Definition of zakat in English:

zakat

noun

  • Obligatory payment made annually under Islamic law on certain kinds of property and used for charitable and religious purposes.

    • ‘To do this, they emphasised the practice of zakat, or alms giving.’
    • ‘The introduction and organization of zakat in 624 A.D. encouraged accounting for the purpose of zakat calculation and payment.’
    • ‘Giving zakat at the end of Ramadan is also a religious requirement.’
    • ‘Donating a share of one's income to charity, zakat, is a fundamental requirement of being a Muslim, more important - some say - than the pilgrimage to Mecca.’
    • ‘In the absence of the Islamic state, zakat is given directly by the individual zakat payers to those stated in the pervious verse of the Quran.’
    • ‘While we pray five times and fast and pay our zakat and go to the hajj, we have lost our souls.’
    • ‘This is still much lower than what the traditional Muslim is expected to give in zakat.’
    • ‘Alms are given to the poor; this zakat is another of the five pillars of the faith.’
    • ‘There is no income tax in Saudi Arabia, but there is an effective obligation to pay a religious tax called zakat, of about 10%.’
    • ‘Many Muslims prefer to give zakat during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.’
    • ‘Muslims pray five times a day; give alms, or zakat, to the poor; and fast during the month of Ramadan.’
    • ‘One of the quickest ways of getting help is to go to the mosque and ask for zakat.’
    • ‘One of the five pillars of Islam is zakat - giving 2.5% of one's savings each year to charity.’
    • ‘My zakat forces me to unshackle myself from my money, time, and efforts and places them towards good.’
    • ‘If they did not discharge your zakat according to Shariah, your zakat obligation will not be fulfilled.’
    gift, gifts, donation, donations, charity, handout, handouts, bounty, benefaction, subsidy, offering, offerings, contribution, contributions, endowment, favour, favours, largesse
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Origin

Via Persian and Urdu from Arabic zakā(t) ‘almsgiving’.

Pronunciation

zakat

/zəˈkät//zəˈkɑt/