Definition of Zakat
Fatwa No: 89556


What is definition of Zakaat?


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Zakah (alms) linguistically means an increase, excess or build up, and in Islam it means to pay a particular amount which has to be paid on a given number or a given quantity of some particular things, under certain circumstances.  This amount has to be paid when the money or other Zakatable things reach the minimum amount on which its Zakah has to be paid and when a complete lunar year passes, except in the case of fruits and crops, it is not a requirement that a whole year should pass after harvesting.

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