The Ark of the Covenant, Taken and Returned (1180 BC) The Ark of the Covenant wasn’t always in the hands of the Israelites. When he descended, Gabriel was ordered to remove it. (See for example, Ark of the Covenant Found in Mecca by Mathematician Anatoly Fomenko, “one of the world’s leading experts in topology and statistics”:, The Ark then continued to be in the possession of the Children of Ishmael, the Arabs, among whom were both Prophets (Jethro) and Kings (the Kedarites, the descendants of Qedar, the Nabateans etc.). In search for the Ark, Nebuchadnezzar sacked both Mecca and Bait ul-Maqdis. According to New Testament Book of Hebrews, it also contained Aaron's rod and a pot of manna. In chapters 25 through 30 the Lord gives Moses a detailed plan for the construction of the ark, the special container which would carry the Commandments. “As for the Mahdi himself, he has a sword and a divinely inspired political policy (siyasa)” [Al-Futuhat al-Makkiyya, 366, Vol. They wandered the desert until they found the promised land of Canaan, and along the way got involved in all sorts of shenanigans like worshiping golden calves, being fed by God with manna from the sky, and watching Moses go up Mt. Additionally, there are clear verses in the Holy Qur’an which speak of this victory, that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam) was granted, that the Ark of the Covenant was in his possession, but most people, other than Saints fail to notice them, similar to how the Ashab (Sahabah, Companions) felt after Abu Bakr’s sermon after the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) passed on, that they had heard the verses 3:144 from Surah Aal ‘Imran for the first time. The Ark of the Covenant is the ornate, gilded case believed to have been built around three thousand years ago by the Israelites to carry the stone tablets of the ten commandments. As Rehabilitated outlines, the Book of Numbers (17:8) describes the leaders of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (the Levites, who took care of the Ark, were one such tribe) writing their names on staves and putting them in a pile on the ground. Good thing Indy knew to close his eyes, amirite? It is on this account that the earliest generation of Muslims prayed in every prayer, “O God, bless Muhammad, and the Family of Muhammad, as thou blessed Abraham, and the Family of Abraham”. The Adnanites buried Abraham and Ishmael’s treasure and the Hajr ul-Aswad whuch was from the Ark in Mecca, and fled to Yemen. 6 Then we gave you once again your turn against them, and We aided you with wealth and children and made you more in soldiery. Per the English Standard Version, in Hebrews 9:4, the Bible does go into some detail about the Ark's contents, "in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.". It is reported in Tazkia Lil Qurtabi on Page 704-706 that Huzaifa once asked the Prophet about the Ark of the Covenant, where upon the Prophet, salutations be upon him, informed him “it would be brought forth by Al Mahdi”. All rights reserved. Permission to reproduce this article is granted by the author for fair use only, with citation of the name of the author and source (this blog) without editing. Monarchy will return with the Mahdi  since the main Prophets mentioned in the Quran are all from the Children of Israel, the dynasty of Jacob, tracing their descent back to the same ancestor, from Jacob to Isaac son of Abraham. “ As stated in the Qur’an, the Ark of the Covenant is “a sign” for the faithful (Surah, 2:248 Yusuf Ali), for which reason believers have looked for it down the years. My attention was caught by the Ark of the Covenant story.I have indeed read AiG’s take on this claim and how you believe the Ark of the Covenant was most likely destroyed by the Babylonians; however, Revelation 11:19 states that the Ark of the Covenant will be seen in heaven. In reality, as Moment Mag states, manna means "wet honey" in Farsi, and is likely honeydew, the "digestive byproduct of insects" that feed on the tamarisk tree found in the Sinai Peninsula. After retrieving this sacred Prophetic treasure of his ancestors, he will be coroneted king of the kingdom of heaven in Mecca or Jerusalem by Jesus son of Mary, upon his Second Coming. It was integral for the sanctuary service when the children of Israel built the tabernacle and it will be a key element during the Great Tribulation. He cast four rings of gold for it on its four feet; even two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. See, Saul promised to marry his daughter and surrender the Ark of the Covenant over to the person who would kill Goliath. After the trial of the sacrifice, Ishmael inherited it from his mother under the supervision of his father. Explore {{searchView.params.phrase}} by color family {{familyColorButtonText(}} Additionally, as this hadith refers to a secular (political) office as well as spiritual, the Caliphate, political on the pattern of Prophetship, spiritual, there arises a need to identify what this will look like. Any indifference or disrespect towards him was regarded by companions as a sure sign of a hypocrite and wickedness, to the extent there are even reports of the second Rashidun Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab strangling someone who disrespected ‘Ali in his presence, stating that anyone who did not regard ‘Ali as his Master could never be a true believer. Unless someone else put something in before it arrived in Ethiopia, it seems like the Ark might, at present, contain only stone. In Exodus 20 Moses is given the Ten Commandments. window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}gtag('js', new Date());gtag('config', 'UA-134149705-1'); The Ark of the Covenant is the name of a Heavenly treasure chest, which was used as a weapon of war by the Prophets, including Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, and as I will prove, even by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa aalihi wa sallam). According to Ibn Kathir, Adam wore a crown in heaven. How Ron Wyatt found the Ark of the Covenant as told by Kent Hovind. 2 Kings 25:13-15 says, "The Babylonians broke up the bronze pillars, the movable stands and the bronze Sea that were at the temple of … This means someone might have taken the manna and staff out way before the Ark was apparently moved to Egypt for safekeeping in 586 BCE. The Ark of the Covenant–also sometimes called the Ark of the Testimony or the Ark of God–is not, despite the prevalence of the perhaps more famous ark in the Bible, a boat. Its current location has been the subject of countless inquiries, treatises, scholarly and unscholarly debates, and, of course, fictionalized representations. Copyright © 2009 Ahlus Sunnah Foundation of Canada. Adam was the first Prophet, and he was granted revelation, able to speak and write and possessed knowledge of everything. It is the story of Uzza's sudden death while moving the Ark of the Covenant, the most sacred and revered of Israelite objects. The Banu Nadhir tribe were also from amongst the descendants of Levi, and the Mother of Believers Safia, the wife of the Seal of the Prophets (s) also descended from this tribe. After all, the story is kind of cool: a holy relic from 1000 BCE, kind of like a box covered in gold, carried by the Israelites for 40 years after they were led by Moses to escape from slavery in Egypt. The Bani Israel (Children of Israel) put this box in the front line in times of war and Allah gave them victory by its auspices.” (Tafsir Uthmani, Allama Shabbir Ahmad Uthmani, trans. He said to ‘Ali: O Abū Hasan: decide between these two. With the power of the Ark, the first generation expanded the borders of the revived Ishmaelite Empire, defeating virtually every army in the Arab Middle East who marched against it. The Kedarites were such a powerful tribe that they were even mentioned in the Torah, Assyrian Tablets and by the ancient Greeks. Besides such kid-friendly spin-off tales, the Ark itself has been one of history's most enduring legends. In the classic 1956 movie Ten Commandments, God shoots some fire at the tablets and, in a feat of pretty sweet animation, burns his words onto them, as seen on YouTube (the "finger of God" in Exodus 30:18). It's been connected to the Knights Templar, per History, and some believe it wound up in Ethiopia, per Smithsonian Magazine, in the town of Aksum. As Islam scholar Robert Darnell Jr. observes, the Quran describes a covenant with God as having three general features: the remembrance of God's favor, a promise of reward, and commandments to be followed. See, Browse 674 ark of the covenant stock photos and images available, or search for holy grail or menorah to find more great stock photos and pictures. After Jesus was raised, the Ark returned to Ethiopia under the guardianship of the Davidic-Solomonic dynasty from the line of the Queen of Sheba and  King Solomon. It's called the Ark of the Covenant. It then follows that the Zulfiqar sword was taken out from it (the Tabut Sakina, Ark of the Covenant) and granted to the spiritual successor of the Prophet, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. The author of Tafsir Uthmani (English) writes, “(The Ark of the Covenant, Tabut Sakina) contained some holy relics of Hazrat Moosa (alaihi salam), and other Prophets. The Ark of the Covenant was one of the most instrumental symbols of faith and God’s presence. Mahdi will restore the Ark and place it back inside the Holy Ka’aba. Vol. As the author of Tafsir Uthmani wrote, this Ark contained the Covenant (Sakina), which was the assurance of help from the unseen and victory over enemies, in the form of Prophetic relics. In our narrative, the Ark of the Covenant was from the time of Adam, who brought it out from heaven beyond space, and down to earth. The Ark was sent to Ethiopia by Solomon because the delegation of the Seal of Prophets, Muhammad ibn Abdullah (s) was going to come to Ethiopia to receive it as would Jesus with his mother Mary. Tarah died when Abraham was a young boy. Adam’s Ark contained the Hajr al Aswad, the Staff of Moses, the Ring of Solomon, the Sword of Prophet Muhammad (s) called Zulfiqar among many other relics. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.” The stone tablets were those on which Moses had written the Ten Commandments. After Abraham, Prophetship in the Quran stayed within his bloodline through his two illustrious sons. When the Children of Israel rebelled against the House of Moses, the Ark was taken from them and hidden during the era of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. The last historical mention of the Ark in Scripture is in Second Chronicles chapter 35, where King Josiah (who reigned in Judah c. 640-609 BC) asked the Levites to return the Ark to the Temple where Solomon had originally housed it after completing and dedicating the Temple sometime in the 10th century BC (Second Chronicles, chapter 5). Here are the verses, “But Allah did send Sakina on the Messenger and on the Believers, and sent down forces which ye saw not: He punished the Unbelievers; thus doth He reward those without Faith” (9:26) and ,”If ye help not (the Holy Prophet), (it is no matter): for Allah did indeed help him, when the Unbelievers drove him out: he had no more than one companion; they two were in the cave, and he said to his companion, “Have no fear, for Allah is with us”: then Allah sent down Sakina upon him, and strengthened him with forces which ye saw not, and humbled to the depths the word of the Unbelievers. But here are the facts about the Ark of the Covenant: The Ark of the Covenant is also described as the Ark of the Testimony. Professor Tahir Qadri writes in his book the ‘Ghadir Declaration’ Hadith 46, “It is narrated by ‘Umar that two Bedouins came to him disputing with each other. The Ottoman Caliphs used the Zulfiqar as a symbol of power and carried Zulfiqar flags into their battles against their enemies. The Holy Qur’an states, “To the people of Madyan (Madian) (We sent) their brother Shu’aib ” [Qur’an, 7:85], according to this author, and even according to the Holy Bible, the Midianites were Ishmaelites. So, when the time for the second (of the judgments) came (We roused against you others of Our slaves) to ravage you, and to enter the Temple even as they entered it the first time, and to lay waste all that they conquered with an utter wasting. These faithful Christians believe that the Ark of the Covenant was taken from Jerusalem 3,000 years ago, to a place called Aksum, in northern Ethiopia, where it … The descendants of Solomon and Sheba from the House of David who were its custodians, would surrender it to him through them. However, during the reign of ‘Ali, the fourth Caliph, the Ark came under danger through the civil wars instigated by the camps of the rebels of the battles of Jamal, and Siffin, and so it was secretly hidden in Antioch or around it. God chose Bezalel to construct the Ark of the Covenant after the children of Israel left Egypt. These relics it (the Ark) contained were connected to Prophetic authority, which represented the Vicegerency of God on earth by His Prophets and Messengers, and as such, assured unfathomable powers to the possessor of the Ark. I have read on the AiG website about the amazing discovery claims made by Ron Wyatt. The Mahdi then rules as a king over the Ishmaelites, because of his bloodline, as the Caliph of God, like Adam and David, with the Ark in his possession. According to the Biblical account, the Ark was built at the command of God, in accord with Moses' prophetic vision on Mount Sinai (Exodus 25:9-10). I would like to point out here that the identity and lineage of Jethro has been confused by some historians, just as some of them confused Tarah, the father of Abraham with Azar. This was the beginning of the second golden age for the Israelites. The Ark of the Covenant was the best kept secret of the first two of the Rashidun Caliphs of the Quraysh dynasty, due to which both of them gave their spiritual allegiance to the first Imam of spirituality on the 18th of Dhul Hijjah, known as the day of Ghadir Khum, wherein the Prophet appointed ‘Ali as his spiritual successor, and the Guardian of Believers by declaring, “Whoever has me as his Master, ‘Ali is his Master”. 1 Chronicles 13:9-11 I Chronicles 13:1-3 introduces an episode containing a presumptuous act, immediately followed by a sobering display of divine justice. The third and most compelling type of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is the ark of the covenant. According to the Bible, Moses had the Ark of the Covenant built to hold the Ten Commandments at the command of God. 8 It may be that your Lord will have mercy on you, but if ye repeat (the crime) We shall repeat (the punishment), and We have appointed hell a dungeon for the disbelievers. As read on Open Bible, it's described in a lot of different ways. And Allah has full knowledge of all things.” (48:26), The Zulfiqar Sword and Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib. The staff of Aaron was an artifact wielded by the brother of Moses. Later, the Ark was apparently given by King David to his son Solomon, who installed it in the temple at Jerusalem. Above: Ark of the Covenant on Shabbat Night Live TV with Kevin Fisher. Jethro was an Ishmaelite, not an Israelite. Made of acacia wood, the Ark was covered inside and out with pure gold and measured two and a half cubits long by a cubit and a half wide by a cubit and a half high (45" x 27" x 27"). One of them said: Is he the only one left to decide between us? Samuel prayed, and as he was a Prophet, Allah heard his prayer. Through the blessings of the Ark, the Children of Israel became free, and the Pharaoh was destroyed. Near its four feet were gold rings, through which wooden poles, also covered with gold, were inserted, for carrying the Ark. After his repentance was accepted, a crown was once again placed upon his head. The Ark was surrendered to him by Negus. Abdullah ibn Abbas is reported to have said after hearing the sermon of Abu Bakr, “It seemed that the verse of the Holy Qur’an to which Abu Bakr referred was just revealed, although we had recited it several times in the past”. The model of succession to secular power of the Prophets in the Quran, like from Adam the Caliph of God, to Seth (Agathodaimon) down to Idris (Thoth), the first king of the Egyptians, and from King David, who was appointed like Adam, according to the Holy Quran, as the Caliph of God, to his son King Solomon, of secular, or political succession, was dynastic, from father to son. 02:248 “And their Prophet said to them: “A Sign of his authority is that there shall come to you the Ark and in it a Covenant therein of security from your Lord, and the relics left by the family of Moses and the family of Aaron, carried by angels. Ark of the Covenant in Islam. 5 So when the time for the first of the two came, We roused against you slaves of Ours of great might who ravaged (your) country, and it was a threat performed. As the Online Etymology Dictionary explains, the word "ark" comes from the Latin word arca, meaning "big box. Al Mahdi is from the Ahlul Bayt; the bloodline of the Prophet Muhammad, from the descendants of Abraham and Ishmael. You have become the master of every male and female believer, morning and evening (for ever).”, Bloodline of the Holy Prophet (S): The Twelve Imam Dynasty as Guardians. During Adam’s reign, the Ark was moved and eventually, Adam built Bait ul-Maqdis in Palestine and the Ark was also housed there. He constructed the Holy House, Al Ka’aba and placed the Ark inside. The truth is, Jethro was an Ishmaelite. From Seth, it was passed to Thoth (Idris, Hermes), and was moved to Egypt. As the new guardian of the Ark of the Covenant, David now became the king of the Children of Israel. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmad. This system is a monarchy, since, outside monarchy, with dynastic succession from father to son, the Holy Quran, the Torah and the Bible do not acknowledge any other model of government. At various times in Israel’s history, it seems that various items were in … Adam descended to earth wearing a crown according to Ibn Kathir. Its secret location was granted to Hasan ibn ‘Ali, then from him to Husayn ibn ‘Ali, and through their descendants  its secret location will known by the Mahdi (a), the Twelfth Imam, a king and the last of the Rightly Guided Caliphs. It's certainly one of archaeology's most perplexing puzzles. The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Talut (Saul) was appointed as the King of the Children of Israel, and the sign of his kingdom was that he would be given the Ark of the Covenant (al Baqarah, 246-249). When the descendents of Judah (the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham) see this (Ark), all except a few will embrace Islam.” (Ibn Hammad transmitted in al-Fitan (1:360#1050); and Suyuti copied it in al-Hawi li’l Fatawa (II:83). He is my master and the master of every believer (and) one who does not acknowledge him as his master is not a believer.” It was through the power of the Ark possessed by ‘Ali, that the Rashidun Caliphs were able to bring Palestine and Jerusalem into the Ishmaelite Empire, and returned the tribe of Judah to Jerusalem. One thing can be agreed on: the Ark is supposed to contain the Ten Commandments, the essence of "the law" given to God's chosen people. Sinai to get the Ten Commandments. It is important here to elaborate on the system of governance of the Prophets mentioned in the Holy Quran.