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Definition

Linguistic Definition

Zakat as translated from Arabic means growth, multiplicity, fertility, cleansing, full of baraqah.

Religious Definition

Zakat is the 3rd pillar of Islam and is the determined share of wealth prescribed by Allah S.W.T. to be distributed to the 8 categories entitled to receive it. It is an ibadah in terms of wealth. A symbol of Islamic social justice, Zakat cleanses your soul, purifies and grows your wealth while eradicating poverty.

Difference between Zakat and Sadaqah


Zakat Sadaqah
Obligatory Encouraged
Specific rate of 2.5% and minimum level (Nisab) No specific rate or minimum level
Specific period of fulfilment (Haul) No specific period of fulfilment
Specific beneficiary (Asnaf) No specific beneficiary