And aqeemu the Salaat and give the Zakat…(Qur’an 2:110)
He – Exalted be He – used the term aqeemu (to establish; literally: to make stand) and did not say ‘pray’, and that is because prayer is like the body and khushoo’ (the submission, humility and reverence of the heart) is its soul. So if there is khushoo’ and presence with al-Haqq then [the prayer] is standing (qaa’ima), for a thing does not stand unless it has a soul, and if it did not have a soul it would be lying there, thrown, with no soul to make it stand, nay it cannot even move.

– Shaykh Ahmad ibn Idris.

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