Message to Muslims: The Qur'an and the Ark of the Covenant
A Personal Note to Muslim Brothers from Barry Roffman, an Orthodox Jew
Muslims and Jews Both See Finding the Ark as a Key to Peace
The Koran (2:428) states the following: "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 (Moses) and Harun (Aaron). It will be borne by angels. There is a sign for you in that if you believe."
Your Holy Koran Declares Religious Differences to be a Test - Believe and Pass It.
In the Koran (5:51) we read, "To each among you God prescribed a Law and an Open Way. If God had so willed He would have made you a single People, but (His plan is) to test you in what He has given you: So strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to (know) God; (In the end when you return to Him as we all must) It is He will that will show you the truth of all things that you now.dispute."
Who Takes Posession if Found in Egypt?
Egypt guards its antiquties with great zeal. Legally, if the Ark is found in Egypt, it is Egyptian Government property unless they choose to relinquish or relocate it. Moving it to Mecca would be extremely divisive. Consideration should be given to Biblical stories (as in 1 Samuel 5:6) about what happened when the Ark was moved away from its intended home. I would recommend that it be transferred in accordance with Jewish Law to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. Leave it to G-d (Allah) to then determine how that structure is to be used."
The Emphasis Must be On Shared Values
Muslims expect the Ark to be found and that this will herald a new age of Muslim values. These values are in fact very similar to Orthodox Jewish values and some Christian values. Finding the Ark through this Code (or any that might exist in the Koran) would lead to a new religious understanding and peace between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. If I am right about where Allah has lead the prophet Jeremiah to place the Ark, it is in Egypt - in the area where Moses with help from Allah split the Sea. That story is in your Holy Koran. You too honor Moses as one of your prophets. Allah allows mankind the opportunity to repent for past misdeeds. Help me to recover the Ark from the site of Pharaoh’s rebellion against Allah, and you will help lead the world to the truest understanding of Allah and His plan to finally reconcile the children of Abraham - the common father of all Muslims and Jews. Salaam alaykum to you all; and through you to all the world!