Having borrowed the Qabalist science of Gematria, the Muslim theological adventurers, who had nothing else to do, got down to reducing the Qur’anic verses, and even the Soorahs, to numbers. The most commonly used number is 786, which is a normally found letterhead beginning of books, pamphlets, letters, etc. We are made to believe that 786 stands for BISMILLAAHIR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM which is the very first verse of the Qur’an. Most people don't believe 786 is the numerical symbol for BISMILLAAHIR RAHMAANIR RAHEEM, for it has no meaning other than seven hundred and eighty-six units of anything.
The Qur’an is not a book of mathematics or a book of symbolic numbers. The absurdity of ABJAD numbers becomes clear if you reflect upon the following numbers 66, 92, 352, 296 and 62. What do these numbers stand for? What do they mean? They are the numerical values of Allah, Muhammad (pbuh), Qur’an, Rasool, and Nabi respectively. We all know that prisoners have numbers and those numbers normally call them, but can we dare to allocate similar numbers to Allah and His Messenger? The users of 786 have the arrogance to do so, but a God conscious Muslim (a Muslim with Taqwa) will not even dream of using such numbers!
Imagine if the beautiful names like Muhammad, Mahmood, Mustapha, Abdullah, Zahid, Sajid, Rahmaan, Ahmad, Shahid, Zainab, Fatimah, Khadijah and Aishah are transformed into numbers, 92, 98, 199, 142, 17, 68, 299, 56, 305, 69, 135, 622 and 376 respectively! How ridiculous these numbers sound does not require any imagination. Is it not and insult to call people by numbers, is it not, then, the height of arrogance to reduce the Qur’anic verses and Soorahs to meaningless numbers?