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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.

Muslims pray 5 times a day. The times of each prayer vary from place to place and from day to day. It is vital that Muslims perform these prayers at the correct time
The 5 prayers are described below:

Fajr:
Starts at dawn or morning twilight
Ends just before sunrise

Zohar:
Starts at approximately 5 minutes after Zawaal
Ends at start of Asar time

Asar:
The start of Asar is dependant upon the length of the shadow that is cast by an object. Different schools use different criteria.
Ends just before sunset

Maghrib:
Starts at sunset
Ends at the start of Isha (i.e. when there is reddishness in the sky)

Isha:
Starts after dusk
Ends when the evening twilight disappears (i.e. when it first starts to get light)