Is it recommended for divorced women to get married again?

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I have been divorced since 3 years with an 8 year old daughter. Dring this time, i have received few proposals for marriage. I have few questions, if you mayanswer them with evidence from Quran and Sunnah?
1. Is it recommended for divorced women to get married soon after their iddah period is over?
2. I read in a hadeeth, that if a woman turns away any decent pproposal without any solid reason, she displeases Allah. Is that true?
3. I rejected the proposal of a decent unmarried man because i believe he should be marrying a virgin, as i read in a hadith  in Sahih Bukhari. Did i do wrong?
4. I have anothr proposal from a man who is married with a wife still in his nikah and two kids. He earns pretty well and he tried to convince me and my family that he can fford bothhis wives and their children. His wife is very much upset about his intentions of getting married to me and is threatning to kill herself if he marries me. I rejected this proposal becaus i dont want to hurt his first wife and further tense their reltionship, althouh he says he will keep both of us in seperate homes and will try to be just between us. I think i will be do 'zulm' if i go on top of his wife of 10 years. Did i take the right decision for these reasons or should i have accepted his proposal. The man is pious, religious, well off and a gentleman and loves his wife too but wants to marry me due to my religious nature. Is it a legitimate reason to get a second wife and for me to accept his proposal? He is also ready to take care of my daughter, which is my basic concern in getting married again to have a dependable pious trustorthy person to act as not only a good husband but a good father to my daughter. 5. Can i decide not to marry ever again and continue to take care of my daughter on my own? Will i displease Allah if i decide not to marry again? 6. There is a hadeeth that women get their husbands in the paradise but what is the ruling for divorced women if she dies as a divorced women only? Will she reunited with her divorced husband even if he was not a pious and practicing muslim ? 7. Can i marry for the only reason of pleasing Allah and sourcing a good father for my daughter? I really apologise for so many questions, but i apprecaite if u may answer all these queries. I am a practicing muslimah and doesn't want to get involved in any act taht displeases Allah. I have tried to read through the authentic books of ahadeeth and quran but have not been able to get clear answers to my above questions, probably due to my ignorance in correctly itnterpreting or understanding teh orders of Allah and teh Sunnah. Apprecaite ur advice at earliest. Jazak Allah!!!

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Sister, there is no stigma attached to a divorcee in Islam. If for any reason you are divorced, you are at perfect liberty to re-marry immediately after the iddah period is completed. As a matter of fact, a woman is encouraged to always remain in a married state, otherwise you would be putting yourself in unnecessary trials.

You have a daughter to look after. Life is hard and everyone needs a companion. That is the natural fitrah of human beings. Man and woman were created to give each other companionship and support.
Allah swt has given you a second chance. Use your intelligence and choose a good righteous husband. Take advise from your parents and elders. It would be far better to marry an unmarried man wherein you will receive his undivided love and attention. Why do you want to get involved with the hassles of dealing with a man who already has a wife. Unless you cannot get an unmarried man's proposal you should not even think about being a second wife to somebody. This 2-3 wives situation has its own set of problems.  Don't refuse any proposals. Check them out thoroughly. Don't rush but take your time.
There are no restrictions in Islam for you to get married to anybody of your choice. A single man or a much married man. You are within your rights to chose. The man does not need his first wife's permission to marry again. You will not be doing zulm to her if you accept his proposal. The man does not need to have any reason to re-marry, as long as he can do justice with his time and resources between his wives. You should not remain unmarried whilst you are getting good proposals. That would definitely not be right. Your refusing a good mans proposal because he should marry a virgin was definitely mis-guided. There is no such requirement. If he is righteous you should marry him. Marrying to please Allah swt and for giving a good father to your daughter is most acceptable.


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