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Published: Saturday, 8/11/2012

Islamic center opens quietly in Tennessee

BLADE STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Muslims here were able to celebrate Friday prayers in a new mosque after more than two years of controversy about the building.

Opponents of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro who sued to try to halt construction were nowhere to be seen. Instead the worship space was filled with smiling men, women, and children.

Mosque members have had to deal with public protests, vandalism, arson of a construction vehicle, and a bomb threat. Last month, a federal judge granted an emergency order to open the building in time for the holy month of Ramadan, which is still under way.



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