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Members have been fighting to open the facility for two years, facing vandalism and legal battles.
"It shows kindness and good heartedness prevails over evil," said ICM member Jihan Abdulla.
For awhile it may have looked like the building would stay empty.
Opponents successfully sued to get the project's permit revoked and use put on hold.
If a Federal Judge hadn't intervened last month the mosque might still be empty.
"Today we try to put that behind us and look at the positive," said Imam Ossama Bahloul.
Many feel the prayer service marks a fresh start including the man who started the Islamic Center 30 years ago.
Essam Fathy said it's a dream come true.
"This is a day to forgive so we're going to turn the page open a new page," said Fathy.
Not everyone is ready to move on.
Dan Qualls stood outside the mosque in the rain to show he doesn't support it being built.
"The only way to heaven is through our lord and savior Jesus Christ and that is my main message being here," said Qualls.
Qualls was the only opponent Fox 17 noticed outside the mosque but his point is one members know well.
Some in Murfreesboro still aren't happy to see such a visible sign of Islam's growth.
We hope to use it to spread good and spread awareness about Islam and education about the true Islam," said ICM member Lema Sbenaty.
Friday, August 10 2012, 09:44 PM CDT
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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