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History Of Salah

I have a question about the five daily prayers. I know the story of the implementation of five daily prayers. Did the pagans pray five times a day to their gods (i.e. statues)? If I am reading the story right it would mean that the five daily prayers were first introduced to the Prophet Muhammad (sws), what about the prophets before him (sws)? Did they have a set number of prayers?

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Authenticity Of The Worship Ritual Salah

I have been told that salah doesn't mean so called "namaz" and namaz is not made obligatory on Muslims. Furthermore, he says that, the takbeer with which we start the prayer saying "Allahu Akbar" is grammatically wrong. The word "Akbar" is not used by Allah for Himself in the Qur'an. In Arabic, word Akbar is used as comparative degree therefore, it cannot be used with Allah. Could you please answer this with Qur'anic proofs?

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