- a tax, comprising percentages of personal income of every kind, levied as almsgiving for the relief of the poor: the third of the Pillars of Islam.
Also za·kah [zuh-kah] /zəˈkɑ/.
Origin of zakat
1800–05; < Turkish zekât or Persian zakāt < Arabic zakāh
Also called sadaqat.
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- Islam an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community
from Arabic zakāt alms
Word Origin and History for zakah
1802, from Persian zakat, etc., from Arabic zakah.
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