Does the word iqra in the quran really mean the quran is advocating people to read and what does God won't not change people unless they change themselves?
iqraʾ is a command that means “read” and “recite”. In many contexts it is used when to mean “read”, for example in Surat al-Alaq (Sura 96) it mentions pens soon after using iqraʾ, and in verse 17:14 it says:
“Read your book; today there will be none but yourself to call you to account.”
But it is not clear if the Quran advocating general reading.
The Quran says God will not change the condition of a people unless they change the condition of their souls. This means that if a people want blessings, peace and ease, then the way to get this is through becoming better people themselves.