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New Murfreesboro Mosque Prepares for Eid-ul-Fitr

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro says it plans to celebrate the end of Ramadan this Sunday in its new mosque.

The Mid-State congregation worshiped in their new facility for the first time this past Friday. Mosque Board Member Saleh Sbenaty says it was an incredibly exciting day.

“It just cannot be described. I mean you should have seen the kids and how excited they were. The elders who were crying as they entered the mosque.”

After last Friday’s prayers the building was turned back over to the contractor to complete construction. However, Sbenaty says they’ll be in the new building again this weekend for Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the holiest days in the Islamic calendar.

Sbenaty says the Islamic Center hopes the controversy that dogged the mosque’s construction will now begin to fade. However, a private firm has been hired to provide security at the Veals Road property.