Definitions

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  • noun 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.
  • noun The amount owed or contributed for these purposes.

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  • noun Islam almsgiving, one of the five pillars of Islam

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  • noun the fourth pillar of Islam is almsgiving as an act of worship

Etymologies

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[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.]

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Arabic زكاة, from Qur'anic Arabic زكوة.

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