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

Historical Examples of zakat

  • 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



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 zakat

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

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