The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is waiting to have a temporary permit in hand before moving into a new building in Rutherford County. But the mosque has passed codes inspections.
It’s one of the most closely watched codes inspections in recent history.
The mosque has been a center of controversy for two years, attracting bomb threats, arson attempts and protest rallies. Ultimately, a federal judge intervened to make sure the mosque would be able to open. Opponents of the project contend the congregation is getting special treatment.
At this point, the only protest going on is a quiet one – a row of white crosses lining the front lawn of the Baptist church next door. A long-time member says they represent an act of evangelism toward Muslims.
Barring any complications, mosque leaders believe they will be able to move in over the course of August, holding their first prayers in the new building Friday.