The custom of holding the Holy Quran above the bride’s head during rukhsati is a bizarre one. Not only does it not have any basis in Islam, it also does not make sense at any level. Apparently it is done so that the bride can gain blessings. In reality, blessings are gained by reading the Holy Quran and acting upon it.
The recitation of the Holy Quran and acting upon it brings numerous benefits. Holding the Holy Quran above the bride’s head during rukhsati does not have any benefit. Furthermore, it only goes on to show the ignorance of Muslims these days.
While customs such as dowry are taken from Hindus, I do not know how and from where this custom originated. As far as I know, Hindus don’t pass their brides under their holy book, so I am left to wonder how this custom took its roots.
As Muslims, we need to be very careful where we are heading with respect to the use of the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran is to be used with utmost respect. The misuse of the Holy Quran in qirat competitions is well known. Now we don’t need this.
There is a desperate need among Muslims to get rid of such bizarre customs that reek of ignorance.