Is there a greater virtue to wearing black hijab/niqaab?

Question:

As salaamu’alaykum

I heard of a hadith that the sahabiyaat used to look like crows after the command of hijab was revealed. Does this mean there is a greater virtue to wearing black like the color of crows for our niqab as opposed to other colors?

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

The hadith in question has been narrated in the Sunan of Imam Abu Dawud. The full narration is as follows:

عن أم سلمة، قالت: " لما نزلت: {يدنين عليهن من جلابيبهن}، خرج نساء الأنصار كأن على رءوسهن الغربان من الأكسية "

When the verse was revealed that "they (the women) should cast their outer garments over themselves" {33:59}, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads by wearing outer garments.

In relation to wearing a black hijab, it may be deduced from the above mentioned Hadith that simple colors, especially black are better to wear.

والله اعلم

And Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Yousuf Ahmed

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani