Have you not seen the notables of the Children of Israel after Moses, when they said to a Prophet of theirs: “Raise up (appoint) for us a king, that we may fight in the Way of Allah”. He (prophet) said: “May it not be that you would not fight if fighting is ordained for you”? (Notables): “Why should we not fight in Allah’s Way while we have been compelled to abandon our homes and our children”? But when fighting was ordained for them, they turned back, except a few of them, and Allah knows the wrong-doers (tyrants).
And their Prophet said to them: “Surely Allah has raised Tâlût (Saul) to be a king over you”. They said: “How can he hold kingship over us while we are fitter than him for the kingdom, and he has not been given enough wealth”. (The prophet): “Verily, Allah has chosen him above you and He has increased him abundantly in knowledge and physique (strength) and Allah grants His kingdom to whom He wills”. And Allah is All-Embracing (His knowledge and Mercy includes everything), All-Knowing.
And their Prophet said to them: “Surely the sign of his kingdom is, that there shall come to you the (wooden) chest in which there is tranquility (Sakînah) from your Lord and a remnant of that which the house (family) of Moses and the house of Aaron left behind, carried by the angels”. Verily, in this is a sign for you if you are indeed believers.