It is popularly interpreted as establish the prayer.

But what is the meaning of establish the prayer, Why god is asking us to establish the prayer, Why not he is saying recite/read/perform the prayer 5 times.

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In arabic "aqueem" has the meaning of not just establishing the prayer but also:

أقام الصَّلاةَ أدامها ، وفَّاها بصورة كاملة


establish the prayer in a complete way.

This means: Doing the prayer at the right time and in the right way.

One could add: conserve it, keep it unchanged and continue with it and make it everlasting!


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    But the question is concentrated on "establish". Not what's emphasized along with it. Mar 4, 2014 at 20:25
  • @Bleeding the question is about 'aqeem'. The translation into english is not just establish. It is establish in a complete way.
    – user4456
    Mar 5, 2014 at 5:27
  • @user689 so the question that should technically be answered is "why not He is saying recite/read/perform the prayer in a complete way 5 times"? Mar 5, 2014 at 18:47
  • @Bleeding quran is actually saying that- in arabic - it is just the translation that isn't complete.
    – user4456
    Mar 5, 2014 at 18:52

It's saying to "establish/keep up the system of Islam" one needs to look it up in context of al-Furqan. Surah 2 aya 3

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