The Ruling on Wearing Colourful Jilbab

The Ruling on Wearing Colourful Jilbab

Colour Must Not Be Alluring and Should Not Have Attractive

The hijab is intended to conceal the woman and her beauty from public view and should not be a thing which actually enhances her beauty or draws attention. Therefore, the Jilbab should not have bright colours, eye-catching decorations nor have a glossy and/or reflective fabric that will draw the attention of the opposite sex.

The Proof for this is as follows :

Allah says:

…And do not make a display of yourselves like the displaying of the ignorance of long ago… [Al-Ahzab, 33:33]

Abu Dawud narrated from Abu Hurairah (May Allah Be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Do not prevent the female slaves of Allah from attending the mosques of Allah, but let them go out unadorned.”

Imam Ath-Thahabi (May Allah have mercy upon him) says in his book Kitab Al-Kaba’ir (The Book of Major Sins): “Amongst the deeds which a woman is cursed for are; displaying the adornments she wears, wearing perfume when she goes out, and wearing colourful clothes…”

So, the Muslim woman is encouraged to wear soft, sombre colours and to avoid Jilbabs that contain bright designs, patterns, images, bright colours or any other thing which draws attention. Additionally, as mentioned by Imam Ath-Thahabi above, the Jilbab should not be adorned with jewellery and/or perfume.

Many women wear black, not because it is obligatory, but because it is the most sombre colour and farthest removed from being an adornment.

The following report from Abu Dawud indicates that the women of the Sahabah used to wear black in which ‘Ayshah (May Allah be pleased with her) said: “After this Ayah (Al- Ahzab, 33:33) was revealed the women of the Ansar appeared like crows.”

The scholars have interpreted part of the meaning of “appeared like crows” as meaning that their Jilbabs were plain and black.

Also, over garments that could be considered to be libas ash-Shuhrah” (extravagant dress; dress of high status, or something worn as a status symbol) should also be avoided in accordance with the Hadith narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with them both) in which Allah’s Messenger (Peace and Blessings be upon him) said He who wears libas ash Shuhrah (extravagant clothing) in this world will be dressed in humiliating clothes on the day of judgement” (Ahmad – Abu Dawud)

“Libas ash-Shuhrah” is worn for the purpose of standing out and/or showing off in order to attract attention (Even the same sex) to show how expensive and/or stylish one’s garment is.


The Jilbaab of the Muslim woman – must it be specifically be black or can it be of other colours?


The clothing of the Muslim woman is not restricted to being black, and it is permissible for her to wear any colour of clothing so long as it covers her ‘awrah (that part of the body which should be covered according to the sharee‘ah), does not cause resemblance of men, is not close-fitting such that it delineates the shape of her body, is not thin and transparent such that is reveals what is underneath it, and does not provoke fitnah (temptation).

‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abdullaah ibn Baaz ‘Abdurrazzaaq ‘Afeefee ‘Abdullaah ibn Ghudayaan ‘Abdullaah ibn Qu‘ood

[1/5089 p181 vol 18 – ‘The Hijaab and clothing of women’ from Fataawaa Al-Lajnat-id-Daa’imati lil-Buhooth-il-‘Ilmiyyati wal-Iftaa]

Shaikh ‘Ubayd al-Jaabiree


I have read some narrations concerning the Mothers of the Believers that they used to wear hijaabs and jilbaabs that were coloured red and yellow, so is it permissible for me to wear those colours?


O my daughter, these colours that were worn by those women at that time were colours that were known and that they were acquainted with during that time, and the intent behind that which is mentioned in these narrations is not colours that turn one’s attention, but indeed it is the likes of red or black, or for example a mixture or combination of red, black and green. So do not envision that the Mothers of the Believers and their sisters from amongst the Companions or the Taabi‘iyaat used to wear Jilbaabs or Khimars so as to turn the attention of unrelated men towards them.

[Answered by Sh ‘Ubayd in Madeenat-ul-Munawwarah on 14th May 2007. Based on translation by Aboo Hakeem]


“Is it permissible for me to wear Jilbab with faint colouring such as violet when going out and may Allah reward you?”


Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmee:

“It is permissible to wear Jilbab with colours that are not attractive. As for attractive colours then you should avoid them.”

Transcribed by Eesa ibn Roy



Comments (27)

  1. MashaAllah ☺️❤️ jazakAllahkhayr

    November 2, 2019 Reply
  2. Asalaam alaykum!
    I have a red jilbab of the burgundy shade is it permissible for me to wear it since it is very loose and flowing not showing my body at all?

    Umm Noor
    December 3, 2019 Reply
    • Wa alayki salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, it depends of the shade of the color. If it is a bright red and looks attractive, we would not recommend you to wear it. If it is burgundy then it should be fine. And Allah knows best

      House of Jilbab
      December 4, 2019 Reply
  3. Salaam, is the colour taupe, mocha, light brown allowed for a hijab, jilbab or an abaya?

    April 27, 2020 Reply
    • As salam alayki sister,

      Yes it is allowed as it is a neutral color.

      House of Jilbab
      April 27, 2020 Reply
  4. Hi! Is possible to wear green jilbaab?

    May 13, 2020 Reply
  5. Asalam aleikoum
    Can someone help me please
    Is there any fatwa against wearing a bag on the shoulders while wearing the jilbab?

    July 27, 2020 Reply
    • Walaykum salam sis
      Wearing a bag on the shoulders can show the shape of the neck or shoulders sometimes that’s the reason why it is not recommended. Then it is up to you to judge if it shows the shape or not depending on the bag and jilbab you wear.

      House of Jilbab
      August 27, 2020 Reply
  6. ، وإنما لحجاب المرأة ولباسها دلت عليها النصوص الشرعية،
    وهذه الشروط باختصار هي :

    1- أن يكون الحجاب ساترا لجميع البدن.

    2- أن يكون ثخينا لا يشفّ عما تحته.

    3- أن يكون فضفاضا غير ضيّق.

    4- أن لا يكون مزينا يستدعي أنظار الرجال.

    5- أن لا يكون مطيّبا.

    6- أن لا يكون لباس شهرة.

    7- أن لا يُشبه لباس الرجال.

    8- أن لا يشبه لباس الكافرات.

    9- أن لا يكون فيه تصاليب ولا تصاوير لذوات الأرواح.

    August 12, 2020 Reply
  7. Assalamualaikum
    I have a loose dress which I wear as a jilbab it is dark burgundy in colour however it has white floral designs at the has on the top too but I cover it with a loose black coat and then wear my head scarf over it…do you think its allowed..and its the only thing which I have now and I will buy more in neutral colours…but is it allowed for now as I don’t have any other thing to wear which is loose and covers my body.

    October 17, 2020 Reply
    • Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
      I would not recommend you to wear if it has floral designs and Allah knows best. May Allah make it easy for you to find something else to wear.
      Maybe you could try cut the floral part and to wear a skirt underneath your jilbab as it will be shorter.

      House of Jilbab
      October 19, 2020 Reply
      • Thank you for replying…since then I have bought other clothes for wearing…but like should we wear a jilbab or is a abaya fine with a head covering which covers shoulders and chest region and some part of upper arms…and also I have an abaya which is pleated in the end…these pleats im talking about are like pleated skirt…like thing of it as an normal abaya till like mid calf and then there is this pleated part attached….and its all in one colour

        April 8, 2021 Reply
  8. Salam,
    Is it allowed to wear white. For example, a hijab, khimar, or a jilbab.

    November 4, 2020 Reply
    • We only know that in certain countries it is allowed. The question should be asked to as scholar inshaa Allah.

      House of Jilbab
      November 4, 2020 Reply
    • I wanted to take but then I found that it looks like the mens dishdasha what they wear in gulf so I didn’t take….this is if you live in gulf….otherwise maybe ask a scholar

      April 8, 2021 Reply
  9. Can someone please let me know if it’s permissible to wear a pink jilbaab (coral colour)?
    JazakAllahu khayran!

    Umm Haajar
    November 13, 2020 Reply
    • As salam alayki, if it is a bright pink and looks attractive, we would not recommend you to wear it. But we don’t say it is haram. The question should be asked to a Scholar And Allah knows best.

      House of Jilbab
      November 15, 2020 Reply
  10. […] colors available in different shades. All colours are permissible like mentioned in our article The Ruling on Wearing Colourful Jilbab. However, one of the Conditions of the Jilbab is that is must not be eye-catching, so try to avoid […]

  11. asalamu aleikum.
    is a frost color premissable?

    Bint Nuradin
    May 8, 2021 Reply
    • Allahu alem

      House of Jilbab
      September 2, 2021 Reply
  12. Is it permissible to wear a dark purple jilbab out?

    May 9, 2021 Reply
    • Yes insha Allah, as long as the color is not attractive that’s ok.

      House of Jilbab
      September 2, 2021 Reply
  13. so like i love neutral colous like beige, baby blue, lilac and mauve, neutral baby pink basically all the light colours but not bright colours like hoght pink, bright red, royal striking blue are they allowed? and also what do you mean attractive to other people because all of the colours are nice and pretty so is black and dark clolours so how am i meant to know what will attract men because im dressing to look and feel nice modestly but following all the rules.

    August 24, 2021 Reply
  14. does my abaya have to be fully extrenmely plain?

    August 24, 2021 Reply
    • Allahu alem

      House of Jilbab
      September 2, 2021 Reply
  15. can my abaya be a 2 piece so like an oversized top with a long skirt or wide legged trousers lik extreemmmelly wide that follows all the rules above

    August 24, 2021 Reply
    • I would wear a skirt rather than legged trousers because when you move with trousers, they tend to show the shape of the legs more than a skirt. Also, it is not known that the women of the past used to wear trousers so Allahu alem. Trousers that are permissible would be sarwel if they are wide enough.
      As long as it fulfills the conditions of Jilbab, any clothing is permissible.

      House of Jilbab
      September 2, 2021 Reply

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