sanctioned by God?
I am rambling, but my rambles contain the core of my rumintions.