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 :
…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 shareeah), 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 Quood
[1/5089 p181 vol 18 – The Hijaab and clothing of women from Fataawaa Al-Lajnat-id-Daaimati 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 ones 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 Taabiiyaat 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