In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
Answering your question, Dr. Muhammad Salama, PhD, Islamic Studies in English, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences al-Madinah International University (Mediu), states:
Her chastity is a condition as mentioned in the Qur’an, “Moreover, [lawful for you in matrimony are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who have been given the Scripture before you- provided you have given them their [full dowry] compensation in marriage- not to commit fornication, nor to take them as lovers.” (Al-Ma’idah 5:5
Almighty Allah knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.