The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals approved the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro cemetery request Wednesday night.

"We have a cemetery," ICM Imam Ossama Bahloul said after the 3-2 vote while many members of his congregation and supporters exchanged hugs.

"Now we can die," ICM board Chairman and founder Essam Fathy quipped following the BZA debating the public hearing issue for more than two hours.

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