Dear Brothers and Sisters, SA,
Dear Sister UmeAimon, I NEVER get tired of reading your posts and input. Yours is such a rational and intellectually sound mind. Thank You for yet another brilliant post.
Dear Dr. Uncle Shabbir. BINGO :-) on what you pointed out concerning the allegorical usage of "WAKULOO WASHRABOO". This is one of the things I carefully studied when I did my own research and studies of the Saum and Ramadan issue over the last year or so. Please carefully study Surah 2, ayat 187 and keep in mind the following two things...
ONE: The CONTEXT of this verse is concerning relations between a man and his wife during the "Nights" of As-Siyyam.
TWO: This verse "BEGINS" and "ENDS" talking about husband and wife relations during the nights of As-Siyyam. Food and drinking do not fit in the context of this verse. Also, verses of The Quran do not begin with one subject, switches to a different subject in the middle of the verse and then switches back to the original subject at the end of the verse. To believe that this verse ( 2:187 ) does just this would make it the only verse of The Quran to do so.
We should take note of the CONTEXT of 2:187 and RE-READ it with the well known and well established allegorical use of "Wakuloo Washraboo" to meaning "Enjoy and Savour" and then this verse will make a whole lot more sense.
Brothers and Sisters this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Peace Be with You All,
Your Brother Damon.