zakat

noun
za·​kat | \ zəˈkät \
variants: or less commonly zakah \ -​kä \
plural -s

Definition of zakat

: an annual alms tax or poor rate that each Muslim is expected to pay as a religious duty and that is used for charitable and religious purposes

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History and Etymology for zakat

Arabic zakāt

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“Zakat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zakat. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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