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Ark of the Covenant in both the Qur'an and the Old Testament

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The Ark of the Covenant is a treasure chest revealed by our Lord in the Qur'an and which contains the property of the Prophet Moses and the Prophet Aaron. According to Islamic scholars, the most important feature of the Ark is that its whereabouts have been unknown since 587 BC, and it is generally accepted by them that it will be found by the Mahdi, an individual who will appear in the end times. (God knows best.)

The Ark of the Covenant is a subject to which attention is drawn in the hadiths (sayings of our Prophet [peace be upon him]) and in various historical sources, and is also referred to in the Qur'an, revealed by our Lord. The Torah, a divine text that was subsequently corrupted, also contains information about this chest. The Ark, regarded by Islamic scholars as heralding an age when Qur'anic moral values will prevail on earth, is described in these terms in the Qur'an:
Their Prophet said to them, 'The sign of his kingship is that the Ark will come to you, containing serenity from your Lord and certain relics left by the families of Musa and Harun. It will be borne by angels. There is a sign for you in that if you believe. (Qur'an, 2: 248)


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The Ark According to Historical Sources

Considerable information about the Ark of the Covenant is to be found in historical sources. It is thought to have been manufactured on the slopes of Mount Sinai after the Children of Israel left Egypt, and contains stone slabs from the Prophet Musa and other items from the Prophet Harun.

According to historical sources, the Ark of the Covenant was carried to Jerusalem when the city was declared to be the capital of the United Jewish Kingdom in the time of the Prophet David, after that of the Prophet Aaron. It was placed in the Temple built by the Prophet Solomon, where it remained until 587 BC. In that year Jerusalem was captured by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, the monarch who constructed the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Later on, the belief began to spread that the Ark, which was not seen for the next 500 years by anyone, had not been destroyed but had been buried in a secret location under the Temple by the Levites responsible for its safekeeping. After the destruction of the Temple by the Roman Governor Titus in 70 AD, it was assumed that the secret chamber had been found and that the Ark and the other holy artifacts from the Temple had been carried to Rome.

The Search for the Vanished Ark

The Ark has remained lost since 587 BC up to the present day. In addition, since the Jews believed that the Ark would only reappear after the coming of the Messiah, those who have looked for it down the years have generally been Christians, not Jews. The first recorded "Ark Excavations" on the Temple Mount were carried out by the Knights Templar in the 12th century.

No sign of the Ark was found then or more recently, and the subject has become a focus of interest for researchers in modern times.

The Ark in the Old Testament

Our Almighty Lord, Who created everything with sublime knowledge and wisdom, has revealed the existence of the Ark in both the Qur'an and the Old Testament. It is revealed in the Old Testament that one of the stone tablets was given to the Prophet Moses on Mount Sinai and that these tablets were placed into the Ark on Mount Horeb:

When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, He gave him the two tablets of the Testimony, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God. (Exodus 31: 18)

There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets that Moses had placed in it at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the Israelites after they came out of Egypt. (2 Chronicles 5: 10)



The Torah also states that the Ark was later carried away by the Prophet David and installed elsewhere by the Prophet Solomon:

David again brought together out of Israel chosen men, thirty thousand in all. He and all his men set out from Baalah of Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim that are on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. (2 Samuel 6: 1-4)


Opinions regarding the Journey and Location of the Ark of the Covenant

The city of Jerusalem is known for being the home of the Temple erected by the Prophet Solomon and for the Ark of the Covenant. The most widely accepted view is that the sacred treasures were carried to Rome when the Temple was torn down in 70 AD. Another opinion, however, is that the Ark, which has been lost since 587 BC, was hidden in Jerusalem and that it was taken further north, in other words to Tiberias (Tabariya), or to Antioch (Hatay) or Mecca, in order to prevent it being destroyed by the Romans or other peoples, since Jerusalem was regarded as unsafe. (Our Almighty Lord knows best.)

The Ark of the Covenant in the Hadiths

As stated in the Qur'an, the Ark of the Covenant is "a sign" for the faithful (Qur'an, 2: 248), for which reason believers have looked for it down the years. The fact that it has remained lost despite all this detailed research may be an indication that it will be found in our own time, when a great many portents regarding the end times have been fulfilled. (Almighty Allah knows best.)

The end times are an age when, near to doomsday, the moral values of the Qur'an will come to prevail over all the world and will be widespread among people. The injustices, oppression, cruelty, immorality and degeneration of earlier times will be eliminated in this blessed time, and all difficulties will be replaced by plenty, abundance, wealth, beauty and peace. There will be major advances in technology, and these will be used to ensure ease and comfort for all. By the will of Allah the Ark will be a sign of this age and will herald happy days for all of mankind.

In his hadiths, God's Messenger (peace be upon him) has provided considerable information about the Ark and the spiritual entity, the Mahdi, who will find it, and has given Muslims these glad tidings.

According to the hadiths, the Ark is near Lake Tiberias. It will be found by the Mahdi in the end times and will be a symbol of his dominion, as it was of the rule of Talut (Saul). One hadith on the subject runs as follows:

The Hz. Mehdi will remove the Ark of the Covenant from Lake Tiberias. (Iqd al-Durar fi Akbar al-Imam al-Muntadhar, by Shaikh Jamaluddin Yusuf al-Damishqi, p. 51-a)

Other hadiths concerning the end times provide other place names for the location of the Ark. These separate place names may mean that the site is not known for sure and is perhaps under special protection for the Mahdi. (Almighty Allah knows best.)

The reason he will be known as the Mahdi is that he will show the way to a hidden thing. He will bring the Ark to light from a place called Antioch. (Suyuti, al-Hawi li'l Fatawa, II, 82)

The reason he will be known as the Mahdi is that he will go to one of the mountains in Sham. From there he will unearth the (true) books of the Torah and bring forth evidence against the Jews. (Suyuti, al-Hawi li'l Fatawa, II, 81)

According to commentaries on these hadiths, the fire of Zionism spurred on by some Jews will come to an end at the time of the Mahdi, and Islamic tolerance and Qur'anic moral values will spread among them. The place described as "near Lake Tiberias" in the hadiths is regarded as a figure of speech by Islamic scholars. Tiberias is near to Sham, and Sham, in accounts of the end times in the hadiths, means somewhere far-distant, far from Mecca and Medina. This figure of speech applies to Tiberias. Indeed, some commentators and researchers have taken this to indicate that the Ark may be in Jerusalem, Mecca, Tiberias, Antioch, or even in Istanbul.

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Assalimu Alaikum. This is some interesting information i found when i looked up the Ark online. Thanks so much for this useful information. I visit other forums but no forum have the kind of information like Pure Motivation. Thanks so much for the hard work. May Allah be pleased, Mashallah.
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In the Quran
In chapter 2 (Verse 248), the Children of Israel, at the time of Samuel and Saul, were given back the 'Tabut E Sakina' (the casket of Shekhinah) which contained remnants of the household of Musa and Harun (Moses and Aaron) carried by angels which confirmed peace and reassurance for them from their Lord. It is mentioned in the middle of the narrative of the choice of Saul to be king. The Qur'an states:

And (further) their Prophet said to them: "A Sign of his authority is that there shall come to you the Ark of the covenant, with (an assurance) therein of security (Sakina) from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron, carried by angels. In this is a symbol for you if ye indeed have faith. (Qur'an 2:248)
The Islamic scholar Al Baidawi mentioned that the Sakina could be Tawrat, Books of Moses.[3] According to Al-Jalalan, the relics in the Ark were the fragments of the two tablets, rods, robes, shoes, mitres of Moses and the vase of Manna.[3] Al-Tha'alibi, in Qisas Al-Anbiya (The Stories of the Prophets), has given an earlier and later history of the Ark.

According to most Muslim scholars, the Ark of the Covenant has a religious basis in Islam, and Islam gives it special significance. Shia sect of Muslims believe that it will be found by Mahdi near the end of times from Lake Tiberias.[4]

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it will be found by the Mahdi

Do you have a proof from the Qur`aan or the Sunnah which mentioning this?

is it mentioned anywhere that Al mahdi will find the Ark?

then please post that proof my dear sister for us ...May Allah love you always and for ever Ameeeen

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Assalimu Alaikum Amat Allah. Welcome to the forum and May Allah continue to bless you and your family. I pray you have a great time here in Pure Motivation.
Do you have a proof from the Qur`aan or the Sunnah which mentioning this?

is it mentioned anywhere that Al mahdi will find the Ark?

then please post that proof my dear sister for us ...May Allah love you always and for ever Ameeeen

It says in the artice posted above, not written by EbonyRose that:
According to most Muslim scholars, the Ark of the Covenant has a religious basis in Islam, and Islam gives it special significance. Shia sect of Muslims believe that it will be found by Mahdi near the end of times from Lake Tiberias.[4]



I'm Very happy you bring this point that we may all discuss, learn and share for the sake of Allah

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Wa Alikum Assalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh


May Allah love you and reward you with the best always and for ever Ameeeeeeen

that information is rejected if not having any proofs for it in Qur`aan or the correct Sunnah...

it doesn`t matter who said so, what matters is what proving the truthness of that info my sweet heart...

whenever we post something we should be sure of its correctness and that; it is proven in Qur`aan and correct Sunnah or at least one of them...

Shia sect May Allah guide them and all of us Ameeen have many falsehood in their beliefs and many and many of their Ahadeeth are weak and fake...

I am not parising anyone here ,we are all fall in mistake but when you see something wrong while knowing the correct one then for the Sake of Allah you must tell the truth and teach others...

Wallahi I love all my brothers and sisters around the world and only wish them the goodness of this life and of the hereafter but the Deen is the Deen and whenever I see anything not related to the religion of Allah then I will ask search teach my self and others by Allah`s willing...May Allah accept us Ameeeeen

love you wallahi from the bottom of my heart always and for ever...

May Allah be with you all...Ameeeen

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Barak Alllah Feekun all sisters here.
I would like to greet the great new sister again, may Allah bless her, Amat Allah, it is really good to look for proofs and not accept anything which is not in Quraan or SUnnah.
Hey dear! this post is very interesting and rewarding, almost everything is new but we are just learning about others just like educating ourselves as Muslims. SO, in Islam we are ordered to know the right thing to do it and the wrong thing to avoid it and warn people of it.
Thus, we opened this section just to be educated of how others think or believe. SO it has nothing to do with believing in what they say or arguing with them if it is true or no.
That is exactly what you did sister Ebony, may Allah bless you all. You found a piece on information and wanted to share it in an objective way saying to us hey "it is from Shia".
This is just what the SHIAH believes and Alhamdulillah we are not Shias.
may Allah bless you all sisters here.

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zaharah

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Assalimu Alaikum Forum, wow
I'm so happy that we are here learning of others and their opinions. It is for us Muslims to respect what others believe and not do so in argument, Mashallah.
Sister Ebonyrose stated
This is some interesting information i found when i looked up the Ark online
Alhamdulillah sister may Allah reward you for your efforts.

Sister Amat Allah, welcome my dear sister, I pray you are well in Islam, INsha Allah. Thank you so much for your post, Mashallah. You are right sister we must make sure it is Quran/Sunnah, you stated correctly.
whenever we post something we should be sure of its correctness and that; it is proven in Qur`aan and correct Sunnah or at least one of them
You also stated..
it doesn`t matter who said so, what matters is what proving the truthness of that info my sweet heart...
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Sister my opinion on that is, we know the truth and when someone states his/her opinion then we must respect that, it does not mean it is setteled in my heart and I believe in what someone else's other opinion is. Allah Akbar....

Hey Sister FULL OF HOPES flower I love your screen name, mashallah... sister you said:
we opened this section just to be educated of how others think or believe. SO it has nothing to do with believing in what they say or arguing with them if it is true or no. Amen sister this is true.
That's is reason for this area, seperate

I think Ebonyrose was posting an article of someone's opinion and what the shia believe, it is their opinion
I feel it is the shia opinion and their belief, so if it is someone's belief, then that's what THEY believe.(I worship my God, and you worship your god) something like that


Please sister's All opinions are welcome, let us keep this post going, this is interesting.
I do know for a fact that Christian's as well as Muslim's believe the "Art of Covenant is real"


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you are all right my sweeties,May Allah love you all and reward you with the best always and for ever Ameeeen

I didn`t know that the post was supposed to be an educating issue about others beliefs... I am so sorry for the misunderstanding, I beg your pardon...

but when you read something against the teachings of our deen it just makes you in a defensive position because of your love for your Lord Books Prophets Messengers and religions...

go ahead my dear and precious sisters May Allah open all the doors of goodness and success for you in this life and in the hereafter and all my Ummah Ameeeen

sorry again ...

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Waalaikum Assalams sisters
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Sister Amat Allah, I thank Allah for you. Sister you are 100% right on what you said. I too feel as you do on the defence mode especially living in another country whose religion is different than mine. When we hear things that are contrary to what we have been taught and still learning, the defence kicks in...
As I stated earlier, Im so happy we all can sit down and have some tea and learn of things such as this together, May Allah be Pleased, and All Praise due to Allah. I'm happy I found a family here and some serious sister's to share this with. Thanks again sister's for all you do for the sake of Allah.

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Assalimu Alaikum Sister's salam
Sisters I wanted to thank you all for this response to this topic. I agree with all WE say here. We must correct when we see things wrong, Alhamdulillah.
Sister Amat Allah, sister you are needed here in this forum, Sister you have a light of Noor from Allah. We thank you so much for your input and welcome your honesty. No need to say sorry. We are all learning here and helping each other, May Allah be pleased read

Thank you all so much


Ebony, I LOve that Mug with a Hug..... lol!So cute


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MashaAllah sister Thats a Good post. Allah Akbur

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Amen

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