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What is the difference between Zakat & Sadaqah?



Zakat is obligatory (wajib, one of the pillars of Islam), has specific rate of 2.5% and minimum level (Nisab), specific period of fulfilment (Haul) and specific beneficiary (Asnaf).

Sadaqah is encouraged (sunnah), has neither specific rate nor minimum level, specific period of fulfilment nor specific beneficiary.

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