Is Jumu`ah (Friday) Prayer obligatory upon every prisoner;
whether imprisoned for a certain or an unknown period, for I heard that freedom is a condition for its obligation?
If a person is able to offer Jumu`ah Prayer, it becomes obligatory whether it is established inside or outside a prison. Otherwise, it can be offered in the form of Zhuhr (Noon) Prayer. On the other hand, the Fuqaha' (Muslim jurists) stipulate that freedom from slavery is one of the conditions for its obligation as Jumu`ah Prayer is not due on a slave. (Part No. 8; Page No. 185) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.