After surviving arson, vandalism, a bomb threat and legal action, a new mosque is scheduled to open today for Friday afternoon prayers.

Rutherford County has issued the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro a temporary occupancy permit that will allow members to use the building while contractors finish the landscaping and other final touches to the property.

"I cannot express in words our excitement," said Saleh Sbenaty, who serves on the board of the mosque. "This shows that the Constitution of the United States withstands any kind of attack from either a small or large group."

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