Is marriage to a non-virgin woman valid?

Question 4: I have been married to my cousin for three months. I thought that she was a virgin and paid her Mahr (mandatory gift to a bride from her groom) based on that. However, on the wedding night, it was a great shock to know that she was not a virgin. She told me that when she was thirteen years old, she fell down from the roof which caused her to lose her virginity. Her family who knew this fact well did not tell me the truth and deceived me. Out of fear of Allaah, I did not falsely accuse her and agreed not to disclose this fact to anyone.I had sexual intercourse with her because of her insistence. Now, I dislike this woman whom I loved before. Could you please answer the following questions?

1- Is the marriage contract invalid as her Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage) did not tell the truth and deceived me?

2- If this marriage is invalid, what is the ruling on having intercourse with her? Is it regarded as Zinaa (premarital sexual intercourse), if so, what should I do?

3- Is it permissible for me to divorce her as I can not bear living with her or her family?

Answer: If your marriage with this woman was concluded with the permission of her Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage), and the conditions and Arkaan (essential elements) of the marriage contract were satisfied, and there was no prohibitive impediment to the marriage, the marriage is valid. What you mentioned in the question about her not being a virgin or older than the stipulated age does not invalidate the contract. If a dispute arises between you over this, you should refer it to the courts… read more here.

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Validity of marriage to a woman who turns out to be not virgin

Question 3: I married a woman from another country, whose family said she was a 17-year-old virgin who had not slept with anyone before me, but whom I later found to be a 25-year-old non-virgin. I brought her with me to Saudi Arabia and lived with her for four months, during which time I found no fault with her in anyway. Would you now please give me a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion issued by a qualified Muslim scholar) based on my question: Should I keep her with me or send her back to her country? If this would involve either a sin or goodness, please explain this to me. May Allaah protect, support, and guide you!

Answer: If your marriage with this woman was concluded with the permission of her Waliy (a legally accountable person acting for a woman regarding marriage), and the conditions and Arkaan (essential elements) of the marriage contract were satisfied, and there was no prohibitive impediment to the marriage, the marriage is valid. What you mentioned in the question about her not being a virgin or older than the stipulated age does not invalidate the contract. If a dispute arises between you over this, you should refer it to the courts… read more here.

Parents asking their son about his wife’s virginity

Question 2: The morning after the wedding, some people may ask the husband about his wife’svirginity. They may ask him: Have you found your wife to be a virgin or not?Is it lawful for the husband to respond, especially when the questioner is one of his or her parents?

Answer: There should be no questions or answers in this regard. Rather, the means to it should be blocked to save the honor of Muslims… read more here.

Wife hiding non-virginity due to an accident from the husband

Question 1: A Muslim woman had an accident in her childhood which caused her to lose her virginity. Her marriage contract has been concluded but she has not consummated marriage yet. Another woman had the same accident when she was a child and now many suitable suitors propose to her. What should both of them do? Should the married woman tell her husband before the consummation of marriage or keep it a secret? With regards to the woman who has not yet got married, should she keep it a secret so people may not think ill about her, especially that the accident happened in her childhood when she was not legally competent? Or is it considered cheating and treachery? Should she tell her suitors about the accident before concluding the contract?

Answer: There is no harm in the Sharee`ah to keep it a secret, then if the husband asks her after the consummation of marriage, she should tell him the truth… read more here.

Practices for women to remain chaste

Question 7:  There are many traditions in our society which I believe are not from the Sunnah to protect women’s virginity. A young girl is brought and is asked to urinate in pit. This pit was used before in traditional weaving. The girl throws seven pebbles at the urine. They claim that this act protects her virginity. When she is engaged, the girl weaves a traditional loom and oversteps it in a way I do not understand. They ask her to say certain words which are not understood. This was applied to many girls. A girl does not lose her virginity, even if she commits adultery. What is the ruling on such superstitions?

Answer: What is mentioned with regards to girls urinating in a pit and saying certain words to protect their virginity is impermissible as this is an act of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) and superstitions with which devils among mankind deceive ignorant people… read more here.