July 19th, 2012
02:44 PM ET

As Ramadan begins, controversial mosque won't be ready to open doors

By Steve Almasy and Melissa Abbey, CNN

(CNN) - Worshippers at an Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will have to wait a few more weeks before they can use their new mosque, officials said Thursday.

The mosque - subject of a two-year battle marked by legal wrangling, vandalism and anti-Muslim sentiment - still needs to pass inspection and get its occupancy permit, mosque officials said.

"It is unfortunate that we cannot be in our building for the start of Ramadan tonight," the officials said in a written statement. "However, it does look like we will get to enjoy most of Ramadan in our building, especially the breaking of the fast at the end of Ramadan, on Eid-ul-Fitr."

The release said it will take about 10 days to complete the next legal steps.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Memphis ordered Rutherford County to conduct a final inspection on the building, setting aside a local judge's ruling from June that voided a planning commission's approval.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. TrueBlueCatholic

    watch out for next 9/11 to be planned from murfeesboro. Why plan from far away place like germany when closeby nest is available?

    July 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • truth be told

      Better a toxic land fill than an idolatrous mosque

      July 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • iReadTheBible

      Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you two shining examples of why people dont like Christians.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    July 22, 2012 at 6:50 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs'

      July 22, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  3. truth be told

    Rubble piles and ash are better for any location than an idolatrous mosque.

    July 22, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Varney

      Rubble piles and ash are better for any location than "truth be told".

      July 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
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