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US mosque at centre of lawsuit, protests to open

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:14

Nashville: A new mosque that has been the subject of arson, vandalism, protests and a lawsuit is expected to finally open for prayers on Friday in Tennessee.

Islamic Centre of Murfreesboro Board chairman Essam Fathy on Tuesday said inspectors had approved the building, and he expected to receive a temporary occupancy permit.

Construction was nearly shut down after a county judge ruled in May that the meeting where mosque construction was approved was not sufficiently advertised to the public.

Some in the community protested that Islam is not a real religion.

But a federal judge ruled in favour of mosque members, allowing construction and permitting to move ahead.

Mosque members had hoped to open in time for the holy month of Ramadan but had to wait for the building inspectors.


First Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:14

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