After the arrival of Sayyiduna Aadam عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام in this world, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ blessed him with a gold artwork covered unique wooden box made of strong wood of Shamshad tree (boxtree) which was 3 yards in length and 2 yards in width. Passing from people to people, this wooden box reached Sayyiduna Musa عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام. (‘Ajaaib-ul-Quran, pp. 52; Khaza`in-ul-‘Irfan, pp. 84) This blessed wooden box is called ‘Taboot-e-Sakeenah’ [تَابُوْتِ سَکِیْنَہ].
What was inside the box?
When Sayyiduna Aadam عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام got the box, it contained pictures of all the blessed Ambiya Kiraam عَلَيْهِمُ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام and their blessed houses. The blessed picture of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ and his blessed house were in red ruby. In that picture, the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ was in the state of performing Salah and had the blessed companions around him. These were the natural pictures, not made by human beings. When Sayyiduna Musa عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام got this box, he started to keep his important items in it. Apart from this, the box contained:
٭ Some pieces of tablets containing the text of blessed Tawrah.
٭ Heavenly staff.
٭ Blessed dress of Sayyiduna Musa عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام.
٭ Blessed ‘Imamah (turban) and staff of Sayyiduna Haroon عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام.
٭ Blessed ring of Sayyiduna Sulayman عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام.
٭ Blessed Mann, descended upon Bani Israel. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 1, pp. 373)
Blessings of the box
٭ Sayyiduna Musa عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام used to keep this box in the front line during the war. It used to provide Bani Israel with peace and tranquillity.
٭ Bani Israel used to make Du’a in the time of distress placing this box before them.
٭ By its blessings, they would make conquest against enemies.
٭ When there would be differences among themselves, they would let the box decide and a voice of judgement would come from it.
٭ Calamities and disasters would get averted by the blessings of this box. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 1, pp. 373; ‘Ajaaib-ul-Quran, pp. 53)
The box was taken away
When the people of Bani Israel started disobeying Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ too much, they were overcome by wrath as a consequence, and a big army of ‘Amaliqah tribe attacked Bani Israel and ruined their towns and also took away this unique (wooden) box.
Return of the box
After this incident people of ‘Amaliqah tribe disrespected the sacred box by placing it at a dirty place; resultantly, they suffered from different diseases and the people of five towns were destroyed. They believed that all the destruction was due to the disrespect of the sacred box. Therefore, they placed it on a bullock cart and left it at a path leading to the towns of Bani Israel. Thereafter, the box reached the blessed Nabi of that time ‘Sayyiduna Shamweel عَلَیْہِ الصَّلَاۃُ وَالسَّلَام’ under the supervision of four blessed angels. Thus, Bani Israel got this great blessing back. (‘Ajaaib-ul-Quran, pp. 53)
Who will get unique wooden box and how?
When the Day of Judgement will be close, Sayyiduna Imam Mahdi رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ will arrive and draw this wooden box from Tabariyyah [طَبَرِیَّة], a famous lake located in Palestine. (Al-Fitn lin-Nu’aym, vol. 1, pp. 360) Whereas, according to a saying, he رَضِیَ اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَنْہُ will draw it from a cave situated in Antakya, Turkey. (Ibid, vol. 1, pp. 355, Raqm 1022)