Guess the number of times No.786 is painted on this colourfully done door of a dwelling of a devout Muslim named Noshad?
I spotted and clicked this at the Sudama Basti area of Delhi, and began wondering the significance of No. 786 in Islam.
I have watched Bollywood films, like ‘Veer Zara’ made by noted Filmmaker, the late Mr.Yash Chopra also referring to the significance of this number, with the film’s protagonist ShahRukh Khan being referred to in the film as ‘Khuda ka banda‘ (Meaning ‘A Man of God’ in English) because he was Prisoner no. 786.
I googled today to seek an an answer to my curiosity about No. 786.
Here is the answer I found-
“The Abjad numerals are a decimal number system where the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet are assigned numerical values.
The Arabic letters of the opening phrase of the Quran “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” (In the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Beneficient) sum up to the numerical value 786, thus explaining it’s significance.
Muslims, especially in South East Asia tend to use the number 786 instead of the phrase “Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim” when writing on places that are considered to be inappropriate to write down verses from the Quran.”
December 12 is a holiday in the Indian Subcontinent and coincidental, as it is, the holiday is to celebrate ‘Milad un Nabi‘, the Birth of the Prophet.