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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A temporary occupancy permit has been granted for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after a final inspection on Tuesday morning.
Mosque leaders hope to hold evening prayers there as early as Friday.
Officials said it could take a few days before a permanent certificate of occupancy is issued.
Recently, members of Grace Baptist Church put up several white crosses along Bradyville Pike, alongside the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.
They said the crosses are a statement of their Christian faith and their feelings towards the new mosque. Officials for the Islamic Center said they aren’t upset, and believe they must love their neighbors.
Opponents have spent two years trying to halt construction of the mosque for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro. In July, a federal judge ruled the congregation has a right to worship there as soon as the building is ready.
The 12,000-square-foot mosque will replace a smaller one that’s been used for 30 years.
Opposition to the new mosque has included a lawsuit, a large rally, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat.