Very good points brother. I have no doubt in my mind that saum is NOT fasting(staying hungry and thirsty for certain hours) but has been made into this to make a muslim even more UNproductive and IMpractical. ALLAH, the consipracy! Plus the timing specified remains mystery if understood as such...not at all logical must say. Allah SWT never gave timing for salat as it was suppose to be according to what is suitable for the people. So why would He give specific instructions about timing of saum, if they are what seem to be what is normally understood, when He knows there are places in the world where sun never sets for many months Why were these words chosen? Surely there has been lack of understanding and of course the great conspiracy which helped that.