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Ark of the Covenant

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This does not add up.

The same chest that Moses ((عليه السلام).) mother used to put him in the Nile eventually becomes the Ark of the Covenant and its 3 yards long and 2 yards wide - a bit big for a baby?

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The purpose of /tabut/ is the wooden Chest wherein Moses's mother put her baby and, by the commandment of Allah, set it afloat in the water, of the Nile. Then, the men of Pharoah took it and brought the baby unto Pharoah. 

The Chest remained safe in the Court of Pharoah. When Moses (عليه السلام) was appointed to prophethood, he (عليه السلام) put the Tablets of the Torah in it and gave it to his vicegerent, Yusha'-ibn-Nun (Joshua), and when he died, his armour and some of his belongings were put in it, too. 

That Chest, which had been known among the Children of Israel as 'the Ark of the Covenant', remained in the hand of the very Children of Israel as a Sacred Chest, and they used to carry it before their forces in the battles. 

But, little by little, its sacredness wretched and the Chest was taken away. But, according to the verse under discussion their prophet, Samuel, promised them that the Ark of the Covenant would be returned to them soon as a sign of truthfulness of his statement. 

That glad tidings naturally was considered very magnificent for the Children of Israel, because by seeing that Sacred Chest, which they knew as a token of their ancient independence and glory, they thought they could regain their lost tranquility and splendour. 

There are some statements about this Chest mentioned in the Torah, a part of which will be cited at the end of this commentary under the title of explanation. 

Finally, at the time of the kingship of Saul, Allah returned that Sacred Chest, which was taken away, unto them through angels. That Chest brought them tranquility and peace.

"... wherein shall be a tranquility from your Lord, and the Relics of what the family of Moses and the family of Aaron have left behind, the angels bearing it. Surely in that shall be a sign for you, if you are (truly) faithful. "

Explanation

The term' Tabut ' in this verse stands for the Holy Ark of Chest 3 yards long and 2 yards broad with- divine signs in it decipherable only by the Apostles of God. This Ark had divine blessings that whenever it was presented by the Israelites against their enemy in the midst of a battle, the enemy forces had no other choice but to take to their heels for their lives. 

The Israelites used to always keep the Chest in front of their forces whenever any occasion of their proceeding against any enemy had occurred and they used to come out victorious. This Ark passed from one apostle to another apostle of God. 

It is reported to contain the shoes, the rod and clothes of Moses, the turban of Aaron and some other sacred relics. This Ark had been certainly endowed with miraculous effects. It was this Ark that was brought out from Shiloh to help the Israelites in the war with Philistines.... 

"And when she (mother of Moses) could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."5

The following verse of the Holy Qur'an clears the meaning of 'Tabut'. The address in the following verse is to Moses: 

"And when we revealed unto thy mother what was revealed. That; Put him into a chest, then cast it down into the river." (20: 38:39)

 

https://www.al-islam.org/enlightening-commentary-light-holy-quran-vol-2/section-32-fight-cause-allah-references-conduct

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18 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

This does not add up.

The same chest that Moses ((عليه السلام).) mother used to put him in the Nile eventually becomes the Ark of the Covenant and its 3 yards long and 2 yards wide - a bit big for a baby?

Agree!  But I think your size is a bit large (3 feet long and 2 feet wide might be better)

Exodus makes a clear distiction between the two

Chapter 2 talks about the basket Moses was placed in as a baby.

Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

Chapter 25 shows that the Israelites had to build something completly different in accordance to God's command.

10 “Have them make an ark of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. (about 1.1 meters long and 68 centimeters wide and high) 11 Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out, and make a gold molding around it. 12 Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other. 13 Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it. 15 The poles are to remain in the rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. 16 Then put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law, which I will give you.

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1 hour ago, Dave follower of The Way said:

Chapter 25 shows that the Israelites had to build something completly different in accordance to God's command.

Thanks.

Yes, this is more in line with what I remember from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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