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IS IT NECESSARY FOR A WOMAN TO HAVE HER HIJAB OF ONLY BLACK COLOUR?

All Praise be to Allaah. The conditions of hijab for muslim women are many and among them, it is nowhere mentioned that the hijab should be black. A woman may wear whatever colour she likes as long as it does not look attractive and resemble men or is decorated with some adornments i.e., decorated and adorned in such a way that it attracts the gaze of men, because of the general meaning of the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “…and not to show off their adornment…” [al-Noor 24:31] Abu Dawood (565) narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not prevent the female slaves of Allaah from attending the mosques of Allaah, but let them go out unadorned.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 515. Unadorned means not wearing perfume and go out as is. It is to avoid the attention of non-mahram men and provoke their desire with their perfume. That also includes other things which are forbidden because they provoke desire, such as beautiful clothing and visible and expensive adornment.” What a woman must do if she appears before non-mahram men is to avoid clothes that are decorated and adorned, which attract the gaze of men.
A Muslim womans dress need not be only black. It is permissible for her to wear any colour as long as it covers her awrah and does not resemble men's clothing and is not attractive. It must not be transparent nor tight. Wearing black for women is not a must. They may wear other colours that are worn only by women, do not attract attention and do not provoke desire. Many women choose to wear black, not because it is obligatory, but because it is farthest removed from being an adornment. There are reports which indicate that the women of the Sahaabah used to wear black. Abu Dawood (4101) narrated that Umm Salamah said: “When the words ‘and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. their bodies, faces, necks and bosoms)’ [al-Noor 24:31 – interpretation of the meaning] were revealed, the women of the Ansaar went out looking as if there were crows on their heads because of their garments.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani inSaheeh Abi Dawood. And Allaah knows best.

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