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Zakat In General
Different spellings of Zakat: Zakaat, Zakaah, Zakaat
Zakat is an Arabic word that literally means to 'grow' (in goodness) or 'purify' or 'foster' depending on the context it is used in.
It is often compared to the system of tithing and alms but unlike these older systems, it serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived people in the Muslim lands, although others may have a rightful share. It is the duty of the state not just to collect it; but to distribute it fairly as well. Zakat in a nutshell is the wealth (be it money or its equivalent from materials) that is given by the rich to the poor.
In Islam, Zakat is an obligation on every Muslim that is not poor. In Australia and other western countries, Zakat money is usually given to charities that distribute it to a large number of countries overseas where there are many poor people. There are two main types of Zakat:
The following article will go into the details of Zakat Al-Fitr as it is the Zakat that relates to the end of Ramadan.