The term ‘zakaa’ in Arabic means growth and increase. About the literal meaning of the term, Allama Tabatabai defines it as purification.

There are two types of Zakaa: Zakaa of one’s body which is Zakatul Fitr and is paid on Eid ul Fitr and zakaa of one’s property payable on nine items to be spent for the poor and other social purposes.

These nine items:

(I) METALS: 1. Gold, 2. Silver

(II) CATTLE : 3. Camels, 4. Cows, 5. Goats and sheep.

(III) CROPS: 6. Wheat, 7. Barley, 8. Dates, 9. Raisins