Islam and 786

There are certain Muslim individuals who associate the number ‘786’ for the verse ‘Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem’ ( بِسْمِ (اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ ). The Arabic alphabets have been given certain numerical values and these values have been summed up to derive the value of ‘786’. Can we associate a number to a Quranic verse?

I have not personally come across any authentic Hadiths or Quranic verses that allows such practice. Some Muslims also associate the numbers 66, 92, 352, 296 and 62 for Allah, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Quran, Rasool, and Nabi respectively. So can we start praying to the number ’66’ instead of the Almighty God, Allah? If we associate anyone or anything with Allah’s exalted names orally or practically, we would be committing infidelity and this is an unpardonable sin.

‘Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem’, the first verse of the Quran, has a message and a meaning, but the number 786 has no significance. Using the keypad of a typical mobile phone, the keys, ‘7’,’8′ and ‘6’ can be used to enter the words ‘sun’ and ‘rum’. Therefore the number ‘786’ has different interpretations, whereas the actual Quranic verse has only one interpretation.

Allah has forbidden the calling of others by a nick name. As such, will He allow the use of numbers to represent Himself, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or any of the Quranic verses? To me, this is a typical example of Bid’ah or innovation.

Below is a video on the views of Dr. Zakir Naik on the same topic.