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Can a daughter scrub her mothers back

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If a woman finds it hard to scrub her back whilst showering/having a bath, is it allowed for that woman’s daughter or daughter in law to scrub her back for her? The woman does not have a broken arm or back, she says it is because she cannot stretch her arms enough to reach her back. How much satr does a woman have to do from her daughter in law?

Answer:

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

The area which a Muslim woman has to cover in front of fellow Muslim women is the area from the navel up to and including the knees. (Hidayah p.461 v.4)

A Muslim woman has to keep the aforementioned area covered at all times in front of fellow Muslim women. Keeping this in mind it will be permissible for a daughter or a daughter in law to scrub the back of her mother or mother in law as long as the area from the navel up to and including the knees are covered.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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