Q: Is it permissible for a son to rub ointment (Deep Heat) on his elderly (>60yrs) mother’s neck, shoulder and back, bearing in mind that her shoulder and upper back would be exposed and she lays on her stomach while this is done? She has been experiencing pain in that area and the intention is to treat the pain with the ointment. Should her husband rather do this?
A. It will be permissible for you to rub her neck. The shoulders and back should be rubbed by your father. If for some reason he cannot do it and you are compelled, have a sheet covering her. Place your hands under the sheet while rubbing her, keeping the body closed throughout the process.
Moulana Yusuf Laher
Checked and approved by: Mufti Siraj Desai