Scholars have specified the requirements of the Muslim-woman's proper dress before al-ajaanib (lit. foreigners, i.e., those to whom marriage is permissible) from both the Glorious Qur'aan and the sunnah. Once a woman adheres to such conditions, she can wear whatever she likes and go out into public places so far as her hijaab complies with the Islamic law. A summary of the requirements are as follows:
- It should cover the whole body.
- It should be thick enough, i.e. non-transparent or translucent.
- It should be loose and not tight on her body.
- It should not be decorated or ornate such as to attract onlookers.
- It should not be perfumed.
- It should not be considered libaas al-shuhrah.
- It should not resemble the dress of men.
- It should not resemble the dress of the unbelievers.
- It should not bear crosses or depictions of anything with a soul (humans, animals, etc).
This is a summary of the requirements according to the Islamic shari'ah. A complete answer with the major daleel for each one shall be published in shaa' Allaah.
Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid