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.
ALLAH says in Qur’ân
“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 Qur’an Majeed, as can be seen from the following verses:
“….So RECITE as much of the Qur’ân 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 … 786
Al-humdolillaahir rubbuaalamin … 632
Malikay yawm-midhdeen…………….. 242
Eeyya ka Na’ bo-du Wa eeyya ka nastha’een … 836
Ah’daynas-sira thal mustaqeem… 1073
Sirat-ul a th(z)eena unamtha alay-him… 1807
Ghayril magh dhubay alayhim waludh ‘aleen… 4194
Total numerical value………………………………………… 10188
Does this mean that merely reading 1018 we have read the whole of Soorah al-Fatiha? Then why to recite verses, call numbers instead.
This old game of numbers was practiced by the ancient Egyptians, as did many other civilizations. Islam came to ELIMINATE ALL such superstitions, mysteries and numerological mambo-jumbo. However, Muslims are still enslaved to the number game.
Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) 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 ALLAH’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’.
How can the numerical value of a quranic verse (basis for monotheism) be similar to a god of polytheism?
Therefore, it is necessary to avoid using this number to avoid the danger of being indulged in innovations.
Islam’s foundation is laid on the belief in Tawheed (oneness of ALLAH). If we associate anyone with ALLAH’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 ALLAH, ALLAH will never allow him to enter paradise, and his abode is the hell.
The letters by the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to non-Muslim Kings and chiefs bear the holy words ‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’. This was also the case of his noble companions. But nowadays we write 786 instead with the justification that papers are thrown, or disgraced. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his noble companions respected every verse more than anyone else in this world.
Was the verse, ‘Today I completed your religion for you’, revealed by ALLAH to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) or to the so called scholars of our age who are all bent to CHANGE 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 (صلى الله عليه وسلم).
‘Bismillaah al-Rahmaan al-Raheem’ holds great significance in the Qur’ân and Muslims are ordered to begin any work but in the names ALLAH, not in the number of ‘786’ or any other substitution.