The total numeric value of the letters of "Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim", according to the standard Abjadi system of numerology, is 786.
This number has therefore acquired a significance in folk Islam and Near Eastern folk magic.
A recommendation of reciting the basmala 786 times in sequence is recorded in Al-Buni.
Sündermann (2006) reports the recommendation of a contemporary "spiritual healer" from Syria recommends the recitation of the basmala 786 times over a cup of water, which is then to be ingested as medicine.
It has also become common to abbreviate the phrase by typing "786", especially in online communication, and especially among South Asian Muslims.