Some of us seek barakah (blessing) from it by writing it at the top of our letters, documents, exam papers, nikkah invitation cards, job applications etc. Some write & hang it (taweez) in the car to ‘protect’ them from accidents. Some choose it as cell phones & license plates numbers, thinking it is part of Islaam and by so doing, Allah will reward, protect & bless such.

So, what is this ‘magical or mystical’ number that is supposed to bring us barakah, protection and ‘good luck’ which direct supplication to Allah cannot bring to us?

They say it is the number “786”.Why? They say, each of the Arabic letters has numerical values and when you add all the letters that make up the Basmalah, you get a total of 786.Thus, according to them, “786” is the numerical co-equal & co-eternal of “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem” Is it really so? Can a number really do that? Is it part of the Shari’ah?

Did the Prophet or the Sahabah use it in place of the Basmalah? Did we ever try to find the authenticity of this claim? Are we just blindly following the traditions of our culture & forefathers?

🔎On close examination of the Sharee’ah that Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) came with, we realize that “786” has absolutely no religious or Islamic significance. The number 786 means 786 & nothing more!

🔮Unfortunately, the innovation of writing “786” instead of “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem”, has become a common practice among Muslims, especially from the Indian sub-continent. The uninformed average Muslim now thinks it is a part of Islam.

🎁Actually, this old game of numbers was practiced by some of the magic based ancient civilizations but popularized by deviants e.g. Sufis among muslims. Islaam came to ELIMINATE ALL such superstitions, mysteries & numerological mumbo-jumbo.

However, some of us are still enslaved to this number game, and think that 786 represents “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem” and can bring us barakah!

🎓Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid says:

“When Allah or His messenger want to teach us something, they do so in the clearest way far from puzzles & mystery numbers. All the efforts made by some Muslims to count letters & relate them to numbers are nothing but a waste of time….Indeed our deen is great, and not in need of such erroneous approaches” .Tap this link for the correct Islamic view about the mathematical miracles of the Quran https://islamqa.info/en/69741.

What are the differences between Numeracy & Numerology? https://islamqa.info/en/88184



1⃣  This is a system of numbers known as the ABJAD letters, each Arabic letter being represented by a number.



The Qur’aan is not a book of symbolic numbers. Can we remove “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem” from the top of Surah al-Faatiha & replace it with the number 786? Can these numbers replace the Perfect & eternal Speech of Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala??

Of course not!

The absurdity of ABJAD numbers becomes clear if you reflect upon the following numbers 66, 92, 352, and 296. What do these numbers stand for? What do they mean? They are the supposed numerical values of Allah, Muhammad (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), Qur’an, & Rasool respectively. So, from tomorrow, can we call on Allaah by saying’ Ya 66′ or when we send blessings on the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam), do we send them onto 92??!!

Astaghfirullaah & A’oodhu billaah!!. Did Allaah reveal the Qur’an in mathematical figures? WHY ARE WE THEN, CONVERTING IT INTO NUMBERS???


  1. We don’t want to disrespect the name of Allaah, so we use this numerical equivalents on letters etc., lest it falls into the hands of disbelievers who are not clean or onto the ground & be a cause of disrespect.



Can we respect the Word of Allaah more than the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) & his Companions?. Yet, he sent letters to non-Muslim Kings & chiefs bearing the sacred words “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem”. Also, the letter that Sulaiman (Alaiyhi as-Salaam) sent to the queen of Sheba bore the Basmalah as its heading and surely, he was a Prophet of Allah who knew what amounted to respecting or disrespecting Allaah!


“Verily! It (the letter) is from Sulaiman, and verily it (reads): In the Name of Allaah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.” (Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem). (Naml:30). Ruling on distributing leaflets & pamphlets that contain Qur’anic verses for da‘wah purposes to non-Muslims https://islamqa.info/en/191770


  1. We only use it for Barakah & Protection


Seeking barakah & protection with something or in some ways that is not prescribed in Islaam is Shirk because the One Who really offers protection is Allaah, alone. And one can only seek barakah from things that we have evidence to do so in Islaam and hanging a bunch of numbers is NOT ONE OF THEM, no matter what they (supposedly) represent!. All acts of worship are Tawqeefi. Tap link https://islamqa.info/en/147608


  1. So, what if we use it? What’s so wrong about it!


The “wrong” with it is that it was NOT the practice of Rasul Allaah (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) and it is not permissible to do any acts of worship except those which are approved by Sharee’ah. The Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wassallam) said: “Whoever innovates something is this matter of ours [Islam] which is not part of it, will have it rejected” (agreed upon). Again, all acts of worship are Tawqeefi. Tap link https://islamqa.info/en/147608



  1. We just use it as an abbreviation



In case we forgot, “Bismillah-ir Rahmaan-ir Raheem”, is the very first Ayaah (miracle, sign etc) of the very first Surah of the Qur’aan. (Fatihah:1). And Allah revealed the Qur’an in clear Arabic and no one dare abbreviate even a single letter from it, let alone a whole Ayaah!

“And the (Qur’an) is a revelation from the Lord of the Worlds … in plain Arabic.” (Ash-Shu’raa:192-195)



Whosoever uses 786 with the intention of obtaining Divine blessings, reward, protection etc. is a misguided person & any attempt to justify it, is based on arrogance, ignorance, innovation or blind following of the practices of his misguided ancestors.

Those who introduced the “786”, are GUILTY of conspiracy against & tampering with the text of the book of Allaah. True Muslims should give up this EVIL & disgusting practice of using 786. It is an innovation, evil & in NO WAY sacred.

May ALLAH give us all the guidance to practice what is most pleasing to Him! Ameen.

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