What is the purpose of the Jilbaab for women?


Are we supposed to wear gloves to cover every part of the body? What
is the recommended colour of jilbab? Some people say that the best is
black.Please guide me to the right path



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

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

The purpose of the Jilbaab is to conceal the form, shape and beauty of women in front of gair mahaarim and non-Muslim women. Any garment through which this objective is achieved is permissible. For this reason, it is permissible to wear any colour on condition that the colour is not bright and does not attract attention. However, black is recommended as it does not attract much attention.

Hazrat Umme Salama RadhiyAllahu Anha explains the condition of the Sahabiyat after the ruling of hijab was revealed.    

“When the verse “they should draw down their “jalabeeb” over themselves (they should wear a loose garment that covers the entire body without revealing the shape of the body and which has only a little opening to allow the women to see)” was revealed, the women on the Ansaar came out of their homes like there were black crows on their heads due to the black veil covering their body.”

It is not necessary to wear gloves to cover the hands. However, it is preferable in these times of fitnah.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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