NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro will meet for prayers in its new mosque on Friday.
Rutherford County Building Codes Director David Jones said Tuesday that he issued a temporary occupancy permit to the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro after inspectors approved the building.
Construction was nearly shut down after Rutherford County Chancellor Robert Corlew ruled in May that the meeting at which mosque construction was approved was not sufficiently advertised to the public.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro hopes to get permission to occupy its new worship center Tuesday morning. Spokesman Saley Sbenaty says the mosque is waiting for a final inspection by the State Fire Marshal’s office.
“There is one thing that we’re going to check tomorrow, which is the final fire pump and fire alarm inspection. Hopefully tomorrow around ten o’clock everything will be checked out and we’ll have the certificate of occupancy.”
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- Plaintiffs who have waged a two year long court battle to halt construction of the Murfreesboro Mosque apparently intend to continue the fight.
The Tennessean reported Tuesday that the plaintiff’s attorneys have filed a new motion in the case. Plaintiffs hope to intervene in a federal judge’s ruling that allows the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro to occupy their new mosque once it’s complete.
The decision nullified the plaintiff’s earlier victory in Rutherford County Chancery Court denying local Muslims access to the facility.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The plaintiff’s attorney leading the two year-long court battle to stop construction of a new mosque in Murfreesboro has issued a scathing appraisal of federal involvement in the case.
Attorney Joe Brandon Jr. says his clients have been “robbed,” a word the lawyer says he uses "very intentionally." He notes that plaintiffs won their case in Rutherford County Chancery Court, only to have the decision voided in federal court.
The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is nearing completion.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A spokesman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro now says congregants likely will not get to celebrate the beginning of Ramadan in their new mosque.
The Center’s leadership filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nashville yesterday, asking that a chancery court order denying them occupancy of the new building be lifted immediately. That order was granted yesterday evening.