- 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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Examples from the Web for zakat
The principal taxes were the tithe on the produce of the land, called "ushr" and the zakat (fortieth), on merchandise and cattle.
The second, called the Zakat, was a customs due levied on all merchandise entering Kashgar.
- Islam an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community
from Arabic zakāt alms
Word Origin and History for zakat
1802, from Persian zakat, etc., from Arabic zakah.
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