The worshipers bowed low, their heads touching the freshly laid carpet, as the new mosque filled with echoes of exultation.
"God, thank you for the ability to worship here today," said Remziya Suleyman, 27. "Thank you, thank you."
After years of threats, attacks and court action, the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's new mosque opened its doors Friday, allowing 300 people to mark the occasion on Islam's day of weekly public prayer. After the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday and an arson attack on a mosque in Missouri on Monday, the opening went off without the protests or violence that some had feared.