# What is the secret behind 786

## A number on the facade is supposed to protect the house

The secret of the "786" on a building in Gaisburg is not easy to unravel. The author of the “Stuttgart Secrets” made it.

S-Ost - It all starts with a letter from the reader: Rolf Ehmann sends an email with the subject “Call for help” and asks to uncover the secret of the number 786, which has been written on the gable of Alfdorfer Strasse 4 in Gaisburg for several years. “All of my efforts to fathom the meaning of this number have been unsuccessful. Would this task be something for your team? ”Asks the native of Gaisburg. And whether! We are looking for an explanation of what the number 786 could mean. And you will find what you are looking for: This number is particularly important in Islam in Pakistan and is used as a substitute for “Bismillah”. The Bismillah formula “Bismillahi-r-rahmani-r-rahim”, which means “In the name of God, the most merciful, the most gracious”, has a numerical value of 786: b + s + m + alif + l + l + h + alif + l + r + h. + m + n + i + alif + l + r + h. + i + m = 2 + 60 + 40 + 1 + 30 + 30 + 5 + 1 + 30 + 200 + 8 + 40 + 50 + 0 + 1 + 30 + 200 + 8 + 10 + 40 = 786.

Each letter is assigned a value, whereby the short “i” at the end of the word “rahmani” has the value zero. The penultimate letter of the formula, also an "i", is a long vowel to which the number 10 is assigned. So far so good. But what does this house have to do with Pakistan and Islam?

### All cars of the former owner have the 786 in the license plate

The doorbell bar on the front door is long, but we can't find the owner. But we're lucky because there's a neighbor on the street. He can't tell us anything about the number, but he knows: “This house once belonged to a Pakistani from Kashmir. He drew the number up there. But he sold the house. ”A Pakistani! Our theory seems to be confirmed. We ask whether he knows where the Pakistani is living today, but the neighbor says no. However, he can tell us where he works.

In a roundabout way, we finally arrive at a telephone number. A Mr. Khan picks up, he looks forward to a call and inquiry - and confirms our theory. The number really stands for "Bismillah" and thus puts the house under a kind of protection. “All of our cars also have the 786 as their number,” he says.

### Actually, the whole extended family should have moved in there

We arrange a meeting, but not Mr. Khan, but his son Shabaz. Because it was he who painted the number 786 on the gable. The fact that the family had to sell the house for financial reasons makes it difficult for the young German of Pakistani origin. Shabaz Khan was born in Stuttgart, grew up here and went to school. His father, who immigrated at the age of 17, founded the pizzeria Avanti Avanti in Ostendstrasse, where father and son work together.

In 2012 the family bought the house. Shabaz Khan invested a lot of money, passion and time in the building for over a year and a half. “The house previously belonged to an old man, the only son of seven children. Just like I'm the only son and have six sisters, ”says Shabaz Khan. For that reason alone, he felt connected to the man. During the renovation, however, he quickly noticed that the substance was worse than expected. He went on anyway. When the house was ready, the extended family should move in there.

### Now the house of God has blessings

“Out of respect for the house and also because I love it so much, it should be protected,” he explains. So he set up a scaffold, "which was very wobbly, two friends were still holding it, it had to be done quickly". Shabaz Khan stood up and drew the lucky number on it. It didn't bring him any luck personally, as the family had to sell the house. Nevertheless, he is satisfied: “It has God's blessing now,” he says. “He should take care of the house. It's 130 years old and has so much history. And I think that when something is 130 years old, it deserves some protection. "

The book “Stuttgart Secrets” has almost 200 pages, is illustrated throughout and costs 14.90 euros. It is available from the Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten reader service at Geißstrasse 4, from the Stadtleben team's office (which is also happy to be signed), from bookstores and from the homepage www.bast-medien.de (postage-free delivery).