There is no authentic narration from the Companions supporting that the niqaab is obligatory

-Continuing a discussion about the woman covering her face-

Shaikh al-Albaani:

“Ibn `Abbaas and Ibn `Umar, from the major Companions, explained the verse {except what appears therefrom}[1] to be the face and hands. And they (those who say that a woman must veil her face) do not have a single authentic narration from the Companions with which they can support their opinion that a woman’s face must be covered.”[2]

[1] {And tell the believing women to lower their gaze, and to guard their private parts, and not to reveal their adornment except what appears therefrom…}; Surat un-Noor 24:31
[2] for more details, refer to the Shaikh’s books Jilbaab il-Muslimah (The Muslim Woman’s Jilbaab) and Ar-Radd ul-Mufhim

[silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor 135/6 / asaheeha translations]