the Zakāt page

The purpose of this page is to develop a better understanding of the world wide practice of Zakāt.

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"Whoever pays the Zakat on his wealth will have its evil removed from him."

A comprehensive description of Zakaat

The Practice of Zakat by country

Country Population Muslim Pop % Muslim Zakāt Agency Comments
Malaysia 31.4M 52% Zakat in Malaysia by Eugene Hassan Hazer
Kuwait 2M 85% (Sunni 45%, Shi'a 40%)   What is the official role of Zakat House ?
Bangladesh 120 million 85%  
Lebanon 3,562,699 70% (5 legally recognized Islamic groups—Alawite or Nusayri, Druze, Isma'ilite, Shi'a, Sunni) Zakat Fund  
Singapore 3,531,600 MUIS Authority through the Muslim Law Act (AMLA)
Sudan 36,080,373 (July 2001 est.) Sunni Muslim 70% (in north)
Qatar 723,542 95%    
Pakistan 138,123,359 97% zakat in Pakistan. ... qurbani
India 1,000,848,550 140M 14% Zakat in India
Indonesia 216,108,345 88%
China 1,246,871,951 2%-3%
United Arab Emirates 2,344,402 96% (Shi'a 16%)
United States 272,639,608 3.2M 1.5% The Zakat of Property from the Muslim Students Association of Oregon State University
Zakat in the USA
France 58,978,172 2M 3.8% (1% CIA)
U.K. 59,113,439 1-1.5M 2.7%

Population Sources:
CIA -- The World Factbook
Muslim Countries of the World

Algeria | Bahrain | Egypt | Iraq | Jordan | Kuwait | Lebanon | Libya | Morocco | Oman | Palestine | Qatar | Syria | Saudi Arabia | Sudan | Tunisia | United Arab Emirates | Yemen - - Basic Country Facts

According to Muhammed: If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.

Literal Meaning: Zakat means grow (in goodness) or 'increase', 'purifying' or 'making pure'.
Zakat, The Obligatory Charity, falsely connected to Ramadan


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Page update: 23-Sep-2003

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