A new mosque in Tennessee that had been the subject of a lawsuit, arson, vandalism and a bomb threat will open for prayers for the first time on Friday. Islamic Center of Murfreesboro board member Saleh Sbenaty said Tuesday that Rutherford County officials issued a temporary occupancy permit that will allow use of the building while the final permit is pending.
****Updated 2:04pm****Islamic Center of Murfreesboro Board Chairman Essam Fathy on Tuesday said inspectors had approved the building and it's expected to open for prayers on Friday.
An occupancy permit could be granted Tuesday for a Tennessee mosque that’s been at the center of controversy. A final inspection was scheduled for Tuesday morning at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, and congregation leaders say they hope to hold their first prayers in the new facility this week.
Opponents of a Tennessee mosque are trying to challenge a federal court ruling that overturned their victory in a local court. Plaintiffs have filed a motion against the mosque, the county’s zoning resolution, and the local government.
A Tennessee judge says a federal court ruling for a Muslim congregation fighting to open its new mosque short-circuited his intention to stop construction. The Associated Press obtained orders filed Friday by Chancellor Robert Corlew in Murfreesboro.
Tennessee Muslims who won a court battle to occupy their new mosque will have to wait a little longer while construction is finished. Construction supervisor David Salimi said a codes inspector visited the site near Murfreesboro Thursday morning but that it will take about two more weeks of work to be ready.