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“786” – Does it stand for ‘Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem’?

Posted on: October 1, 2007

786 is the numerical representation of “Bismillahirrahamaanirraheem” has no religious or Islaamic significance.

The numerals 786 or any other numerals in no way represent ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ or other Surahs of the noble Qur’ân and is not the Sunnah either.


Allaah say in Qurân “Verily, We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur’ân in order that you may understand” (12:2).

We are instructed to recite the Quran Majeed, as can be seen from the following verses: “And (it is) a Qur’ân which We have divided (into parts), in order that you might recite it to men at intervals. And We have revealed it by stages. (in 23 years).” (17:106)

“So RECITE as much of the Qurân as may be easy (for you),” (73:20).

Now would one recite the Qur’an if it is reduced to numbers? As an example, we shall reduce the Surah Fatihah to numerical figures for the benefit of the reader.

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem……………………787
Al-humdolillaahir rubbuaalamin…………………….632
Ar-Rahmaan-ur-Raheem…………………………. 618
Malikay yawm-midhdeen………………………… 242
Eeyya ka Na’ bo-du Wa eeyya ka nastha’een…………836

Ah’daynas-sira thalmustaqeem………..and in NO WAY sacred. It is a conspiracy against the Holy Book of Allaah.

This old game of numbers was practised by the ancient Egyptians, as did many other civilisations. Islaam came to ELIMINATE ALL such superstitions, mysteries and numerological mumbo-jumbo. However, Muslims are still enslaved to the number game, and think that 786 represents BISMILLAAHIR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM.

The innovation of writing ‘786’ replacing ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ has been adopted for a long time and the majority of the Ummah is still indulged in it inadvertently. Apart from the common folk, the scholars also heed no attention towards it and to avoid disrespect to the Holy Words they use it in their letters and documents. They adopt it as ‘correct’ and ‘better’ way to invite Allaah’s blessings and have also started replacing the Holy Words by this number on their houses, offices, buildings, etc. Unfortunately, this tendency is gradually gaining momentum. But, do we see this number instead of the Holy Words in the Holy Qur’ân? Or, can we write it there as well? can we remove ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ from the top of Surah al-Fatihah and replace it with the number 786? Obviously not.

If we study the Qur’ân, we see it carries the holy words in a letter from Prophet Solomon (pbuh) to the Queen of Sheeba – Bilqis – who was an infidel at that time. Even Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in his letters to different heads of states and governments, used the holy words at the top. Therefore, whosoever uses 786 with the intention to obtain Allaah’s blessings, is a misguided person and any attempt to justify it, is ignorance.

More astonishing is that fact that ‘786’ is an aggregation of the numbers of Hindu ‘Lord Hari Krishna’.

H(a)iri Kr(i)shna
h-5, r-200, r-10, k-20, r-200, sh-300, n-50, a-1 = Aggregate of 786, Thus, the aggregate number of these letters (Hari Krishna) equals 786. This is also the case of ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’. Therefore, it is necessary to avoid using this number to avoid the danger of being indulging in infidelity.

Islaam’s foundation is laid on the belief in Tawheed (oneness of God). If we associate anyone with Allaah’s exalted names orally or practically, we would be committing infidelity which is an unpardonable sin. The Qur’ân warns us, one who finds a rival against Allaah, Allaah will never allow him to enter paradise, and his abode is the hell. The letters by the Prophet (pbuh) to non-Muslim Kings and chiefs bear the holy words ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’. This was also the case of his noble companions. Did the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions respect the Holy Words less than we do? Was the verse, ‘Today I completed your religion for you’, revealed to the Prophet (pbuh) or to the so called scholars of our age who are all bent to amend the Divine principles.

Now, when it became known that ‘786’ is written in place of Hindu, ‘Lord Krishna’, and has no significance in the Holy Qur’ân and Sunnah, it is obviously an innovation and goes against the Divine doctrine of ‘Obey Allaah and His Prophet’.

Similarly, some Muslims replace Allah’s name by the number ’66’ and the Prophet’s name by ’92’. But if one ask, the number ‘420’ is used against somebody’s name and he is called ‘420’. Can he bear such an insult?

Calling someone by a nick name is also a sin. Allaah Ta’ala says, ‘Don’t call one another by nick names’. If Allaah prohibits the use of nicknames for fellow human beings, how can He allow the use of such insulting replacement number for Himself and His Prophet (pbuh).

‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ great significance in the Qur’ân and Muslims are ordered to begin any work but in the names Allaah, not in the number of ‘786’ or any other substitution.


1 Response to "“786” – Does it stand for ‘Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem’?"

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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