This Muslim Veteran Is Suing the Gun Range That Accused Him of Jihad

February 19th 2016

Lucy Tiven

On Wednesday, Raja'ee Fatihah, a Muslim American and United States Army Veteran who lives in Tulsa, filed a civil rights lawsuit against an Oklahoma gun range that bans Muslims.

Both the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Affairs are working with Fatihah, who alleged that Chad and Nicole Mayhorn Neal run Oktaha's Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gun Range as a segregated business.

Oklahoma Fox News Reporter Tom George tweeted a photo of a sign at the range, which announced the ban:

The lawsuit alleges that the sign was put up in late July.

What Happened

Fatihah, who sits on the board of CAIR's Oklahoma chapter, alleged that he faced inappropriate questions from the Neals during an October visit to their range, according to a local Fox affiliate. After he revealed his Muslim faith to the couple, Fatihah said they asked if "he was part of a jihad" and questioned if he would use the range to plan a massacre in accordance with Sharia law. The Neals then allegedly told him he needed approval from a "gun club" and kicked him off the property after he completed an application.

Fatihah, a Veteran who currently serves in the Army Reserves, said during a Wednesday morning press conference that he wanted the gun club membership "not only to maintain proficiency, but as a hobby," according to the OKC Fox report.

"I am a Muslim and I recognize what a blessing it is to be an American," he said. Fatihah went on to explain, "no one should be denied access to a public building based on who they are."

Muslim Bans Are Civil Rights Violations

The suit alleges that the Neals violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by implementing an explicit policy of segregation.

"Whether a business' policy is 'no coloreds' or 'no Muslims,' it is making the same choice to put hate and ignorance ahead of traditional American values like freedom and equality," said Brady Henderson, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma, according to an August OKC Fox report. "It is important that we as citizens speak out against the growing movement to resurrect Jim Crow."

As ATTN: has reported, A Muslim woman was recently kicked out of a Donald Trump rally and another Muslim woman was denied entry to a Zara store in Paris.

Chad Neal's lawyer, Robert Muise, insisted that it wasn't a civil rights issue. "The law does not require a gun shop or a gun range owner, owners of a business that is inherently dangerous, to equip or train the next San Bernardino-type jihadist or anyone who might pose a public safety risk," he told FOX 25.

The lawsuit also notes that Fatihah tried to follow up on the "gun club" application, and did not receive a response. The gun range posted this meme on their Facebook page in November.

anti islamic meme

Several Facebook users commented on Wednesday, voicing their support for the discriminatory policy.

anti islamic comment

There were others, though, who saw the ban as an obvious affront to civil liberties:

(h/t OKC Fox)