Nasra is one of the pre-wedding functions of the Qureshi Muslim community in India. I am not sure if it happens among the other communities but I was really impressed that it happened here. On the night before the wedding, the bride-to-be has to read passages from the Qura'n in the presence of other women. This is to ensure that she is literate and educated in the religion. Illiteracy among women is still very high in India. I found it good that this tradition placed importance on women knowing their religious texts and encouraging literacy when for centuries, across religions, reading scripture was a male dominated domain,
We are now in Ramazan, the ninth month of the Islamic calender and the month in which the Qur'an was first revealed. The first word that was revealed to our Prophet Muhammed (sal) by the Angel Gabriel was Ikra which in Arabic means 'Read!'. The Prophet was illiterate and could not read the words shown to him. However, he encouraged his followers to read the scripture themselves enabling them to keep it from the the control of any priestly class.