Tim Ghianni with Reuters reports that a “new mosque in Tennessee that has faced fierce community opposition was granted permission by county officials to open on Tuesday, in time for the final days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.”
The Islamic Center is located in the city of Murfreesboro and has been a hot topic not only its own town but throughout the nation as its opening was marked by protests by some local government officials and by non-public citizens. Some of the opponents have expressed their thoughts that the mosque could have terrorist ties, although no evidence of this claim has been produced.
Members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro are now busy moving furniture and office equipment into the new facility. Saleh Sbenaty, one of the board members, said they hope to be in the mosque and operational by Friday.
Mosques throughout the nation have been on high alert for possible attacks since the burning of the Joplin, Missouri, mosque Monday and the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin Sunday.