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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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Lahore -- Provincial Minister for Zakat and Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran has directed District Chairmen and officers of District Zakat Committees to complete the process of setting up of local Zakat committees at the earliest otherwise action would be initiated against them.
LAHORE -- Provincial Minister for Zakat and Usher Malik Nadeem Kamran has said that local zakat committees should be constituted in all districts for the distribution of zakat to the deserving.
DOHA, Nov 15 (KUNA) -- The 12th meeting of heads of agencies responsible for Zakat (alms) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states got underway here on Sunday.
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673 million have been provided to 28 government hospitals and vocational training institutions of Faisalabad division by Punjab Zakat and Ushr Department for the medical treatment of deserving patients and vocational training of youths.
The donations accounted for are the ones from those who directly deposited Zakat money in the fund's headquarters.
Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) has announced that the total value of Zakat (alms) distributed according to Islamic principles on behalf of minors and other categories within AMAF's care amounted to AED 6,196,270 million in 2014.
24 (SUNA) President of Republic, Omer Al-Bashir is due to address in the 3 rd of next March at the Friendship Hall in Khartoum, the Zakat international conference, for the assessment of the Zakat progress in the Sudan, with the a regional and international participation to more than 22 states of the Islamic world, and the religious men , ambassadors, the regional and local organizations, the civil society organization, leaders of the political partis , the exprts and the media organs.
Ernst & Young, one of the world's leading professional services organizations, hosted the 12th annual tax seminar on recent updates on Saudi Arabian zakat regulations and corporate income tax Law and its bye-laws in Jeddah on Thursday.
Islam also acknowledges the rights of individuals to use their wealth within the tenets of its law, in which the obligation to share with the needy exists in the form of zakat (or alms-giving).
Eoe1/4EoThe international shariaEoe1/4aoa corporation for zakat has been established to address the issues resultant from the advancements made by humans,Eoe1/4A[yen] he added.
Provincial Minister for Zakat & Ushr Malik Nadeem Kamran has announced the government's decision to modernize the system of distribution of Zakat among Mustahqeen.