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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

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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