In the dictionary, zakat means, increase, cleaning, abundance, good manners and praise; as a religious term, it means giving away some part of certain goods to certain people in order to please Allah.

Zakat, which is one of the financial worships, is one of the five pillars of Islam; it became obligatory in Madinah in the second year of Hegira. The following is stated in the Quran: “And be steadfast in prayer; give Zakat…” (al-Baqara, 2/43, 110; Hajj, 22/78; an-Nur, 24/56; al-Mujadala, 58/13; al-Muzzammil, 73/20); “Of their wealth take alms, that so thou mightest purify and sanctify them; and pray on their behalf. Verily thy prayers are a source of security for them: and Allah is One Who heareth and knoweth.” (at-Tawbah, 9/103).

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