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A share of money and the like is required by Islamic law to make it for the poor and others under special conditions
Recipients waiting to receive zakat in India.

Zakat (Arabic: زكاة‎) is one of the five most important aspects of Islam. Zakat means giving charity to the poor. Generally, a Muslim is expected to give zakat as long as they are able. Through Zakat wealth reaches to the poor class of the society. It is considered to be a personal responsibility for Muslims to help those in need and eliminate inequality.[1] It is often 2.5% of what the Muslim has.[2]


  1. Lloyd Ridgeon (2003). Major World Religions: From Their Origins To The Present. p. 258. ISBN 0203423135.
  2. Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1999), Monzer Kahf (transl.) King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, Fiqh az-Zakat, Volume 1, Dar al Taqwa, London, ISBN 978-967-5062-766, pp. xxi–xxii

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