And their Prophet said to them: Verily! The sign of His Kingdom is that there shall come to you At-Tabut (a wooden box), wherein is Sakinah (peace and reassurance) from your Lord and a remnant of that which Musa and Harun left behind, carried by the angels. Verily, in this is a sign for you if you are indeed believers. (Koran:248)
This is the plan of the Ka'ba in Mecca, the small box shaped room that Muslims must walk around several times at least once in their lives. Notice the 'Babut Taubah' in the bottom right hand corner. This is where I believe the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant is hidden. This tiny room's measurements are 2.5mx1.5m. The Ark's measurements are 1.16mx0.69m leaving enough room inside to walk around it, as indicated on the plan. I believe Islam started because the Ark was found by a Saudi Muslim, probably Mohammad himself. The puzzles that seem the most unfathomable are often the easiest ones to solve....and this solves a lot of them.
Muhammad's_first_revelation According to tradition, when Muhammad was nearly 40, he had been prone to spending long hours in retirement meditating and speculating over the aspects of creation around him; this meditative temperament was said to have helped to widen the mental gap between him and his compatriots. He would provide himself with simple food and water, and then head directly for the hills and ravines in the neighborhood of Mecca. One of these in particular was his favorite resort — a cave named Hira, in the Jabal al-Nur mountain. Only 3 km from Mecca, it was a small cave 3.5 m long and 1.6 m wide.
This video shows the inside of the Kaaba and the Tabut Taubah is on the other side of the golden door....
I discovered that the tiny room inside the Tabut Taubal in the Kaaba is actually a stairwell and that it does offer access to the roof. The facts about the stairwell and the roof were not easy to obtain and whole forum threads started by Muslims wishing to know what is behind the golden door do not discover these facts. If a Muslim asks an imam online what it is for, the question either seems to get deleted or answered with, 'It is the Door of Repentance' and nothing else. It seems ordinary Muslims are not to know what is behind the door, which seems to be excessive secrecy for just a stairwell and a roof terrace.
Is it a Door of Repentance? Well it might be but 'Tabut' means wooden box (remember the Koranic verse....'Chapter 2, verse 248 says: 'And their Prophet (Samuel) said to them: Verily! The sign of His Kingdom is that there shall come to you At-Tabut') and 'taubah' means repentance. What I have found out is that the TT was the original Kaaba, or at least now represents it. The latter is more likely as the Kaaba has been rebuilt several times, even very recently, with amendments both big and small. In fact, I doubt there is anything original left, which would suggest it is not the cube shaped building that is deemed holy but what was contained inside the original Tabut Taubah by Mohammad. He arrived at the Kaaba, kissed the Black Stone and wiped out all the pagan statues. Was he making space for something else? Or was the Kaaba built specifically to house and protect the Ark? If not, the perfect dimensions are an amazing coincidence.
Instead of giving up on my theory I continued to investigate the dimensions of the Kaaba and discovered its entrance floor is now 2.2m higher than the ground outside. There is only one door to get into the Kaaba and that is raised well above head height. What is on the actual ground floor level under the Kaaba? Why is it raised so high? Why all the remodelling and the encasing in plywood (I have discovered) during remodelling or repairs? The stairs inside the Tabut Taubal go up but they might also go down. Could they go down to a viewing area in which the Ark is stored behind glass? The roof has bee lined with steel. Why would they line the roof with steel when the building itself doesn't seem to be of great value to them?
To make such a statement about a long lost artifact, the location of which you are entirely ignorant of, is extremely risky given the Koran must be entirely correct if it is to be real. If one word of it, and certainly if one such prophecy in it, is proven false then the whole religion is also proven false. This, I believe, is a fake prophecy. Mohammad knew the Ark would come to them (because it was already in Muslim hands) and made this prophecy knowing it would encourage faith when it came true.
The Kaaba is not mentioned as a potential site for the Ark, which is surprising given the Kaaba is the holiest place in Islam and given the statement above, proving the Ark is extremely critical to Islam. Should it be in Muslim possession, it would be in the Kaaba away from non-Muslim interference.
I think the Kaaba is a very viable possibility for the location of the Ark of the Covenant.