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These are the 2 schools of thoughts for determining the start of Asar prayer times
These 2 schools of thoughts use different criteria to determine the start of Asar prayer. They do not affect the timings of the other prayers.

Shafi: The start of Asar is when the shadow of any vertical object exceeds the length of an object
Hanafi: The start of Asar is when the shadow of any vertical object exceeds twice the length of an object

Usually Hanafi Asar time is approximately 1 hour later than Shafi Asar prayer time.
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