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[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, zakah
[zuh-kah] /zəˈkɑ/ (Show IPA)
Also called sadaqat.
Origin of zakat
1800-05; < Turkish zekât or Persian zakāt < Arabic zakāh Unabridged
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  • 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


(Islam) an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community
Word Origin
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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