What is meant by the beginning of the time for prayer

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I am a young woman and I experience discharges all the time. I used to pray and read Qur’aan until the time for the next obligatory prayer came, then I read a fatwa which said that a woman can read Qur’aan and pray naafil prayers but this should be at the beginning of the time until the time for the next prayer begins. We know that the beginning of the time is when the muezzin gives the call to prayer, but when is the beginning of the time for the next prayer – is it one quarter of an hour before the adhaan or less?.
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Continuous discharge comes under the heading of continual impurity; it is like istihaadah (non-menstrual vaginal bleeding), urinary incontinence or continual passing of wind. The one who is affected by this discharges has to do wudoo’ at the time of every prayer, then pray as much as she wants of naafil prayers, and she may touch the Mus-haf with that wudoo’, until the time for the next prayer begins. 

With regard to reciting Qur’aan without touching the Mus-haf, wudoo’ is not required for that. The person who is impure in the sense of minor impurity may recite Qur’aan by heart, or recite from the Mus’haf if he holds it with a barrier such as gloves and the like. For the ruling on discharges please see question no. 50404


What is meant by the beginning of the time is the time when the adhaan is given for the prayer, according to the timing in each land. 

Islam has stipulated the timings for the beginning and end of each prayer. You will find details of this in the answer to question no. 9940

If the time for ‘Asr, for example, starts at 3 p.m., then when the woman who is experiencing discharges does wudoo’ for Zuhr, she may touch the Mus-haf, circumambulate the Ka’bah and offer as many naafil prayers as she wants until 3 p.m., when the adhaan is given for ‘Asr prayer, so long as she does not break her wudoo’ in any other way apart from discharges during that time, such as by urinating and other things that are known to break wudoo’, because she is only excused for the discharge because it is continuous and it is hard to stop it. 

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