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noun Islam.
  1. 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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for zakah


  1. Islam an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community
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Word Origin

from Arabic zakāt alms
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Word Origin and History for zakah



1802, from Persian zakat, etc., from Arabic zakah.

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