The Sun Does Not Rise, Neither Does It Set

The sun does not rise, neither does it set
Does the flame ever circle the moth?

The earth turns in beauty like a lover
Each dawn the sun bestows a kiss

At night the shy bride turns away
Beneath her star jeweled veil of rest

Each obedient to their course, and Lo!
“He makes the signs manifest.”

Keeping the night vigil the earth bows in prayer
Each degree of longitude a rak’at of prostration

To Him who holds the planets to their skies
The “Hidden Treasure” to the Sufi’s eyes

As Allah has ordained for all creation
Say the Prophets of every Book and nation.

– Irving Karchmar, © October 2007

23 Responses to The Sun Does Not Rise, Neither Does It Set

  1. MadSufi says:

    You are a true Darvish, a source for wisdom, poetry and enlightenment!

  2. Rabu says:

    Alhamdulillah! a real word of wisdom! super.

  3. Shahrzad says:

    That’s beautiful poem.. Remind me Rumi’s poetry.. :)

  4. April says:

    Salam Brother Irving and Eid Mubarak! Thank you so much for your wishes, inshAllah you had and continue to have a wonderful Eid!

  5. annie says:

    oh, wow, thank You, Allah, for bringing me to this weblog. this poem is full of the beauty of Love for the BeLoved.

    thank you!

  6. Maliha says:

    Gorgeous Mashaallah…I love “Each degree of longitude a rakaat in prostration”….May He increase you.

  7. Achelois says:

    “Say the Prophets of every Book and nation.” How true!

    Beautiful poem!

  8. Irving says:

    Salaam Dear Brothers and Sisters:

    Thank you all for the kind and generous comments :) And Annie, I have been reading your beautiful poetry and am happy to add your blog Kneeling Before the Rose to my blogroll. The haiku was perfection :)

    i heard You answer
    while i knelt whispering in
    the ears of flowers.

    Ya Haqq!

  9. Merryweather says:

    Salaam Brother Irving,
    I am short of words for this poem… it speaks with a voice of perfection…

    You former posts were all great as ever- I was particularly taken by the one on Doris Lessing and Idries Shah- will email it to my Literature teacher, may be it’ll be of interest to her :)

    Best regards :)

  10. almiskeenah says:

    Assalamu alaikum
    A magical whirling, weaving one to Hu, SubhanAllah! Untold gratitude dear Irving Darvish for your ever inspiring space. And Annie’s Haiku truly is a delicate stirring.
    Wassalamu alaikum

  11. Aida says:

    Salaams Brother, I just love the energy of this poem, very motherly… Beautiful!

  12. annie says:

    Assalamu Alaykum…

    the beauty of the Lover is so hard for me to find words for; you are finding them. this poem gives the world a glimpse of The Light. thank you. God leads us to the places we need to go and this blog is a wonderful destination.

  13. azza05 says:

    I agree Annie. “Each degree of longitude, a rakat of prostration” How beautiful and how clever! You’ve got a gift irving…….well of course you have, ur a professional writer! God accept you to do ‘khidmat’ of his deen :)

  14. mshahin says:

    Gentle and calm. Beautifully written! May Allah bless your pen always :)

  15. Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Irving bhai

    Ma sha Allah. Beautiful, truly beautiful

    Abdur Rahman

  16. Sufi says:

    O God! Grant me life long commitment (ishq), I should turn away from all else. I should know One, regard One and need One.

    Sufi Poet: Mian Muhammad Bakhsh

  17. AP3 says:

    Beautiful poem.

  18. Soulless says:

    Full of wisdom expressed beautifully. The first couplet has certainly immersed me in introspection. Thank you; the read has been cathartic. Cheers.

  19. sf says:

    ‘Each degree of longitude a rak’at of prostration’
    MashaAllah! Amazingly beautiful and sublime offering!

    Each second listen and witness the Azan through His nations
    Come, one and all, join in prayer with gratitude and submission.

    Jazaak Allah for sharing, Brother Irving.


  20. Sis Zabrina says:


    As Salaamu ‘alaykum Br Irving,

    Absolutely, without doubt beautifully written, i literally stop breathing while reading it. SubhanAllaah. JazakAllaah for such gift!

    Sis Zabrina

  21. Peter Valentyne says:

    Beautiful, Brother Irving! I particularly adore the first two lines!!! The rest lives up to them.

  22. Lat says:

    Very beautifully said! Thanks bro Irving!

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