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Question: Salaam Alaikum Can a virgin marry a past fornicator who has repented? This man had committed major zina by sleeping with around twenty women when he was younger. He has repented and not committed any more zina.

Fornication is a grave sin Islam. Allah says, "And do not commit adultery - for, behold, it is an abomination and an evil way." (Qur'an: 17:32).

However, if someone has repented of a sin sincerely and has expiated for his past by leading a virtuous life, then his sins are forgiven. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "One who has repented of a sin is like one who has never sinned."  But mind you repentance is not simply saying astaghfiru Allah. Rather, it requires changing one's life around by taking the necessary steps for repentance.

Therefore, if he has repented and has been living an Islamic life, staying away from the bad company and has followed up his sinful life with good deeds to expiate for it, and hence has earned credibility and integrity in the community, then you may marry him. Otherwise, it is not recommended for you to marry him as you may, God forbids, end up in problems with him, as he may be addicted to a permissive life-style. I advise you to consider the issue very carefully and not to rush to it.


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