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. Read further.