The claim that the Salat is not a physical ritual

Question:

Some online sites, and also youtube videos, claim that the word Salat as used in the Quran does not mean the physical ritual which Muslims all over the world observe, but it simply means our commitment or duty to God. Basically, they are claiming that Salat is many things except the physical ritual in which we stand, bow then prostrate to God. Could you please advise on the truth of this matter in the light of the Quran as we are quite confused by the arguments which these sources present.

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