Choosing a wife

A: There is no problem in marrying a woman who seems suited to matrimonial life, whether she is the same age as you, younger, or older. However, (Part No. 18; Page No. 29) it is a commendable act to marry virgins, according to the following Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) when he asked him about his wife: Is she a virgin or a previously married woman? Jabir said that she is a previously married woman, so the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Why did not you marry a virgin, so that you can be playful together?" (Related by Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and Ahl-ul-Sunan [authors of Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes]) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.