The Muslim American Society, a part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, has joined the Muslim Public Affair Council (MPAC) in condemning the ruling issued by a court in Saudi Arabia which punished the victim of a gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail. According to a statement issued by MAS leader Mahdi Bray:
MAS Freedom views the sentencing in this case as an unspeakably cruel and brutal miscarriage justice, and a clear violation of the compassion and mercy taught by the religion of Islam. Not only has this woman endured the horror of gang rape, but she is now being subject to an equally terrible infliction of pain and harm by the legal system of Saudi Arabia. “We call upon the Saudi government to overturn this cruel sentence, and to immediately reinstate her attorney to the practice of law so that he can give her the legal representation that she is due. “Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught in his Sunnah (Prophetic tradition) that ‘Paradise lies at the feet of our mothers.’ How, then, can Muslims tolerate the violent abuse of women in the eyes of any legal system? “American Muslims must not be silent in the face of such blatant violations of decency and fundamental human rights. We call upon our entire community, and American Muslim organizations nationwide to condemn this terrible miscarriage of justice. “MAS Freedom believes that the true value and beauty of Islam can only be manifested when women are afforded the respect, and human rights given to all human beings by our Creator. We reject the distorted, and un-Islamic idea, that regards the systematic oppression, and even physical violation of women as tolerable.
The relationship between Saudi Arabia and the MAS is unknown at this time. U.S. Muslim Brotherhood organizations with a history of relationships to Saudi Arabia, such as the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American Islamic Relations, have been noticeably silent on this case.