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Colour of Niqāb

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Is it best for one who wears niqab to wear all black? I know it is permissible to wear other colors as long as it isn’t bright or attractive, but I was just wondering which is best.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Burqa’ and Niqāb of a woman serve to conceal her beauty. As such, the Burka’ and Niqāb should:

1)     Completely conceal the body.

2)     Be loose such that it does not show the outline and contours of the body.

3)     Not be beautiful or of eye-catching colours, that it attracts attention. This includes bright and shiny embroidery and beads.

4)     Not be unusual or extraordinary such that it attracts attention. It is preferable to wear a colour that is commonly worn in that particular area.

According to the principles outlined above, it is permissible for a woman to wear a Burqa’ or Niqāb of any colour long as it does not violate any of the above mentioned conditions.[1]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Nabeel Valli

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] Fatawa Bayyinaat, Vol 4, Pg 458 (Maktabah Bayyinaat)

Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, Vol 19, Pg 307 (Maktabah Faruqiyyah)

Ahkaam-ul-Qur’aan Mufti Shafi’ Uthmani, Vol 3, Pg 435 (Idarat-ul-Qur’aan)

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