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 (zə-kät′, -kăt′)
n. Islam
1. 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.
2. The amount owed or contributed for these purposes.

[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; see ḏkw in Semitic roots.]


(Islam) Islam an annual tax on Muslims to aid the poor in the Muslim community
[from Arabic zakāt alms]
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Noun1.zakat - the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worshipzakat - the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship; "the zakat is earmarked for the poor and disabled"
charity - an activity or gift that benefits the public at large
pillar of Islam - (Islam) one of the five religious obligations accepted by all Muslims
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c) Any knowledge which helps us to know about the other four fundamental principles of the religion namely, Salaat, Zakaat, Fasting and Hajj.
In his presidential address at the opening ceremony of a two-day international workshop on 'enhancing poor's capability and financial inclusion from Islamic perspective' commenced here at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), he said that economic disparity is a global issue and that is due to ribah and absence of Zakaat.
He added that economic disparity is a global issue and that is due to ribah and absence of Zakaat.
The woman, who hails from Bait Wasawah in Layyah, said she used to regularly visit a man in Kot Sultan to collect zakaat (a form of alms) from him, said District Police Officer Mohammad Ali Zia.
Sadaqatul Fitr (or fitrah) is wajib upon all and it is not permissible to delay the payment of fitrah later than the Day of Eid for who is alive at dawn on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr and on whom Zakaat is Wajib, or who possesses goods free of debt in excess of his personal needs (e.
Among the categories of chanda are Zakaat, Fitrana, Chanada Aam, Wassiyat, Jalsa Salana, Tahrike Jadid, Waqfe Jadid, Auxiliary Organization Membership, Sadqa, the Eid Fund and Publications (Lajna Imaillah 1996, pp.
The Zakaat House of Kuwait, which for decades has funded social programs to assist the poor and needy in Guyana, such as orphanage programs and other philanthropic works through the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), has agreed to fund the expansion and modernization of a mosque in Meten-meer-Zorg, a small rural community, which will be named Masjid al Kuwait, reports Caribbean News Now (May 7, 2013):
The imposition of zakaat (a compulsory Islamic tax deducted by the government) in 1980s mobilized the Shia community against General Zia.
As the Muslims observe fast during Ramzan, the holy month brings with it a deeper understanding of the pain suffered by the less priviledged ones, causing the community to come forward and offer help in the form of not only Zakaat but also alms in the way of the one and only Creator of the entire universe.
London, Dec 6 (ANI): An Indian company has launched an 'Islamic smart phone' that features a copy of the Koran, a GPS application that points to Mecca and a calculator for Zakaat charitable donations.
Being one of the most significant Islamic educational institutions in South Asia, the Dar-ul Uloom gets a steady stream of voluntary donations that are known collectively as zakaat.
Meanwhile, Maulana Muhammad Shafeeq Daulatzai, ex-Member Provincial Zakaat Council on Sunday demanded of the government to announce a special package for people of Barkhan, Kohlu, Sibi, Naseerabad and Killa Saifullah who had been badly affected by flash floods.