Sweden: The number “786” banned on license plates — could offend Muslims

Bismillah, the first verse of the first “sura” of the Qur’an, bismi-llāhi ar-raḥmāni ar-raḥīmi.

A man in southern Overland Park has been driving around in a car for the last ten years that has the number combination “786” on the license plate. When he came to renew its licence, however, he was stopped by the Swedish Transport Agency, who said that the figures can be seen as offensive.

The background is that authority, thanks to Google, has come up with the figure 786 can be used for the “bismillah” — an important concept in the Koran, which roughly means “in the name of Allah”.

“It alludes, for example, to religion, drugs and sex, and we will not accept in our policy,” said Thomas Elm of Swedish Transport Agency to Skanska Dagbladet.

According to the local newspaper was the man “very disappointed” over the decision…

Transportation Board decision cannot be appealed.

[Another quick translation, this time from Swedish].

From Wikipedia:

The total 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.

  • Alain

    For Sweden along with many other countries to pretend it is still a non Islamic country is a farce. Just go ahead and make the submission an official declaration.

  • Xavier

    “…the figures can be seen as offensive”

    Thank you for sharing this. It will be put to good use.

    • Gaylord Ponce

      Me too!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      786 is in base ten.
      In hexadecimal it is 312.
      In octal it is 1422.
      In binary it is 11 0001 0010.
      Just saying.

      • Xavier

        We all know what that number represents.

        Time to get married!

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          You need a J-Roc know’m sayin’ there.

          • Xavier

            Yeah I pulled that because it looked like I was making fun of you. No harm intended.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I thought it was funny.

      • Frau Katze

        Arabic uses base 10 too. If that’s relevant. Most Muslims who believe in numerology wouldn’t understand the concept of different bases anyway. These aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I only meant to illustrate that as an in joke we have other ways of expressing 786 if we want to.

        • moneekwa

          it doesn’t matter if they ARE the sharpest knives in the drawer if they HAVE the sharpest knives in the drawer….

          • Frau Katze


    • Dana Garcia

      Is 786 the most offensive number to Islams??

      No use messing around with minor insults if there’s something better.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Go 786 yourself Sweden.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I don’t think this is a big deal.
    I don’t want a 666 licence plate.

    • Alain

      There is a difference between you not wanting it and the state saying no one can have it because it offends whatever group.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I know.
        But the people who run that department have been restricting our choices for a long time before this thing came along.
        We rolled over for that.
        This is too small a hill to die on.

  • ontario john

    So I guess my bumper sticker showing mohammad screwing a goat would not go well there.

    • Frau Katze

      Likely not. You might even be arrested.

      • Mohammed Zuqzdiq

        …but how could anyone possibly prove it was mohammed in the menage a deux with a goat? No one knows what he looked like as all portrayals of Mo have been banned so no muslim could say with certainty that was who was being portrayed.

  • P_F

    I don’t know what to make of it as a few months ago an ICBC agent told me that in BC mohammedans are requesting registration plates with numbers; 786, as it’s deemed auspicious by them (like number 8 for Chinese).
    So, does that means it’s okay for mohammedans to drive around with registration plates numbering 786 whereas Non-mohammedans can not.
    Oh now I see sharia…. Where mohammedans are above the rest of us, Non-mohammedans.

    • Frau Katze

      You mean they actually want those numbers?

      • P_F

        Yes, mohammedans specifically ask for 786 on their registration plates (like Chinese ask for number 8) and that’s the reason mohammedans don’t want others (Non-mohammedans) to use their sacred number given to them by allah to be used by Non-mohammedan as they think we will defile it.

        • terrence

          I have seen a number of BC plates with the numbers “666”. Some Christians would find these offensive. Other folks WANT them for s number of reasons; others don’t care and got them anyway.

        • Frau Katze

          So Sweden has it all wrong. Perhaps they’re reserving them for Muslims.

  • Dana Garcia

    So 786 used to be just a normal series of numbers, but now is a no-go figure as a result of unwise Islam immigration.

  • Xavier

    Here’s the safest place in North America, then.

    • Frau Katze

      Area codes?

      • Xavier


  • Surele Surele

    Stupidier and stupidier, as would Alice say…

  • WalterBannon

    Sweden Delenda est

  • Edubeat

    Oh I thought a really dangerous number is ‘666’ and yes the devil made me say it!

    • Frau Katze

      What would Sweden say if a Christian found “666” offensive? The meaning is a lot worse.

  • Guest

    04786:Washburn, ME
    06786:Terryville, CT
    07860:Newton, NJ
    07863:Oxford, NJ
    07865:Port Murray, NJ
    07866:Rockaway, NJ
    07869:Dover, NJ
    11786:Shoreham, NY
    12786:White Lake, NY
    13786:Harpersfield, NY
    14786:West Clarksville, NY
    17860:Paxinos, PA
    17861:Paxtonville, PA
    17862:Penns Creek, PA
    17864:Port Trevorton, PA
    17865:Potts Grove, PA
    17866:Shamokin, PA
    17867:Rebuck, PA
    17868:Riverside, PA
    27860:Pantego, NC
    27861:Parmele, NC
    27862:Pendleton, NC
    27863:Pikeville, NC
    27864:Pinetops, NC
    27865:Pinetown, NC
    27866:Pleasant Hill, NC
    27867:Potecasi, NC
    27868:Red Oak, NC
    27869:Rich Square, NC
    28786:Waynesville, NC
    31786:Shellman, GA
    32786:Windermere, FL
    36786:Uniontown, AL
    37860:Russellville, TN
    37861:Rutledge, TN
    37862:Sevierville, TN
    37863:Sevierville, TN
    37864:Sevierville, TN
    37865:Seymour, TN
    37866:Sharps Chapel, TN
    37867:Shawanee, TN
    37868:Sevierville, TN
    37869:Sneedville, TN
    42786:Waterview, KY
    43786:Stafford, OH
    45786:Waterford, OH
    46786:South Milford, IN
    47860:Mecca, IN
    47861:Merom, IN
    47862:Montezuma, IN
    47863:New Goshen, IN
    47864:Sullivan, IN
    47865:Paxton, IN

    47866:Pimento, IN
    47868:Poland, IN
    47869:Prairie Creek, IN
    53786:Madison, WI
    55786:Taconite, MN
    62786:Springfield, IL
    63786:Wittenberg, MO
    65786:Macks Creek, MO
    67860:Lakin, KS
    67861:Leoti, KS
    67862:Manter, KS
    67863:Marienthal, KS
    67864:Meade, KS
    67865:Minneola, KS
    67866:Modoc, KS
    67867:Montezuma, KS
    67868:Pierceville, KS
    67869:Plains, KS
    68786:Wausa, NE
    70786:Watson, LA
    77861:Iola, TX
    77862:Kurten, TX
    77863:Lyons, TX
    77864:Madisonville, TX
    77865:Marquez, TX
    77866:Millican, TX
    77867:Mumford, TX
    77868:Navasota, TX
    77869:Navasota, TX
    78601:Albert, TX
    78602:Bastrop, TX
    78603:Bebe, TX
    78604:Belmont, TX
    78605:Bertram, TX
    78606:Blanco, TX
    78607:Bluffton, TX
    78608:Briggs, TX
    78609:Buchanan Dam, TX
    78610:Buda, TX
    78611:Burnet, TX
    78612:Cedar Creek, TX
    78613:Cedar Park, TX
    78614:Cost, TX
    78615:Coupland, TX
    78616:Dale, TX
    78617:Del Valle, TX
    78618:Doss, TX
    78619:Driftwood, TX
    78620:Dripping Springs, TX
    78621:Elgin, TX
    78622:Fentress, TX
    78623:Fischer, TX

    78624:Fredericksburg, TX
    78626:Georgetown, TX
    78627:Georgetown, TX
    78628:Georgetown, TX
    78629:Gonzales, TX
    78631:Harper, TX
    78632:Harwood, TX
    78634:Hutto, TX
    78635:Hye, TX
    78636:Johnson City, TX
    78638:Kingsbury, TX
    78639:Kingsland, TX
    78640:Kyle, TX
    78641:Leander, TX
    78642:Liberty Hill, TX
    78643:Llano, TX
    78644:Lockhart, TX
    78645:Leander, TX
    78648:Luling, TX
    78650:Mc Dade, TX
    78651:Mc Neil, TX
    78652:Manchaca, TX
    78653:Manor, TX
    78654:Marble Falls, TX
    78655:Martindale, TX
    78656:Maxwell, TX
    78658:Ottine, TX
    78659:Paige, TX
    78660:Pflugerville, TX
    78661:Prairie Lea, TX
    78662:Red Rock, TX
    78663:Round Mountain, TX
    78664:Round Rock, TX
    78665:Sandy, TX
    78666:San Marcos, TX
    78667:San Marcos, TX
    78669:Spicewood, TX
    78670:Staples, TX
    78671:Stonewall, TX
    78672:Tow, TX
    78673:Walburg, TX
    78674:Weir, TX
    78675:Willow City, TX
    78676:Wimberley, TX
    78677:Wrightsboro, TX
    78680:Round Rock, TX
    78681:Round Rock, TX
    78786:Austin, TX
    79786:Toyahvale, TX
    91786:Upland, CA
    93786:Fresno, CA
    96786:Wahiawa, HI
    97861:Arlington, OR
    97862:Milton-Freewater, OR
    97864:Monument, OR
    97865:Mount Vernon, OR
    97867:North Powder, OR
    97868:Pilot Rock, OR
    97869:Prairie City, OR

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Those zip codes are racist!

      • Frau Katze

        The list of things that can be racist is expanding rapidly.

    • Rosenmops


      47860:Mecca, IN

  • Ed

    No question the swedes are open minded. Only thing is they leaned forward.

  • pdxnag

    Would a quaint superstition about crossing the path of a black cat be enough to kill all black cats?

    Only if the superstitious folks killed people because of their superstition. The Muslims will kill folks if they and their freak show superstitions are not “honored.”

  • Ron MacDonald

    Many Swedes find Islam offensive, ban Islam.

  • J. C.

    786 is offensive to the Muzz??? I hope Jenny is safe!!!

    Oh, wait… Her number starts with 867. She’ll be fine… 😉

  • Barrington Minge

    Anything that offends mooslims is fine by me.

  • SharonS

    Our existence offends Muzzies. For the love of GOD, why are they bowing down to this evil.

  • De Doc

    Why do they enable this primitive, superstitious behavior within their own borders? Why not just bring back werewolf hunts and witch burnings?

  • Guest

    I’ve always preferred 969, or the Arabic letter ‘N’ for Nazarenes (Christians). There are lots of Arabs in my city and I ONLY shop at the non-muslim ones. It would be so much easier if there was something on the front of the store instead of me having to go inside for the pork section.


    (Note: The article is typical left wing drivel / “islam is a religion of peace” BS, but it does give a decent synopsis.)

  • Follow Me Boys

    I just tattooed 786 across my fore head. That is a new one on me

  • Ari

    The swedes have long been mocked by their Finnish neighbours as cross dressing fairies in comedy shows on television. Finns admonish men to never bend over to pick up their wallet if they should drop it while in Sweden.