[ zuh-kaht ]
/ zəˈkɑt /
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noun Islam.
a tax, comprising percentages of personal income of every kind, levied as almsgiving for the relief of poor people: the third of the Pillars of Islam.
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Also za·kah [zuh-kah]. /zəˈkɑ/.
Also called sadaqat.

Origin of zakat

First recorded in 1800–05; from Turkish zekât or Persian zakāt, from Arabic zakāh
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How to use zakat in a sentence

  • That's why I'm committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

    Obama's Egypt Address|The Daily Beast Video|June 4, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • The principal taxes were the tithe on the produce of the land, called "ushr" and the zakat (fortieth), on merchandise and cattle.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg|Demetrius Boulger
  • The second, called the Zakat, was a customs due levied on all merchandise entering Kashgar.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg|Demetrius Boulger

British Dictionary definitions for zakat

/ (zaˈkat) /

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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