Zakat Definition

zə-kät, -kăt
The obligatory contribution of a certain portion of one's wealth in support of the poor or needy or for other charitable purposes, considered as one of the duties of Islamic religious practice.
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The amount owed or contributed for these purposes.
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Origin of Zakat

  • Arabic zakāt, zakāh purity, justness, alms from Aramaic zākutā innocence, justification, meritorious deed from zəkā to be innocent, be worthy, give alms from Canaanite zākā or Akkadian zakû to be pure, become pure, innocent ḏkw in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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