zakat

[zuh-kaht]

noun Islam.

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.

Nearby words

  1. zaikai,
  2. zaire,
  3. zairian,
  4. zak,
  5. zakah,
  6. zakiya,
  7. zakuska,
  8. zakuski,
  9. zakynthos,
  10. zalcitabine

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

zakat

noun

Islam an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community

Word Origin for zakat

from Arabic zakāt alms

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Word Origin and History for zakah

zakat

n.

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

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