I have committed zina before marriage and I felt extremely guilty and made repentance.
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    I have committed zina before marriage and I felt extremely guilty and made repentance. I repented, cried, and made dua, asked for forgiveness from Allah (SWT). I recently found out that a virgin must marry a virgin and a nonvirgin must marry a nonvirgin, according to sharia.


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah accept your repentance and shower His mercy on you.
    If the fornicator has repented, then it is permissible to marry a virgin.
    “The one who repents is like the one who has not sinned.” (Ibn Mājah)
    There are various interpretations rendered by the mufassirūn (scholars of Qur’ānic exegesis) regarding the verse 24:26, which you have given reference to. Muftī Shafi’ (may Allāh’s mercy be with him) writes,
    “In this verse the common principle is stated that Allāh has created a connection between the people of the same nature. Thus, vulgar and unchaste women are inclined towards vulgar and unchaste men and vice versa. Similarly, pure and chaste women show inclination towards pure and decent men and vice versa. Therefore, everyone tries to find the spouse according to one's inclination and liking, and in a natural way one does find one to suit him or her.” (See: Ma’ārif al Qur’ān)

    Thus, when one has repented, they will incline towards pure, pious and righteous partners.


    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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