What is the significance of the Ark of the Covenant in Islamic teachings and history? I know that the Bible mentions that it was used during battle in the Israelites' exodus from Egypt and was instrumental in a lot of the "miracles" and other supernatural phenomena associated with it, apparently including parting of waters and the taking of the city of Jericho. Does Islamic history also mention such powers emanating from the Ark of the Covenant?
Is there any account of it being used for the winning of battles and other such uses by the Islamic army? Could its use have been instrumental in the fast growth and expansion of the Muslim empire that eventually became larger and more powerful than the Roman Empire?
Does that also mean that the Ark of the Covenant was then hidden by the Muslims to be uncovered at a much later time?
Also, if such an artifact was found today would it be subject to intense scientific experimentation or revered and protected as a holy remnant?