Sheikh Amani Matiya says it is true that it represents bisimillah rahman raheem but denied to comment further saying these are difficult issues that you need to be careful when tackling.
“786 represents “bisimillah rahman raheem’. When Imams sat down and played with figures, they came up with the conclusion that it represents ‘in the name of Allah the most merciful, the most compationate, and it has been used by many Muslims around the World ,” he confirmed.
But sheikh Matiya said he don’t believe that someone get thawaab after reciting 786.
“No! I dont think so. And you can not start to recite Quran by saying 786 with the hope that you have recited in the name of Allah, the most Merciful, the most Gracious,” he said.
However, Sheikh Dinala Chabulika said 786 does not represent bisimillah rahman raheem and it is an insult to God to say that.
“786 is just a rumour that for a quite long time people have been thinking that it represents bisimillah rahman raheem but that is wrong. It is something that is there among the Hindus and they use it for the name of their god called ‘krishna’ and it is not for the Muslims,” he said.
Sheikh Chabulika said this has been there because of the interraction of the Hindu culture and Islam but it has nothing to do with Islam.
“This so because when you stay with other people for a long time, you interract with their culture,” he said.
On rewards, Shekh Chabulika said:
“No! That is not true. You receive rewards when you recite bismillah rahman raheem verbally. That is the only way you receive rewards from Allah,” he concluded.