The Chador vs Hijab and The Difference Between Them

An Iranian portraying the Persian traditional fashion The Chador vs Hijab and The Difference Between Them

Many Muslim women living in the west don’t know the difference between the chador vs hijab. I have to admit, I didn’t know it until recently. I always heard my Grandmother asking me to bring her the chador as a child. As I grew up, I asked her why does she call it a chador and not a scarf and what makes it different from hijab. She explained it to me and then it actually made more sense to wear the chador for extra coverage, especially when performing salaah. Still confused about it? Well, for some background on the topic, check out our previous article here.

What is The Chador vs Hijab

I will be providing you with the definition for the chador below:

A chador is a large piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head and upper body leaving only the face exposed, worn especially by Muslim women.

And now I will provide you with the definition for the hijab below:

Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by some Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.

Photographic Differences With The Hijab vs Chador

The easiest way to explain something to someone is by showing them a picture. I often don’t read explanations of topics, but rather look at the images to find the definition or message they are trying to portray.

What is The Chador?

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This is the basic chador worn daily by Muslim ladies. The black chador is a practical solution to wear daily. You can wear different under caps and accessories because everything matches with black.

Image of Hijab vs Chador

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This is the most basic hijab style which most women wear daily. It is quick and simple to style and takes minimal effort. You only need 1 pin and just wrap it around your head.

What Do You Prefer, The Hijab vs Chador

I have never been a chador wearer, I only wear hijab and made a few niqab tutorials but never wore the style. I prefer the hijab, as I can wear clothing and with the chador you can’t. I would wear a chador to perform salaah, as you are ensured complete coverage and this can’t be achieved when wearing hijab and clothing. I don’t need to use the chador too, as I wear the abaya when performing salaah and chador is mostly worn by the older women.

Hijab vs Chador in Styles

Here we will look at the different styles we will find in the chador and hijab. I have struggled to find different chador styles or fashionable looks. The closest I got to different styles were finding them in different fabrics and colours. I suppose you do wear a warmer chador in winter, compared to summer. They are mostly available in floral prints. The hijab however, is available in any colour and you determine your style. Some hijabs are ready-made and styled, all you have to do it place it on your head.

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29 thoughts on “The Chador vs Hijab and The Difference Between Them”

  1. My sister-in-law (aunt Nancy) was over last night for supper. My daughter, who is part way through a global studies degree was also here. So, aunt Nancy remarked about how outraged she was when she saw a woman at the mall with a full blown hijab outfit. She was incensed that someone would be allowed to be dressed in such an identity hidden manner in public. My daughter almost freaked and jumped all over her with queries about her shocking position. It is kind of a surprise since she is an elementary school teacher in a neighbourhood that has a high Persian population (Richmond Hill, Ontario).

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, we therefore aim at informing individuals about the hijab and educating them on the reasons for wearing it. Social awareness is important and I think slowly, but surely people will learn to accept it. All they need is a bit of information and time to get used to the idea.

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