Meaning of 786 in Islam….Numerology

Compiled by Tariqahmed Pinjar


According to one Arabic system of numerology, the total value of the letters of Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, is ’786′. There are two methods of arranging the letters of the Arabic alphabet. One method is in common alphabetical order (used for most ordinary purposes), beginning with the letters Alif ا, ba ب, ta ت, tha ث, etc. The other method is known as the Abjad numerals’ (or ordinal) method. In this method, the letters are arranged in the following order: Abjad, Hawwaz, Hutti, Kalaman, Sa’fas, Qarshat, Sakhaz, Zazagh; each letter has an arithmetic value assigned to it, from 1 to 1,000. This arrangement was probably done during the 3rd century of Hijrah during the ‘Abbasid period, following the practices of speakers of other Semitic languages such as Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac and Chaldean.

Taking into account the numeric values of all the letters of the Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim,, according to the Abjad order the total is ’786. In the Indian subcontinent the Abjad numerals have become popular. Some people—mostly in India and Pakistan—use ’786 as a substitute for Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim, (“In the name of Allah…). They write this number to avoid writing the name of God or to avoid writing Qur’anic verses on ordinary paper (which can get dirty or come in contact with unclean materials).

The innovation of writing ’786′ replacing ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ has been adopted for a long time. As such ’786′ does not have any value in Islam as Muslims are instructed to follow the words of Holy Quran and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and there is no discussion about ’786′ in either Qur’aan or in any of the Hadiths.

If we study the Qur’aan, 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.

Many heed no attention 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 Allah’s blessings and have also started conveniently replacing the Holy Words by this number on their houses, offices, buildings, etc. Unfortunately, this tendency is gradually gaining momentum.

More astonishing is the 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.

The practice of using ’786′ as a substitute for Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim does not date from the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is not universally accepted by Muslims.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 1885 narrated by Jabirib n Abdullah

Prophet of Allah (saws) said in a sermon: “The best speech is that which is embodied in the Book of Allah, the Al Quran; and the best guidance is the guidance given by me, Mohamed (saws). The most evil affairs are the innovations, and every innovation is an error.”

Prophet of Allah (saws) said: “Who ever introduces a ‘bida’ (innovation) in this deen brought by me (saws), it will be rejected.”

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4515 narrated by Aliibn Abu Talib

Prophet of Allah (saws) said: “If anyone introduces an innovation (in religion), he will be responsible for it. If anyone introduces an innovation or gives shelter to a man who introduces an innovation (in religion), he is cursed by Allah, by His Angels, and by all the people.”

Therefore, whosoever uses ’786′ with the intention to obtain Allah’s blessings, is a misguided person and any attempt to justify it, is ignorance.

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