[ zuh-kaht ]
/ zəˈkɑt /

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.
Also za·kah [zuh-kah] /zəˈkɑ/.

Origin of zakat

1800–05; < Turkish zekât or Persian zakāt < Arabic zakāh
Also called sadaqat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for zakat

  • The second, called the Zakat, was a customs due levied on all merchandise entering Kashgar.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg|Demetrius Boulger
  • 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

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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