Meer Hassan Ali, B.
Observations on the Mussulmauns of India: descriptive of their manners, customs, habits, and religious opinions ; made during a twelve years residence in their immediate Society (Band 1) — London, 1832

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THE ZUCKHAUT. 251

LETTER X.

The Zuckhaut (God's portion).—Syaads restricted the be-
nefit of this charity.—The Sutkah.—The Emaum's Zau-
munee (protection).—The Tenths, or Syaads' Due.—Mus-
sulmauns attribute thanks to God only, for all benefits
conferred.—Extracts from the " Hyaatool Kaaloob."—
Mahumud's advice.—His precepts tend to inculcate and
encourage charity.—Remarks on the benevolence of
Mussulmauns.

On the subject of Zuckhaut, commanded by
Mahumud to his followers, I shall have little
to remark;—the nature of the institute is in-
tended to oblige mankind to share with the
poor a due portion of those benefits they have
received through the bounty of Divine Provi-
dence. Every Mussulmaun is expected by this
law to set apart from his annual income one-
fortieth part, denominated Zuckhaut (God's por-
tion), for the sole benefit of the poor. I believe
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