It is a common belief that the Israelis, Yahoodis, are descendants of Hazrat Yaqoob (A.S). Israel was named after Hazrat Yaqoob (A.S), thus, the term for his people became Bani Israel. Two intriguing stories related with Israelis and Muslims are that of the Taboot-e-Sakina and Haikal-e-Sulemani.
The Yahoodis faced a tough time and moved to Palestine under the command of Hazrat Yusha (A.S) and Hazrat Musa (A.S) to conquer the Arab land. Israel had three rulers after Hazrat Musa (A.S), which were Hazrat Taloot (A.S), Hazrat Dawood (A.S) and Hazrat Suleman (A.S). It is believed that Hazrat Dawood (A.S) married Hazrat Taloot (A.S)’s daughter.
The legend of Taboot-e-Sakina (Ark of the Covenant) and what it holds
The Taboot was blessed upon Hazrat Adam (A.S) which went all the way down to Hazrat Dawood (A.S). He maintained a box named the Taboot-e-Sakina. It is said that the box held the ‘Lauh-e-Qurani’ and an AASA that belonged to Hazrat Musa (A.S). The box also contained the original version of the Holy book Tauraat, planks that were bestowed upon Hazrat Musa (A.S) at Koh-e-Sina, along with a special utensil that was used for bringing Man-o-Salva (foods from the heaven).
Zikr of the Taboot-e-Sakina is mentioned in the Holy Quran in (2:248). “And their Prophet said to them. Indeed a sign of his Kingship is that the chest will come to you in which is assurance from your Lord and a remnant of what the family of Moses and the family of Aaron had left, carried by the Angels. Indeed, in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.”
The Taboot held belongings of the Prophets who were sent by Allah Almighty. It is believed that the Taboot was bestowed upon with such a status due to God’s will. According to popular belief, it is not that if the Taboot was given a sacred status so all taboots are to be worshiped, but the Taboot-e-Sakina was given special leverage due to God’s will. The Israelis used Taboot-e-Sakina as their qiblah.
Why Haikal-e-Sulemani (Solomon’s Temple) was made and what happened to it
It is believed that when the Taboot-e-Sakina was in Hazrat Dawood (A.S)’s custody, he decided to make a castle, a temple to protect it and the Prophets’ assets. The temple took so much time that it could not be completed during Hazrat Dawood (A.S)’s life. The temple completed in the era of Hazrat Sulemani (A.S) and was named the Haikal-e-Sulemani.
The Taboot-e-Sakina was kept secure and remained there until the people of ‘Babul’ known as Babylonia attacked the Haikal-e-Sulemani and destroyed it. Some believe that the people of Babylon took the Taboot with them, while others believe it was taken to the heavens. However, it was later on that the Israelis erected the Haikal-e-Sulemani again.
Some time later, the Haikal (temple) was destroyed for the second time, this time by the Romans, who set up a Christian church in its place. Hazrat Umer Farooq (R.A) visited Palestine and could not find the Haikal. He then prayed a little further from the church and that was where Masjid-e-Aqsa was built.
Now the Yahoodis claim that the place where Masjid-e-Aqsa is belongs to them. Although the whole region is considered sacred by the Muslims. The Yahoodis believe that it is necessary to sacrifice the mosque to build the Haikal-e-Sulemani again.
The Yahoodis also believe that the remaining wall of the Haikal, where a door is also present, will pave way for their ‘King’ before the Day of Judgement, so they bury their people in front of the gate. They believe when their ‘King’ will walk out of the door, all the dead will come alive behind him. According to Muslim belief, that ‘King’ of the Yahoodis is going to be Dajjal.